How can Humanity be such opposing extremes?
On one side we are a most beautiful, intelligent, adaptable and highly self-reflective species; on the other side we are the cruelest, stupidest, most dogmatic and … with a brain highly capable of rational thinking … the most irrational creature in Nature.
In a time when the survival of our civilization is in question, what side of us will prevail, if at all? Will we be able to find the Beauty in us, or will we let our stupidity destroy it before we even find it?
We belong to a Natural Order that is as old … probably even older … than our Universe. All things in Nature unfold, including us, by making self-determined choices, or forced by internal and external environmental demands, or by a combination of both. We walk a path that meanders through the continuum we call Existence making choices with a degree of freedom, as we are pushed and pulled by our environments through a spectrum of opposites. At one end of the spectrum we find our instinctive drives – at the opposite end our self-determined choices. At one end we find our destructive actions – at the opposite end our creativity and ingenuity. At one end our capacity for cruelty – at the opposite end our tenderness and love. At one end our fear – at the other end our courage. At one end our irrational aggression – at the other end our nurturing rationality. At one end our unconscious meandering – at the other end our conscious and self-reflective capacity to choose. The closer we move towards one of the extremes, the more estranged we become from the other.
Under a Paradigm based on Aggression and Consumerism, we are currently dominated by irrational and destructive choices. And we will not change unless we realize that, as elements of a Natural Order that endows us with a relative degree of freedom to choose, we can take charge of our destiny.
We posses a degree of freedom to make conscious choices to decide on which side of the spectrum we want our lives to be, but most of the time our choices are dominated by unconscious instincts that are influenced, not only by our development, but also by the choices of others.
As far as we know, we are the most beautiful creature in Nature … intelligent, adaptable, ingenious, visionary, highly self-reflective … but instead of choosing a course towards the beautiful and nurturing side of our spectrum, we are letting the immoderate greed of a few to choose for us an irrational and destructive course that is putting civilization, as we know it, in peril.
We will find the Beauty in us when every human being knows that, although we must unfold within the boundaries of a natural Order that allows a degree of freedom to choose, nobody … nobody … has the right to tell us how to choose our freedom or take away our right to choose.
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