From childhood and on throughout our lives, we develop and maintain the mindset that life and death are mutually exclusive states. I’m here to tell you that they not only coexist, yet further, simultaneously exist in each of us.
“The moment we are born, we begin dying and the only thing we control is to what extent we live while we are breathing. Death has this context of inevitable finality about it, yet it is exclusively a result of not knowing anything about it; or worse, being unwilling to learn its nature and invite it into our lives, so we can better prepare for it.”
Each of us have friends, family, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, and yes, pets, that have ceased to live, yet are vibrantly alive in our memories. We create this righteous attitude of sorrow for their death, yet in reality, the sorrow we create is selfishly directed at OUR loss, not theirs.
Likewise, we are very good at identifying the right things to say to our loved ones, but only AFTER they cease to live, as we know it. The challenge, you see, is to identify these right things to say, and then say them, to these special lives, while they are still breathing!
And life goes on, with new life being created and existing life exiting this place we call our world. Beings coming and going, sometimes intersecting with others, at other times, traveling alone; much like molecules bumping into each other in a chemistry beaker.
And as random and insignificant as life sometimes appears to us, it is truly, so very special, so magnificent and such a gift that it behooves us to celebrate it with every breath we take in, lest it be our last.
The world today contains so many distractions, from life, from our spirit and soul, from each other and from God. Yes, at times we need that bolt of lightning to remind us of our priorities. Consider this article that little nudge to refocus your priority list, rekindle that spark and zest for living, remember to smile and greet everyone you encounter with goodwill, and lastly, to revive your gratitude for the gift of life you are enjoying as you read this.
Yes, much like the tracks that we know with certainty are parallel, we equally know as life embraces death, the tracks converge and eventually intersect, transporting our spirit into eternity, anxiously reconnecting with all those vibrant memories which then become our new reality.
You see, we’ve got it all wrong. Death is but a door, a transformation of energy and a portal to our future. It is not to be feared, but importantly, prepared for and anticipated. Until then, live with passion and practice compassion for others; live your conscience and Look for the Good. I’ll be watching.
Never in the recent history of the world, have we witnessed the unprecedented destruction of society, culture and security, as we do now. Religious and Ethnic persecution, Politically-motivated violence, social media attacks, Suppression of Freedom of Speech, Corruption in our Government. Seemingly unrelated issues, however, share a common thread of substance; the Core Family Unit.
At the dawn of civilization, the family unit was the basis for survival of self as well as the species. It was characterized by rules, heterosexual reproduction and safety (food, shelter and clothing). Enamored with nurturing, albeit crude, the family also served to educate the young, much like animals educate their offspring.
Progressing throughout recorded history, the family unit, let’s just call it the family, has evolved in function, form and features; yet, regardless of the changes, always served as the bedrock of social and cultural life and was revered, sought and protected because people understood the critical nature of the family to survival, legacy and individual reputation.
Toward the Industrial Age, families became larger, primarily due to the functional need to support the family farm in agricultural pursuits. Once again, survival was paramount and acknowledged by all. Love, not a subject of casual conversation in the public at the time, remained at the core of the family as it was considered to be the “X” Factor of sorts and the “right thing to do” with respect to how adults were expected to behave and interact with each other. What a concept, yes?
Let’s fast-forward to today. The traditional “family” is disrespected, ridiculed, demonized and undermined at every crossroad including television, media, government and education. Make no mistake, the destruction of the family as the core instrument of society and culture, has consequences; significant consequences.
“At the heart of the dismantling of the family, are sexual deviance/perversion, violence, and Godlessness. Together, these behaviors have become hallmark mindsets of our generation that collectively serve to undermine the family as the core and biblical unit of our species as human beings. They serve to impact our future in the most adverse scenario. Continuing to follow this path, we will ultimately lose our identity as children of God and only recognize ourselves as physical and mortal organisms.”
To combat this trend and destructive energy, we must change the way we think about the family. We must restore its reverence and meaning and we must painstakingly strive to protect and secure its future. And the way we will accomplish this goal is to change our personal thinking and bring back God into our lives. God and faith in Him are the antidote and foundation to the elimination of immorality and the downfall of society. Sin is our enemy, not God! God is the cure.
Any person with a logical mind that has studied the Scientific Method, knows about simple Cause and Effect and Root Cause Analysis, as the basis of effective problem solving. What we face now in America can be objectively and logically identified and understood, if we are willing to acknowledge and accept the responsibility to understand that each of us are a part of the problem. Most importantly, that each of us are equally the key to addressing and resolving the problem. It is not the job of other people to fix it, but rather, it is everyone’s job; it is Your job and it is My job. WE MUST OWN THAT RESPONSIBILITY AND MINDSET.
And the way we approach this problem aligns with the way we approach our lives. Invite God into your life. Submit to His Presence as the Divine Father. Learn how to live in His Light, Obey His Instructions for mankind and promote that mindset to others. Let your actions serve as testimony to the Truth. Let the Light of God shine in your life and permeate the world.
Economic bondage, Spiritual Decay, Health Issues and Decaying/Toxic Relationships, along with all of the afflictions of this world that have plagued our species, originate and are manifested, as sin in direct relation to our ability (or inability) to think, act, behave and consciously choose God’s way of life. We must deliberately decide to follow God and rebuke sin. It is clearly an All or Nothing scenario.
The tools to accomplish this transformation include prayer, role model emulation, love and compassion for others. The visible by-products of these efforts will be enhanced self-esteem, dignity, integrity, respect and inner peace. I call these things our Spiritual DNA. Over time, the adoption of this new mindset will cleanse our minds, spirits and souls and will demonstrate to the world around us that we choose God as our savior and redeemer.
Only then will things begin to get better.
Only then will the quality of our lives improve.
Only then will eternal life and salvation be once again within our reach.
Only then will we be saved.
The buzz of Hollywood, the fatal attraction of entertainment, the mesmerizing capture of our attention by television and video. It has lured us in, stimulated our senses, and in some cases actually entertained us. But mostly, it has altered our sense of what is real and has blurred the line between reality, fantasy, fiction and entertainment.
Most disturbingly, for many individuals, it has largely REPLACED true reality as truth. If you contrast most of what is available on television and in movies, you will find it does NOT reflect the reality of mainstream America nor the real lives of most Americans. It is primarily “wishful thinking”.
The increasing stresses and pressures we all face as human beings, with our families, jobs, neighborhoods, schools and friends have collectively made it very attractive to seek outlets to relieve the stress, or make it completely go away, at least for an hour each week, as we watch these reality shows.
The “inconvenient truth” of this reality is that we watch an inordinate amount of television each day and week of our ‘lives’. According to a U.S. Government, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) study in June, 2012 (using 2011 data), the average person over age 15 spends 2.8 hours/day watching television.
Considering work, travel, sleep and miscellaneous daily activities associated with normal living, i.e., laundry, cleaning, cooking, prayer/spiritual health, administrative/financial, personal hygiene; I would offer that the average person realistically possesses at most, less than 6 hours of ‘free time’ every day.
Doing the math, then, 2.8 hours of watching television equates to roughly 47% of our discretionary time every day.
If we consciously choose to invest that amount of time every day for this single activity, it will consequently and realistically impact or alter our sense of reality, our ability to think, apply logic and ultimately influence how we make decisions. Much like the age-old saying, “You are what you eat”, I propose that cognitively, “You are what you watch”.
The BIGGER question is what impact Reality Television has already had on the ‘Family’ as the core social unit for us as human beings?
- Ian Burrell: Is reality television really on the way out? (independent.co.uk)
- The Cyclic Effects of Being Dumbed Down (sott.net)
- An Altered World: 9/11, Obama, And The Attempted Annihilation of Consciousness (disquietreservations.blogspot.com)
- Reality! (speakappetite.wordpress.com)