The apocalypse has come and gone. Life goes on. In my previous post “No Zombies But Welcome to the New Age Folks” I offered a glimpse at the gift this 2012 Dooms Day presented to humanity. The gift of the implantation of an idea. The idea of change.
Someone poo-poo’ed this perspective with the question, “have you seen the condition of the world lately?” My inward reply also came in the form of a question: “Which way are you looking?” It’s true violence and inequity hasn’t changed on a great scale. It appears to be worsening. But I do see something more subtle happening over this last year. It’s a shift in perspective. I feel it in myself. I find myself paying more and more attention to what is right in this world and less to what’s wrong with it. I’ve heard on people’s tongues, this need to look to another horizon. One that isn’t so dark. It’s not always easy to find. It doesn’t make headline news. But it’s always there in small gestures of kindness and the beauty ever present in the flora and fauna of this Earth.
Now, this shift in perceiving isn’t going to change the world overnight. But it is changing people’s motivations. At some point our distaste for the ills of society will become deep enough that we stop following the ways of the old world that created the ills to begin with. This is how change occurs. It’s not some mysterious magical cosmic event. It’s one person at a time.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” — Mahatma Gandhi
So even though humanity is struggling through the labor pains of its rebirth, don’t forget to look in the direction of what is good and right. Even if it’s simply taking a moment to revel in the sunrise or the smile of a neighbor. That will hold the guiding torch of compassion in the darkness of this turmoil and lead us into a more illumined tomorrow. When you catch yourself or others remarking “have you seen the state of humanity lately?” remind yourself to ask:
“Which Way are We Looking?”