Guest post from BMC in Europe.
Considering what is happening in the world, we start to wonder what is wrong with all the people who are supposed to be like you and me. We all share the same planet and one would assume we all want the same: a happy, healthy and peaceful life. But reality turns out to be different.
Police brutality has increased all over the world. Recently an Afghan police commander killed 11 civilians, a Canadian policeman emerged unscathed after brutally kicking at a man who already lied on the ground (youtube video) and the list goes on.
In the meantime companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow & DuPont contaminate our beautiful planet with their GMOs – toxic to our health, the bees and our ground water.
Although successful and safe cancer treatements exist the common ‘therapy’ is still the deadly chemotherapy. We have wars, famine people, unemployment and illnesses, environmental pollution, corruption… Why?
The answer seems to be greed for profit and power. No matter what you find wrong and what kind of problem you see, following the money leads mostly to this answer. But there must be something else, too. Something deeper and causative; for example, the executive police officer doesn’t act out of greed. Still, his behaviour is destructive and ruthless.
Mind is everything. What you think you become. This simple message from Buddha is worth analyzing in relation to how we play our roles.
Regarding the policeman, what role was he acting ? Was he playing the father, the friend, the consumer, the citizen, the neighbour ? A human… ? He acted as a policeman and the definition of a policeman is (simplified) to lock up the vicious and care for order. Would he kick his drunken neighbour on the ground on a weekend? I suppose not. His identity as policeman makes him see the world different and act different. Same with the greedy companies. The CEOs identify themselves so much with the business that they forget about being humans who are born and will die on this planet like everybody else. The rules of our material system which have been established by the elites influence and dictate our daily lives. From the day of our birth we are classified, defined, and we grow up with this labeling . Being at school we act as pupils, at work as employees, within the family circle as the family member. We define ourselves according to the role we are forced to accept in a particular situation.
The elites are in power of defining our world. They define the roles which are to be played and want us not to question it. It seems they want to label us as potential terrorists and unaware slaves. Obey, watch TV, be afraid of police, don’t question authorities, pay taxes, swallow pills (implented with a micro chip), don’t think, and let them spy on you.
‘Playing roles’ is sometimes useful in a society but it’s dangerous to let others define those roles and not question them. Is it OK to play a hired killer and shoot innocent civilians? Is it OK to sit back silently as a citizen when I see injustice and political insanity? Everybody should be aware of the role they play, and the role that others play, and keep in mind what the most important role on this planet for all of us is. We are all living beings who share this amazing planet and our lives with each other. What you think you become. What you become determines what you act like. Let us not forget what we are deep inside and life will improve for all of us.