A society is of no lesser or greater value than is one single soul. If one soul were to stand by idly and do nothing about the presence of senseless brutality in their midst and then would be considered fainthearted due to their inaction, then a society if not also an entire nation must as well stand by that same sense of moral justice to the entirety of humanity. – Rev. WD Allan
Sometimes I find myself sitting in quiet solitude thinking on what life must have been like hundreds of years ago in comparison to how we witness it unfolding today? Bit by bit and day by day we live our lives almost unrepentantly closing ourselves off to the ways that we are affected by one another, sometimes literally to the impact we feel from way across the world. Its no unacknowledged fact that we are all much more exposed to world happenings nowadays almost just as much as we are to those times and events as they unfold right in our own communities. Slowly we have been transitioned from what we all understood as a neighborhood culture and into a world societal culture despite whether or not we wanted to be drawn into the same.
This world culture as it now seems has taken the so-called neighborhood “townie” social attitude and transitioned it into it now being an almost “sub-culture” of the rather fast paced and up to date modern world! Having been exposed to both I have risen to the conclusion that there are definite benefits and drawbacks to both ways of living life but one of the qualities that I always associated more closely with a “townie” way of life was the supposed closeness that one was supposed to have with ones neighbors. The contrary to this rule as its usually interpreted is that an urban or city way of life is commonly interpreted as being much more cold, unfriendly, un-neighborly than its townie counterpart. I can now absolutely lay these myths to rest for anyone seeking any clarification between the realities of living life in the city and living life in a local New England Town.
The thought that one is more intimate or any warmer than is the other is an utter rubbish conclusion to arrive at point blank, at least in my own view and in my own experience!
In fact, I would dare the view that in some ways, the community existing in a city might just be all that much warmer and more involved and much more intimate a social gathering of souls than I have experienced in the detached and colder town way of life. The latter being more my experience where many would rather be left alone and make no mystery of the fact that they would rather not hold any close relations with that of most if any at all of their neighbors.
When you cut right to the chase of it all, the realization can almost throw you for a loop for it falls aside of conventional thought.
Why start from this viewpoint you might be asking yourself on such a subject as vying the worth of an entire society versus a single soul?
Well to be honest, its what just hit me in the forehead at the start of this subject as relating to events that have recently motivated my latest blog both locally and from around the world.
I don’t think I will ever be able to entirely grasp the motives that drive some souls to be as they are and to do as they do. Odd that is since in all of their derivations of professional work and study as I’ve committed much of my life to it all, I’ve been one who has made it his business to study the science and the practicality of human behavior in many of its forms for well over 30 years. Yet still, the off-shod dark shadows that are cast across some to their own extremes still just make no sense beyond the fact that such paths are self-chosen and motivated through deep rivers of utter discontent and a disdain for all of that which is life. By now you as the reader are getting an instinctive idea about what really motivated my Blog today.
I think it was the Buddha who spoke about enlightenment, and self-realization, and of finally touching the spirits of the Gods as being the ultimate goal and the greatest of benefits one can expect from seeking the deeper path of our own inner awareness.
When we delved deeply enough into the darker waters of the depths of our own rivers of consciousness, I can most assuredly support the thoughts that the Buddha was trying to convey. My experience is that to touch the deepest spiritual core of yourself is indeed to touch upon the spirits of the Gods for one cannot exist without the other when referring to ourselves individually or collectively.
The reasons I began this days Blog uncovering the complexities that are life in the townie mode of being and the urban city way of life was because over a great deal of time I’ve discovered that no matter what form of social relationship you are making reference to, I have discovered that the strength and the worthwhile influence that one single soul exerts onto the world as opposed to the influences that an entire society exerts stand virtually parallel to each other as far as the critical importance of the sparks that define their lives.
When any of us honestly let ourselves think on what it is that could possibly drive another human soul to take up weapon in hand and to do some of the things that have been cast across the world today, yet worse, with others standing by and watching these events unfold without saying or doing anything to stop that horrible event from taking place, it draws my mind historically back to the presence of many of those figures who themselves did all of what they did with few if any at the time taking any stand against them.
This thought can raise even more philosophically driven questions regarding what and how we both individually and collectively think of the individual soul as opposed to a society, whether locally or more global?
When we think on the worldwide impact that such a soul as Robin Williams had on the lives of people both to his local home field and across the world, it doesn’t take too long to conclude that his was a life that created a sense of spirit in and for many! The same I think it would be safe to say also for the life and the magnificent strength of character of one like James Foley.
So many, yet so few.
Collectively we tend to judge and describe any society of the world according to the acts and the impact of individual souls who through their own manifestations, bring life and light to our world, and yes, to those who bring loss of life and darkness to our world.
To talk about one nowadays seems almost trite without acknowledging the presence of the other. It reminds of the light cast by the streak of the yin and the darkness of the yang. We should always remember that the philosophy of living isn’t a new or an innovative thing just discovered within the pages of posterity. Souls and societies were dealing with these same very issues of living for as long as humankind gathered together and pondered on the source of the soul.
All of this being laid on the table and none of it white washed to occlusion, the leading title and its accompanying verse remain.
A society is of no lesser or greater value than is one single soul. If one soul were to stand by idly and do nothing about the presence of senseless brutality in their midst and then would be considered fainthearted due to their inaction, then a society if not also an entire nation must as well stand by that same sense of moral justice to the entirety of humanity.
What matters? Who and how many matter?
We all matter!
Each single soul matters!
Love, light, and the brightest of blessings!
Rev. WD Allan
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