Fragmented Reality of Us
Surreal as it feels, it can disappoint our perfect illusion.
A myth, with untruths and uncertainties, parallel an alternative space for human understanding and acceptance.
Who am I? What am I suppose to feel? How do I exist?
Something I have yet to describe, a man, a woman, their struggle to find meaning and interpret their heart, find solace in knowing their souls are at rest while their minds compete with their untamed alternative, such as life.
"Women are no longer victims. They have become leaders. They are at the forefront of the demonstrations. We will share a role in all aspects of life, side by side with men."
- Takawaul Karman
The solution to women’s issues can only be achieved in a free and democratic society in which human energy is liberated, the energy of both women and men together.
Our civilization is called human civilization and is not attributed only to men or women.
Out of frustrations, out of desperation, out of disappointments, out of mediocrity, out of idleness, out of limited insight, out of difficulties, out of insatiability, out of poverty, out of pain and the vicissitudes of life; so many people shall come to a conclusion that nothing is worth living for; not even what is solemn and sacred but, some shall always turn the woes of life into great land marks and indelible footprints worth emulating.
A man may feel like a feeble and powerless pawn, at some moment in life. This apprehension can come out the blue, in the middle of the day at the center of a public place, like a cerebral attack. Checkmated by daily routine he may feel trapped in a smothering set of circumstances and only a deconstruction of all impeding barriers can bring about a vital mental deliverance.
"Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in them. Darks and lights in them. Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system. Part earth and sea, wind and fire, with some salt and dust swimming in them. We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one. No one exists without polarities. Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them."
-Suzy Kassem, "Part Sun and Moon"
"It's a commonly expressed and rather nice, romantic notion that we are all 'sisters' and 'brothers.' Let's be real.
The fact is, we might be better served to accept that we are all siblings.
Siblings fight, pull each other's hair, steal stuff, and accuse each other indiscriminately.
But siblings also know the undeniable fact that they are the same blood, share the same origins, and are family.
Even when they hate each other.
And that tends to put all things in perspective."
- Vera Nazarian, "The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration"
"Most parents try really hard to give their kids the best possible life.
They give them the best food and clothes they can afford, take their own kind of take on training kids to be honest and polite.
But what they don't realize is no matter how much they try, their kids will get out there.
Out to this complicated little world. If they are lucky they will survive, through backstabbers, broken hearts, failures and all the kinds of invisible insane pressures out there. But most kids get lost in them. They will get caught up in all kinds of bubbles.
Trouble bubbles. Bubbles that continuously tell them that they are not good enough. Bubbles that get them carried away with what they think is love, give them broken hearts. Bubbles that will blur the rest of the world to them, make them feel like that is it, that they've reached the end. Sometimes, even the really smart kids, make stupid decisions. They lose control.
Parents need to realize that the world is getting complicated every second of every day. With new problems, new diseases, new habits. They have to realize the vast probability of their kids being victims of this age, this complicated era. Your kids could be exposed to problems that no kind of therapy can help. Your kids could be brainwashed by themselves to believe in insane theories that drive them crazy. Most kids will go through this stage. The lucky ones will understand. They will grow out of them. The unlucky ones will live in these problems. Grow in them and never move forward.
They will cut themselves, overdose on drugs, take up excessive drinking and smoking, for the slightest problems in their lives.
You can't blame these kids for not being thankful or satisfied with what they have. Their mentality eludes them from the reality."
- Thisuri Wanniarachchi, "Colombo Streets"
"For within your flesh, deep within the center of your being, is the undaunted, waiting, longing, all-knowing. Is the ready, able, perfect.
Within you, waiting it's turn to emerge, piece by piece, with the dawn of every former test of trial and blackness, is the next unfolding, the great unfurling of wings, the re-forged backbone of a true Child of Light."
- Jennifer DeLucy
"At the bottom of her heart, however, she was waiting for something to happen. Like shipwrecked sailors, she turned despairing eyes upon the solitude of her life, seeking afar off some white sail in the mists of the horizon. She did not know what this chance would be, what wind would bring it her, towards what shore it would drive her, if it would be a shallop or a three-decker, laden with anguish or full of bliss to the portholes. But each morning, as she awoke, she hoped it would come that day; she listened to every sound, sprang up with a start, wondered that it did not come; then at sunset, always more saddened, she longed for the morrow."
- Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary"
"It's not unreal to me yet, though it might get that way soon. It still feels very real. And not even horrible -- the dead are just the dead. I am convinced that the living people they once were would have been proud of their protective bodies hoodwinking their murderers to save someone else. But it's not civilized. There is something indecent about it - really foully indecent. The civilized Rose-person in me, who still seems to exist beneath the layers of filth, knows this. I have become so indifferent about the dead."
- Elizabeth Wein, "Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)"
"If you think the world is full of darkness, let us see your light. If you think the world is full of wickedness, let us see your goodness. If you think people are acting wrongly, let us see your right action. If you think people don't know, let us see what you know. If you think the world is full of uncaring people let us see how you care about people. If you think life is not being fair to you, let us see how you can be fair to life. If you think people are proud, let us see your humility.
We can easily find fault and we can easily see what is wrong, but a positive attitude backed by a right action in a true direction is all we need to survive in peace and harmony in the arena of life"
- Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way. Herclitus
Ancestorial wisdom passed down the family tree..."If you abandon your two glasses of wine, it is to show your children, your friends, and your society that your life is not only for yourself. Your life is for your ancestors, future generations, and also your society. To stop drinking two glasses of wine every week is a very deep practice, even if it has not brought you any harm.
That is the insight of a bodhisattva who knows that everything she does is done for all her ancestors and future generations. In modern life, people think that their body belongs to them and they can do anything they want to it. This is one of the manifestations of individualism. But, according to the teaching of emptiness, your body is not yours. Your body belongs to your ancestors, your parents, and future generations. It also belongs to society and to all other living beings. All of them have come together to bring about the presence of this body -the trees, clouds, everything. Keeping your body healthy is to express gratitude to the whole cosmos, to all ancestors, and also not to betray the future generations."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
We are unimportant creatures in this universe. We are all alone for the moment. Nobody has ever sent us any holy book or whatsoever. To survive in this universe we must first understand that nobody can help us, nobody but ourselves! To be important creatures in this universe means is to be able to shape this universe in such a way that our existence become everlasting!
"In the 1950s kids lost their innocence. They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term -the generation gap.
In the 1960s, kids lost their authority. It was a decade of protest -church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self.
Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion....it made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
In the 1980s, kids lost their hope. Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.
In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.
In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore."
- Ravi Zacharias, "Recapture the Wonder"
Each time you say hello to a stranger, your heart acknowledges over and over again that we are all family