“….live in a full conscious, compassionate, and loving way.”

In a conversation with Rolling Stone (31st October, 2014), Stephen King tells us that he “can’t see the future, but it’s grim.”

Pre-eminent among the challenges to the well-being of our species, he points out, is the fact that “our technological expertise has far outraced our ability to manage our own emotions.”

About 65 years before Stephen’s observation, in a talk on 10th November 1948, Omar Bradley, one of the commanders of Allied forces in World War II who went on to become a General and the first Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff in the USA, warned us (“The Collected Writings of General Omar N. Bradley: Volume I”): “We have men of science; too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Man is stumbling blindly through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.”

Though it may seem impractical, i think the only enduring way out of this mess lies in these words from Morrie Schwartz (“Morrie in His Own Words”):

“We’re all on the same ship, and it’s going to sink sooner or later. One hundred and ten years from now no one who is here now will be alive. When you look at it that way, you can see how absurd it is that we individualize ourselves with our fences and hoarded possessions, refusing to recognize our commonalities.. .We all know that we’re dying….day by day we’re getting closer to our death. The best way to deal with that is to live in a full conscious, compassionate, and loving way.

Many people close to dying have said the same thing, and I think there is a lot of truth to it. Don’t wait until you’re on your deathbed to recognize that this is the only way to live. To quote Stephen Levine, “Love is the only rational act.” The Beatles said it: “Love is all you need.” W. H. Auden said it: “Love each other or die.” Many others, including Jesus, have said it, but we don’t listen.

Why don’t we listen? Our egos are always getting in the way, saying, “Me, me first — don’t worry about the other guy.” We have to realize that we must be responsible to all and for each other. This is the most loving act we can perform.”

Peace 😊

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