Thursday, June 13, 2013
Spirituality: Inner-Peace, Continued
Inner-peace...I have decided to meditate on this subject for a while, for it is something I am immediately concerned with. With everything I currently have going on in my life, maintaining inner-peace has been difficult. As I mentioned, I have recently graduated from college which is a big success, but I am now consumed with finding a job. I have been unemployed since I quit my previous job in February, so my savings are dwindling and the pressure is on. I am also living with family which has turned out to be a big stressor, for some people are impossible to please. And so as generous and helpful as my family has been thus far, my current living situation is not tolerable long-term, making my need for a job all the more pressing.
So, with all the pressures of this world, how do we keep our calm? How do we maintain our inner-peace? Constantly I am reminding myself how arbitrary everything is: so much of society is contrived and artificial, so little of it is natural and genuine. Our economic systems, political systems, and worst of all, the religions of this world, are all destructive and needless abstractions, delusional in nature. These hollow, empty ideas and institutions will never give us as individuals, or societies as a whole, the peace and progress we require. They are corrupted in their nature and cannot achieve anything but perpetual conflict and strife, which they have done consistently since their introduction and adoption. These systems are leading us nowhere--nowhere good, that is--and in order to achieve what we desire, we must abandon them and adopt a new system.
This is why I am involved with The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM), which advocates amongst other things, a Resource Based Economy (RBE). A RBE would free us from the corrupted influence of politics and money, and allow for true prosperity worldwide. No more poverty, no more hunger, no more war. With a RBE, we could all live in peace. But this too has acted as a stressor, for since the first Zeitgeist film came out (Directed by Peter Joseph) in 2007, the movement has been unable to garner the momentum needed for the worldwide change it seeks. Granted, it is unfair to expect such a large endeavor to happen quickly, but the fact is that our current world systems cause exponential destruction and the longer the wait, the more destruction our world and societies must endure and the more difficult it will be to overcome the damage. And people like myself who are already finding it difficult to survive, will find survival to be all the more difficult as things continue to worsen.
It all sounds very depressing and it is. Like I said, keeping my inner-piece has been a chore these days. It shouldn't be, but it is. However, it is unhealthy to give way to despair, so I endeavor to rise above it. One lesson I am learning is not to stress over things outside of my own control. If it is outside of my arena of influence, it is not worth my worry. A simple maxim would be something akin to the phrase: "haters gonna hate;" more specifically, I would phrase it as: some things we simply cannot control. This is not a cheap excuse to remove responsibility, for we should all remain responsible for our own actions, but therein lies the point: we are responsible for our actions, not others. Why should we stress over something we are not responsible for? Something we are unable to control? The answer is: we shouldn't. To do otherwise is self-destructive.
An example of this would be a bad relationship: if you treat your partner well, but they are somehow unfaithful to you, what good does it do you to hold on to the relationship? They have already broken your trust and demonstrated that they do not care for you the same as you care for them, so what good is there in prolonging a dysfunctional relationship? Better to sever all ties and move on. If you are out of work and looking for a job, what good is it to beat yourself up if you find it difficult to get hired? All you can do is present yourself in the best possible manner to each employer and continue your search. Self-loathing or pity will solve nothing. We do not always have direct control over what situations we encounter, but we do have an opportunity to make the best of them. Focus on what you have direct control over and do not worry about the rest. Maintain your inner-peace. Continue to pursue an ideal life.