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If life is an echo

Categories:  Being on purpose, Life Balance and Wellbeing

Life is an echo.  What you send out comes back.  from Bev James "Daily Do Its!"

This statement refers to the principle of causality, where the intent and actions of an individual influence their future.  Call it life’s echo, the boomerang, Karma, or what goes around, comes around.  As this is the season of goodwill it seems like an appropriate time to think about what that means.

Pick up a newspaper, read social media or watch the TV and you’ll see a world of hate. The worst that ‘humanity’ has to offer.  I’m not going to quote any particular atrocity here as there have been so many needless, brutal, senseless acts recently.  Has the world gone mad?  We see societies full of intolerance, impatience and misunderstanding.  Groups of people vandalising, brutalising and terrorising others into submission, just because they don’t share their beliefs, values or lifestyle.   If the statement at the top of this blog is true, there are currently a lot of people set to receive some seriously bad echoes. 

It never ceases to astonish me at the seemingly endless, appalling and cruelly creative methods the human race finds to torture each other, physically, mentally and emotionally. Sadly it seems, there are many misguided and misinformed people who use religion to justify committing atrocities.  People will find reasons to do bad things and maybe religion has become a convenient cloak to hide behind.  Religious texts have been warped, twisted and manipulated to fit fanatical agendas.  Are we so self-centred, narcissistic and sure of ourselves that we can only accept those who fit our model of the world?  Maybe it’s fear, ignorance or just plain bigotry.  Who knows? 

It’s easy to make excuses for bad behaviour; often it’s someone else’s fault.  “I’m genetically predisposed”; “it’s the way I was brought up”; “they made me do it”.  There are many nature-nurture debates, but let’s not forget the third aspect that many fail to acknowledge…choice.  We have the capacity to choose what we think, how we feel and what we do in any given situation.  I accept, those choices may be limited, not really what we’d like, or the best of a bad situation; they are however still available.

Perhaps it’s time to take a good look in the mirror, focus on what we can control and work on our own behaviour, rather than being so quick to judge, criticise and bully others who are not like us.

I’ve referred to these quotes before, but they continue to resonate with me. 

“This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.  Our own brain, our own heart is our temple: the philosophy is kindness.”

And

“Be kind when it is possible.  It is always possible.”  Dalai Lama

Maybe if more of us lived by this philosophy, the world would be a better place.