From Chaos Comes Clarity
Everything is purposeful; there are no accidents or mistakes in life. We learn from everything. What, therefore, is the current health and economic crisis meant to teach us?
Selfishness is out; compassion and loving kindness are in. We must learn to share and cooperate; we are all in this together. No more “I want what I want and I want it now. These are the thoughts of a child. Thoughtlessness has consequences; just observe today’s events and circumstances.
Inequality is unsustainable. Those who can’t access or afford good health care will unintentionally infect those who can. The pandemic treats everyone equally. Border walls are as ineffective as they are repulsive. Germs aren’t deterred by man-made barriers any more than people are. The impoverished and downtrodden will rebel if unequal economic opportunity persists. Meet everyone’s needs or all will suffer.
Short-sighted behavior is blinding. Focus on long-term fulfillment not short-term advantages. Save financial and natural resources for a rainy day. Debt should be avoided. Spend only what’s necessary after saving for known and unknown contingencies. Imprudent and unsustainable debts and deficits must be reversed. No person, family, community or country can live beyond their means without negative consequences
Respect all of life. The ecosystem is our life blood; it provides resources and nutrients we need to survive. Its beauty and vitality inspire us. If we exploit the ecosystem, mother nature will respond in kind. Harsh weather—ferocious hurricanes and tornadoes, dangerous droughts and floods, uncontrollable fires and volcanoes—will be commonplace. A scarcity of resources will follow.
Those already anticipating a return to “normal” living patterns haven’t gotten the message. When will stocks recover? is an understandable but inappropriate response. First, inequality must be addressed; sacrifices from everyone, particularly the well-off, are required. Second, materialistic people who seek their narrow self-interest must be challenged. If the masses make their voices heard—through the ballot box or in the streets—the influence of the rich and powerful will recede. Third, environmental degradation and neglecting the changing climate is indefensible and dangerous. Attention to the health of the ecosystem must be prioritized not trivialized.
The pandemic will be a humbling, humanizing experience. Through it all, know that your Soul watches over you and you ultimately have nothing to fear; you are safe, eternal and loved. Unsustainable living —economic, social and environmental —must inevitably come to an end. If we learn the lessons now being presented we can grow and develop as individuals and as a society and avoid more draconian measures in the future.
David Schwerin, co-author Know Your Soul: Bring Joy to Your Life
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