Jayne and I sat in a lovely restaurant on Friday evening enjoying our meal.
We can easily agree to disagree and I love the debates we engage in.
She doesn’t always share my point of view and often challenges it.
This is one of the things I love about her.
She challenges me to look deeper and think actually how I in fact deduce and entertain my reasoning.
I love debates, I love the thought process and I love to be challenged in some manner as it only assists in my growth. While I may well have some very strong opinions I am always open to new ideas and concepts.
Do you want to save the world from itself?
I watch the news and see all that ails and plagues this planet of ours. And while I realize the news program being viewed has been designed to entertain to some degree, that they’ve taken a host of stories and then decided how they are going to be delivered, as it is a business after all.
I recall watching Walter Cronkite deliver the news in my youth. You could see news people in the background of the newsroom at their desks, smoking cigarettes and moving about gathering information as it came in. Camera shots moved in a little closer to isolate the ‘background’ disturbances.
There was a certain trust back in those days that the news being delivered was based on fact.
The age of flower power was then ushered in. Young people were rising up questioning all the propaganda that had been fed to them. Furthermore, they weren’t buying it.
Many of us thought there was a better way. The utopian dream was born.
No more fighting, no wars, no more power struggles and we would all live equally and in harmony with one another. For a brief moment I think I believed it was possible.
This news of a new initiative to remove the insidious actions that mankind had been doling out since the beginning of our time on this planet blinded me for a moment.
It wouldn’t be that easy. You cannot erase eons of conditioning just like that.
If you are raised to believe in a certain ideology it is very hard to challenge it, let alone change it.
I had spent a lifetime wanting to feel completely comfortable in my own skin.
Prior to my caner diagnosis, I had begun to feel as if I finally reached that pinnacle. Things were beginning to settle into place and I’d never felt more at peace with myself as when I embarked on the training for the ½ Marathon.
Then just as quickly has that illusion emerged it was gone.
Cancer will do that to you. The body was now under siege.
And so I began to look deeper.
I’m not the insecure and naïve girl I was some twenty plus years ago and my views on this world that we live in have changed considerably.
I am more than just the flesh that houses my soul, my spirit. Yet I want that sense of unity with the sum of all my parts.
I look at this world and some of the major issues that we are facing today. Ebola is raging through West Africa and I wonder why we’re not applying the knowledge and remedies we have gained in the Americas with those who are most vulnerable is really beyond me.
The death count seems to double every couple of weeks. The sad thing is the people living there aren’t really aware of what a crisis this has become consequently becoming very vulnerable to infection. And even the removal and disposal of those infected who’ve died must be done quite delicately so as not to infect the living.
And we watch in animated horror and it doesn’t really affect us, now does it?
Or will it?
One man on a flight to the U.S. had this virus…now two nurses who attended to his care have contracted it. He has since died.
Ebola has made its appearance here in North America. We’re not so complacent any longer. Those tendrils of fear now begin to spread.
I recall a few years back when we had the SARS outbreak. That one came over from Asia.
And the next thing you know the latest fashion trend was the surgical face mask.
Back to the news of the day.
Then of course all the atrocities that are being committed against mankind are reflected as well.
Is the vision that I hold of this world an honest one?
It’s debatable as are most things.
I suppose that’s why I’m exploring the human equation.
I challenge the idea of an ‘eye for an eye’.
Think about this statement. You take one of my eyes out and I’ll take one of yours. It balances out the conflict. We are back on an even playing field, yes?
Or are we?
We pray that the rights and freedoms we’ve fought so hard for will not be stripped from us, yet governments of the day quietly pass laws stripping them from us as it is no longer ‘cost effective’ to have them in place.
And they’ll commission a study group lead by an ‘independent’ advocate of the government to review the issue…just for good measure and spend just few more precious tax dollars to ensure that all their bases are covered.
When conflict or a threat of some kind occurs close to home we suddenly feel very vulnerable and everyone is suspect. As a nation we don’t like to feel that frailty, as an individual we are horrified and fearful.
I feel incredibly small in comparison to the next layer of life that will be revealed, as it is a moment and it’s fleeting.
I haven’t been guaranteed anything regarding this life and why should I be?
I have this day and it’s mine to live.
We have our truths and much like the interpretation of a painting, a sketch, a poem and so on, truth is just as subjective.
And I’m still striving to find my authentic truth, that place where I am confident that all the energy I exude in a day is being utilized in a manner that will benefit all that surrounds me. That I am connected to this world of ours and those that inhabit it in a manner that is positive and honest.
And that’s all I can do at the moment.
Thanks for stopping and many blessings.