We Live in A Beautiful Yucky World

beautiful worldSometimes I just get so frustrated with all the things that are ‘yuk’ about this world.

In just the last week, while searching for conscious themed news articles, I was hit with a plethora of ‘yuk’ news. I  read articles on everything from how the Australian government wants to start dredging near the Great Barrier Reef (now there’s a smart idea), how the farm that supplies DiGiorno with milk for their cheese has been viciously beating and stabbing their cows, and how Walmart staff make an average of $10 per hour while the fat cats at the top eat up billion dollars worth of revenue.

I am not an overly sensitive person but reading all this started getting to me, what kind of world do we live in??

I know there is so much beauty in this world but there is also so much ‘YUK’, and sometimes I just feel like I don’t want to be a part of it at all.

If you look for it, suddenly everything around you feels corrupt, disgusting and ethically wrong.

But perhaps that is why we are here.

Perhaps we are here on the earth to experience ‘earthly things’, and whether we like it or not, all these ‘unethical issues’ are meant to be faced by us.

Sure, sometimes we just want to shut down (well, at least I do) from all the hate, pain and suffering in this world but we must find a way to strengthen ourselves.

While a world where everyone says please and thank you, where we respect everything from the tiniest creature to the biggest rainforest, a world where we are all considered equal, where there are no wars or hate is unfortunately  just an utopian fantasy, there must be some kind of middle ground. 

I am not entirely sure what the solution is, and I wish I could wrap this post up with a really strong affirmative ending, sorry to be bleak but I think as humanity we are so far from the answer….

I want to give credit though to the many conscious people walking this planet, people doing good, saving the whales, educating children, donating their time and effort to fighting noble causes. Perhaps we need all this yuk to help us see the beauty? To help us determine what path we wish to walk down or which direction to take in our lives.

Good has to come with bad, and bad with good, they are one in the same and really at the end of the day, it really comes down to  how we chose to perceive things. What is good and what is bad? That is up for the individual to decide.

I am far from a saint, but I have decided to do my best to no longer be a part of hurting this planet or the people that live on it.

Here is my plan (perhaps you could make your own too):

1.) I will (try to) respond to everyone and everything with love, and understand that at the end of the day, people are just doing the best they know with the knowledge that they have.

2.) I will chose only organic foods from local suppliers and avoid eating foods that are not sustainably farmed. I will also be more diligent about recycling packaging. 

3.) I will be grateful for what I own and will donate the clothes and items that I don’t use before buying anything new.

4.) I will get in touch with nature more, whether its tending to my house plants or going for walks outside.

5.) I will  be more positive about the state of this world and I will remind myself that every rose has it’s thorn and every dark cloud has a silver lining.

At the end of the day, I just want to make a difference, whether it’s big or small.

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  • After Life

    One of my friends recently broke down at work. I’ve known her for years and from time to time we would have long discussions about philosophy and the state of the world. She didn’t like the way things were/are at all, but eventually she would simmer down and return to the normalcy of her routine.

    After talking to her about her break down at work, basically she was just going about her business like every other day when suddenly she got overwhelmed with anger and sadness. She felt nauseated at the fact that during lunch hour all she heard from many different groups of people was celebrity gossip. For her something about that just hit her like a pile of rocks. How all of those people were complacent and content with the 9 to 5 and their thoughts were occupied by so much nonsense that didn’t really help the world in any way. She started crying but went to the bathroom, tried to pull herself back together and eventually ended up leaving work early.

    I feel that we should all learn to be master of our emotions, and while I don’t wish any pain or discomfort upon anybody, I find a certain beauty in the fact that she had such a strong reaction to how things have become.

    Anyway, she plans to quit in February and is looking to get a job in Germany because she doesn’t like America at all anymore.

    We’ve lived in an era of decadence, and western culture as a whole has enjoyed a gluttonous amount of luxury. For me it is no longer time to smell the roses, it is time to focus on fixing what is broken.

    Some people try to help more than others, but most of the time even those that help a little bit, are ultimately contributing more to the problem than the solution, because they are still a part of the machine, but at least those people are trying at all.

    The yuk often becomes too much for people if they expose themselves to it for too long, it makes them feel crummy. Once you look past good and bad and find that true peace the yuk no longer has that kind of affect and becomes much easier to be around and address.

    Perhaps spiritual enlightenment, emotional intelligence, logic, and physical health are better than antibiotics for this kind of yuk.

  • Wow, that last line resonates with me so deeply – “Perhaps spiritual enlightenment, emotional intelligence, logic, and physical health are better than antibiotics for this kind of yuk.”

    I agree that there is definitely a stage of peace that we can reach a stage where the yuk no longer effects us.

    I am glad that your friend is getting a change of scenery. It was through her example that I realized that there are sensitive souls out there, and it is part of our duty to ensure that we look after ourselves and do what we need- like your friend following a different path and moving overseas.

    I am actually feeling a little rattled as I write this because I just received a call from a super angry woman saying that my phone bill was going to her address. She had opened my mail (!) and was calling me, yelling at me to fix it. She was so furious, and really I had no idea what she was talking about. It was a mistake by the phone company and one that I have now fixed.
    But instead of yelling at me like a furious maniac, she could have just had a civil conversation with me and explained the situation.

    I hung up on her because I just didn’t know what to say, and her abuse was making me feel sick. Even now it’s sitting in my gut. And I am trying to remember my own words, “people are just doing the best they can with what they know.”

  • After Life

    I was taught early in life just how quickly things can go from good to bad or bad to good, so I try to keep an even keel.

    What that woman did to you isn’t justified, but the best you can do is use those kinds of moments as lessons for the future. It is often very hard when we are assaulted by negativity or anger to remember that “people are just doing the best they can with what they know” in the moment, but it’s just part of that journey to better living in the moment and having great perspective on each moment. It is good that you got off the phone with her though, because that negative energy could have escalated, and while what she did isn’t as awful as some of the other things that happen in this world, she was still potentially creating negative karma with that whole interaction.

    Who knows maybe it was a blessing in disguise, maybe the cosmos were reinforcing the idea that the YUK is always there and are training you to always be prepared for it.

  • Hahha yes maybe it is a blessing in disguise.

    It is hard to remember that people are just doing the best they can, especially when situations like that occur.

    I’ll never forget this book I read once about a monk who was accused of impregnating a young girl. He was not guilty but he never once pleaded his case. He just remained calm and in his own truth. He was shunned from the village and many of his friends turned their back on him but he just sat in peace. Of course, eventually, the village realized that he was innocent and all ended happily.

    I guess what I have taken away from this, is no matter what the world throws at us, the good and the bad, we must sit in our truth, and let other’s accusations roll of our backs.

    For I guess, at the end of the day, her stress should not be mine.