Once something takes physical form, Change is inevitable. Look therefore beyond physics to find the constant for that is the essence of home; the safe reliable place from which you can explore and be bold and learn to except change as lessons about humanity and the world around you.
Being socialized into a culture is in many ways a way to force your personality and innate nature to adjust to your surroundings. A lot of beauty and creativity can be lost in this process. Figuring out who you are as an adult is often about reclaiming that lost beauty and creativity. Maybe that is why so many of us travel to foreign cultures to find ourselves, for in the process of traveling we discover that the “system of thought” we have been socialized into as children is not the only way of life worthwhile.
Imagine a comet hitting earth, leaving only a hundred people alive. Would it really matter how each of these individuals looked? They would go from being citizens of a nation, subscribers to a creed and carriers of an ethnicity to becoming our fellow human beings. Now, aren’t that what we are today as well?
Let us not wait for a threat to humanity to realize this shared bond. All that matters is the here and now. Let’s grab hold of the Present and shape it to become what it should and could be if we all realized our beautiful and unique individuality AND our common bond of humanity.
They say no man is an island, but I often think that we actually are all little independent islands; 6 billion islands connected together in a rich and diverse archipelago by little bridges constructed by our shared humanity evolved through hundreds of thousands of years of sharing the same habitat. Wouldn’t it be amazing to explore each and everyone of these islands!? Imagine the different flora and fauna! How extraordinary! 6 billion unique islands all within reach of each other through a bond of kinship! What could be more beautiful!
Through quiet and attentive observation of the turn of the seasons, the moods of the sea and the life span of a flower, the universal truths will reveal themselves. The same holds true of human nature. By quietly and openmindedly observing the comings and goings of your own emotions and impulses, you will recognize the reflection of all human emotions and impulses within yourself.
The world is continually evolving and going through cycles. We need to align ourselves with the rhythm of nature. If we do, the future can be an exciting time for new beginnings and growth. We need to pay close attention to what is going on around us and how it affects us, we might need to reassemble and rearrange our plans moving forward. Don’t worry, if we do, it will all work out for the best.
To me, intelligence is not knowledge, memorizing skills, or the ability to use complicated words or academic language. To me, intelligence is the capacity of abstract thinking; to be able to envision, understand and relate to situations, hypothetical or real, that you have never yourself experienced, to reflect upon events foreign to you and still be able to draw conclusions, to think creative, innovative and independent thoughts about spontaneous subjects, and to express complex thoughts and ideas in a way even a child can understand.