Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Way Out #132

What is most crucial about the way out of something is how we came to be "in" something.  Isn't it?  Especially if that something is conflict, fear and sorrow-filled.  Don't we want to find the way out of these types of situations and help others avoid it?  There is violence somewhere everyday during the day and night, people are starving, on drugs, at war, hating, wanting etc.  We see this all the time at home, at the neighbors on television etc.  Don't we want a way out?  But all to often it is rare to happen upon someone who begins asking "How did this all come about?"  "What is the origin of this behavior?"  I ask this because we don't actually say that; it actually sounds more like "What's wrong with people?" Why don't they just do what's right."  Such statements are merely calling for a continuum of one's present comforts, security and desire, they call for conformity, obedience and tradition.  If we listen we hear no direct connection with what is taking place, it is at a distant, unfamiliar, threatening, hated or misunderstood, in short.  But what then is the "way out?"  Is it not the "way in?"  Basically, if one has a fight with someone, don't we look at why it started in the first place and try an avoid it the next time?  In doing so, we are able to observe how we got "in" conflict and find a "way out" of it.  Make no mistake, this state we're in is that confusion we seek "out" of where people are wrong and misunderstood.  So isn't asking a question the beginning of seeking the "way out"?  Not ending ones life; this is tragic and a variable of results of those who never found or sought the "way out".  We want and wish for things to improve in the world, to end conflict and suffering but one must first ask a question, and keep asking in order to come upon how one finds ones way "in" in order to find ones way home through the "way out".