I realized that if people aren’t ready to hear something, it doesn’t matter how much research, documentation, or authority you have, they won’t hear it. This reminded me of the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
I quote this portion of Kozo Hattori’s latest blog over at Everyday Gurus because I find I have this tendency myself. Believing so strongly in my own mind that I am correct. So much so that I feel the need to ‘correct’ others’ (mis)beliefs. I get blinded by my own way of seeing things and I forget I need to allow others to believe as they will. It is not my intent to alienate anyone. But the situation in the US is becoming serious. While I anticipate there will be a revolution to bring about necessary changes, I hope for a peaceful, non-violent one, knowing how difficult that will be. But Gandhi did it. So did MLK. It can be done.
I do believe if things do not correct themselves in the US, we are going to find ourselves living in a truly confused and awful place. I realize that it has always been a terrible world. Early man had to worry about disease and wild animals. Modern man has to concern himself with cholesterol and gun-toting vigilantes.
I recall again the Dalai Lama talking about things that ‘further’. I wonder about my reasons for posting my “Revolution” posts. Do my posts ‘further’ the issue? Or am I just upsetting people unnecessarily? Am I just spouting off because I have this new-found freedom to express myself?
I do feel strongly that the US is on a bad road. So do others, though for other reasons. The ways to resolve these issues are not as black and white as I would like them to be. In the greater scheme of things will it matter in 10 years, 20, 50 100 years? That’s the Buddhist test: will it matter in 20 years? I don’t know. Will it? Can we stop it? Or is the US meant to die off much like the people who once thrived on Easter Island?
I also quote the following from Everyday Gurus:
In trying to be the change I want to see, I believe in the idea of a necessary revolution, but just as Martin Luther King and Gandhi demonstrated, even a revolution can be won by peaceful methods. It is my hope that passive resistance will win the next one. I hope.