enlightenment - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
When we choose to make true goodness our destination and hold it to be our richness, we all win. When we put aside the false dichotomies of "them" and "us" we lay the foundations of unity and equity. When we use our ability to command our own choices and actions to be those of love, we find liberty. When we learn to love as Martin Luther King asked, we will find sanctuary. The content of my character is here in the pages of this chaotic book, it is my open heart, made to run red so it may heal and be the salve others seek.
Being with Arc was like resting in a house while a gale raged outside, like in her presence time itself became more calm. She always said the root of all fears, the rotten root of mankind, is the "fear of need" and our task is to meet this fear with the same resistance a rock shows to wind - that the resolved person lets fear blow around them and remains resolute in a will to be kind.
In the age of enlightenment that followed the era of greed and vanity, people put aside their holy books. They kept them safe as revered documents of the struggles of humanity and looked toward a harmonious future together as many cultures, each with their own merits. They became more humble, knowing that they could only really operate with one principle rather than books inches deep. They had to make independent choices as free-thinkers, but always guided by the principle of Love. What was the most loving course for their own family? For their friends? For their community? For mother earth and the other life that also called her home?
They were called on as billions of adults to embrace learning, to think about the best and kindest ways to raise children, for children are the future and their psychological health depends on that rearing. They had to learn that fear and love are opposites that cannot dwell together, that when you use fear as a weapon love cannot remain and God is Love. Change was hard, we made so many mistakes and prayed forgiveness even though we knew no punishment would come. It took a long time to get into our "modern mess" and it took a while to get out of it.
Knowing we were still in the dark ages was hard, but we thanked the Creator for the message and began to think. No longer was it permissible to just be "part of the herd," that kind of thinking was destroying the earth. Science blossomed, creativity was understood better and how it brought us closer to the Divine, artists were respected and the culture of chasing money at all costs was over. We didn't need rituals, we didn't need to worship. He made it clear that all forms of discrimination are not His ways, they are not Love. A "dog eat dog" culture is no culture at all.
We embraced new ideas and discarded old ones, even cherished ones, if new solid evidence contradicted them. Enlightenment was scary at times, but it was the greatest blessing from God, from Love.
I’ve been waiting for, praying for, some kind of top-down change, but now I know it won’t happen that way. We’re fooling ourselves if we think it will. We’ll be watching some stupid reality show or playing computer games the moment the Earth goes past the tipping point and into an unstoppable greenhouse effect. We’ll still be being frightened by the news and placating ourselves with chemical laden junk food in pretty boxes, wrapped in plastic of course. We’ll still be chasing that lifestyle we’ve been groomed for from childhood to crave, that life equals consumption, success equals consumption. We’ll admire a system with no more morals than "rich is good" and you can do "whatever you can get away with" to accumulate more money than you can ever spend - while others starve. With no change we’ll continue to sacrifice our own children to the “daycare” system and then feel stressed when our damaged kids "act out." We won’t even stop to dwell on the fact that the number one cause of death of our minors is suicide - yes, children killing themselves. And for the record, that means our culture - the one we accept so passively - killed them. I can’t live with that, not anymore, and if you're being honest with yourself instead of swallowing the “I don’t care," " I’m too busy to care” party line, then you’ll know you can’t either.
Found in Are you awake yet? - first draft, authored by .