Posted by: Redbeard | October 23, 2012

It’s Just Us (Re-visited)

How busy we have made our lives is frightening. You notice I said how busy we have made our lives, not how busy our lives have become. We have allowed ourselves and our families to be so involved in ” activities”,  that we hardly give ourselves time to think. When was the last time you found yourself all alone in a quiet room or outside in your lawn chair, your mind totally blank. It really isn’t such a bad thing. We tend to try and think, organize and react immediately to every question or challenge in our lives whether at work or at home. I wonder if it might help our brain not to think. You may be saying ” why are you getting into all of this psychobabble. Are you going to ask me to get in touch with my inner feelings or start communicating with nature?”  Naw. Ain’t going to happen. You can get in touch with what ever you want. Personally, I recommend three fingers of Jameson Irish whiskey, but Fortino’s Burgundy Reserve will do just as well. As to communicating with nature? Recycle some paper. Save a tree.  My thought here is that when it comes down to it, we really do control our lives. We have the power to simplify it. Make our lives a little less busy. Give ourselves… time. The only reason that we don’t believe it is that we have been conned. We either believe that we are at the mercy of our bosses 24/7, or we have given up our free will and are part of some grand plan. If you resign yourself to the first item you may be building your career or are just trying to make it through the days. If it’s the second, you had better read more. The only divine plan is the one we are living. Everything else is hidden.  We do know that we have a responsibility not only to be good citizens of our countries, but good stewards of the earth on which we live.  We humans have the unique ability for critical thinking. We are the only ones who really can “think out of the box”. So far as we know, all the other species react out of habit or history.

When we allow others to do our thinking for us. When we let others make decisions for us. When we  abdicate unconditionally, the responsibilities for voicing our opinions to those that we elect,  we cheapen our citizenship.

If it sounds like I am saying  that today’s problems are all your fault,  you’ve missed the point. Or maybe I haven’t explained it well enough. How about this…At the end of the day, it’s just us.

We look across the dining room table, not at our elected officials but at those we love. Our ultimate responsibility then is not to some political party or boss, but to those across that dining room table, and ourselves.

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