The Third Evolution of Mankind
We are immersed in quite an interesting time not only personally but collectively; locally as well as globally. It almost feels like a line is being drawn in the sand and we are squarely facing off against each other fighting for what we each believe is in the “highest”.
I remember a time in grade school where we were being given a test to see if we knew the difference between our left and our right. There were pictures of children in boxes with specific instructions. Circle the left arm in this box, circle the right foot in this box, circle the right leg, etc. Simple enough, right? Wrong!!
I sat completely befuddled; torn with which to circle. The “problem” was certainly not because I did not know my left from my right. I did. My utter confusion stemmed from the fact that I did not know WHICH left or right to circle.
Was I being asked to circle the child in the picture’s left/right body part or was I being asked to circle the body part that was on my left/right? Which perception??? The perception from my point of reference or the perception from the pictured child’s point of reference? You can see the dilemma. If I chose the “incorrect” perception from the point of reference of the person grading the test, I would be labeled as not knowing my left from my right.
Isn’t that where we are as humans in our collective evolution? How much simpler the left/right test would have been had I first been given the goal of which way I was supposed to approach the activity. What if each one of us, individually, were to take a deep breath, sit down and one by one ask:
- What kind of world do I want to live in?
- How do I want to move through my life?
- If I had a completely blank canvas where our socio-economic, geo-political, educational & health care systems were concerned, what would I want to create?
- In a perfect scenario, what would each of these systems look like… No right or wrong, just dream, just “play” as children laying on the earth, looking up at the clouds and laughing at what animals, real and imagined, were seen forming and then dissolving.
I could to place an apple in the middle of a table asking two volunteers to each sit at the opposite ends. The “game” would be for me to leave the room and upon my return they would need to describe the apple. I can guarantee they would not agree AT ALL on what they were seeing as each would only be able to describe the half that was visible to them. They would “win the game” by being able to describe the apple which would be possible if, AND ONLY IF, they first communicated with each other as to what their half of the apple looked like. Here’s the major catch; the trap we all fall victim to. Each would also have to LISTEN to what the other was saying.
We all have the describing part from our perspective down pat, it’s the listening part that challenges us. Is it possible for us to move forward from this point of chaos by taking another’s hand and just listening? I guarantee we all want the same things, we just have not taken the time to LISTEN to another person’s definitions or perceptive. There are as many definitions and perceptives as there are people because we are each uniquely looking through different eyes, hearing through different ears, and feeling through different hearts.
It is quite easy for us to understand that bats navigate through life differently than we do because they look so unique. We accept that cats can see in darkness better than we can, after all they walk on all fours, are furry with long tails, have whiskers and meow. Watching hawks soar high above the ground, we are not surprised when they swoop down grabbing a mouse for dinner. They have feathers, talons, beaks so they also look quite different from us.
I think that because, as humans, we look more similar with our skin, hair, two eyes, two ears, walking upright, speaking in a particular language than we look dissimilar, it is more difficult to accept, understand and not be surprised that we too each navigate, see and soar differently. Up until now, these differing, unique traits have been a source of fighting, war, fear, struggle, and control dynamics.
This is easy folks! It is just a matter of choice. We can CHOOSE to see our unique differences as a source for POSITIVE change. For now, just for this one moment, can we stop and just listen? Not Do, not Talk, …. Just LISTEN. Each of us will have our turn to do & talk later. We need the different perspectives now. There is great strength in diversity. There is compassion and love in understanding. Understanding another’s perceptions and viewpoints does not mean we have to agree.
I’m here silently waiting for someone to step forward, sit with me, take and hold my hand. Let me listen, let me hear you. I promise, cross my heart promise, not to say a word. Please…. PLEASE give me the opportunity to just listen.
Wishing you each joyful and loving journeys,