Morning Ramblings before Coffee

Morning Ramblings before Coffee

As I do my thing on the elliptical at the gym EARLY one morning, images of Libya’s fallen leader splay across the different news channels.

I don’t really have a pulse either way about his death or its meaning.

I really don’t watch the news; the skewed perception created from fear serves no purpose in my life. I guess, I remain uninformed and that is okay with me.

As these images play on the screen, I am reminded of how basic human nature can be with “I’m right, my side is right, your side is wrong!”  arguments. For a dictator fallen, another will rise to take his place.

People don’t change, because we want them to, they change because they understand who they are and their old way of doing things is no longer suitable. It most certainly is not the work of anyone else to oppress them….they do a mighty fine job of punishing themselves. Change begins with exchanging old beliefs for new ones. Yet, its not as easy as walking into the shoe store and exchanging last season’s boots for the new trendy pair this season.

We cannot eradicate human nature. People have been trying for centuries through war and other aggressive means and yet, the same problems exist with being “human” that did 1000 years ago (yes we can state people no longer keel over from the same plagues). When there is something we don’t like, we make the other party wrong.

It takes a lot of self-awareness to realize the judgment; it happens everyday in traffic…“That idiot, where did he learn to drive? Doesn’t he know how to use a blinker?” Right and wrong is a man-made idea. The Universe chooses no side, all is one and all has its place. When humans choose a side its about the ego winning….its about what you “think” based on beliefs you grew up with and reinforced through setting up experiences as an adult, that you know something to be labeled as good or bad.

Its not true; its an illusion, there is no good and bad as a universal truth; we each have our own truth.

If you look at the Universe as timeless, as in, it was here before you arrived and will be here after you are no longer a blade of grass on this planet, it would seem all we have built is an illusion. We didn’t build the mountains, deserts and oceans, so those would appear to be real. Its our daily constructs that don’t remain, everything changes. Even our idea of right and wrong changes in some cases. As humans we have been known to change our minds. Yet, even when we change our mind, most of the time someone or something still has to be wrong.

Again, it doesn’t make it true.

Not only are there differing opinions, but if mankind ceased to exist, the world would keep going in its natural state. Mountains, deserts and oceans would still be here. Vegetation and animals would still continue to live, breathe and go forth.The Universe would continue going along as it always does, no sense of right or wrong.

We bring construct to the world, we need a structure, a belief system even if it is not our own.

Someone again must be right and someone wrong.

I condemn no one for what they believe, it is just an observation in terms of where many buy into others’ idea of “right or wrong; good or bad”.

Some people believe in words and beliefs of those who came before us. There are also modern day gurus/politicians/dictators/ leaders/neighbors/family/friends, etc… who guide people with what appears to be the “right” answer to their lives, as to what reality is…its a choice to believe them of course. And this gives meaning to our lives, and we get to tell ourselves we’re okay. What about that other guy who doesn’t share our belief, well once again he’s wrong. Doesn’t matter if we’re talking religious differences, government, road rage or debates across the boardroom….between couples, parents to kids, etc…

The right and wrong debate can keep on going, and going, and going…. but what it really comes down to is what is true for you? Who are you and even if the rest of the world disagrees can you stand for the truth of who you are and not the illusion someone told you should be your life?

Or maybe I just need a cup of coffee?

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