Destiny can be likened to travelling to a distant city whether or not you wish to make the trip. The way the man gets to the city is his only choice and therefore whatever occurs as a result of his decision is where fate comes in.
When I contemplate all that I am currently observing in the world with wars, natural disasters, and economic hardships, I think about us. I mean the collective “US”. WE, as mankind have a destiny. We might not know the ultimate destiny, but we all sense we are moving toward something more. We sense when we are not moving forward to that destiny, as we collectively sense now. We have lost what we call “our spirit” or the “spirit of mankind.” More realistically we can say it is the collective aspirations of all men. This universal inspiration sets us apart from all other creatures we are aware of in existence.
I wonder how we allowed ourselves to make the choices we have made or are making. Would are ancient ancestors look with pride at how far we have progressed or will they be saddened that we are still at war, or that there are still far too many of us hungry, sick, or marred in poverty and victimized on a daily basis?
I also wonder that if our current situation is the decrees of fate that has resulted from the choices we have made, then why do we feel so powerless to change those choices? Let’s be honest here. On an individual basis, we all are sickened at how many of our finest young men and women are dying in distant wars we know little about and yet as individuals we do nothing more than lip service on occasion to change it. Why?
We all know that a very few have a vastly disproportionate amount of the collective wealth and they are amassing even more everyday and we know they are not using their wealth in any meaningful way for the betterment of all. Yet we allow them the continued privilege that such wealth generates. Why?
I understand the wisdom that a man realizes more readily the depth of his soul when confronted with disaster than while sitting in the lap of luxury, but where are WE right now? For me it came down to some pretty basic stuff. Do I really have a soul and do I really have a destiny? For me, the answer to both questions is yes. While trials and tribulations are the tuition of a soul, we have choices, choices as individuals and collective choices.
I feel I am on fairly solid ground here. This has nothing to do with religious dogma or belief systems. I don’t pretend to have even the slightest clue to the “TRUTH”. I think even most agnostics or atheists you would meet would agree that you cannot rule out the possibilities of some sort of eternal or dimensional existence.
So why am I rambling about this now? Is it too much coffee or not enough sleep? No, it’s the stories of people having their retirement plans so impacted that they must continue to work well past 65, or 4500 children dying every minute of starvation or disease. It is the agony and pain of women, children, and the elderly caught in the vise grips of war and conflict. It is the deterioration of our systems of education and infrastructure. It is 2 million families that will be thrown from their homes in just America this year.
Can WE not do better than this? What is really stopping us from drinking from the Chalice of Fulfillment? When will these unnecessary hardships and suffering actually become intolerable to us? Please do not misunderstand what I am trying to say, I really don’t have any of the answers, only the questions.
I know it is easier for the soul in each of us to devolve rather than evolve, but it seems we are almost severed from that which we call the “spirit of man”. That same spirit that created England and the Magna Carta. The same spirit that sparked the French and American Revolution. The same spirit that allowed the world to survive two major global wars.
It seems to me that we should re-empower OURSELVES as individuals. We need to reconnect to our spirit of who we are and then collectively we need to clean this mess up pronto. What say you?