Our country is in a crazy place these days. Don’t you agree? Just look around you. But I think it’s important to remember, no matter how bad things look, we are still living in a free country. In many places things are much worse. People live in fear and desperation, with nothing to eat and with violence all around them, with no control. Many people have it so much worse than us. No matter how bad things look here, there is a basic sense of law and order that can be our foundation for enacting positive change. We are so fortunate to have that opportunity.
Also, no matter how bad things look, it is important to remember every day that nothing is permanent, nothing is forever. If we look at past history, even within our own lifetimes, we see that things can turn around, and become better. But sometimes we have to learn this the hard way.
I think if we approach our worldview from this angle, we can be more effective in our efforts change the world around us. Also, we can begin to turn our attention to the inner world, which is equally as crazy as the one outside of us. With this attitude, remembering impermanence, remembering how things change, and that they CAN change, we can see that it is possible to become free from our inner hungry ghosts – which means our dissatisfied minds. This dissatisfaction is one of our most destructive enemies; it causes so much harm.
In reality, we are all impermanent, we are all guests, we are all here just temporarily, for a relatively short time on this earth, in this life. But our projections and illusions fight with us all the time to make us believe we are here to stay forever. This is a very strong delusion.
If we understand this, and work to change it, then we can begin to relax, to have a good time, to appreciate and enjoy our lives and our privileges. We can take everything a little less seriously, and bring some lightness into our attitudes. And we can be kind to each other, and open to each other. We can stop torturing ourselves, and stop torturing everyone else in our lives.
If we do this, we will see the beginning of real change, of real revolution, and real reform – inside and outside of ourselves.