The weekends for most of us are times for a change of pace. Our weekday routines shift to weekend routines. I’ve even noticed a diminishing of the number of hits on bluejayblog on Saturdays and Sundays. This is true, regardless of subject matter or season of the year. Oddly enough, this drop in “ratings”, makes me feel most free to ponder and ask myself, you, the universe, the void, whatever, about topics that come up in meditation. This is a good time for me to shift into a mode that the “cool” folks don’t care to enter.
Some of us flash on one of these unfashionable questions for awhile, then mentally move on. This is normal human behavior. But what if we look into uncomfortable reality a little longer?
When you see the young man placing merchandise on a shelf at a mass merchandising store, do you think about what his life is like? Do you think how he is lucky to have that job? Do you wonder if he may also need to work another part time job just to get by on his own? What is the impact of this on his family? Does he have a spouse or a domestic partner? Is a child living in his home? What does the young worker worry about? Do we even care?
The worker is occupied every day, he may never have a holiday or much time off of working and worrying because his schedule must always include shuffling his time between his two jobs. The rent must be paid. Food must be bought. If a medical emergency happens to his child or partner, some means of paying the medical expenses must be found. There is little or no time left to spend with his partner and child. He will never know how wonderful it is to tell his kid long stories about the beauty of the earth and universe.
What kind of society do we approve of that believes adhering to political and economic doctrine is more valuable than believing in people and love? Why do we think it is OK for some people to have more than everything they could ever desire; and, at the same time, other people must struggle just to stay alive?
Maybe we think that is just the way it is. We have been told that is how society works. We are told that is how it must always be. How can we just accept this cynical view? How do we break this pattern of thinking? Can we? The politicians and religious leaders point to outmoded dogma and beliefs that keep us ensnared. Selfish ambition is the paradigm of the day. Political struggle only amplifies the cold-heartedness of the world.
Some people call for revolution. But revolutions don’t ease the suffering masses. Political revolutions only replace the power elites. How can one find a satisfactory solution?
It is up to us, individually, to seek within ourselves, that kernel of love and to nurture it. Can you break from the status quo and find the answer in love? Is this a practical
solution? Or is this only mere idealism?
What do you think of it?
The Blue Jay of Happiness knows that humans are capable of living deeply good lives.