No, being human for now means to experience fear.
Not all fears are imaginary or ego based.
Fear is not just false evidence appearing real. Fear is information and like any information it gives me a choice.
At this time, some humans are living under real threat to their physical existence in various parts around the globe. They are in trauma, stressed and fearful. There is violence and inhumanity. That is not imaginary.
While true threats to our physical well-being exist, we are wired to survive as humans. Instincts to live kick in. These instincts arise in the face of other fears too.
Other fears may not threaten my physical existence in the moment and in the literal physical sense and yet they give rise to anxiety and stress.
In Maslow's hierarchy of needs, when physiological needs are threatened naturally humans experience anxiety. I get that, as I am living paycheck to paycheck and that causes some degree of stress. If I allow my mind to run wild, then a state of anxiety arises. That is the reality of many in our nation. Many are struggling financially and emotionally.
The holiday season is here and the streets of the city reveal how civilized we truly are.
I'm not just referring to homeless but anyone whose basic needs are not met. In an affluent country we have hungry, underserved citizens who for example do not get quality health care. There may be shelters, hospitals and 'handouts' but that has never been a permanent solution.
What is the American dream?
1) A house you work hard for but cannot enjoy time in because you work so much?
2) An education that promises a well-paid career for better quality of life?
3) A spouse and/or kids you can rarely spend time with because you have little time even for yourself?
4) Self-employment that frees you to do what you want when you want, eventually?...
Just how hard must you and I work to climb up this ladder?
Even if we do attain the american dream, what then? I've observed many that are unhappy when they've made it.
I cannot speak for all but I think as humans what we most want is safety and happiness. Both of which depend on caring humans.
Safety comes from a civilized world that takes care of it's citizens. Happiness comes from the quality of our relationships.
We have a ways to go to create a safer city, nation and world. It is a need that must be met before we can truly reach for loftier goals. If we are too stressed and anxious it is hard to have quality time even for ourselves much less with others.
I admit this worldview is a judgment. I am sharing how I wish the world operated. I believe in humanity and I experience sadness at times when I hear of behaviors that contradict the altruistic nature of humans.
While I pray more of humanity embraces their caring nature, I also know that resisting the current reality is detrimental to me.
Any resistance to what is, equals stress. Fear that is not a direct threat to my physical life is just information. Like a ringing phone, it doesn't mean I have to pick it up. I don't have to react to information, I can choose peace, patience, love and hope. Sometimes easier said than done so I am practicing.
My heart tells me to breathe deeper, slow down and give up control. My heart's faith is expansive surrender. My brave heart whispers be bold in our lifetime, we shall experience a world that is free of fear.
What do you feel is your choice when FEAR seems so real?
What does your heart say when you experience stress or anxiety?
What do you envision for our world and in your lifetime?