A child is born. An expression of the universe, exercised at a point of awareness within the confines of space and time. What an amazing, sacred event birth is. But just as sacred as birth, is the journey of life that follows.
I feel that we the human race are more often than not lost, confused and mistaken as to how to proceed through this experience we call life. I can say for myself that this has and will be the case at many times in my life. Confusion, a sense of wandering without direction or falling victim to mistaken ideals is quite a natural process. After all most of us are trying to figure out whom we are. We don’t know why we’re here, if there’s reason at all. We’re not completely sure what exactly reality is. We don’t know what the universe is or where it came from. What’s God?
These are but a few of the problems in which man finds himself confronted with. Sure, we have Newtonian science to give language to the physical world in which we live. We have quantum mechanics as an introduction to understanding that which lies beneath the macroscopic world. We have a variety of religious doctrines which give their understanding of the cosmic powers at work. But in the great scheme of things, we know little.
Man has given birth to all kinds of ways in which he can comfort himself in his confusion and lack of understanding. Religion, science, and culture are at the core. I don’t think these ideologies are all bad by any means, I think they’re beautiful in many ways. What I do believe is that a grasping at and unquestioning faith of culture (or any of the three mentioned) can be dangerous.
Participating within culture for example, brings a sense of belonging, purpose, offers a simplifying of reality and structures one under a set of rules in which remove the need for complete understanding. But the danger in this is the passivity in which it creates. Once a sense of wonder is diminished and passivity in its place, one is susceptible to all kinds of manipulation. One is at risk of loosing themself in the complexity of the system. This is where the problem lies.
Too often culture is used to manipulate the people in order to serve those in power. It also is easily capable of deterring you from your true desires. We may see people trapped in a realm of superficiality. Often people trail along the path of someone else. And it’s no rarity that people wake up one day to realize that all the preparing society directed them through didn’t lead to anything other then feeling the way they always felt, unsatisfied. Culture certainly has its value, but it is important to be conscious of the potential traps it imposes, and as important to pass the awareness along.
When a child is born to this world, those who greet her have a great responsibility. I believe people are generally good, their intentions generally pure. Especially regarding birth. But I think confined within their culture people are often asleep to the vast reality of potential existence, and this “eyelids half closed” perspective gets passed on to the new member of society. I believe it important to say when introducing one to our world “Hello, nice to meet you. This is the game of life, these are the rules we are playing by, but this template in which you are being introduced, is not the way of life, it is a way of life. And you may choose how you want to live yours. Keep an open mind, keep your wonder and enjoy!”
Whether it be a philosophy, a religion, a culture, any ideology, I suggest you explore with a questioning curiosity and allow your own intuition to guide you through your journey. Don’t condemn something based on someone else’s opinion or experience, don’t blindly commit yourself either. Allow yourself the opportunity to experience for yourself. If you can do this with eyes wide open, I think you’ll be exactly where you’re suppose to be. And one last thing you might want to think about is, that after all, you are the universe.