by Carrie Chesney
So, what have you learned today?
Ive learned that exams dont study themselves and quite a few
absences in a class, just because I can learn the material myself better
than the teacher can teach me, doesnt mean that there arent any
consequences. Truly, we each make mistakes every day, but the simple question
is: Do we learn from them? Do we bow out on our obligations when the going
gets rough? Do we sometimes stray from our principles and our beliefs because
its convenient? Sure we do. Were human. But do we also realize
that there will be consequences and if there arent, do we feel that
guilt? Truly, this is all a matter of perception.
What happens when our perceptions
are turned upside down and inside out, when white is black and vice versa?
What happens when atrocities and brutal acts are taken out in the name of
justice? Who, exactly, IS right when the shit hits the fan? I think that
most everyone would reply with a resounding: I am! That is, unless
theyre either old enough or wise enough to pause for a second at that
a reason why Socrates was both a wonderful philosopher and a major thorn
in the side of every prominent person in Athens. He questioned things, and
he learned from them. His loved to tell everyone that he knew nothing, and
then go about proving that no one else did either. Everyone seemed to have
an answer to everything, but the more answers they gave the more foolish
they became to their peers. So he angered a lot of politicians, wealthy merchants
and self-righteous leaders, and he was put to death. But its more than
that, and it still holds true today.
Socrates was aiming to prove
that those people up on their pedestals of truth were merely prepackaging
answers to sell, not only to themselves, but to others as well. They
werent putting any thought into what they were saying. It still happens
today when we are told how to live our lives and what truths to accept by
the media, by the politicians, by the people around us. As we well know,
white is not always white, at least not in the face of humanity. And of course,
because he challenged the system, Socrates was given the hemlock. Yet, though
he could have had the chance to run or back down from what he had been saying,
he didnt. He held to his truth and his convictions, and of course was
unfairly tried by the people he had angered. He faced the consequences, no
matter how fair or unfair they were. Was that the noble thing to do? Thats
for you to decide. However, we can always wonder - if he had taken the chance
to run, would we have taken such an interest in him?
I guess what Im trying
to say is that to truly become conscious in our own lives, we must ask questions,
even if there arent any answers. We must learn from everything and
everyone that passes through our lives because there are so many things to
be shared. Though we cant always walk a mile in another mans
shoes, in the very least we can attempt to just listen and consider
the viewpoints, opinions and feelings of others. These are all things that
arent set in stone, but undeniably exist. So many people want the comfort
that comes from staying the same and not having to doubt anything, but in
all honesty, I believe that more peace and love will come to us all if we
understand and accept the fact that others are the way they are. No matter
how much we want to, we cant force someone into a mold that doesnt
fit without having them break.
Then again, dont take
it from me. Go out and find your truth, but remember to ask questions and
absorb the knowledge, even if you dont find any answers.
Now its time for me to
search the threads for a little...
* White Light and Love for...
Terri, her family and her new baby daughter, Tegan. May you all stay happy
Rainbows nephew who was just in a pretty bad car accident. Send him
white light to help him heal quickly.
BlueDove and Moonflower (Lisa and Connie) and their family in the sudden
loss of Lisas Uncle John.
All those feeling the effects of Mercury retrograde. I hope everyone is able
to stay relatively patient with all the bizarre occurrences and irritations
that go on during these periods.
All the victims of the various events going on around the world ... wars,
disease, hunger, etc. May there be relief for you all.
Well, thats about it
for this month, folks. Remember that if you have any comments, complaints,
etc., you can always contact me. I welcome your input. Have a great month
and remember to keep your head up and your mind alert. Ask the right questions,
learn from your mistakes, and dont forget that we all are attempting
to walk the same path. We just go about it differently.