I recently watched Contact, a movie starring Jodie Foster, where she attempts to discover whether there is life in the universe other than on Earth. If you’ve never watched it, run and go see it. Seriously, the spiritual implications are astounding.
Anyway, as I was pondering the movie, I was thinking about us as a human species and how seriously backwards we are.
All the time Typically, we live for ourselves. Okay, maybe more often than typically. Sure, we volunteer, give to the Salvation Army during the holidays, and maybe sometimes we even let someone merge in front of us on the highway. Or let someone who has 2 items in the grocery store line skip in front of us. And we feel proud of ourselves for doing it, as we should. But, what if EVERYONE lived for everyone else, all the time? Like, what if we didn’t think about ourselves or careers and jobs, our own money, what others thought of us, our own families and personal circles, but literally lived as though we always came last? How different would our world look?
But if we do that, what if the next person doesn’t do it? Should that be a deterrent to living that way anyway?
We’re all in this together, we just have to realize it first. We can literally reshape the way the world is with our actions and with a perspective shift.
Fear is powerful. I guess that’s the hardest part of the journey.