Reality Check: The Way I See It
By Rahasya Poe
I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels a little confused in today’s world. There is so much misinformation, disinformation, and sometimes no information at all about world affairs that it makes it almost impossible to get an idea of what’s really going on in the world. So I thought I would take a few minutes to tell you what I think about this and hope not to confuse you even more.
Destined to Fail
I think we can safely come to the conclusion that we live on a planet with finite resources, that we have developed a global financial system entirely dependent on infinite growth to survive, and that growth depends heavily on consumerism and resources. Now correct me if I’m wrong, and I’m sure you will, but I think any child with minimal math skills would tell you that this system is destined to fail. We are ravaging this planet of resources at an exponential rate. Consider the fact that the earth has been here for 4.6 billion years and if you scale that down to 46 years we’ve been here for 4 hours and our industrial revolution began just 1 minute ago. During that 1 minute we have destroyed more than 50% of the worlds forests alone, not to mention the squandering of the worlds non-renewable energy sources, and humans have brought on the sixth-greatest extinction period since the dinosaurs were wiped out 70 million years ago, losing an average of 50,000 species per year.
Why Are We Doing What We’re Doing?
So the question is not so much “what” we are doing as it is “why” are we doing it. The way I see it, we are all trapped in a system and we don’t know how to get out. In our house we really make an attempt to be environmentally friendly but the trash adds up. We live 10 miles from town so every trip to the store burns fuel. And when I look at our government representatives, I don’t see the will or the ability on their part to do anything about it because they are in denial and heavily invested in the system’s maintaining itself.
What Can We Do?
So can I “do” anything that will ultimately change the way things are? I highly doubt it. But can I “be” a way in which I can change things out there in the world? This is probably the question asked by many of the people who are starting to sense a higher awareness or consciousness. Quantum physicists tell us that everything in existence is frequencies vibrating through the fields of space and time creating matter and life itself. What if the ancient masters were also correct when they told us we need to “wake up” because life is little more than a dream? I know that this concept is difficult to wrap our heads around but the actual physics tells us that, in fact, this is true. So while we do the best we can to correct the wrongs in the physical world around us, why not do the inner work of meditation and living life more lovingly and compassionately with others? It not only can’t hurt, but it may be exactly what we are supposed to do, especially when we look around and see that we seem to keep making things worse the harder we try. Most of the good and positive things happening on the planet are coming from good, honest, and caring people, not the powerful intellectuals with Harvard degrees. This doesn’t mean that they have no part to play in the change that we find ourselves in; it just means that the rest of us need to stand up and be counted.
I remember watching Oprah once when she asked a hospice worker who had been with hundreds of people at their moment of death: “What was on the minds of most of the people you were with as they took their last breath?” He said, “That’s easy; they were thinking about how much they had loved and been loved in their lives.” So I leave you with this thought—take a deep breath and imagine that if you had one minute left, what would you do? Now go do it because these are the moments you will think about when that time comes and they are worth all the riches in the world. Thanks for sharing this moment with me.