Most people feel like the world is about to reach some "critical mass" and just implode within itself any day now. With all the unrest around the world, the bad economy, political tensions higher than ever, it's no wonder people are wondering when it's going to end. What's the answer? Where do we start?
Now before many of you start trying to find a label for this article and it's author (liberal tree-hugger, religious zealot, communist, etc.) just stop! Just for a minute. Usually when someone uses the word "harmony" or the phrase "to live in harmony with" you instantly get all these connotations in your head about flower power, hippies, communes and such. But I'm asking you to put that aside for just a couple of minutes and seriously look at the meaning, intent and POWER of this word and what it really means.
Live Harmoniously On Planet Earth: Live in harmony with all other human beings, with the environment, with the entire planet. Are you still pushing that hippy image to the side for a bit longer? Good. Because this is not a Christian message, it's not a Greenpeace message, it's not even an Atheist message. But it IS a philosophy based on all of these things. So, again, what exactly does it mean?
If you take the Ten Commandments, The Teachings of Christ, Buddha, Abraham, Muhammad, Marx (both Karl and Groucho), and boil it all down and distill the main messages from all these teachings you get left with one simple, purified and powerful philosophy: Live Harmoniously On Planet Earth. It's not just a philosophy, in these desperate and uncertain times it's an essential "super-philosophy"! We cannot survive without it. We won't survive without EVERYONE adapting to it. And we will not have anything worth saving unless every single person starts adapting to this super-philosophy very, very soon.
From micro-harmony (letting a driver in in front of you, picking up a piece of trash) to macro-harmony (finding alternate ways to resolve our differences globally instead of hostility or force, halting the destruction of the rain forests) these are all strings on the guitar called Earth, and every string needs to be in tune and resonate together properly...in harmony.
I'm sure at this point I have certainly lost some of you. You have stopped considering what you are reading and are already formulating witty, scathing replies to make yourselves feel better about yourselves by mockery or negative thoughts. For those of you that this applies to, I challenge you to think of a better...no strike that....of ANY way to get this planet back on track where every single person is happy and thriving. And where the planet itself is also happy and thriving.
Some of you will turn to religion, and say that "God will provide". I am not here to argue or debase your religious beliefs. As I have already pointed out, this basic philosophy is based on the original religious beliefs, stripping away the outdated dogma, human prejudice, fear and moral superiority complexes. Whether you believe in a higher power or not, it still comes down to how YOU act, how YOU behave, how YOU treat other people and this planet. Freewill. Everyone has it. Christians, Jews, Islams, Atheists, all are responsible for how they interact with the world around them, either in harmony or in discord.
You could write a book (and maybe I will) on all the details involved with this all-important, vital philosophy. What would it mean to, say, our political system? How can we get others to live in harmony with us? How do we get rid of basic human greed and corruption? Can we even reach the ultimate goal of a total harmonious planet?
I don't know. It certainly won't be easy. But I am here today to plant the seed in just a few of your minds. It's a start. It has to start somewhere, sometime, so why not right here and right now. Think about the concept and philosophy of Total Harmony on this planet. Get past the hippy, feel-good, connotations and really try to understand what it would take to achieve and what it would mean for all of us once it is achieved. It's an all encompassing concept that would affect changes in every aspect of this planet. Yeah, heavy stuff man.
Maybe this new super-philosophy of mine will go viral and sweeping changes of love and peace will spread throughout the lands. Maybe it will go nowhere further than the next article. But to help you remember it, I've come up with a catchy acronym that will probably make this free-age concept even cuter....are you ready.... Live H.O.P.E. (Live Harmoniously On Planet Earth) Test it out, kick the tires, drive it around the block, ask your friend or neighbor and see what they think.
And here's the kicker... I don't have a website, I'm not trying to sell anything (well eventually maybe a book if I ever write one), and I'm not trying to push my personal ideals and beliefs on you. I'm only asking you to think about this one philosophy, this one concept, and what it would mean if we could achieve it. And what it would mean if we cannot achieve it.
Thanks for reading.