Finding Hope During Times of Darkness

There’s a lot of talk about 2012 theses days.  Some proclaim that we are in the end times, expecting the world to end in a series of horrific disasters, culminating on December 21, 2012.  They point to every bad thing as evidence that the end is near.

It’s easy to feel discouraged, as the dark side of human nature is all over the evening news.  Even before the mass shooting in Arizona on January 8, current events have been leaving me extremely disappointed in the human species.  How do all these atrocities continue to happen?  And it’s nothing new, as this capacity to inflict great harm on one another has been evident since the beginning of “civilization” in Sumer around 3,000 BC.

But there are things that give me hope.light and dark quote

One cause for hope is the quiet lives of people who contribute to a world of love and peace.  It’s easy to forget the goodness in humanity because it rarely makes the news.  But for a week after the horror in Arizona that goodness in the human spirit has been making the news.  The response from the vast majority of people prove that we haven’t lost our capacity to be horrified when violent actions match the extremely violent words of our political climate.  Our collective compassion for the victims has been evident.

Even the events of that tragic day show the power of love over hatred.  Dorwin Stoddar shielded his wife’s body with his own, sacrificing his life for hers.  The intern, Daniel Hernandez, heedless of his own safety, went in the direction of the shooting to help the wounded and saved Congresswoman, Gabrielle Gifford’s, life.

The American Revolution continues.  The concept of a government of, by and for the people is an idea born out of love and a core respect for one another’s human dignity.  In it’s inception it was certainly flawed – only white men could participate as “the people”.  But with each passing year the struggle goes on to fulfill that vision as more and more are included.  Slavery was abolished, labor unions were born, child labor was outlawed, women fought for equal rights, civil rights were granted to all races.  And today we see rapidly changing attitudes, moving toward full acceptance of gay and lesbian people.

light and dark quoteThe dark side, ruled by fear, continues to push back against the ongoing American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.  Though the problems we confront today can seem very dark and overwhelming, we can rest assured that there is always light to shine through the darkness.  We simply have to recognize it and turn it on

So I’m hoping and praying that the prophecies of the Mayan calendar, as interpreted by the Mayan Elders, are true.  They say it is the end of the consciousness of duality which will usher in unity consciousness.  Unity consciousness will bring an end to this ongoing insanity of war and greed and entitlement and power over and fear and selfishness.  I’m hoping and praying..

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