This is a pretty dark piece and it mirrors my feelings at the moment… and I am sure that as time passes, the light will shine through and the darkness recede…but it will never be truly gone…
Last night I was thinking of the all the injustices in the world…
It started off as a prayer for the recently departed and it morphed into being thankful for what I have and thinking of those who don’t.
I tried to juxtapose all the bad with all the good in the world – it was not easy, as there were more bad things that happens to the world and its people, than good. Or is it because of media manipulation that we know more of the bad than the good?
Right now, someone is mourning the loss of a loved one, someone is taking their last breath and somewhere, someone is so alone.
Elsewhere, anywhere, someone is being brutally attacked, populations are being starved and wars are raging
Struggling trying to think of better things, I took what I had and tried to work with it…
The mourning of a loved-one could also mean the end of suffering for the one who had departed. The support from family and friends to the bereaved can help to ease the pain and provide comfort when it was least expected.
But what excuse for the bastard who unflinchingly takes the life of another? Not once, but over and over again. What of the abuser who beats up his family? The predator who steals the innocence of our children? Where is the “silver lining” in that??
But then I think of a stranger who without thinking bends down to pick up someone who has been attacked. Calls for help and stays with them until help arrives – only to disappear, never to be seen again after this samaritanical act.
It is said that in war, there must be one who emerges victorious, but how sweet can that victory be when so many have lost lives on both sides?
So then the question arises about a “noble-war” one in defense of country and religion. Is there really any other kind??? NO war can be noble with so much suffering.
So many dying of starvation, when food and water are wasted in abundance across the world. What have “these” people done to deserve such suffering?
During this mental ping-pong match - I came to my own conclusions, neither right nor wrong – just mine.
The reasons and solutions for both suffering and joy, come from, and lie within us.
Mankind and Humankind (such a misnomer) considering the subject matter, has been so unkind to himself and others that it is time to take full responsibility,
IF you were that Samaritan to help, call and give unselfishly of yourself – surely, wherever you are and whomever you with will benefit?
IF you did not benefit from the sale of guns used to wage war, how many lives would be saved?
IF you shared you food and water, instead of making a profit off selling it, how little would go hungry?
Of course, there are BAD people, but no-one is born bad, it is the environment that we have created for ourselves that has turned us into hateful, selfish and non-caring human-beings.
Who even came up with those words? Human-KIND, Man-KIND? How KIND are we really if we are a part of, contribute and ignore the (bad) things that are going on around us.
Never an “environmentalist” or Green-peace card-carrying member, but in context of the above, I now get it – “SAVING the environment for the future of Mankind” has a whole new meaning for me…
Think about it, we all have been given this blank canvas to work with – “a clean environment” and what do we choose to do with it instead? We pollute it.
I am thankful that this “struggle” has led me to the lighter end of the tunnel, instead of being stuck in the darkness, for now it’s not that bright, but it’s a start…and I’ll start by being kind/er to myself.
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