Right now at this very moment they are pondering my incredible value to the universe and plotting how best to lavishly reciprocate my selfless contribution to mankind. Oh yeah! 😎
And somewhere deep down I’ve got this sneaking suspicion that my gain will be so ginormous that I will be overwhelmed with my benefactor’s generosity and we will become best buds and ride off into the sunset together.
Ground Control To Major Tom
Hoping that there is some benevolent caretaker who is secretly fast tracking the good life for us has dogged humanity since the very first sparkling of our imagination and projection of an external life coach has produced more than 4,000 different religions and spiritual belief systems world-wide.
And even though each of these foundational networks offers tremendously effective support systems for the frail human psyches of their adherents, there is little evidence for any reciprocal awareness of some grand conductor of all reality.
For most of us, life seems too big to be navigated without some sort of non judgemental assistance and this is exactly why it is so imperative that each of us develop a personal support network that encourages our own capacity for action and results.
What Can We Possibly Do For The Gods?
If it actually was possible to opt into an arrangement with some omnipotent being who barely recognized me and to whom I could realistically be of little assistance – that would be fine and dandy with me and I would sign up in a New York minute.
I suspect that this is exactly why so many folks find it easy to imagine a personal relationship with such an all powerful being but upon facing the hard boiled truth, every adherent to that way of thinking must also agree that any such non local relationship exists mostly in the mind of the person requesting assistance.
Even so, attracting help throughout our lives is not an option.
From birth to burial, each of us requires the endorsement of many others for both survival and optimal growth but our choice of where we search for help ultimately determines how much we will find.
Many people frustratingly seek this critical emotional support from:
- Family Traditions – Walking, talking and living like your parents isn’t comforting, its a waste of a generation.
- This Land Is My Land – Hoping that their neighbors, cities or countries will save them has guaranteed the futility and demise of more than a few citizens.
- A Cool Cave & Cooler Robes – Guru dictators, stultifying belief systems and supposedly significant geographical locations generate plenty of hoopla but little positive impact on the average follower’s daily existence.
- One Good Book Don’t Cut It – Future divergence from “the now” is inevitable because human awareness and evolution are not static. Books and the vast majority of concepts are.
No One Cares More Than We Do
Any student of history can easily see how important it is for leaders of every society to have followers and devotees who supported them. You and I are no different.
Even after death humans feel the need to leave a legacy so it is no wonder that we seek that same long term support throughout our lives as well.
However, each of us has the responsibility to admit that no one can save us but ourselves and the sooner we accept that reality, the sooner we can stop diffusing our creative capacity.
And if it turns out to be true that someone other than ourselves IS plotting our success, we’ll gratefully add that to our pile, too.
Thank you, friend.