How (or What) We Learn — 02.13.29

Guiding Thought

The purpose of Life for all beings is to experience happiness, peace, contentment, and safety, Knowing the Oneness and Immortality of the Divine Self. Such Knowledge is beyond speech, beyond thought; It is found in the depths of the heart where communion (co-union) with All is reality. We now bring the unifying force within our hearts to all people and experiences and thus Know ourselves as the happiness, peace, contentment, and safety we Are.

Reflection
Mary

The Dalai Lama recently said:

“How we view human nature can mean the difference between living in a world filled with people who are perceived as hostile, violent and dangerous, or as essentially kind, helpful and gentle. A deep awareness of the essential goodness of human beings can give us courage and hope.”

It’s difficult sometimes to see beyond the daily news; it can be almost impossible to avoid it and the “spin” seems to almost always be in favor of the sensational – the violent and hostile. And yet, the world I EXPERIENCE on a day-to-day basis, MY reality, seems to have little in common with what the news portrays. Yes, I see the impacts of poverty and drugs and homelessness right here in my own community. More importantly, I see individuals, community agencies and governmental programs all dedicated to helping provide happiness, peace, contentment and safety. I choose to view human nature as kindness, as all of us wanting these same things.  We’ve just learned through different families and cultures different ways to achieve these goals.  South Pacific is a classic musical movie, one that’s not aired these days probably because of political incorrectness (e.g. a song titled “There is Nothing Like a Dame”).  And yet, there’s a very meaningful song as well, “You’ve Got to Be Taught”. (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VPf6ITsjsgk) We’re not born to dislike one another – part of the lyrics “you’ve got to be taught to be afraid of people whose eyes are oddly made and people who’s skin is a different shade.” If you watch young people play, you’ll likely see it’s NOT human nature to be hostile and violent. It’s human nature to be kind, helpful, gentle and loving. If we teach our children and grandchildren well (or let them teach us) perhaps future generations will more readily bring the unifying force within our hearts to all people.