Thoughts from Waldport…
My son was discussing what he thought he believed regarding war. What he thought he believed about other countries and what they think of us, and how we think of them. What we should do about it if they strike first and how we should retaliate.
I asked for what? He said what to do mean? Well son, when we go to war it’s for what? When people kill each other over land, commodities, race, color, religion… for what? Isn’t that the ultimate question?
One day we will ask “For What?” The wars and killing in the name of whatever their leaders believe. For what? The hatred and anger over color or religion. For what? The antagonizing and bullying over differences of opinions. For what? The fear and pain over our own beliefs. For what?
It’s the right question. The one that should be asked at every discussion or argument based on belief. The one that should be asked of every leader. The one that should be asked of ourselves, by ourselves. For what?
My son said it didn’t matter because our fate is sealed. How can he think that? How can he believe we are so without thought and free will that this is it? I explained to him that his generation is the new generation. The new group of leaders we will see in the next 40 years. It only takes one voice to make a difference, to take a stand. One voice to say enough is enough. One voice to say life is too precious and too short to waste on hate, bigotry racism, and all of the other dark ugly things we do to each other. One voice to ask: For What?
I told him I want him to make up his own mind, to think his own thoughts. Our FATE is not sealed. We were born with free will. A child is born loving until he/she is taught hate. A child is born trusting until he/she is taught distrust or fear. If we did not teach our children hate, bigotry, racism or any of the dark ugly things, they would not know it at all. Be the one voice and draw other voices to you with love, patience, light and understanding. Be the one who asks: For what?
He asked me what my answer would be if I were asked For What?
Well, why do i breath, for what? To live
Why do I love, for what? To share my life
Why did I have children, for what? To share my love
Why do I continue to do what I do, for what? To enjoy my life
Why do I believe what I believe, for what? To feed my soul
Why do I not care what other think of me, for what? For my own peace of mind
The final answer is for life, for love, for my soul. If others believe different from me, it doesn’t affect my life, my love or my soul. It only affects theirs. I wish others would only worry about their “for whats”. As they pertain to themselves. I wish others would understand how precious life is, how precious love is. I wish others would understand we are all connected, as though we are one organism. We hurt for others, cry for others, feel for others. Does that not prove our connection? Even if that is the thinnest of connections, it is still a connection.
If we treat each other as though we are one, there would be no hate. How do you hate your own foot, or hand, or eye? You cannot. Science has proven our connection. Religion has proven our connection. It is time to live like we are connected. To love each other as though we are all connected. Otherwise why are we here? For What?