I don’t shy away from social issues because they present opportunities for growth and enlightenment, to expose hatred and misplaced trust in ego, and to simply help others discover their own hearts. I DON’T write about these things to try and persuade anyone to believe how I believe, to jump on the bandwagon of things that I think are important; however, I do want you to discover for yourself by listening to your own heart. Shutting out your own heart, ignoring it, or even worse, rejecting it is the greatest evil, because all expressed evil starts in the heart of individuals.
When one ego-driven person convinces another one about a perceived enemy or superior stance, then a consolidation of ego begins, kind of a corporate ego state, which reveals the more sinister aspect of humans who work from, work by, and depend on their ego. Everything they then do makes perfect sense to them because egos rationalize, don’t they? And why do they do that? Our egos help us to protect self, be aware of self in relationship to the rest of the world, and try to help us make sense of life.
However, if that chosen filter of ego is used to view and respond to life, then everything seems threatening because egos warn about threats to self. Smart, talented, gifted, well-educated people who have not chosen to use their hearts as their life lens can convince others of their rationalized stands on social issues like immigrants, racial relations, gender views, and many more. Make no mistake, I am not saying that folks who don’t know Self, don’t know their own heart, are evil. Anyone can do evil at any time, but those who listen to their heart hear the tough truth that hearts tend to tell.
Although, whenever those smart people led by ego systematize and codify their egoic beliefs as political and governmental leaders, it becomes a problem. It’s happened all through history, and when it happens, those executing evil against others always think that the situation now warrants some sort of logical response — response that has been based on their ego.
How can they gain such a following? Those who are ego-driven are self-deceived, so when they try to prove a point, they become most dangerous because they lie with the impunity of their own conscience. Therefore, they can be most convincing because they believe their own lies — no conscience check.
Therefore, when social issues arise and the discussion turns to ideas and actions that disregard the hearts and souls of others, I form my opinions. When the circuitous, laborious, hateful rhetoric begins and yet it sounds logical, I think of alternatives. Like the words of Chief Joseph who said (yes, in yesterday’s blog), “There need be no trouble. Treat all men alike.”
How should we respond to such complex dynamics generated by ego? Follow our hearts. Pursue with enthusiasm and passion and wisdom and diligence our life purpose in whatever current vision that takes. Move forward and learn to speak with our hearts daily, always asking, always listening, always loving. AND if and when we have the opportunity, be fearless in speaking our hearts and our love. If the expression of core Self is one of leadership in issues or politics, then take it without compromise.
So, when things are done like cheating, deceiving, murdering, and subduing whole races such as the Native Americans or African Americans OR things like paying women less just because they are women OR splitting up families because children were born on this soil and one or both parents weren’t n immigration disputes OR something like reverse discrimination — THEN, remember: Treat all men alike. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That law, the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” comes BEFORE any other law — national, state, or local.
All of these social issues and many others have come about in a very simple way: people did not follow their hearts and did not treat one another as free, equal, and fellow humans. The solution is just as simple as the problem that caused it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
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Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!