We are human beings. Homo Sapiens is the name we gave ourselves. We’ve overcome many challenges as a race, in every aspect of life. Together we walk this earth and live this question mark that we call Life. Our species is the most adaptable and intelligent species on earth – even though it doesn’t seem like it sometimes.
This is who we are
We are artists, musicians, dancers, religious believers, philosophers, soldiers, rapists, murderers, drug dealers, corrupt politicians. We are all of that. We are potential, in human form. Potential to do good and potential to do bad and we are neither just good or just bad. Good and bad are stories we tell ourselves. Every human being is a piece of art unfinished and shall never find completion because life is a continuous process of death and rebirth, change and growth and what will direct the course of our lives, what we will be is not dependent on our job, our wealth or anything of that matter, it is dependent on which things we choose to focus on within. We can allow ourselves to become a force of life or a force of destruction.
It is not so much about becoming anything. Trying to become good, trying to get rid of the bad because that doesn’t work. It’s about allowing the seed of sincere goodness that is inherent in everyone to sprout, to let it grow and to acknowledge the destructive force we have within us as well. There is one little story of a Native American elder that I reread a lot which goes as follows:
“One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside of people. He said:
My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied,
“The one you feed”.
It’s a small story and contains so much truth in it as it is able to put into a few words that which I try with this whole writing.
Addicted but powerful
But human beings are not just creatures of pure potential, we are creatures of addiction and the things we are mostly addicted to are not substances, not games, not gambling, those are superficial addictions that cover up the unanswered call for feeling connected, to the world, to ourselves, to others, to the whole realm of life we are able to experience.
The worst of addictions we suffer are fear, doubts, believe in limitations, “what if”- thoughts, worry about a future that never comes and regrets about a past that has been gone long. We are addicted to those things because we have become afraid of the freedom that follows if we let go of those things, one by one. The freedom to be true to oneself, the freedom to grow and be as it feels most authentic to you and it’s painful to let go of those things we so dearly cling to, but freedom comes with a price.
We have been selling ourselves short long enough and it’s time to reclaim our power, to realize the brilliance that we are, to unleash the creative genius that has been silenced long enough. It is time to free yourself of those addictions and to start living your life. Not the life others want you to live, not your friends, not your family, no one. Earth needs rebels, who live for that which is right and true.