Hello all. I’ve been lurking here for a while. Love this site. I’ve commented occasionally, but this morning I wrote a blog post that I think is appropriate for HE. The pictures are kind of important – and I can’t preview this before posting – so if the html code doesn’t work and you want to see the missing images, you can look HERE. Thanks!
Fear Nothing. We Have Work To Do.
The news has shown us all some disturbing stories this week. I suppose they aren’t really “particularly” disturbing. After all, there will be more next week. Anyway, I’m not going to talk about those things here. I’m going to ignore them in favor of reminding myself, and hopefully you, of something much more important.
We have work to do.
There will always be turmoil in the world. Obviously. And of course. Yet everything is as it must be. Chaos is a necessary condition for evolution. And evolution is what we are all here for. It may not always seem like it, but that’s a good thing too. Fear not. Everything is okay.
At the end of each day on planet earth, the net-positive, often quiet and isolated, outweighs the net-negative, bombastic and intimidating as it may be. Even if we can’t easily see it, even if it doesn’t make the news, everyday a man goes without food so that another may eat, a woman goes without rest so that a child may sleep, and entire communities volunteer for hardship so that others may reach higher potentials.
Every day a great step is taken.
How great? Let’s take a step back for some perspective. No, a little further… a little more… Okay that’s far enough. Let’s look for a moment at the really big picture.
What we call history, all the way back to the Big Bang, is really the story of growth. We exist within an ongoing process in which simple things grow into more complex things capable of more and more over time. On this particular island in space, simple elements evolve into breathable air and sustaining water. Simple cells evolve into plants and animals. Autonomous animals evolve from creatures of instinct to creatures of reason. All of that growth happened over billions of years.
The next step? Over the last hundred thousand years or so – a grain of sand on the beach of time – creatures of reason have begun to evolve into beings with the ability to recognize an aspect of themselves we generally refer to as spirit or “soul.”
Evolution does not happen overnight. Fungus does not suddenly become a tree. Instinct does not suddenly become reason. And humankind does not suddenly become whatever it is we are working our way towards in an instant. Rather, steps taken in the direction of higher states come from acts of courage born out of necessity. Some lowly worm had to climb high into the trees before the first butterfly could come. Some fish had to venture onto the land before anything walked. And some human being had to trust in something about himself which he could not see or point to before he could do something no animal ever could – take a stand on principle.
Animals do not rush into burning buildings or throw themselves onto live grenades that fall among their comrades. Nor does every man. Who among us, when the time comes, will be able say I do not need to fear because death has no dominion over me.
Courage is the key. Where do human beings get their courage? Faith. Not the faith of dogma or religion (although such things can sometimes help) but ultimately any act of courage comes from an understanding, whether fully realized in a moment or something more subtle, that we are more than our current situation makes it seem.
A baby bird can’t really know what’s going to happen the first time it jumps out of a nest high in tree. But he suspects something about himself, a potential unrealized while he sits and waits.
After that first act of faith, birds can fly at will.
I’m also not quite sure what you’re trying to inspire here. That we humans will need courage in the coming years? That’s for sure. But generalities about calamity and courage don’t do much to inspire us to action, or to know where, when or how to display that courage.
Thanks of replying, both of you. And thanks for the info about the links. But now I don’t seem to be able to edit anymore so I can’t change it.
Your responses are confusing. I’m not “trying to do” anything other than to say, when the world gets you down or the news has you concerned, there is nothing to fear, so let’s get on with the business of evolving. A lot of people are unaware of that there is nothing to fear or like to be reminded of it from time to time. I kind of thought it fit nicely with the content and tone of this site. Maybe this is old news to you? Maybe it is inappropriate here? I don’t know. Or maybe the post just too vague without the pictures. They did serve to make the point.
To the right of this page beneath a logo there is a little sign that says “smile :) you’re alive aren’t you?” I was “trying” to offer something along those lines. Sorry if I missed. Thanks for taking a look, anyway.
Yeah, great post man. Really enjoyed it. It is so true, and I love seeing people evolve in their own little way. Just small things they do, or seeing people who you haven’t seen in a few years who are much more themselves than they ever were. Or at-least more realised beings.
I very much enjoyed this and I’m glad you posted it. Keep up the positivity man.
@cloudstuck, Thanks, and I think you’re right. You can see big-picture evolution happening in on small scale in the people you know. It’s all part of the same process I suppose.
@cosmicloner, lol. Yep, I’m pretty sure reincarnation in the way it works too. Everything is a some kind of school, and we seem to be living in the sandbox where little kids first learn how to get along.