it feels a bit odd in this world when you want to create and make new things, yet, the people around you are more consumers of things. I would rather build a new type of space and fabricate all the parts of it, others would like to have a bigger space to hold the things they buy at a market and consume. I don’t know if you notice how much you consume unless you have a life-altering event, tragedy, sickness, or misfortunate incident happen to you where your life radically changes and then over time you look back at the life and habits you lived and say, “my goodness, was I nuts? what was the value and meaning of living a life that way?”
in some respects, it is like a bible parable where a blind man is given his vision from Jesus and the Pharisees’ come up with a litany of things of why it was not right or legal to do work on the Sabbath like helping a fellow human. when you study the parable, you realize that the spiritual element that I think all religions say is possible, that of an intimate relationship in a spiritual sense with love can easily get lost in a lot of rules, legalism, and traditions made by human beings to blind us. (be it intentional or unintentional)
the world has a myriad of blinders. I guess that is the beauty of free choice and the really amazing part of modern technology in the world today. you literally can have your choice of anything earthly and “stuff” you want, pretty much whenever you want if you have enough money. a few folks do, but most are working to get in a sort of gerbil cage life where one is working for a wage and trudging through the rules, legalism, and traditions that the culture at a certain spot on the planet acts like the Pharisees in the biblical parable. “you have to act just like us. we have the power. how dare you do something different to help your fellow man.”
I think there are some folks that actually have gone to prison or had to pay fines for feeding homeless people in Florida and Texas. I can see and understand the government's side, I can see the perspective of people working hard and thinking, “this just isn’t right.” from the perspective of the welfare and social interest groups, I can even see their point for an idea to help others. but usually, when I look in the person's eyes, you don’t need any words. it is easy to spot someone that is hungry and tired and not looking to medicate with another fix or libation. how do I answer the question? I ask:
“If I were in that person's spot, would I hope my fellow man would come to help me?”
I wish it was more complicated, but if you haven’t had conversations with some homeless people to find out a bit of their story, you might be missing out a bit on the reality of how fragile life in on the planet, and how fast it can change in a direction, despite your best-laid plans and emergency funds.
everyone has blind spots. it is always interesting when someone blasts someone down on their luck or makes fun of them for being outside the norm, that you remind them, “are you aware you are blind in some spots of your life as well?” I think most are aware that they are far from perfect, but for the few that don’t get it, you simply ask them to take the tip of their finger and go closer to their eye until they no longer see it. “that is your blind spot, it is where the optic nerve bundle attaches the eye to the brain. we all have one, even literally blind people. the difference is that while they can’t see, they usually have heightened awareness in the other senses.
I guess a question for the parable and the blind man, can easily be transferred to the question I ask above about a homeless person on the street.
“if you were blind, would you like if someone that could give you sight to come along and give you back that sense?”
then ask yourself:
“if you had the ability to give another person sight to see again, but it would cost you some of your “stuff”, would you give them their sight? or simply keep walking down the street?”
life is indeed funny. even in the days of Jesus, people were upset that someone tried to do something good for another. today, it appears lots of people want to take credit for doing little to nothing. perhaps that is why I think our group is going deeper under the radar. I think you can do a lot of good if you are not perpetually working on your brand or image which appear to be more hype than reality in the grand old united states.
all I can think of is Lemmy kilmeister talking about how a band has to work the road to really be a band. another friend who never toured and did studio work went out and came back saying, “it is amazing how fast you had to learn to play together and get tight while playing live…there is no do-overs.”
I guess I miss that part of life, and “live” when I look out and see a lot of blindness, not only in myself but in society at large…none of us gets a “do-over,” so we better make each day and moment count.
time for more coffee. hope you have a nice day and see a bit differently today. if you come across a hungry person on the street, why not get them a coffee and ask to hear their story. don’t forget to ask “what is your name?”