Many people who obsess daily about their children's education: which nursery school is the best, private schools verses public schools, how to maximize grades and extracurricular activities to give their children an edge to get into that college, that grade school. Then the same cycle will start with their grandchildren. These people think that this world is frozen in time, that the future will be a replica of the present.
If we continue to chop down our forests and destroy oxygen sources, what will these children breathe in twenty or thirty years? If we poison our water systems and food cycles, what will they eat? If we blindly continue to overproduce fluorocarbons and other organic wastes and blow holes in the ozone layers, will they be able to enjoy the outdoors? If we overheat this planet by some greenhouse effect and the oceans rise and flood our coasts and overstress oceanic and continental fault lines, where will they live.
The children and grandchildren in China and Africa and Australia and everywhere else are just as vulnerable because they are all inescapably residents of this planet.
Consider this. If and when you reincarnate, you will be one of these children. So how can we worry so much about SAT tests and colleges when there may not be a world here for our descendants? Why is everybody so obsesses with living longer? Why squeeze a few more unhappy years out of a geriatric end? Why the preoccupation with cholesterol levels, brain diets, aerobic exercise, and so much more?
Doesn't make more sense to live joyously now, to make every day full, to love and to be loved, rather than worry so much about our physical health in an unknown future?
This is not saying to neglect our bodies, that it is all right to smoke, drink excessively or abuse substances or be grossly obese. These conditions cause pain, grief, and disability.
Just don't worry so much about the future. Find your bliss today.
Our bodies and our souls are like cars and their drivers. Always remember that you are the driver, not the car. Don't identify which the vehicle. The emphasis these days on prolonging the duration of our lives, on living to one hundred years of age or more, is madness. It's like keeping your old Ford going past 200,00 miles, past 300,000. The body of the car is rusting out, the transmission has bee rebuilt five times, things are falling off the engine, and yet you refuse to turn it in. Meanwhile, there is a brand new Corvette waiting for you right around the corner. All you have to do is gently step out of the old Ford and slide into the beautiful Corvette.
The driver, the soul, never changes. Only the car. Reality is the present. Dwelling in the past or future causes pain and illness. Patience can stop time. Love is everything.