All of us get fear drummed into our heads every day. From the news, from the Porsches and the blanket-man at the curb, from colleagues… from the elevated paradigm of constant competition. This fear lets us shift gears in that rat race instead of slowing down and help those who have fallen. The latter group is constantly growing – so if you stop with dignity and help, it will be us, resting.
I get reminded sometimes – and I remember hearing it even from my grandparents who got through WWII – that things ‚could be worse‘. So I humbly have to accept the situation I am in, which is way better than it ‚could be‘? Well, humility is something everyone should own. Humility should not reach the sphere of resignation though. I am talking about the way of the middle. One living in a government-sponsored house might say that things are not as bad and one should be happy to have shelter, others shout out to the gods when they drop their iPhone – and cannot afford a new one.
What is the way of the middle? To live in a rental and own an Android phone? It’s not about that. Life is always suffering, to follow the words of Buddha. True that: Problems come in all forms and any intensity; yet we all struggle with them. Frankly, just fight the situation and do complain silently and start changing. Never use the term ‚it could be worse‘ unless it’s a current loss. Think ‚it needs to change‘ ( or ‚I‘). However, think about whether some things are worth changing. In other words: Get priorities straight. more