Posted April 19, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
– Tennyson (1809-1892)
Here’s to all people on Earth a wish for lives that coincide with the poetic words of Tennyson, as well as all the great thoughts men and women have written down through history. May each human being come to create their masterpiece of a life, no matter which description one chooses for that work of highest skill, or what the final product may look like. This has at times been said to be one’s highest potential, although individual men and women have no knowledge of the concept, or how truly high humanity can rise.
Surely, mankind’s highest potential does not include any violence, war, and greed. Surely, mankind’s highest potential will be reached when all men see each other as true brothers; all women as true sisters. Surely, when man’s efforts and work and thought become utilized to create conditions on Earth like this, there can be no other description of life on this planet but that such a world is a true masterpiece. Surely, when the separations of nations, peoples, and governments and businesses have been overcome and replaced with unified effort to bring about the highest degree of human happiness and joyful living for all, at that point there will be no further need for evolution.
And, isn’t that what the whole life process is all about – the highest degree of human development? And, is it possible for mankind to reach the zenith of physical, mental, and spiritual evolution, even though many thousands of years have shown us otherwise? Can creating the greatest masterpiece in the history of this world become the driving force for human actions, with a thorough and shared awareness of the most noble, moral, ethical, and utterly magnificent place just up ahead in everyone’s field of vision?
Is it just crazed-visionary thinking or completely rational, truly-visionary thinking to contemplate such a potential world? Has the world come to an evolutionary standstill where there is no longer any chance to rise higher, and higher, and higher? It seems apparent that such an idea – that mankind is done with evolving – is an idea that is rooted in insanity. The idea that the human race does indeed have the capacity to create the greatest masterpiece – where love is the only survival, the only meaning – is completely rational and orderly.
The basic principle of all – not harming others – may not seem complex enough to be worthy of consideration as the basis for all life on this Earth, but maybe mankind has failed to see the highest wisdom in simplicity. Because the sanity of living without harming others is the masterpiece.
“The public for which masterpieces are intended is not of this Earth.”
– Thornton Wilder
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