Sometimes modern society seems to think that humans in the past did not understand life as well as we do today. Yet most of our social understanding comes from the distant past. So many times modern authors and philosophers are using ancient knowledge, repackaged to make it seem fresh and innovative, to sell more books, DVDs, or YouTube videos.
Socrates said, “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”
Aristotle said, "Happiness depends upon ourselves". How new age!
Socrates's nugget of insight was passed on when Gandhi said, “My life is my message.”
We tend to think that because we are in the computer age our understanding is greater than people of the past. It may be that we are more aware of events or new knowledge but are we able to understand life? Do we get lost in the schedules, activities, or just making ends meet? I will sometimes go a long time without reflecting what my life is actually about.
Do you think it's a bit unfair to compare modern life with that of the Greeks, Mongols, the Incas, Native Americans? After all they did not have cars, cell phones, grocery stores, hair shops, doctors, or dentists to take up their time.
Did all they have to do is sit around and figure out how the world related to them? They spent much more time surviving than we do today yet many of them were able find great knowledge in the stars, the sun, the earth and the moon.
We may be sitting at a crossroads in human evolution where we can make a difference in our future. You will find if you take action now you will send a message to the world about how you want things to be.
Bradley Whitford said, “Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
Chief Seattle said, “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
Peace and Love,