Life isn’t hard. Or complicated. Really. Live, breathe, consume, excrete, sometimes multiply then it’s over. But we insist on making it difficult for ourselves and others, often in the name of progress or wanting to “keep up” with everything, everybody, everywhere, all the time. Why? What of any real worth would be lost in the end if we didn’t?
Today’s problems and the so-called solutions we choose to address them are so tightly interwoven together with each other they form an impenetrable layer over our lives. Acting simultaneously as shroud, blindfold and security blanket we layer on, preventing us from comprehending, understanding and ultimately living lives of far greater benefit to ourselves and our environment. And most of us don’t have a clue. We have become so driven as consumers in our self centered greed that we want “whatever” just because we see someone else in real life or in a media advert with something new and different and think we must have it too. Damn that Jones family!
Spoken with fervor at the time (although I can’t recall if the details were clearly stated) one goal of the ’60s youth movement was to “change the world”. Forty years later I suspect the changes that have occurred had little to do with what the leaders and spokespersons of the counter-culture hoped for. Yet there were those who achieved the goal(s). It was the individual, turning their back on the establishment and living the ideals they believed in while not trying to change others just themselves. Ultimately it may be only thru examples like this that any real progress will be made. One life at a time.