Ok, Everyone has seen an image of the Grand Canyon. It is 1,904 square miles of space. Over 1,218,000 acres. And only about 500 Havasupai people live there. There are 6.9 Billion people on earth. If we put them all in the same place in the population density of let's say New York city, it would require the area of Texas, roughly 268,000 square miles. Not much really. The grand canyon is 5,000 feet deep. Multiply that by 1,904 square miles you get 5.45 Trillion cubic yards. Plenty of room to fit all of the people on earth in one big anthill of a pile.(well we might spill over a little) Think of us all scrambling around on top of each other like ants trying to hurry the hell out of there in search of food and scurry back later to some strange nest of sand in tiny tunnels. http://flowingdata.com/2011/07/27/if-the-world-lived-in-a-single-city/
But, we don't have to live in just one place.... the earth's land mass is 57,505,693.767 sq mi which is about 29.2% of the total surface of the earth. We can basically live wherever we want. We don't have to live on top of each other like ants scurrying around frantic to find and hoard food.
What we do have to do is live with each other on 29.2% of this planet peacefully, equally and healthily. Which, we do actually, pretty effectively everywhere on earth. Very effectively, really, when you think about it for a minute. We actually live with each other really well. Our neighbors, our towns, our countries for the most part don't kill each other day and night like rabid weasels in heat... No, we don't. This is why I believe that we are capable of an even better reality than what we have now.
Civility is not quite the best that we can do. It is good, great really... but it breaks down into mere tolerance and then resentment and then paranoia and then hate. Because that is what civility is constructed upon, rivalries and hate quelled by tolerance. There must be a better way. A CORE Way to Internally ... emancipate ourselves from the mental slavery of what our parents, society, culture, religion, history, education has taught us.... INTO a Different Perception of TRUTH.
The Truth Is that people get along. Look what they did in NY and NJ after Hurricane Sandy. People went to the beach towns and looked for victims door to door. They fed them. They felt a driving need to help and organize injured communities of their fellow people. Look what the allies did for the Jews during WWII. Men who otherwise might have not really liked a Jew for whatever social and religious prejudices willingly did their duty to save them, and stop a tyrant. Stop A Tyrant.
That's where I am going with this. Tyrants.
1. a : an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution
b : a usurper of sovereignty
a : a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally
b : one resembling an oppressive ruler in the harsh use of authority or power
I have heard a lot of this word lately... being used to posit what if scenarios around the gun control issue. I am MORE CONCERNED with Real Tyrants all over the world exhibiting Actual Tyranny right now, Today.
Tyrants, and other forms of unkind selfish leaders are the real problem in the world. They threaten every aspect of peace and the health of humanity. ( I define health here as well being, equality, level of pollution and hunger in the population) Tyrants are by definition totally unconcerned with any one but themselves. They are self interested to the point of fascism and genocide. Their motivation is Power and in that, Greed. So, if you are wondering Why there is hunger and pollution in the world look to the greedy, the hatefilled, the self interested, the polluting and there is the answer.
Not all tyrants are obvious and not all greed is evident and not all fascism is bold.
So, what do I do about this? I am asking myself.
What am I going to do about this to effect change that is real? for EveryOne.
First of all I need to identify it. I need to look for every thing that I do that promotes greed and tyranny in the world. Every thing. So, my food, clothes, housing, money, job, entertainment, insurance, houseplants, pets, garbage shampoo nail polish socks.... thoughts, beliefs, methods, words... I have to look at them with new eyes and start deciding where to prioritize and begin removing my participation in Pollution, resource waste, cruelty, thoughtlessness, hoarding, greed, fascism... AND REPLACE Those things with safe, loving, renewable, local, community oriented behavior and practice. I need to do that Every Day, All Day, and Talk to my friends and family about that Way. I need to set an example to myself and to my friends and encourage everyone else to this Way of thinking about our participation in the global community. It means to me that I become Active in the process of a total consciousness shift.
We might sometimes miss the meaning of "Waste not, Want not" It means that if you do not waste what you have, then you will not want for it later. It's brilliant. And even better yet;
"Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted,
If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters returning
Back to their springs, like the rain shall fill them full of refreshment;
That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (My Grandmother's favorite quote.)
Once, when I was five or six, at the bottom of a stairway in the mall my grandmother turned to me and said, "God is Love, God is Everywhere, and God is Inside of You." At that moment she touched her finger lightly to my heart.
I will remember this forever. It was a transformative moment of my life, with the stairway rising behind her and the people moving past us. But all that I felt was this light touch on my chest and this sense of the greatness and the mystical truth of what she was telling me and the real connection that I made in that moment. I had asked her what God was, because a lady in the bathroom had told me that I was pretty and I had said "thank you, I know." after which a discussion ensued about accepting a compliment with Grace and she had said that God had given me this gift. (I remember this because my grandmother retold this story occasionally while I was growing up.)
If that story doesn't get you, what will? It illustrates something that every one of us either encounters or seeks in some way, that is ... Love, Unity, Sense of Purpose, Meaning, Fulfillment. It is loosely, what the Sioux call The Touching. The Full Circle. It is Why We Are Here. I got it at 5. I Received the Total Experience in a fleeting second at the bottom of the stairs near the ladies room in the Cooky's restaurant in the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station New York. I've been searching for it ever since. Once in a while I get a taste, a glimmer, a flicker...and it is always sweet. It is the reason to wake up in the morning, to go out into the world and encounter other people, to work, to live, to strive, to Love, to Be. And it is the reason to ask ourselves How can we do Better?
.............."Pointing across the Aegean toward the neighboring island of Samos, he said: “Just 15 kilometers over there is a completely different world. There they are much more developed. There are high-rises and resorts and homes worth a million euros. In Samos, they care about money. Here, we don’t. For the many religious and cultural holidays, people pool their money and buy food and wine. If there is money left over, they give it to the poor. It’s not a ‘me’ place. It’s an ‘us’ place.”