“Trust”, or “Be The Change You Want To See In The World, Part 2

by Aranyakananda

In my last post, I posed a non-rhetorical question, something like:

“What is it about human nature that makes us think that the concept of changing oneself to change the world is idealistic/naive?”

I did receive a thoughtful response from one reader which, with his blessing, I would like to feature here. He said:

  “Perhaps, subconsciously, we know how difficult it is to change ourselves. If it’s that tough to change myself, and you have to do the same, what are the chances we are all going to invest that effort? What are the chances even 1/4 of us will?”

Thank you for the comment, my friend, and thank you for helping to further my understanding. Though I agree that this is the thought process we are dealing with in the world, it has lead me to another conclusion. Are you ready for it? Here it is.

Human beings do not trust each other.

I know. Mind-blowing, right? But it’s deeper than it looks. We don’t trust each other, because we refuse to look at each other as though we are looking in a mirror. And because we don’t trust each other, in times of strife and conflict we feel that retaliation is the only way to create peace. Change our enemy by stifling them with a bullet! Well, “It hasn’t worked for hundreds of thousands of years, but hey, this might be the one time. Get the guns!” Right?

This was clearly confirmed for me last night as I read a story about President John Kennedy and his handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It seems many of his top advisers (brilliant lads) suggested that the only way for him to stem the tide of nuclear apocalypse would be a preemptive strike against Russia’s missile sites. Kennedy thought better of it. What he did was he had a conversation with the “enemy”, Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev, and, long story short, the Earth is still here.
Kennedy altered the programmed knee-jerk reaction to such situations, and showed Trust in the enemy which defines Divine Consciousness. He trusted that Understanding will never lead us down the road to Hell, the road which preemptive strike will almost certainly lead down. Like the Pandavas in the Mahabharata, he played his entire hand before making a rash decision. The difference is that in the end, Kennedy did not have to go all Kurukshetra on the Russians.

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One Response to “Trust”, or “Be The Change You Want To See In The World, Part 2

  1. Dhrishti says:

    I like this. Muchly.

    Lots of nice plays on words in this, in addition to a valid point you’ve made.

    I think our mis/dis-trust in others stems from the same feeling toward ourselves. And I think this is so, precisely because of something you mention here, which is the concept of others as personal mirrors.

    Whether we realize it or not, others ARE mirrors to us. If I don’t trust others to change on their own, it’s maybe because I deeply and firstly don’t trust myself to do the same. all things are one, and all that jazz.

    Om Shanti

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