posted on May, 25 2010 @ 02:29 AM
So you know what hit me when I was reading this?
Well let me start here. You know when really bad things happen to this world, have you ever asked "Hmmm, that was a horrible event, but what kind of
effect did it have on me directly?"
You might find that really big things have had an indirect effect on you, but nothing so bad you couldn't handle it. This is not true for the people
who were directly involved with the horrible event, but my guess is that we have all experienced the type of pain associate with a horrible event that
happened directly to us. And we handled that too.
A lot of what we discuss here on ATS are really big events. Things that are going to affect us all. But you know what I was thinking? the bigger the
event, the larger the experience to be shared. The more it is shared, the more the pain is spread out among us, and by the time you get your share it
doesn't really hurt as bad as we expected.
The things that cause the most pain in our lives are the horrible events where we are directly evolved. It would seem, then, that those are the things
that we should be spending the most focus on. We should be focusing on what we can be doing in our lives directly, right now, to lessen the things
that cause us pain directly.
All the big bad things that can, and will, happen to humanity as a whole are not really going to affect us as much as the "smaller" things that we
are directly involved with on a daily basis.
I'll tell you something that I'm not really sure many people really quite understand. When I was sent to a 3rd world country to work, I was
preparing myself to see a lot of pain, and hardship, and sadness. Oh, it was there. But it is also here. It seems that no matter what situation people
are in, they would find a way to exist, and find a way to be happy.
I would watch the "poor" children play in the street, laughing, and smiling, and I would think to myself, "Those smiles look just like the smiles I
would see on the children back home." And I thought, how absurd try to suggest that those smiles are somehow not has wide as they could be. That they
are somehow less happy because they live in this 3rd world environment. How silly to think that they could not be as happy because they didn't have
the latest Xbox game, or because they did not have a mall to stroll through.
There was pain, and there was joy. There was a balance of it just like there is everywhere.
I was at a dinner party this weekend with someone who grew up with all the turmoil that we have known to occur in South Africa. We got talking about
it, and he told me how was the definition of a Police State. He told me about how they had to carry a "book of life" around with them that was
basically their papers telling the authorities everything about them from birth. When I asked him how he got through that he gave me an answer I did
not expect. "Ah, it wasn't that bad. It was mostly annoying." That's how it was for most of the people who went through that.
I think that our lives would be largely improved if we focused on the things that bring us direct happiness, and extinguish direct pain. Perhaps all
the focus that is needed on larger events, is directly related to the amount that it has an actual effect on us. This is not to say that we should
lower our swords and just accept the evil of this world with a big smile on our face, but rather to put it in a balanced perspective. Fight hard, but
fight in the right direction.
We should stay alert to the larger things that we have no control of, but if we all can pursue and experience happiness with things that have a direct
affect on us, then we have achieved freedom in an unfree world, and standing armies cannot stop it.
(Damn I just get to rambling sometimes.)