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Life is about Perspective
Life is about Perspective
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
I have heard people wish their children did not procreate, feeling that life was far too harsh and filled with suffering to bring an innocent child into the world. I see life in a different light. I too see the suffering and pain that life can create but accept it as an integral part of the human experience. Pain is just a bridge to understanding and appreciating the potential that life affords. Suffering is a lesson of some importance, whether it is the ramifications of wrongdoing or simply a window of exploration that can yield answers and understandings not gained in any other way.
Regardless of the purpose of pain and hardship, it exists and therefore has a place in life. Everything exists in balance and when imbalance occurs, balance is found with consequence to the participants. There is always a price for creating imbalance; whether it is pain on some level or just a lesson of understanding, there are always resulting consequences.
Like all experiences in life we should not fear or reject anything including pain or suffering. We should experience it completely, become immersed in it to understand both our bodies and minds responses. Once defined and understood our response and experience can become something else. In simple terms fear is the catalyst of suffering, intensifying it threefold. Without fear and with acceptance, the experience has less impact and can yield a calm and controlled recognition and understanding of impact.
For me, life is about potential. I see humanity’s ineptitude but focus on its potential. It’s a matter of perspective. I believe that every being on the earth has the potential of good and an endless opportunity for change and betterment. I live in a constant state of hope, a belief that humanity will prevail and evolve into loving, responsible and compassionate beings. This is our potential and I have faith in that outcome.
For all these reasons I see the world as a potential paradise, the beauty exuding from every form of life, every cell, rock, plant, insect, animal and organism. The complexity and beauty of creation far outweighs the negative views of people intent on self-destruction. Unfortunately humanity has chosen, on a whole, to disregard this view and continue a course of greed and self-gratification. This is why we are approaching a time of crisis and our earth’s imbalance is creating a consequence of which we will all suffer. There is no intent, just the law of cause and effect.
Regardless of this fact and whatever the consequences will be, the earth will survive us and flourish, with or without our intervention. Amid infinity and time and space we are but a tiny flicker, the impact of which is no more than the twinkle of a star. We have come and we may go, but life is eternal, continually transforming from one state to another; world without end.
Having children and continuing our species is built into our genetic makeup and we bring life to earth knowing the possibilities of an uncertain future. But if we are resigned to the belief that all of this is futile, then we have lost the purpose of being here. There is no such thing as futility, only the belief in hopelessness. Appreciating what we have is a start to accepting the experience we call life. Within it are up and downs, pain and suffering, joy and bliss; all part of the experience. Our task as individuals is to realise all those potentials and accept what life affords.
There is far more beauty in this existence than can be beheld at one time, all you have to do is look for it and it is found. So, what perspective do you take?