life in the third world countries for many people is a heavy struggle. I would say for a majority it is a struggle and surviving day by day. HIV and AIDS in Africa, lack of basic food, lack of medical supply and medical care, minefields, where anyone can be killed, injured and lose their limbs, endless wars and hate crime against children and women, sweat shops, where children as young as 8 years old can work 10 hours shift for several pennies a day, and etc. is a part of everyday life in many countries around a globe.
Sad eh? I have an image in my head every day of a world where the general population's main goal is to love each other. I call it human's greatest potential. The vast majority of westerners (the ones that have the greatest potential to make a change) don't appear to see this, and I suspect I know why. These days I immediately recognize a chaotic / insane mind, but in the past it wasn't so easy. When folks never stop and sit in quiet reflection they seem to get caught up in the turmoil, form mental patterns (bad habits) and until something comes along and pulls them out of it, that's where they remain for most of their life. Sleep walkers.
One of the reasons I think I notice it, is due to the time I have spent out in the peaceful wilderness camping. I grew up in the foothills of the great smoky mountains and would regularly find myself in complete quite. This not only gave me time to think about reality, but it allowed me to quite my monkey mind. Then when I returned (drove back into the city) home (often to my parents house) I would watch the news and watch people driving, and it was blatantly obvious that people were caught up in the chaos and unaware of their own state of mind. I think it takes a step back to notice sometimes (contrast). This is very hard to do these days, at least everywhere I have been in the States.
I think that if I ever come to Earth to experience the things you have written above, that I will have the quality of being needed to see through the life situation (the cruelty), forgive them and realize that they simply do not know what they are doing. It's not their being that's doing it, it's their insane physical mind.
I notice it too. More and more I recognize it for what it really is, its fear. The ego, is living in the future, looking for the next meal, the next big thing, "what will become of me?" what people are going to think? ... or dwelling in the past, "what have I done? "Why did I do that?", "why did they do that to me?", and " If only I did better...
We seem to be in a race against time, (time is money, time is short,...) we always feel that we need to catch up to the flow or get ahead, so we must hurry.
I have found just the opposite to be true. we dont need to race to catch up to the flow, most of us need to slow down and let the "flow" catch up to us.
The reason so many people are "sleepwalkers" is that they are not fully aware of the moment. They believe that if they just get to the next level, things will be better. If they just hurry and get to the destination they will have some sense of joy, peace, happiness...?
Not realizing that joy is in the journey, not the destination.
satisfaction is in the DOING not in the completion
Happiness is in the "being" not in the finding
Love is in the giving, not the receiving
Logic doesnt work when describing the big picture Ideas. so Our logical mind has difficulty grasping the big picture truths. They seem so Meta-physical, so para-normal, so illogical. (probability distributions? )
Happiness, Joy, Peace, Love, and bliss exist only here and now. Only in the present moment can happiness be found, and only within oneself.
"Remove thy shoes from off thy feet. The ground on which you stand IS holy ground..."
When I say Holy I feel that its spelled WHOLE-LY. I mean to say that we are already THERE, because "IT" is wherever we happen to be. We just need to realize it. WE ARE IT.
"Heaven" and "Hell" exist here and now (in each field of perception, subjectively) if they exist at all...
We cannot defeat our demons without love and compassion...
We can never defeat Evil with evil, we can only defeat evil with good
we can never defeat anger with anger, we can only defeat anger with love
We can never bring productive change by imposing our will upon others. If we want to make the world a truly better place, then we must impose all of our will, power, and intention in order to strive to change our self.
The good news is, if you succeed, even a little bit, it will spread out from you like a ripple in the pond and affect everyone around you.
The little changes that I make in my thinking and behaviour make the entire world a better place.
There is no seperation between the observer and the observed. All that you see is a reflection of your thoughts. Everything is based upon perception.
We can always change our perception