Sunday, 22 January 2012
Respect for life.
“It is not heroine or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.”
Source – Referring to the USA. Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924).
Providing entertainment drives the entire modern world. In itself there is no problem with this, it’s absolutely fabulous, but so much of today’s entertainment provides no mental growth. In this do-not-need-to-think-world, it is easy to lose yourself, simply to get away from our worldly reality. Our psyches find it frightening that we are killing ourselves and so many choose to escape rather than remind themselves about respect for all that is life and teaching this philosophy through their actions. Without respect for your family, friends and neighbours you will have no respect for other cultures or nations. Without respecting all other people, how do you expect to respect plants and animals?
Without respect for yourself, you have no true respect for anything that exists. And respect for yourself is the only form of respect that will lead to respect for all that is life. All these forms of respect are linked and none can be taken away from the whole.
“Companies that sell or produce toxic or carcinogenic chemicals as waste by-products are able to spin or suppress news stories so affectively that most citizens of Vermont” (USA) “ , for example, don’t know that over 53,000 pounds of a chemical banned in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, and other countries is sprayed on their feed corn every year. This chemical has been linked in scientific studies to breast cancer, leukaemia, lymphoma, birth defects, and reproductive tumors.”
Source - The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann.
If people in power can blind themselves to harming their own people, because there is a buck to be made, it means they have numbed themselves toward respecting life.
Wisdom. The answer is to view everything and everyone in life as having value. Being realistic about our reality and putting it into perspective is what is needed. A wise person’s outlook on life is one of shared survival concerns – not necessarily religious, but a concern to preserve life for our children, something most mothers understand very well. Since wisdom is usually something that comes with age, it will stand you in good stead to listen to your elders. Not to obey blindly, for each has their own wisdom. But you will find that respect for life is a universal wisdom.
I would strongly recommend that you read the chapter on Transforming Culture Through Politics in Thom Hartmann’s book The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. This chapter makes one doubt if many of our world governments really have humanity’s best interests at heart for the long term, or is it all about short-term gain?
IF YOU THEN ARRIVE AT THE REALISATION THAT YOU ARE PART OF THE-ALL-THAT-IS, THE ENERGY THAT CREATES EVERYTHING. IF YOU REALISE THAT YOU ARE AS MUCH PART OF LIFE AS THE NEXT PERSON. IF YOU REALISE THAT PLANTS AND ANIMALS AND INANIMATE OBJECTS LIKE TREES ARE PART OF CREATION JUST LIKE YOU ARE,
... then it is impossible to have an attitude of something-or-someone-will-save-us-sometime? Or is it? Being your own highest authority does not leave space for such an assumption. We are our own saviours – that is what we are supposed to realise. If we see the world as our own (and since we are part of Creation, then there is no other way to see it) and belonging to everybody, then we will be able to find lasting solutions and not just quick fixes.
Deciding who you are eventually creates who you are.
Excerpt adapted from:
Realizing Your Authority. Copyright ©2007 Jacques Ractliffe.
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Realizing Your Authority / Jacques Ractliffe - 1st. ed.
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With much love & regards,
True enlightenment manifests as the unconditional desire to be of service to all of humanity.
Knowing that you are a spiritual being living an Earthly existence is to live Life here and now from the Soul’s perspective– in all ways and in all things.