While a man is a great toolmaker, his ability to communicate and get along with his fellow man that is “different” never ceases to amaze me. It astounds me how as humans I am watching people in relationships and I don’t know too many who are really happy with each other that have learned a healthy and loving way to communicate. I also can see so many people thinking that another person will make them happy, or somehow complete them.
The reality is that only you can make yourself happy, and you can take some time each day to work on improving something that is a strength of weakness. It is incredible how long it took me to come to the idea where you strip off all the nonsense the world says you need to do, and you become your true self.
I am not sure when and if one can reach this level of perfection and perpetually move along in it. I think many religions call it enlightenment. But we can all get a taste of it by instead of covering up ourselves with the stuff of the world, we simply start taking off that which doesn’t belong. Perhaps that is how the creator of the universe sees us. We are bare and naked at the heart level. No need for games.
It is so simple. So why exactly do we mess it up so? we simply like challenges?
I guess the problem is that we are all a bit blind to ourselves and we can quickly think our perspective on something is the one and only way. Often, I wish people could see inside my head with the way it is thinking. It is a perpetual bowl of ingredients for ideas swirling around, and most will turn out to be not so great or tasty, yet, all activity will lead to a path for some excellent ideas that appear like polished gemstones.
Why do so many not realize how much dirt, cutting, and polishing it takes to make the one perfect idea come to life?
It is the same amount of work that has to happen daily inside yourself to get to your true self.
What scares me is how modern society is using all the inventions of man to somehow rationalize or generalize that treating our fellow humans is fine. We have elevated selfishness to a new level in the united states while diluting real quality to a concentration where mediocrity is the new norm of excellence.
That last sentence came out in the time It took me to walk into a coffee shop yesterday, pass a few cars that had huge people in them, one had a dashboard filled with donut boxes and then when I did get inside, the coffee machines were broken.
So, I went and made my own coffee and cooked up a decent Easter meal. Not perfect, not bad, and I can see where to try and improve some things…but all went home fed with happy bellies. It was the oddest lent and Easter I can remember in a long, long, time.