World Events and the Forest of Scorpions

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Each day the media shapes our picture of the world. Automatically, almost unconsciously, we absorb it. But when we assimilate the news, let us recall that what we see and read is not a true picture of the world, but a selected and edited view.

Somewhere each day some abused and love-deprived humans sank deeper into cruelty and insanity. Before the blood of their actions has time to dry, the images are beamed relentlessly into our homes and places of business. But also, somewhere today, heroic and compassionate deeds were done. If we hear of this good at all, it is in small measure.

Certainly it is right to be conscious of significant world events. But what will we do when the news delivers large servings of insanity into our living rooms? Will we passively absorb the shock for its entertainment value, or will we let the horror evoke our compassion and sober us toward a broader sense of responsibility. We are like campers in a forest given a lengthy list of all the dangerous and poisonous creatures for miles around. Common sense tells us that the list does not give a true impression of the life of the whole forest. Let us remember that the news given to us is not a true picture at all, and is not how the world really is, even in the outward sense. We will not find the world as it is in the news. But if we use our good will and imagination, our ingenuity and common sense, we can make our own intelligent revision of the of the picture and approach somewhat closer to the truth.

Yes, somewhere today and everyday some abused and love-deprived humans sank deeper into cruelty and insanity. But also, somewhere today many heroic and compassionate deeds were done, mostly unseen and unnoticed. We will need our imagination and interior resources to paint a more realistic picture of the world. We must add, by an act of thought and insight, the solution and the positive dimension and the whole array of omitted and neglected events. Let us recall, with meditative intensity, that each moment countless good things are born, some beyond the horizon; perhaps some right next door.

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2 thoughts on “World Events and the Forest of Scorpions

  1. The positionalities brought to us via the agenda machine, is something we could all use less of. Within these pockets of time lie atrocities, where there is a victim, perpetrator. Often the supposed answer is to avenge, even kill in order to bring about justice. Its not about distancing ourselves from these happenings, rather to notice how we feel and perceive those around us afterwards; the fear factor. From a wider perspective, one sees beyond what the cameras lens shows, words spoken. And it is from here, we see what is not depicted.

    The numbers are many who’ve lived through wars, scars not always seen on the outside. However, as we’ve learned, a war zone isn’t necessary for deep hurt to come knocking upon someone’s door. And trying to fix what is deemed broken by transitory means is not the answer; killing isn’t either. The answer lies within my heart, your heart, where all change starts. Its herein the peace we all seek will be found.

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