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What Would Happen If We Made Life Simpler and Less Difficult?

Simplicity and serenity in Japanese zen garden concept for balance and concentration.

To say there is a lot going on these days is an understatement. To say most of it is very troubling will not shock anyone. To ask, “What can I do about it?” is a worthwhile question.

Can I trust politicians in this country, Republican or Democrat, to protect me? No.

Can I change the world through the political process? I don’t think so.

What can I do, then?

Here are a few ideas.

I can become a better person.

I can take precautions to keep myself coronavirus free and not infect others.

I can reduce the time I listen to the constant drumbeat of bad news.

I can use the extra time to pause and reflect upon something sublime for a change. I can look at life from a different perspective. I can ask myself these questions:

What if consciousness became curious and created this world, including you and me, simply to have the pleasure of experiencing itself?

What if consciousness had already created millions of worlds and dimensions before it created this one for the same simple purpose?

In other words, what if we owed our existence to the natural tendency of consciousness to expand and play?

If this is true, then why do I take myself so seriously?

If consciousness wants to have pleasure and play through me, then why is there so much destruction and suffering in the world?

Do we bring most of the suffering and destruction upon ourselves?

What if we found a way to make life less of a struggle?

What if we opened ourselves to the love and joy that must exist somewhere within us?

What do you think would happen?

By David Gittlin

I’ve written three feature length screenplays, produced two short films, and published ten novels. Before quitting my day job, I spent more than thirty years as a marketing director building expertise in advertising, copywriting, corporate communications, collateral sales materials, website content/design and online marketing.

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7 replies on “What Would Happen If We Made Life Simpler and Less Difficult?”

A very interesting read, thanks for sharing with us! It is very true, that while politics can help us, we mustn’t rely solely on political movements to help us through things such as protection from the spread of a virus; this is where it is important to take matters into our own hands, conduct research and use initiative 😊

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I think you may be semi-serious in your comment, LA. Just want to say, don’t let it get you down. I’m guilty of being the master of stating the obvious, but the truth is we have the power (within us). They don’t.

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Well, oddly I planned to write dystopian themes on my blog this week (this isn’t a push to tell you to read…just a statement) and then I saw your post and laughed

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David, this poem certainly gives us a lot to ponder. We have had to reexamine our assumptions about how stable and safe our world is. In the absence of leaders we can trust and institutions we can rely on, we must rely upon ourselves. Maybe we need to simplify our lives and focus on what is important… if we can figure out what that is. This poem gives us the motivation to try. Best regards. Cheryl

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