Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Secret to Happiness

There is a common theme to many of the problems that our society faces; everything from fear of commitment to the divorce rate including cheating, the spread of diseases, and single parent households. Even large scale problems such as war and global warming can be attributed to this theme. The common theme is self-gratification. If people stop focusing so much on self and 'what makes me happy', the world would be much better place.

John 14:6- Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 
I think this message has a deeper meaning than the obvious.  I think that Jesus' example to the world was that of self-sacrifice. I think he was trying to teach the world that the way to salvation was not necessarily about praising him but more so from following his example of letting self die for the greater good of mankind.  When you look at the world today, we have more material goods and wealth than ever before, yet the world in is complete chaos.  Marriages are failing; the children are killing each other; and the economy is dying. I think that the human race took a wrong turn when we started thinking that 'life is short so we need to make ourselves happy first and foremost'.
Helen Keller said it best when she said, "True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose". Buddhist scholar Shantideva phrased it this way: "All happiness comes from the desire for others to be happy. All misery comes from the desire for oneself to be happy". The bottom line is that if you want to fix the problems that society faces and at the same time make yourself a little happier; start by thinking of someone other than yourself for a change.
Collectively Speaking
The world does not belong to you
It does not belong to me
It belongs to we, collectively
If we continue to abuse and misuse
The world will no longer be
And for you and me that means
Our existence will cease
So try to find peace within
And share it with a friend
Only then will the healing begin
We all have wounds that won’t heal
And emotion we’re afraid to reveal
Sometimes it’s easier to lash out than be real
But here’s the deal…
We are all part of a bigger collective
When we disrespect others
Its self that ends up disrespected.
One rejected soul
Goes on to make others feel rejected.
The rejected and dejected
go out and cause physical pain
Through rape, murder, drugs and gangs
It’s an insane attempt to regain
What they feel they’ve lost
and for society it has a high cost
Because when I can’t trust you
and you can’t trust me,
we destroy the sense of community
and we destroy ourselves collectively.
The world won’t survive if
we just focus on self
So each of us has to care about someone else
Negativity doesn’t just come from thugs on the street
It comes from people we’re close to and the new people we meet
Ministers beware of the topics you preach;
Hell and damnation
can spark discrimination.
Educators be careful of the words that you speak.
Don’t let rudeness and ignorance be the subjects you teach.
I will build you and if you will build me
We can increase the positivity and we will not only survive
But we will thrive;
© 2011

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