For meditation I always like to use inspiration cards, and last week this wisdom appeared:
“Darkness doesn’t disappear by fighting it, but by inserting light.”
This wisdom came to me after I was fighting with my emotions, with my anger. If you have ever read any of my blogs, you know that I always try to stay positive. But sometimes things – life – just doesn’t make sense. And the thoughts mix with feelings and become a conviction of its own, the “Why should anyone want to live on this @#$% planet” religion.
If you let it, this religion has the possibility to become the most powerful “wisdom” someone has ever encountered, and you can easily turn into a dark introvert “they can’t touch me” fighting cock.
What caused this?
I was watching the news, totally unprepared of was coming next, and was blown-away by the signed border agreement between Russia and Norway. After a long dispute about (get this!) the partition of the Barents Sea (Arctic) between Russia and Norway, they now reached a border agreement. And why? It’s again because of money, honey. It seems that there are lots (LOTS!!!) of oil and gas resources to be found under the melting ice.
Melting ice, you might ask? Isn’t that because of global warming?
We are destroying parts of the earth by letting stretching woodlands disappear. How?
We just cut down trees, ladies and gentlemen. No biggie.
I saw this pic recently, which was taken in Canada:
(Source: The Independent)
No biggie, huh?
By cutting down trees by the million, gazillion, we manage to change the course of the world. Which is just fine, for the world. Because when we are long gone, the world will still evolve and revolve. (And not “around us” I might add.) We will have left our footprints, and fingerprints, and destruction for the new species.
So there we are.
On one side we are cutting down trees, so global warming is a result.
As a result of the global warming the poles are melting in the Arctic.
After just one Google search I learned that in 2010 alone there were floods in Pakistan (which we all heard and read about), but also in Arkansas, Milwaukee, and Tennessee (United States), Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine (Central Europe), in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (India), Niger (Africa), and Victoria (Australia). So, do you think that the floods are coincidental?
On the other side, to name but a few - according to Dutch paper De Telegraaf - there are 40,000 oil rigs in the Mexican Gulf alone, minus one we all know about. The United States did order for 650 unused rigs to be dismantled. So, there you go.
And now, there’s Norway and Russia who have finally established what is theirs.
What is theirs?
Instead of pausing for a minute and realizing that this earth is not ours to keep, that we are not in the position of setting borders, because we do not own this beautiful world, we become greedy and claim what is not ours. Am I the only one who wonders how we could have set borders on a land that is not rightfully ours? Why we feel the need to conquer instead of concur? Can anyone tell me why we feel the need to claim land as “ours and not yours!”, and now the sea, which in my book is one big living organism, and not really owned by anyone.
Instead of caring for the land, the spirit of this earth, we want all the resources for our own.
We destroy the land, we contaminate the waters, change the course of nature, and do not worry about the melting poles, no sir, it gives us an opportunity, folks! Now that the disturbing ice is melting, we have the possibility to get to the oil much easier!
It’s a win-win situation. The world will survive. But will we?
I’m not innocent. I drive a car. I use resources of this world. But I cannot turn a blind eye. We are destroying this world, day by day, bit by bit, and that makes me mad. Blind with rage. Sometimes. And those sometimes's are coming to the surface more frequently these days. Face it, Muresu, at this moment you are not a happy camper. It leaves me sad, and the question “how can I contribute to a more beautiful place” keeps popping in my head. I decided to just continue the road I see ahead, and remember that “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart”. A great wisdom by Buddha.
So I just do what I do. By listening to my heart when I have to make decicions. By being conscious about what I (neglect to) do. By being aware of possibilities and traps. Because I don’t want to turn into some person with negative views of the world. Fighting not only feeds on the body’s energy, it destroys the source of positivity and happiness.
Barack Obama said: “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”
I want to be that happy camper, but I also aknowledge that I can’t always be happy, can’t always be bursting with energy, and that’s fine. Allow your concerns, I tell myself, don´t deny your emotions. If you wish, change your views. You´re a human being - a bundle of contradictions. That’s okay. Just don’t let it turn into a keg of gunpowder. Walk the walk.
And so I add Happy Feet to this blog, because I can always rely on the flipper-di-flop to fill my heart with joy and remember to keep walking.