We, human kind, are very good at boxing things to the exclusion of others and thus are sectarian divisions and petty hatreds born.
No matter who you are or where you are, life is about creating and making, call it art or call it a meal, call it unblocking a pipe or fixing a plug. It’s the art of problem solving, how to get something from one state to another state, adapting the stuff of the world to things of our choosing. We all do it, it is as natural as breathing.
Some things appear intractable, taking hours, days or even years of puzzling and working a problem, until the great eureka moment arrives and the solution reveals itself. Every problem is 99.999% pondering, puzzling, and frequently worrying, and 0.001% eureka and we are then able to apply ourselves to the solution.
And it doesn’t matter what it is, making and doing improves with practice. Spend just one hour a day on something and what may start out being clumsy and hopeless will dramatically improve with practice, developing mind and muscle memory.
All humans ‘do’, we spend our entire lives doing and relying on the doing of others in a great big, multi mixed, tumbling multiplicity of doing. If we didn’t we’d die out.
If you care for someone who is unable to look after themselves, you are caring for a living being who only a blind fool would dismiss as useless.
But then there are hedge fund managers and investment bankers… Hmmm.
In a world dominated by money, what suffers most is our humanity. The world spends trillions on war, but claims we cannot afford peace, health and happiness. It is a world that is bass ackwards, we have the means to end the violence of poverty, but not the political will, we can bail out bankers, but not pay nurses and carers a decent wage.
The news is full of misery and corruption and we are left wanting for decency, honesty and kindness, yet there is no lack of them. Is it perhaps because they are free? Kindness isn’t a finite commodity, it is an infinite resource that can never run out, it’s only limited by choice.
We all have choice, it’s what we do with it that matters.
Keith Lindsay-Cameron. 17 December 2020.
Conspiracy of Kindness.