What makes people lose touch with their idealism and willingness to give? One prime factor is survival. We are all geared to ensure our survival, and we live in a environment where our survival is at all times threatened – now this makes for one consequential brew.
It is fascinating to see how this urge for survival and desire to expand our monetary empires takes precedence over things that really matter. How many of us spend time and energy on pursuing solutions that will bring forth a better world compared to how many spend time browsing the web for new things to buy? Solutions for all – something that matters – is for most of us less of a priority than ensuring our own monetary growth. And even if we have plenty of money – our tendency is still to continue the race for survival. Hence – somewhere in the evolution of man – something went wrong. We became bitten by the desire to consume, spend, use and throw away. This is I would say one of the main diseases we face in the world that is also contributing to environmental instability.
And how much time do we spend finding and researching to acquire help and direction for ourselves, compared to how much time, energy and focus we put into money? If we could use the same urgency, intensity and drive that we experience towards money and give it a useful direction – this world would be very different – we would be very different – everything would be different. I would love to live in such a world where all human beings come together to help and assist one another unconditionally. Where there would be no fear of survival, because we all had each others back. At the moment that is not the case. And when someone falls others rush to fill their spot. It is not strange that we are so gripped by fear of survival – because the consequences of not making it in the system – they are very real.
It is interesting to see that many of us believe that fear of survival and competition is useful and needed to keep the world moving forward. The belief exists that unless we would be able to compete and earn more money, nobody would seek to achieve anything. Development would stop and humanity fall backwards into stages of devolution. This belief proves how little we trust ourselves and our genuine passion and spark. Because I firmly believe that all of us have a spark – a desire to give – that is not motivated by money but by a higher purpose. I have experienced this many times. When composing music, I did so because of the fulfillment and enjoyment – not because I wanted to earn more money. And in my current job. My primary motivation is the fulfillment I experience when I help, support and stand by others in their time of need.
And if money would stop being our god, I believe we would be able to enter into an era of fulfillment. We would work because it fulfilled us – not because we had to, or because we were in fear of survival. At the moment – the only sign that such a life is possible can be found in the expression of children. They are not controlled by money. They are their own masters – and instead of existing in need of more – they are content with and create their life with what they have available.
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
This quote is so simple and yet at the same time so expansive. It pin points one of the problems with western civilization. The belief that we need more to be content. The problem is not that we do not have enough. The problem is that we have not understood or practiced how to be content with what we have. Hence we are stuck in a constant search for more. The next gadget, the next relationship, the next journey, the next job, and in our minds, the next thing will be THE thing that is going to put our heart at rest. Though there is still this emptiness, that can be filled for moment, but that will return.
Hence, to wrap it up. Fear of survival, it is a fuel that keeps is constantly on the move, constantly trying to get ahead. However, what we miss is ourselves and our expression – or spark – and in our race for the finish line – we miss to be content with ourselves. In a world with content and relaxed people, life would be so much easier. Instead of fighting to get ahead – life would be about finding what is special about ourselves and how we can use that gift to contribute to society. And that is the society I want to live in.
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