If everything seems meaningless, then you’re way off center.
Simple question. If you had the power, what would you do to create world peace? Could there be world peace without conflict? Could there be world conflict without peace?
A deadly pandemic would create world peace. Well, at one time humanity was indeed much less populous, and conflict like we know today did not exist.
Tribes still fought tribes. The natives were not as noble as we like to think. They were not noble, I agree. They just didn’t have the opportunities we have today, and with greater quiet does come greater opportunity for wisdom.
I feel equal admiration to both light and dark paths. So, if I may, though you admire both paths equally, would you say your roots find ground in both equally?
I think it would be stronger in the right hand path for me. I admire those who strive for power but have not felt the drive to go there myself.
To persist on the right hand path you would inevitably grow into conflict. But if you grow with strength from your root, the conflict is manageable. If your root lies in conflict, you will inevitably grow into peace, and if you have grown from your root, you will be able to handle peace.
If you root in both paths, well, what happens when a trees roots surface in two locations? You will have to stand your ground. Stand two grounds and you will fall on both. The ultimate meaning behind all this? Some trees grow on the hill, some trees grow in the valley, it’s all the same forest.
When I’ve heard people complain about the high paying executives, I’ve thought that if they have the wisdom to lead and provide me place, they deserve what they get. He/she serves me as well. Can you serve another and not serve yourself?
Unfortunately, they get paid well even if they drive the company into the ground. There is corruption in a lot of places. In fact, the poor leaders are poor servants, and they are poor servants because they supposedly serve something other than themselves.
They serve only themselves. If they served themselves then the one percent doing anything other than living peacefully with the ninety-nine percent wouldn’t happen. It isn’t practical to give your neighbour reason to feel wronged. It isn’t practical, but it is often “principled.”
I have no principles. I have biases. I have feelings. I have ideas and intentions. I will not accept principles. For me, it’s never the principle of the thing. There is just me and the thing, and what I want out of it, which is usually peace.
You have a lot of peace. You’re never ‘stuck’ on anything. Who really wants to be impaled? Or to have a bleeding heart? People die from that.
Often, I don’t care if it’s a dime or a million dollars. I don’t like when someone steals from me. Ah, naturally. I don’t like when someone steals from me either, but the asset is often not worth the expense of struggling with the thief.
I don’t like it when someone I care about “invalidates” me. Myself, I validate like crazy, validate like the wind. People don’t like that, but it’s the basis of my decision making. I take everyone’s intention as stated. I take everyone’s state of being as expressed. Unfortunately, they often don’t seem to realize what that means until I validate them. If you are sad but acting happy, I will validate both.
People often don’t like to be validated as they are actually being. They want to be validated for what they ‘think’ they are, which they aren’t. I have a low tolerance for ambiguity, so I accept it all and let it reconcile itself.
True. I find that sometimes my physical body is “down” but my mood is “up” and I choose to validate both. It does wonders for helping you centre, to “keep it real.”
Parting thought. My wife is a very conscientious person, very responsible. I once challenged her to do everything wrong on purpose. She couldn’t do it. People underestimate what and who they are. There is wisdom beyond any specific set of preoccupations, no getting away from it. The rhythm really is gonna get you.
We do celebrate now when she gets something wrong. I am proud of her when she makes a mistake. It takes courage.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.