How Hard Can It Be??

Really, how hard can it be?

  • To provide adequate housing for everyone so we all can live in affordable, clean, comfortable surroundings?
  • To ensure that everyone has work, earns a decent income and can make a contribution?
  • To supply healthcare in a way that puts the emphasis on health and prevention rather than illness?
  • To provide affordable education so that all can advance and learn and prosper?
  • To stop armed conflict and violence and promote fairness, peace and respect?
  • To take care of the earth so that it will be passed on to the next generation better than we left it?
  • To listen with an open mind to what others have to say and encourage them to say it?

Evidently pretty hard. Because after thousands of years we haven’t managed to accomplish it on any sort of universal scale. Because with all our knowledge with our incredible brain capacity and all the fantastic scientific, artistic, technical, sociological innovations and realizations we still seem to run around crazily, colliding into each other’s knocking each other down rather than dancing together. Because for all the wealth and beauty that we have created, we destroy and pillage at the same time.

Is it that we are just made this way? To be able like Moses to see the Promised Land but never reach it or live in it? Are the seven sins

  • Gluttony
  • Lust
  • Greed
  • Pride
  • Despair
  • Wrath
  • Vanity
  • Sloth

stronger than our capacity to love and care for ourselves and each other? I guess so because they seem to rule the world allowing these sins to be institutionalized and embedded in our society and in governments around the world.

So how can we send people into space, and uncover the secrets of nature and the universe, build cities with buildings that stretch hundreds of feet into the sky invent computers and the Internet, create artificial skin, eradicate polio, probe the inner psyche and map its many moods, succeed as the dominant species on this planet and yet allow the world and its populations to be in the condition they are in?

Is it that life and living are truly that hard? Is all that we see as accomplishment just so much icing on a rotten cake? Lipstick on a pig? Are we still just struggling to survive, fooled by the amenities that some have and we all want? Are we living a disguised version of survival of the fittest?

Time to explore some answers…more to come.