- Religion and Philosophy
Creation and Destruction
Nearly every human endeavor requires that something be created or destroyed in order for us to exist, as we know how to exist.
Where there is birth, there is death. Where there are laws, people break them. Despite the measures taken by conservationists, humanitarians, and the like, to preserve the true treasures in life, the cycle of creation and destruction continues. Often times more than not this cycle is uninhibited even by our best efforts.
Accepting the cycle of creation and destruction may help one deal with the dilemmas we may face from time to time of what is deemed right or wrong. How we choose to exist is purely an individual choice. How we perceive what is good or bad would be subject to what we hold to be true.
If we look at the awe and delight of a child (or adult) early Christmas morning when the colorful lights are twinkling in the dawn of the newborn day. To see the joy and merriment in a Child's (or adult) eye serves to lift your own spirit up high.
The Christmas tree (together with the presents) has served its life purpose. This purpose perhaps is to uplift another living being and bring much joy in to their life, solely because of its presence. Although the trees life purpose has been spent it does not cease to exist. If it withers and rots from non-use, it transforms back in to the earth to nourish many and the cycle of creation and destruction continue.
Perhaps if we viewed this in terms other then creation and destruction we can see a pattern emerge.
A perfect balance it appears to be, in my mind.
If we decrease something we inevitably are increasing something else or vice versa. In our internal life, if we are decreasing in one area we are inevitably increasing in another also. It has been said by many, if we unlearn (decrease) we increase our ability to understand the mysteries of life. If we lose something or someone (house, car, business, loved one) we are gaining wisdom or a deeper understanding from the loss.
To build a house we are taking from the forest. To feed ourselves we are taking from the earth. When we are taxed it is reducing our pay yet we are increasing others opportunity to be fed or increasing the governments ability to maintain justice and peace.
However which way we look at it there is increases and decreases in almost everything we do. Perfect Balance.
Here are a few more examples that may occur within us.
When we decrease our heartlessness we are increasing our compassion. When we decrease our selfishness we are increasing our selflessness. When we decrease our hate we are increasing our ability to love. When we decrease our discontent we are increasing our ability to be content. When we decrease our conceitedness we are increasing our ability to be humble.
For me compassion, selflessness,
love, contentment and humility all naturally arise from a reservoir within. Therefore
when we decrease the learned behavior that is not useful and that is sometimes
unconscious. Eventually what arises is far more rewarding, than that which has
been learned, to not only ourselves but all those whom we interact with in our day to day lives.