As I watch the circus that is politics and activism with marches and violence, the snowflakes and UC Berkley etc.., even the Pope with his encyclical, everyone trying to figure out how they are going to fix society, and as I recall how I have spent years trying to figure out what group I could belong to or work with including what faith I could belong to, in order to fix the world I realize it’s stupidity, this notion of “fixing” society, of “fixing” others.
What do we do, well look in the mirror. Jesus said to work on taking the plank out of our own eye. and Ayan Rand had a philosophy, which okay some felt was extreme, but to an extent she had a point, that one should focus on one’s own well being and that if each person did that then it would be almost like a domino effect. In a sense she is right. Jesus is also right that we should really take care of getting our house in order above all else, and once our house is in order and as we get our house in order we can be an example to others on how an house, a life etc.. can be gotten in order. Does that mean everything works out honky dory, every marriage gets reconciled etc.., no. It does mean that we work out our demons, and we do so without self destruct or destruction of others. It means we make the journey in a way that doesn’t leave a lot of debris, if any in the process. Most of our “issues” comes from wrong thinking, and from not properly teaching people how to fish, or providing alternative ponds to fish in when one pond dries up for them, and instead giving fish. It comes from lousy patterns that come out of erroneous thinking. Academia is in part to blame as they do not teach true critical thinking, open debate etc…, nor do they teach heart, body, mind connection of living and decision making, action and consequence. Religious institutions have become for example political activist centers rather than spiritual centers, which really has screwed things up. Political center of the nation had become hostile to the very cherished foundation of faith that helped create this nation and the very cherished freedom of religion our founders felt very strongly about. Granted there is a lot in society that can be much improved, but social justice activism, division and hatred is not going to fix anything, neither really is legislation. None of that is really going to change anything in any place in the world, especially not the Muslim world.
The only way anything is going to change is by individuals changing and as each individual changes, that person’s patterns and thinking changes long term. I think this is why I am drawn to authentic Kabbalah and Jewish Science because it focuses on patterns, on one’s way of thinking and relating to God, self etc.. and once that changes then life can change. Long term, real human change wont come from politics or theology. It has to go a lot deeper and much more personal that one person at a time for things in society to change for the better, including national sovereignty to be respected.
Namaste, Shalom and Amen