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Living as friends or foes


So I had this other blog post (on spirituality) all written and ready to go, and then I remembered that last night would be the presidential debate. I’m writing this before the debate has happened. I’m pretty sure that come Tuesday morning we’re all going to be wondering how this is all going to work out, and a blog post about spirituality would not necessarily resonate.

I’m not going to talk politics on this blog, and I really don’t want to talk politics at all right now. In the past, I have loved a good hashing out of ideas, but in our current state of affairs, I just want to throw up.

I get sick to my stomach thinking about where we are at as a country – both culturally and politically. Sure, we’ve got a lot of good going on, but there’s also a lot of pretty sad, embarrassing, and inexcusable things happening. And I just can’t take it.

My thoughts always go back to thinking about little Pookie and our little one on the way. How can I best equip my ladies to make it through this world we live in – with some grace, confidence, strength, compassion, and with love still left for themselves and those around them? I don’t know how I’m going to do it.

One thing I do know, is that I strongly feel that we are at where we are at as a country because we have chosen fear time and time again over love. Now, I totally get how hippy that sounds, but hear me out.

We are scared. We are scared of everything. We’re scared of people taking things away from us. We are afraid of looking ugly or being embarrassed. We are afraid of being the one “at fault.” We are afraid of change.

We are quick to blame and to point out other people’s faults, all while totally ignoring ourselves. We judge others harshly in order to justify our own beliefs and behaviors. We pull away, hold onto things too tightly, and forget the power we have to unite and do good.

We have forgotten our power to love. And what I mean by love is that wish for yourself and everyone else to be happy. I think some part of our society revels in people’s suffering. They don’t want to see people happy and thriving, especially if they are not.

But I think most of us would agree that peace is better than war. That trusting those around us is better than shutting them out. That loving yourself and your neighbor is a much better way to live – for us and for our children.

I just listened to this podcast by Tara Brach where she mentions a quote from Einstein that cuts right to heart of it. Einstein stated:

“I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.

For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process.
If we decide that the universe is neither friendly nor unfriendly and that God is essentially ‘playing dice with the universe’, then we are simply victims to the random toss of the dice and our lives have no real purpose or meaning.
But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives.
God does not play dice with the universe.”
 So I leave you with that today – a big question from Mr. E.
As we go forward, deciding who will represent our country, how we will conduct ourselves, what we will participate in as an individual and a society, and how we work toward change, maybe Einstein’s question will help us find some answers.
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