December 20, 2012
Standing in the middle
I can’t believe some of the crazy shit I’m reading. People are sending their little kids to school wearing armored backpacks. Police are stationed at schools all over the country. Crazy lunatics are suggesting that kids should be instructed to ‘rush the gunman’ rather than hide, should they find themselves in a similar horrible situation.
Has the world gone mad? Yes. YES. YES. The answer is YES!
Every day I read the news and I’m in complete shock at the number of stories of knife wielding killers, students threatening to blow up schools, and people being shot in malls and parks.
I sit here on the eve of what has been touted as the end of the world…and I can’t say I’d be afraid or even sorry if God pressed the redo button.
The other day I posted this on the Diary of a Madwoman Facebook page, “It’s called Freedom OF religion, not Freedom FROM religion,” and the comments sent me into a tail spin. Obviously I live in a bubble, because I honestly had no idea so many people hated God/Christians/Religious people. Now I know. And I’m struggling with what to do with the information. And I’m a little ashamed that it’s taken me so long to become aware of this.
You know, I’m one of those people that is nearly unable to stop trying. I don’t think I can take no for an answer, if no isn’t the answer I want. I’m a very logical thinker. My modus operandi is common sense. I’ve survived for 44 years being a no nonsense kind of girl. I’m sorry I didn’t trademark the phrase just do it, because I could have.
And this is what I see.
The pendulum is swinging wildly. It’s rocking the world. The universe is screaming for people to come to the middle, to stabilize the planet. But the people aren’t listening. Frightened and scared, they’re running in opposite directions. This causes the planet to rock harder.
I honestly believe that humans are inherently good. Given the chance, most people would do the right thing. Most people want peace. Happiness. Prosperity. Love. But when the pendulum is swinging so wildly, you’re more likely to get knocked down by the vibration.
Our kids are more likely to get struck by lightning and eaten by a shark on the same day than they are to be shot up by a gunman in their kindergarten classroom. Yet the knee jerk reaction is to send them to school in a bulletproof backpack. Because the pendulum is swinging wildly.
A hundred years ago, people didn’t have cars or televisions. A hundred years ago. The evolution of our planet is so rapidly unfolding…it’s rocking the planet. There is no stopping it. Technology will not rest. But the people must learn to adapt. Stress adaptation.
Scientists have invented vaccines for most of our known diseases. Common sense dictates that we should vaccinate our children. But we are now learning that excessive vaccination may not be healthy. But we all ran towards the vaccines. Quickly. In a matter of a few decades. The number of vaccines tripled. The pendulum swung violently.
Farmers have learned how to keep up with feeding the billions of people in the world. Common sense dictates that we need enough food so that we don’t go hungry. So they genetically modified seeds and learned to give large amounts of antibiotics to cattle and pigs. But we are now learning that excessive antibiotics and growth hormones in our food supply may not be healthy. Genetically modified foods may not be healthy. Quickly, in a matter of decades, the farmers all ran towards increased production. But they ran too fast. The pendulum swung wildly.
Computers and smart phones and gaming devices were put into the hands of all of the children. Common sense dictates that we should keep up with technology. The world collectively decided it was good. But we are now learning that excessive computer time no matter the game may not be healthy. Quickly, in a matter of decades, the people ran towards to the technology. But they ran too fast. And the pendulum swung wildly. The kids became unable to function properly socially. They were labeled depressed and anxious and defiant. The answer hasn’t been to integrate them with humans rather than computers, it’s been to give them pills.
A hundred years ago there were no pills for depression and ADHD and OCD and bipolar disorder. The people were labeled with these diseases and drug companies invented the pills. The world collectively decided that the people should have help with their mental disorders, and they should. But quickly, in a matter of decades, the diagnosed cases of these diseases went through the sky. The people swallowed the pills. But they swallowed too many, too fast. The pendulum swung rapidly.
A hundred years ago Americans were religious. Most people were members of a denomination. Then some people started to question whether God/Buddha/Allah was real. Common sense dictates that a God we can’t see may not be real. Some should be able to choose to be no religion. But in a matter of decades, the people ran away from God. And they ran too fast. And the pendulum swung violently. Those who still wished to be religious were no longer afforded the opportunity to be religious in public. Because the non religious people were frightened.
A hundred years ago people owned guns. Most people owned a gun. Then some people started to question whether guns were necessary and safe. Common sense dictates that guns can potentially be dangerous, yet the Constitution provides for the right to bear arms and we have a right to defend ourselves. The gun owners don’t want to give in, for fear of the pendulum swinging too far to the left and all guns being outlawed, and the gun haters don’t want to give in for fear of the pendulum swinging too far to the right and no guns being outlawed.
The real common sense is in the middle.
In all of these situations, there is a more peaceful place in the middle. A place which stabilizes the planet. It’s not too far to the right, and it’s not too far the left. But the people are not budging. Refusing to see that too much or too little of anything is not good, all common sense is lost.
Eating cake = good. Eating too much cake = bad.
Exercising = good. Too much exercising = bad.
Drinking = good. Too much drinking = bad.
Having sex = good. Too much sex = bad.
Vaccinations = good. Too many vaccinations = bad.
Religion = good. Too much religion = bad.
Technology = good. Becoming disconnected from real humans = bad.
Defending oneself = good. Shooting up classrooms with military weapons = bad.
Having a lot of food = good. Making food unhealthy for the sake of having a lot of food = bad.
Access to drugs when ill = good. Taking drugs when not ill = bad.
Healing illness = good. Masking symptoms with drugs that cause additional illness = bad.
Spirituality = good. Too much spirituality = even better
Seeking the good = good. Too much good seeking = even better.
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