Fundamentally, when we look at things a certain way with our eyes, we may see that human being are seperate from each other. It’s untrue. We’re all interconnected, we’re all one. Our minds respond to each other through thoughts and emotions. We can even alter a living system through our emotional state. This was put to the test in the movie.
In this universe, we participate. Whatever we do in it, will change it. Reality is a relationship between the parts of the universe. Not only are we human being connected with each other on a deep level, we are connected with all life forms.
David Suzuki: “Air is this thin layer around the planet that holds us together, that unites us, that links us to the past and the future as far as we get to see.”
1 percent of air is an element called Argon. Millions of argon atoms. It’s very possible that I’ve breathed the same air (and Argon) as Plato, Muhammad, JFK, ancient pharoahs, dinosaurs, etc.
Over 99% of our genes are identical to our nearest relatives; the great apes. Most of our genes are identical to those of our pets, to those of trees, fish, mammals and plants. They’re our relatives. This is a cause for celebration. Celebration for the air, water, sun, soil, energy that makes it possible for us to live.
It seems as though that science is catching on to all the intuitive spiritual ideas of ancient religions, native cultures and eastern traditions have understood all time. We’re moving from a more Newtonian world into a world where we can give scientific acceptance to spirituality.
We’re not robots made out of meat. We’re not numbers or statistics, nor mechanical systems. We have virtues, values, feelings, spiritual connections, and emotional influence over others. It’s the reason why we feel the urge to help someone up when we witness that same person fall in front of us.
We’re not alone. The whole is greater that the sum of the parts. We’re part of that greater whole. All of nature, all of humanity is our family. This narrative is not new. With all the technology we have today, everything is starting to dove-tail together. As major events continue to transpire around the global, we become more aware of our growth, meaning that we’re realizing that we’re connected; not separate.
We’re acting upon a consciousness that’s grasped a large number of people across the earth. Our attitudes have shifted and changed. We’re starting to realize that we are all one. Bringing the best out of each other.
Howard Zinn: “Everyday acts and small acts can build up over time into a great movement.”
Desmond Tutu: “…and we have a coalition with this movement, and it overcomes apartheid.”
What civilizations throughout history have figured out, in order to live with each other balanced and peaceful, was that the idea that accumulating private property beyond your needs was considered a mental illness.
I’m thrilled to see the masses of people standing up for their freedoms. Standing up for the rights of others. Assisting in giving others food, shelter, clothes.
Are we participating in a vision that is benefiting the world or destroying the world?
Do we share the bounty we hunted equally with the members of the tribe?
Do we keep the bounty for ourselves?
Do we teach others how to hunt for their bounty?
Do we teach others to share the bounty that we catch?
These are all important questions we can ask ourselves. But an even more important question is this:
Do we have more than what we need?
Nature has a fundamental law and that is that it never takes more than it needs. Nothing in nature takes more than it needs. If it does, it dies off. In nature, all life forms are cooperatives. A mighty oak doesn’t take more than it needs; just enough to grow. A lion doesn’t kill all gazelle; just one.
When a body takes more than it’s share, its balance gets out of wack. Imagine if someone decides to eat 5 lbs. of raw salmon at once. This could render him very ill.
From our very humble beginnings we’ve been indoctrinated to beat the competition, become #1, win at all costs, accumulate riches, trust noone or whatever it is that instills a message of separation. The ones that taught us this thinking and behavior are well-meaning, but they don’t know it’s part of the cancer in this world. We need the opposite. Helping our fellow man.
“Harder still it has proved to rule the dragon Money… A whole generation adopted false principles, and went to their graves in the belief that they were enriching the country the were impoverishing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s not easy to live in a society where it’s “every man for himself.” One can either allow these people to destroy him, he can run away, he can become them or he can heal them from their mental illness.
When people are at war, others should feel pain. Fundamentally, we are not born violent, competitive, vengeful or anything like that. Therefore, war isn’t inspired by some form of an innate need.
2 time Medal of Honor winner Smedley Darlington Butler once said: “War is a racket.”
Sometimes, it hurts me to see today’s politically globalized world, where there are still many bureaucrats in governments favoring war against other sovereign countries, backed by their mainstream media outlets, just to serve their corporate special interests.
I pray the people from Europe would stop the EU warmongers from trying to instigate new wars in the Middle East. Violence is not the only way. In the name of Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King, show some love.
“Love your enemies,
Bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which dispitefully use you.”
– Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:44)
Racist people, war criminals, tyrannical oligarchs; they’re all damaged human beings. They can be healed before they damage others. By showing and spreading love together, we can give them the chance to become fully human before they become evil.
“It was easy to love God in all that was beautiful.
The lessons of deeper knowledge, though, instructed me to embrace God in all things.”
– St. Francis of Assisi
According to the Dalai Lama, the most important meditation to do is “critical thinking followed by action.” To define your world and find out where your talents can fit to make the world better. Every once of us has to do something we’re very passionate about, otherwise other people won’t be inspired to do it with us.
We can all change the world for the better with just a tiny act of kindness. Whether it’s a smile, or some kind words, a little assistance or a donation, it doesn’t matter as long as it shows that you care.
The power of one.
It takes individuals to be highly passionate and to galvinize others. Changes start off slowly and as people continue to do acts of random kindness, they will feel it in the air. It’s authentic. The love grows by leaps and bounds. It all start with using your power of one.
Tom sold his Pasadena estate, stopped flying privately, started riding his bike to work, began teaching at a local college and moved to a mobile home community in North Malibu.
Desmond Tutu: “God says: “I don’t have anybody else, except you.””
This movie began with Tom asking what’s wrong with the world, and he ended up discovering what’s right with it. Shadyac: “The science of connection and unity. The universal nature of compassion and empathy. The mystery and magic of the human heart.”
Author G.K. Chesterton once answered that same question with: “I Am.”
Shadyac further explains what Howard Zinn said: “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” It’s true. None of us are neutral. We all make a positive or a negative difference by what we do and we don’t do. The moving train today is still hunger, human rights, war and the devastation of the natural world. There’s another moving train though. It’s the new world that’s being born.
Talk to your enemies. Inspire your youth. Fight for peace. Fight against poverty. Cooperate with people. Pray.
And be the change that you seek!
Mohammed Al Rubaiy