Some books and movies can still inspire and motivate us, even when some critics might harp on there being some kind of "New Age" molasses to the art. Maybe the idea of the "100th monkey" is idealistic, utopic, and full of molasses. But I personally don't mind. Back in the day, us Generation X'ers used to talk a lot about consensus. This was about getting around the majority making all the rules. The idea of consensus centered around the vision that if we just try to do the right thing, we will find the solution that makes sense logically for everyone.
The bhodisattva cannot rest until every blade of grass has reached enlightenment. We idealists need to stand tall with our chins up and keep up the good fight for when the world will be based on love. This will happen, eventually.
I have been inspired by Crystal Rose to write this post. She has recommended a movie for me to watch. It is called "Peaceful Warrior."
Wikipedia entry on "Peaceful Warrior"
Dan Millman presents The Peaceful Warrior's Way
A Warrior’s Way to Peace
Saturday April 07th 2007, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Dan's Posts
In the political arena, we meet both idealists and realists (as well as idealogs and cynics). Some people enthusiastically engage the political process, with hope-springing eternal (like a new baseball season) that the next Democrat, or Republican, or Independent, or woman, or person of color, or “bold new visionary” will finally turn the tide toward a wiser, more enlightened leadership and new priorities (that is, more like our own).
It is always possible, and important to engage the best process we have at present. However, a part of me views it as arranging deck chairs on the Titanic. That’s why I’m a short-term pessimist, but long-term optimist. Eventually, we will get the message. But what is that message?
Einstein once said, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” Changing politicians works at that same level of awareness. I’d like to suggest a warrior’s way to peace:
When humanity (or a sufficient portion of people) recognizes that we are all in this together; that we are in a real sense one human family; cells on a living creature we call “Planet Earth” — when that vision becomes obvious truth, we will realize that we are all the same body, and one religion or nation or tribe or gang or family fighting one another is like the heart fighting the brain or the arm at war with the leg. It is not only “unenlightened,” it is INSANE.
Within this currently-insane theater of life, with its twisted priorities, spending billions on weapons of destruction and a pittance for our own children (and their teachers), we have soldiers sent by theorists and power-players to fight for “truth, justice, freedom, and national interest.” Like our tongue destroying our eyes for “liberty.” We have a ways to evolve before this vision of One Humanity prevails.
Meanwhile, in the real world, predators and sociopaths (like Hussein and his sons) do exist — criminal elements to destroy and control (using religion or whatever rationale they chose). And we must, in this real world, stop and remove such destructive elements. (I am not a complete idealist.) Head in the clouds, feet on the ground. Peaceful heart, warrior spirit.
It has been said that there are only two kinds of people: the decent and the indecent. There are millions of good and decent Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, men and women of every culture and nation. We need to take a stand together. Let us divide people not by religion or cultural or ethnic identity, but whether they are decent or indecent.
Meantime, let us turn our priorities (and money) to supporting, helping, healing rather than more weapons of destruction. It has to start somewhere — with that vision of oneness. The best way to get rid of an enemy is to make them our friend. This is not always possible, but we can try.
We will know when we are awakening to this vision of Humanity as One Body when we shift from competitive to collaborative thinking. But that’s a topic for a future time.
My favourite molasses movie is Pay it Forward.
Wikipedia entry on Pay it Forward
Pay it Forward Movie Trailer
Pay It Forward Foundation
WHAT IS “PAY IT FORWARD”?
“Pay It Forward” is a book written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, but it's also an idea. It's an action plan within a work of fiction. But does it have to be fiction? We're hoping not. In fact, since the book was released in January of 2000, a real-life social movement has emerged, not just in the U.S. but worldwide. What began as a work of fiction has already become much more.
Reuben St. Clair, the teacher and protagonist in the book “Pay It Forward,” starts a movement with this voluntary, extra-credit assignment: THINK OF AN IDEA FOR WORLD CHANGE, AND PUT IT INTO ACTION. Trevor, the 12-year-old hero of “Pay It Forward,” thinks of quite an idea. He describes it to his mother and teacher this way: "You see, I do something real good for three people. And then when they ask how they can pay it back, I say they have to Pay It Forward. To three more people. Each. So nine people get helped. Then those people have to do twenty-seven." He turned on the calculator, punched in a few numbers. "Then it sort of spreads out, see. To eighty-one. Then two hundred forty-three. Then seven hundred twenty-nine. Then two thousand, one hundred eighty-seven. See how big it gets?"