We all have been programmed to feel threatened by others who don’t believe as we do.
So arguing, fighting and various acts of war abound.
Due to our built-in fight or flight response, it’s a wonder that we can find ways to get along at all…
It helps to create groups that agree to believe similarly; and that works for the most part, until one group challenges the beliefs of the other.
Back in my ministerial days, I was blessed to be able to interact with other ministers in cross-denominational platforms. First, with Teen Challenge, then by joining a the local Ministerial League made up of ministers from all denominations meeting regularly to devise projects that we could perform collectively for the greater good of the community.
Even when bonded by a commitment to work together with people of differing views, at times it can get complicated and tempers may raise – even among the most spiritual of people.
It’s the same in relationships. I have conducted many wedding ceremonies, and I am disappointed that the people that I brought together in the marriage bond follow the same basic statistics about marriage longevity.
When two people in love come together to make a stand against all others for the sake of the relationship, I know of no higher – more spiritual – commitment. Being somewhat of a romantic, I fall in love with the idea of being in love every time I see a happy couple.
But unfortunately, there is that thing that gnaws away at you from inside your head, that everyone is out to get me, and I must either fight or flee. So, lack of trust, secrecy, unfaithfulness and betrayal rear their ugly heads, leading to relationship failure.
This breakdown of love, peace and harmony happens between all people and peoples. Some say that is due to the function of the ego… I propose another idea:
What if the religious texts that refer to a creator who sent his/her former right-hand-man/woman and one-third of his/her resources to have free rein over the people of this planet.
Don’t bail, yet, I’ve already disclosed my religious roots. Hang in there and continue to consider:
What if the creator who has allowed things to run amok, has placed within each of us a sacred purpose or message to share with the greater community that would make the world a better place, including a spiritual component that would seek to reestablish connection with the creator?
And if I get you to ponder along, just for the fun of it…
Let’s pretend that you are the one in charge of all the planet’s peoples and the last thing that you want is for these creatures to thrive or in any way establish a real connection with the creator. What scenarios might you come up with in an effort to manage and manipulate the populations?
What if everything that we know and/or believe is a manipulation?
This is simply a “what if” philosophical exercise, to cause you to think outside yourself for a moment. I have no agenda and am not promoting any belief system.
We know that there is a battle raging all over our planet – and its not between us and them – it’s the battle of me that takes place between my head and my heart.
The war that we wage is not against flesh and blood; it is not against principalities and powers.
The fight is not between good and evil, right and wrong.
Righteous warriors are not swayed by propaganda or attempts to control the minds of the masses.
The enlightened battle is waged to advance empowering the heart and soul for peace and a better world.