Recently I reread a diary by my 14-year-old mind. Then it all seemed so simple. To me animals were more sussed than humans as they relied on instinct not reason. Concerned clearly with survival they do what is necessary. While people tend to see survival through obtaining and holding power, animals instinctively fit within their environment relying on inner drives. We however, see the world around us as something we can have, own, manipulate, not something to share and nurture.
When I was 14 I was totally perplexed at the cruelty of man. Now looking back from my many decades older mind, I still share that inability to fathom why we do the things we do to be seen as bigger than we are. Whether a neighbor disagreement or religious battle it seems that we have become locked into believing that our perspective is the truth.
But is it?
Perspective only stays the same it we do not move. Imagine taking each person in the world and sit them shoulder to shoulder in a very large circle. In the center of this circle is a shape which constantly changes size, texture, colour. Life is that shape. So doesn’t it just make sense that depending of where you sit in the circle is how you view life? In other words, understanding life comes only through perspective. But, if we picked up our chairs and moved around the circle we’d change our view. Seeing life in a totally new light, perspective broadens.
This is where all problems lie. By sitting firm in your chair and refusing to move and sit behind the eyes of another there is no way you can comprehend you limit life view by holding true to being right. Your perspective is what is. Yes, it is but only a tiny sliver. Staying seated cements viewpoints through narrow understanding. To open the door of awareness and see the bigger picture means that you are willing to pick up your chair and learn though the eyes of another. The willingness to embrace new perspectives creates flexibility within. Not only does our understanding grow but no longer holding to our fixed perspective we feel more connected with the world. Isolation lessens as we feel a strong connection to a greater whole.
Survival is not just about us. We are interdependent on all things. When we close down the greater perspective and hang tight to our sliver of the circle we separate, believing we are right. But to be right – there needs to be a wrong. This lack of empathy creates limited black and white thinking.
In my innocent young mind it all seemed simple. One day man would destroy one another but nature would survive, it would reclaim itself and move forward. Nature holds the greater perspective always. It’s adaptability and flexibility creates sustainability even though in our narrow right-minded way we happily ignore destruction for power we desperately seek.
In my older mind I know we too are nature and yes within us all is the instinct to survive within a frame-work of interconnectedness. But I also know that this knowledge can easily go unhindered if we continue to rule through reason without balance of heart. The heart reminds us that we all sit in the circle, all perspectives are valid and invites a willingness to open to another’s view. For it is by sharing views we value positive communication and find sustainable solutions.
I guess as a child I worried but as an adult I have faith that nature, which includes us all, will always survive. Maybe through turning down the volume of the ME button and developing a curiosity to pick up our chairs and transverse the circle to see through the eyes of another, our blinders will fall as we open to the simple fact that all share the circle and are key to it’s continuance.
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