Of the Complex and the Simple by Davida Patrick Moore

Everything in life is spiritual. What that means is everything is definable within a corresponding emotion, for the observer, that has some semblance of meaning however fleeting or profound. This is the foundation for this experience we call life. Every thought and action, and this includes emotion, is in reaction to some prior event. All things are connected in this string of events. And while we feel and otherwise sense this life, those feelings are all founded on an individual’s perception of the events. This is how two observes, side-by-side, seeing a single event, can produce two separate experiences.

How this carries forward into the world as a whole is constant. We witness the events of this world yet as a reaction we have only three choices in response. Those choices are encapsulated in a concept I call, “The Power To Love.” In The Power To Love our choices to the events, circumstances, and people we encounter are, “I love it,” “I hate it,” and “Whatever.” The, “Whatever,” is a true neutral, lack of concern. This is important to recognize. A sarcastic, “Whatever,” is actually hate. Hate can be described as judgment. Judgment is a determination that no one should engage is such a behavior or activity. Short of civil law judgment is self-destructive. The most powerful of these choices is, “I love it.” Here we re-enforce ideals or activities that resonates with our heart. From this choice we can build an uplifting future for ourselves, our community, and the world. The simplicity of, “The Power To Love,” is indicative of the nature of the universe. Even within the seeming complexity of natural phenomena the elegance of a simplistic design can be found.

A 14th century, Franciscan friar, William of Ockham discovered a principle that he later described as, “the law of briefness.” In this principle, named, “Occam’s Razor,” he stated that the simplest explanation was most often the correct explanation. With this in mind consider these simple offerings; nothing has any meaning for an individual until they decide what it means to them; what they decide will reflect their character, their heart, and their enculturation; everything has purpose; in every situation an uplifting experience can be found. These axioms are only the beginning of communication from a greater consciousness to the finite mind of humanity and our ability to understand this world. Our inability to relax and our tendency to seek more complicated explanations for the events of this world lead to our being more easily manipulated. There may be a part of the human psyche that wants, or even needs, this world and our experience to be complex. I personally do not believe this is what an all-knowing, all-powerful, and ever-present consciousness would devise into which it would drop a finite and often challenged species such as humanity.

So we are left to wonder why do we have to make things more complicated than they truly are? And to ask, “What is the alternative?”

If supported actions are physically destructive to the group or abusive of the innocent those actions, for the good of all, must be displaced. What constitutes these actions can encounter a, “fine line,” when it comes to a society determining, “common good.” The fine line that separates the individual’s actions and self-destructive influences that are accepted and acted upon by others is found, or lost, in quality of education or enculturation. The time-honored parental adage, “If your friends were jumping off a bridge, would you do it?” comes to mind. The less educated or poorly cultured might very well engage in the the less-desirable behavior that is giving the parent reason to pause. The confusion felt by the poorly educated or uncultured is propelled by another sense that is bred into all humans, herd instinct. Without the sufficient thought given to questionable scenarios a thoughtless reaction can easily kick in to generate the required response. Here the present day manipulation of the herd can produce behavior desired by the herd masters. Today those herd masters are found in Pop Culture, the media, political agendas, and other groups including; churches, schools, and social structures such as gangs and even virtual zeitgeist. What motivates these sources of influence, and the suggestions they make, ought to be the subject of the greatest scrutiny.

There was an anti-drug advocate that was mercilessly ridiculed when they suggested, off-the-cuff, that the way to stay off drug is to, “Just say no.” Life doesn’t get much simpler than that. This, “silver bullet,” approach to remaining drug free is as elegant as it is deadly to those influences that wanted more and younger people to become drug addicts. The suggestion that simply saying, “no,” to drugs was naive was another way of keeping to possibility of using drugs in front of those faced by the scourge. The endless haranguing and irrationality to explain saying, “no,” as being useless was an over-complicated and actually destructive attempt to dismantle the simple and effective response to the pitfalls of drug use. So who wants people to become drug addicts? To learn that fact you’ll need to study, “Thinkers and Sinkers, Why Are They Trying To Kill You?” (ISBN 9870615450407). Because these are the same people who are trying to reduce your ability to make good on your rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

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