An article puts life into perspective for me and reminds me why I have plenty of reasons to be thankful in such a cruel world...in the midst of my own misfortune as well as my contentment. Other people on this planet go through MUCH worse due to the harsh side of human nature or unfortunate happenstance.
As I take in the brutality of media stories like this, I can't even fathom the countless amounts of atrocities that fall through the cracks of mankind's awareness. From people being burned and eaten for RELIGIOUS differences to people fighting over POLITICAL differences to people dividing over SUPERFICIAL differences to people watching an ARTIFICIAL sunrise on a big screen due to severe smog pollution...I cannot comprehend the scope of all this madness of humanity and not be tempted to weep.
But my tears or anguish won't do anything to save the world...not one thing. Nonetheless, that still does not alleviate my desire to make the best of this one life that I have been given. Holding tight with loyalty to those who love me, forgiving those who may not care for me, and being thankful for the good AND bad that helps me to learn each day...that's what comes to mind as I sit here and ponder life.
NOTHING lasts forever...even the sun has an expiration date. As mankind, we are not the rulers of our domain, we are simply a part of a complex circle of life that connects us ALL with every aspect of this Earth. The concept of unconditional love may be a cliché taken for granted, but I'm going to continue to try to not make that so within my own existence. Whether it's the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mother Teresa, Ghandi or even Rodney King...peace, love and understanding are forces that are sorely needed.
Here is the link to the article I was referring to: