"What's worse - murdering someone or the thought of murdering someone?" I asked this philosophical question toward the end of an argument with a friend over the potential of ending starvation and establishing world peace.
It was an unsuccessful attempt to expose a flaw in his thinking. "We will never be at peace," he had stated adamantly. His thinking is regrettable.
I was shocked. I pointed out that nothing is ever going to happen unless you have an idea about it first. Everything that was made was first conceived in thought. Therefore, the thought of murdering someone is worse, because the thought had to come first.
It's not just the thinking that is problematic, but the negative attitude it reflects. His attitude is the epitome of people who feel hopeless and helpless regarding their future. They are revolving in a cycle of negative thoughts, words, deeds and experiences. We live in a precarious period where technology has outstripped morality. I shudder to think what will happen when civilization reaches its nadir.
Most people don't realize that we have the power to change. The world is in the condition it is because of the choices we made and the acceptance of the results. It is simple cause and effect. I propose that we get back to that comfortable circle where positive thoughts lead to positive action and positive experience. All individuals have the right to personal fulfillment.
Our essence is goodness because it is Godness; we have been created in his image and likeness. Look at your life from a positive perspective. Think of what you want to be or do, envision your highest idea and focus on it often. Imagine no other possibilities and leave no room for doubt. Share your ideas or write them. And when the spirit moves you, act them out. (These are not my original ideas. They are all borrowed thoughts.)
I was naive to think that I could continue to live a contented life in my own little bubble. Sept. 11 was a slap in the face. It became apparent how interconnected all peoples are. I passionately encourage you to listen to your heart, and create your highest vision. Our future is born from what we say and do today.
Not far from the World Trade Center site there is a memorial in Central Park to one of New York's favorite sons. His words beseech us to imagine: "You may say that I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one. One day I hope you'll join us and the world will be as one."
Greg Walsh teaches developmental writing and reading at Northern Kentucky University.
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