Care & Legislation

Deficiency in care cannot be made up for with legislation.

If people genuinely don’t care about sanitation [or insert other relevant issue], rules that enforce it will either be ignored, broken, used to cheat, or followed out of fear and, ultimately, resented.

Ideally, legislation is not required. Care in the body politic would be such that nobody would go without food, education, or feel afraid of the risk of war.

Why would you need to write rules for things as obvious as breathing air? Indeed, future generations of humanity may look back at this time and scratch their heads, as we scratch our heads at that time when people believed you would fall off the earth by sailing past the horizon.

In fact, the more rules on the book, the more legislation, the more governing and bureaucracy, these are indicative of a deep lack of care.

We feel that if rules aren’t written to keep people in line, things will go ill.

Take a look around. Does it appear that more legislation — more policy — is the answer? In some cases, yes.

More fundamentally however, is the need for increased care.

Care means compassion, empathy, non-violence, sustainability, cooperation, and understanding. If we cared more, we would legislate less.

How to increase care? That is like wanting the future, better phone of tomorrow, today. In other words—you can’t just flip a switch.

Care is connected to consciousness. The higher the consciousness, the higher the level of care.

How to increase consciousness? That is the question for our time.

(And if you look closely, you’ll see it’s already happening.)

The Battle

Every human being is on the path to knowledge of Self. Every one.

The differences between us amount to how far along we are, and if we are even aware of walking that path in the first place.

When you look out at humanity through this lens, each and every separating label dissolves. Religious labels. Labels of nationality. Professional and social labels. All of them.

We are all one and the same with the same dream to realize abiding peace.

And yet, we are not. We have unique identities, unique predilections, and liberation or full knowledge of Self — even in the most advanced stages — shows up differently.

We can now treat people accordingly.

The most ignorant among us are the most dangerous, and doing the greatest harm at this moment in time. To the planet and people, yes, but mainly to themselves.

If you consider these as your enemies, as other, or as needing to be eliminated from existence, you join the ignorant ranks, setting yourself up for a similar destruction.

If you consider these as beggars, poverty-stricken in their understanding of the way things are, perhaps you extend the loving, helping hand, as Gandhi did, as Mother Teresa did, and as so many noble servants of humanity do now.

War will not win the battle.

Only love, in the form of deep understanding, will.

True Comfort

If anybody were to ask you whether or not you would like to be ruler of your own self, you would undoubtedly reply in the affirmative.

Self-rule is connected with freedom. It’s connected with mastery of your destiny (i.e., choosing for what you are given and what you have). It’s connected with joy.

That’s why we have an intuitive attraction to the concept.

However, if somebody were to lay out the path towards self-rule — which some have also called self-realization — you might cower at what that entails.

Put simply: it entails the removal of everything and anything that rules over you besides your own self.

There are obvious examples like people and lines of work. Then there are less obvious examples like your habits and psychological tendencies. Finally, there are the subtlest examples like desire and preference.

If you choose the path of self-rule, you are choosing a noble path indeed. You simultaneously choose for one that entails the arduous and, at times, excruciating work of removal and letting go.

It is not easy to say goodbye to somebody who has been ruling over you. It is not easy to weed out all those habits that pull you outside of your self. And it is certainly not easy to chisel away at the fundamental notions of desire and preference.

Void of desire and preference, who do I become?

Quite literally: we become nothing, or no-thing.

However, by becoming nothing, we become everything. That’s the irony.

By becoming nothing, we then need nothing (to be ourselves). At that point, we can be trusted with everything because there is no risk of abuse of advantage.

Mostly we want to delay comfort, until the truest Comfort of them all arrives.

You’ll know it when it does.