Everyday we puzzle over our purpose as humans. We question what the reason is we exist on this planet. We fortify the need for an answer by placing the question in the realm of faith and into the hands of an unseen creator, relying on the explanation that it is something beyond ourselves for which we exist. We teach this to one another generation after generation hoping that we one day achieve such enlightenment that the answer will come coursing down from the heavens and be sung to us from the cherubic soprano of a descending angel.
The answer does not lie in a seraphim voice, it lays within our voice. When we speak to one another and pass along our knowledge of what has come before, that is where our purpose lay. Our purpose is to teach and educate and to make better this world for each and every one of us. We all share this world, we only have this world and until we gain enough knowledge to learn how to be born free of the Earthly bond and born as children of the stars we need to share and cooperate and get along.
Our goals should not be of greed but of self-sacrifice. Living for each other as equals and of the same dream: to merely live to see tomorrow. We are in a time where we need to fire salvos of understanding rather than fire weapons intended to destroy. We need to start waging peace instead of being ever so eager and hungry to wage war.
Somewhere in the long and storied history of this Earth, we were brother and sister and mother and father. We were all bore of the same blood, of the same Earth but what deviated us was our path to salvation. Where our lives end up beyond this one. If you stand far enough back and look, you will see that we are all ascending the same mountain but we have merely taken different paths.
Where our lives end up is in what we teach those who will survive beyond us. How we fill in the dash on our headstone, that time between birth and death, is important to our salvation. We all want immortality and the only thing of us that truly will be immortal is what we teach our children and in turn what they teach their children. What we need to teach our children is that we need to be kind and trusting and that on this lonely unique and beautiful planet; this is all we have. This is our home, everyone is a relative and we are all neighbors who merely want to live to see tomorrow.
These wars we wage over faith and wealth and boundary are fruitless. We can only save ourselves; wealth is a selfish act to not allow the bounty of this beautiful planet to be shared with others and the only real boundary is the blue line of atmosphere separating where we stand from the cold depths of the universe beyond.
We all need to turn away our weapons of opposition; greet the world as a neighbor or a member of the same house. There will always be disagreements, as there are with any family member or neighbor but they should never be allowed to separate us and segregate us for so long of a time that we forget why we disagree and merely continue to disagree because that is all we have known. Gain knowledge, gain understanding that that person you oppose is also a person who wants to achieve the same things as yourself.
We need to begin to declare jubilee, forgive our trespasses and teach. The only war that should ever remain is one against ignorance.
What I preach sounds like Idealism. What is wrong with wanting an ideal life? Isn’t that something we all want and something we all can live for and work for? The common denominator of every person is that we want to achieve the best. We need to start. We need to stop thinking it’s a good idea and start making it real. We need to teach this to our children, this need to be peaceful and good and we do not need to leave the burden on them to solve but solve ourselves it so that they may solve the next burden without history weighing on their shoulders the way Atlas carried the world on his. This is not a time to shrug; it is time to carry the world for each other.