Nothing Can Replace Love, Kindness, Empathy and Compassion
We are consumed by a lifestyle that leaves little time to pause, take stock and ponder where are headed for. We are becoming robotic and move way from nature. We need to pause, smell the roses once in while and catch our breath for our survival.
Basics they will ever be!
We might have come a long way, but can we ever overlook the basics that glue us together and make the whole planet well-oiled? Top in the list for us, and even other species, should be love, kindness, empathy and compassion. Why include other species? If we compare them with us I feel, sometimes, we are insulting them! We cannot coexist but they carry on like from time immemorial. A life away from these basics will spell our doom and gloom. Our lives and relationships will just give away, become unstuck. These qualities never fail to tug at our heartstrings and reboot our lives often!
The poor have more time to get better returns; these more than make up for others that glitter but only to deceive. Love, kindness, empathy and compassion make us pause and reignite our belief in humanity. The rest is only secondary, also-rans! These are god-given and infinite. We know of few who have inexhaustible reserves of them everywhere, even here at Wikinut! Nothing fazes them; temporary setbacks maybe, yet it is soon back-to-basics even with a vengeance. They do not look for recognition; it is a way of life!
The debilitating issue is we are running out of time for these basics. We become robotic in ways that we fail to notice – a slow process to eventual ruin. We are too busy, but do we think and pause what consumes our time? These are mostly inanimate objects that can give only fleeting returns. We are soon left to clutch at straws when reality hits us!
The whole world is consumed by a lifestyle that our previous generations never experienced. Now, either we are left behind, or take tentative steps to adapt and acclimatize. But we should know where to draw the line after treading the waters with circumspection. But for the younger, they have never seen any other way to live than be consumed by newer gadgets by the day but they will always remain lifeless, artificial. Can they replace human touch and interaction with warts and all?
Pause and Smell the Roses
A busy executive was told to slow down, smell the roses. He quickly asked to get some roses to take in a quick breath, only to return to his ways! The real issue is life is taking a turn slowly that is not human. We have no time to love, show kindness, empathy and compassion. Yes, corporate bigwigs do participate in make-believe shows with fanfare, but what about the majority running from pillar to post in their daily lives to climb the corporate ladder to nowhere and finally take a tumble in their lives?
What really motivates us in our life decides how happy we are as a society. If it is only material hoardings, then our whole approach will spell ruin. We are feeding only greed. That makes us unhappy including those who seem to succeed with such a lifestyle. Behind the facade of success, there will be a feeling of emptiness, uncertainty and deception. But who can exhort and lead us to get back to our basics for us to find true joy in caring and sharing? Our political leaders are also swimming among economic data! Are we doomed to go around in endless circles? Or we take another step in collective wisdom?
Back to Basics
The time we spend in love, kindness, empathy and compassion will give us the best returns but cannot be quantified in economic terms; in fact, they are above them, just priceless! But can such a lifestyle cut much ice with a generation immersed in materialism? Certain basics can never change. The negative traits of self-centeredness and selfish pursuits can only divide our society.
Maybe, we are destined to pay a higher price before we get back to the path of sanity. Human yearnings and traits are simple but pursuing paths with reckless abandon will take its toll. We reap and what we sow, but who is there to guide us? It looks like we have no to time to think of certain basics that held us together – love, kindness, empathy and compassion. We are more consumed by those that glitter for them only to prove a mirage soon after. However, we have inner voice, conscience, though we ignore them till time to save our skins! We tempt fate once too often but luck is on our side to give us many chances. When other species have bitten the dust, are we the chosen one? Wise words are worth remembering. Einstein said – I do not know with what weapons the Third World War will be fought, but the Fourth World War will be fought with sticks and stones!
Credits: All images are from public domain
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