Monday, April 27, 2009
A Thousand Charging Tigers ...
This is what the world feels like for many of us, these days. This is only the image of 25 tigers charging. Imagine it as 1000, and coming from all directions, and you have "modern life". Threats are ubiquitous, and multiplying. Good news seems harder and harder to find. We are implored to help by many organizations and individuals every day, and we are asked why we do not have outrage, why we do not act now, to end the crisis.
So I ask you to imagine as vividly as you can possibly do, what you would (or, indeed, could) do if 1,000 tigers were converging upon you with intent to eat you. Let's say you are even formidably armed. Would you be able to kill even one of the tigers?
Most of us are overwhelmed by the threats to humanity. Global warming, terrorism, overpopulation, poverty, slavery, war, famine, pestilence and disease. As no one is alone facing these tigers, we do have the ability to mitigate our circumstances, but everyone cannot fight every tiger.
Each of us must choose one or maybe several of the tigers and do what we can to fight that tiger or group of tigers. Ignore the rest; others will fight them. And if a tiger kills us, someone will take up our fight. Humanity is interconnected and interdependent. We always were, but now it is obvious to most of us.
And, as the I Ching says, "the best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good". Being against something does not always help mitigate that crisis. One must be for something that is the opposite. So, for example, one could do work that helps the poor to gain power over their lives, or helping with efforts toward peace, environmental activities that not only preserve what we have (recycling) but actually produce more for the future (setting aside land for the wild creature).