March 11, 2015

Imagine


  You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope some day you'll join us, and the world live as one. - John Lennon





Love first. Ask questions later. What kind of world could it be if that were the prevailing mindset? What radical changes would take place?
What could happen if complete strangers could meet each other with the understanding that, beneath our various presentations, we all start with the same basic needs and wants? How would it level the playing field to give each other the benefit of the doubt instead of seeing through our acquired filters of suspicion and fear?


Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can...



What if it were possible to give up the idea of me and mine and see things in terms of us and ours? Would we observe, conserve, preserve? Would it lead us to serve without worrying about what we deserve?

Would we be more generous? More willing? More available. Would there be less prescriptions written for anti-depressants? Would the prison system collapse? How many fewer people would go to bed hungry? Cold? 

Would hopelessness and loneliness become the things people wrote fictitious stories about? Would they be the modern day equivalent of "monsters?"



   ...No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man...




How long would it take to see the end of bullying, abuse, and the need to control? Would greed whither if we felt connected more to each other than to our stuff? Would envy pass away as we realized that we're all supposed to have different talents to make us interdependent - unique pieces of a grand puzzle that when fit together create a matchless masterpiece?


Looking at the world today this may sound like some crazy utopian fantasy. Maybe it is. Maybe however we can make it true - one heart at a time.

Here's the rub. Someone has to start. Someone has to be willing to love first and ask questions later. Someone has to risk - put themselves out there - take the chance of being rebuffed. No one's ever died from rebuffing, but you'd think it was lethal the way we avoid it - even at the cost of ignoring our deepest need to feel connected to each other. 


 Imagine all the people, sharing all the world...

 
 What if labels, instead of saying MADE IN THE USA or CHINA or INDONESIA, said:



MADE ON EARTH BY HUMAN BEINGS


Because that's the truth. The divisions, the separations, the yours and mine, the them and us, - those are the lies. 
It's not the truth that keeps us feeling isolated and alone. It's the lies. It's the illusion of separation and disconnection that keeps us separated and disconnected. 

WE ARE ALL PEOPLE!

People who bleed the same color, who love, who hurt, who strive, who win some, lose some and watch as some get rained out. We dream, realize some of those dreams and see others go up in smoke. We hope for better while dealing with the worst. We get sick, get well and most importantly ALL PAY TAXES!  

We may not see this in our life time, but how would it be to die knowing that we cast our stone into the pond that sent out these kinds of ripples? Hate is a learned trait. It has to be taught. What if we decided not to teach it? What if we chose to teach love and compassion instead? How many generations do you think it would take before people forgot how to hate? Wouldn't it be awesome to find out? 
 
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope some day you'll join us, and
the world will live as one.  



Let's be the ones who go first - the ones who extend mercy before it's deserved, because if it has to be deserved it isn't really mercy. Let's take the risk - fly in the face of convention and refuse to be counted among the haters. 



Love first. Ask questions later. Do we dare? 

PHOTO CREDIT: Original Artwork by Sarah Kopp

6 comments:

  1. Nice Anita :) Reminds me of the poem " No Difference" by Shel Silverstein.

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    1. I just looked up "No Difference." I love it. How can I be this old and have missed THAT? Thanks!

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  2. Compelling piece Anita; a strong, compassionate post. :)

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    1. Thanks Kate. Sometimes it feels like it could be so simple if we just didn't complicate the daylights out of it.

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  3. Perhaps the most inspiring song and lyric of all times. I do feel like I'm a dreamer, but I also know that I'm not the only one. Heading out in the world today, imagining, and hoping it spreads through our universe. Thanks for some morning inspiration, Anita!

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  4. Thank YOU for taking it out into the world to spread. I agree about the song, and I also believe there are more dreamers than we can IMAGINE. :)

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