Finding reasons to treasure your life is one of the best ways to ensure that you are capable of keeping it in perspective. When perspective spins out – which it can do from time to time – it is fair warning that your treasury is nearing empty. No matter who you are, an emptying treasury is not a good sign. The way to manage a deficit – when you become aware of it – is to deal with it, for starters. That means looking first at the problem, and then solving it. There are times when an awareness of this nature is valuable, even though it can be painful. It is a stark reminder of what an epic task it is to fill our treasuries in the first place.
Life was created to be lived. It can be a beautiful experience, but you have to be open to it. Open means open. It does not mean 80:20. It does not mean 50:50. It does not mean 180°. It means a full circle, 360°. In other words, it requires total acceptance from you, the liver of it, the giver of it. If you cannot find it in yourself to accept the life you have chosen for yourself to live – and a very important distinction to be made here is that YOU have all chosen your lives, i.e. you are neither random happenings and nor are your projected experiences – then you are not only betraying your pure self, you are contributing to the façade behind which a truer humankind once thrived. The understanding of that particular point is an important lesson in accountability.
Keeping life in perspective means keeping yourself in perspective, too. That can also be tricky, given that most people have no clue who they are or what they want to be. However, that is not the biggest problem and can be overcome with some self-discipline and a bit of forethought, hindsight and intuition that you can trust. If you cannot trust your own intuition, find someone whose intuition you can rely upon. You cannot go through life being entirely mistrustful, it is important at times to take people at their word, whatever the consequences. When you believe that a person will honour their word, they will often be more inclined to do so. Of course you can learn about being too trusting and you can learn about extortion and racketeering, but those kinds of things you need only learn once. Once – in that context – is enough.
The estimate is that 5% of the world’s population is evil. Another 5% of it is saintly. That is equilibrium. The rest is a mixture of good and bad. Good far outweighs bad on this planet. Therefore: Good and Evil are an effective collaboration when it comes down to balancing the scales. In every good person there is the potential for saintly behaviour and the ability to realise this is the only obstacle to actually realising it.
The reverse of evil is live. That is what life is for. The ability to realise this is the only hindrance to actually realising it. It does not matter what the reverse of good is because good never goes backwards. Good goes better, and then best.
It would make sense – for the maintenance of equilibrium – to address the issues of evil with as much enthusiasm as is allocated to the assessment and assimilation of all the aspects of good. The problem with unaddressed issues is that they fester. Unless you are equipped to manage them with sensitivity – objectively – from a distance, in which case they can be quickly assimilated and used to further your understanding of yourself as an entirety.
Caring is a particularly beautiful human trait. It is a way of being, a mode of conduct. Those who care in this world will find that their days are made great by virtue of their efforts. The days of others are made special because of their efforts, too, and that is important. It is your job as a human being to make a difference to the lives of other sentient beings – you cannot escape that reality.
Failing to care brings with it grave consequence. That of meaninglessness. When you do not care, nothing has meaning, and when nothing in your life has meaning your existence is pointless. Yes – the meaning of life is a vital component in each of our everydays and it makes sense to care about what your life means – to yourself, and to others. You are alive – you are meant to live and you are meant to give that living, meaning.
Care builds powerhouses out of communities. When people care, they pull together. Unity is the cornerstone of progress and since progress – global progress, i.e. a world made better for everyone – is where Earth is headed, care and unity really should be at the top of everyone’s agenda. Those who refuse to care for the well-being of this planet and its inhabitants, its Natural legacy, will find their heads empty and their hearts heavy with dread when the time comes for them to leave this Earth. You do not want to be leaving this Earth with an empty head and a feeling of dread. My suggestion – please give a shit. It might just save what’s left of your lives.