I would have difficulties to explain on my deathbed that I didn’t try my best to (1) base my happiness truly on other values than materialism, (2) consequently foster a co-operative economy and strengthen the Third Sector (civil society), and (3) grow to a spiritually evolved and inter-dependently connected human being.
See it. Think about it. Feel it.
Of course I always tried to be a good human being. And I really thought I was. To 90% when I’m honest. I was always modest (preferring camping over a hotel) and compassionate towards my next. However, somehow I always suspected that I’m still not thinking hard enough. And indeed, I cannot praise myself of having had always the broader humanity in my heart as an absolute priority; too far away. How these missing 10% matter! I have to admit that I failed to open my eyes, activate the brain, and open my heart all at the same time, iteratively. Either I saw something, but didn’t really feel it, resulting in some ignorance strictly said. Or I felt it, but did not transform even strong feelings into a consequent enough personal action plan. Also spiritual situations passed by more as an entertainment without more binding consequences.
I missed to think with full human capacity! Within the elaborated concept of job and relationships I did “perform” well, but actually I failed to connect the dots, to see the bigger picture. The enormous pollution of the environment that is making our planet more and more inhabitable while we are driving and jetting around for pleasure, the daily incredible suffering of millions of people while we complain about luxury problems, etc.; the facts can be found easily everywhere (although not advertised like consumption), in order to refresh what we might already know from education, media, documentary, friends, and travelling.
Purpose that matters.
Beyond the animal drive of securing my family’s survival, there should be more, no? Even more than getting, beyond materialistic needs, intellectual satisfaction or recognition. It is about purpose. The term purpose is in all mouths; seems like the materialistic society notices a gap here. Purpose is therefore seen everywhere, everybody is important, all activities contribute importantly to a higher purpose. That’s not true. I finally come to the conclusion that my job was just for my too high salary, and I got this salary, because I contributed with my work to securing a too high salary of others too. The 20% of the world elite who are getting 80% of the wealth are serving their own purpose, protecting their wealth and status, while today every couple of seconds a child is dying of hunger. What purpose can there be other than to first help those people in real need? If we hold anything about ourselves, it is our own individual responsibility too.
We cannot drink out of our rivers anymore, millions of people need to wear masks because of air pollution, in Northern Japan people are afraid of going outside because of radiation, and we don’t know yet the health consequences from all the plastic that is thrown into the sea and is poisoning the food chain.
Having seen enough, it’s time to change.
There is a study for everything. Whether I belief the worst or best case scenario for how long it still takes until we get even bigger earthly problems, I have already seen enough anyway (and most of us may have too)! It is not enough however, to donate a fraction of a luxury life style’s money while continuing to serving the system that is promising us with some false security and unnecessary rewards in order to let us look away from the immense poverty, inequality, and pollution that it is creating or in minimum allowing.
My biggest achievement in my life to date: The clear intention to more consequently adjust my career into a calling that is supporting more directly a humanitarian and environmental case. It is not the power of money that transforms the masses to the better, in contrary and the money is kept within small circles anyway, it is the power of continuous spread of compassion, care, and a sustainability mindset that is free and contagious. I would have difficulties to explain on my deathbed that I didn’t try my best to
- base my happiness truly on other values than materialism,
- consequently foster a co-operative economy and strengthen the Third Sector (civil society), and
- grow to a spiritually evolved and inter-dependently connected human being.
What about you?
When did you find your real purpose? What’s holding you back, or what did let you change? Thanks for your comments.