December 18

Today's quotation:

The world is not in need of saving; it is perfect
in itself--it is not a mess to be fixed up.  It is
harmonious and whole, and it is our responsibility
to harmonize with it, not change it.

A Spiritual Warrior

Today's Meditation:

Sometimes it's easy to want to fix the world, isn't it?  After all, there's so much that needs fixing, so much poverty to eliminate, so much pollution to clean up, so much strife to calm.  But is it really our place to want to fix up a world that we can't see truly?  After all, this world of ours is an incredibly vast, extremely old planet that hides from us much more than our limited vision allows us to see.  This world works on its own terms, and it seems pretty clear that much of the discord in the world occurs because people simply aren't willing to let the world be the world--to accept it as it is and try to harmonize, to cooperate with it.

As people we like to fix things.  But once we start trying to do so, we no longer are modeling the behavior that's opposite of what we're trying to fix--we're now modeling anti-whatever behavior.  For example, Mother Teresa said that she'd never be a part of an anti-war demonstration; she would, however, take place in a pro-peace demonstration.  This attitude illustrates the difference between wanting to fix things and wanting to add something positive to the world.

The world's in fine shape, except for some of the damage that we've done to it.  And we would accomplish much more if we were to embrace the notion of modeling behavior that will embrace the world and treat it well so that it can continue to exist on its own terms.  Modeling this perspective will allow us to contribute something positive to the world rather than trying to find flaws and eliminate them.  Flaws will go away on their own as we improve the ways that we treat the world, and that sort of treatment must start with each of us as individuals.

Harmony is a beautiful word, and it would be a wonderful thing to share with this beautiful world of ours.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of things do you do to develop harmony between you and the world?

Why do humans like to try to fix things so much?

If our responsibility is to harmonize with the world, how can we live up to this responsibility?

For further thought:

There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother;
she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her
children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace.

Bourke Coekran  


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