When I consider the trillions of dollars spent on health and education around the world I cannot help but ask the questions: Why? To what end? We get people better in medical offices and hospitals and condition their minds with schooling, but I have to wonder sometimes if we’re not missing the point by simply making them more effective at doing the very things that got humanity into the mess it is presently in.
Sure you might argue we’re advancing civilization, that the new models of human beings are better, brighter, stronger and longer-living than our predecessors, but when I read the ancient texts of former great civilizations I have to wonder if we’re not kidding and in fact, deluding ourselves so that we don’t have to look at the deeper questions of living. We are grappling with the same questions, problems and opportunities they were centuries and millennia ago.
Whenever purpose is unclear, design and control are compromised. We, as human beings seem content to work busily in the refinement of our design even though we have no clear sense of purpose. In fact, we’ve somehow convinced ourselves that the competition between conflicting purposes is the point. Is that really the best we can do? I think not.
The whole point of health care, fitness and education is to refine body mind and heart so that they might be a clearer channel for the magnification of the wonderful one within. They are not an end, but a means to an end.
A healthy, toned body and a sharp mind are of little value if not employed in the outer expression of inner being. They are the means by which being is articulated into achieving, and through which the invisible is made visible.
Simple men derive their sense of value from their physical or mental stature. They test and compare themselves to one another, hoping to achieve some personal gain from superiority. But such competition is vainglorious and irrelevant. We are not here to compete with one another or to perpetuate our species. We are here to be the means by which and through which heaven may manifest on earth.