"You know, most people around the world believe that there is a great conflict in the universe, a conflict between good and evil. Well, this is not true. It's true that there is a conflict, but the conflict only exists in the human mind, not in the universe. It's not true for the plants or the animals. It's not true for the stars or the trees, or for the rest of nature. It's only true for humans. And the conflict in the human mind is not really between good and evil. The real conflict in our mind is between the truth and lies." ~ Don Miguel Ruiz,The Voice of Knowledge
I'm trying my best to finish my first book, which will be an extensive annotated book of quotations. (This explains my light posting schedule lately). The quotes, along with my notes in the book, will cover a wide range of topics and come from some of the greatest human beings that lived over the past 2500 years.
The featured quote in this blog post from Don Miguel Ruiz is a good representation of a primary theme of the book, which is to bring about awareness that humans tend to complicate things with words and concepts and are thus misled by them.
If asked the question, "Why do you do what you do?" and the answer is, "Because that's the way it's always been done," you may have a problem waiting to happen. This is where conflict begins.
For example, people follow abstract concepts, such as retirement and financial freedom but never form their own definition. They spend decades of time and tremendous financial energy on something that is not only impossible to accurately foresee years in advance but is also something defined by social conventions, not the individual. This behavior is paradoxical--it is contradictory because people desire freedom but they uwittingly enslave themselves by following abstract concepts--things they didn't define for themselves--and thus they are not free and may never be free.
On a larger and more damaging scale, people argue and fight wars over political ideology and religious dogma. Put simply, these conflicts arise because people do not follow their own path--they accept ideas, concepts and ideology without question and thus the conflicts are preventable and not necessary.
"To be a light to oneself is not to follow the light of another, however reasonable, logical, historical, and however convincing." ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
Conflict does not exist in Washington, D.C. or in Syria or in Gaza or in Egypt. The only place where conflict exists is in the human mind; the conflict is between truth and lies; the Self is truth; and the crowd is untruth. The prevention of conflict can only begin with you. If you do not follow your own light, you dim the light of the world.
I'll expand on this theme and many more in my book. Now I must go back to writing!