Friday, December 31, 2010

A Truly Happy New Year...

For a moment last night as I went to bed, it crossed my mind that today would be the last day of a decade. And then of course I realized that, no, the last day of 2009 would have been the end of the decade, and that the new one would have started on January 1, 2010, now long since past. We are a full year into it.

Still, the thought gave me pause to reflect that the first years of this still new century have not augured well for the progress of humanity--if, by progress, we mean not further economic growth and technological advances but rather movement toward greater happiness for all. It seems that while we are busy marching forward in the former direction, we take just as many steps backward in the latter.

So I have a wish for our human species in the coming year, the second of the second decade of the twenty-first century--and those, let's remember, are only a small handful of the centuries we have been able to count, let alone those eons that passed for our species before counting began! My wish is for greater harmony between us all; for greater compassion, greater understanding, greater tolerance, greater love.

Oh, I know. It's a hoary old wish, and one that is frequently scoffed at by cynics as some kind of sentimental dream. But I'm with John Lennon: I hope some day the scoffers will join us, "and the world will be as one." And I do dare to sense, behind or beneath all the rupture and rage and desperation we are experiencing in the world today, the glimmer of an understanding in the human consciousness that we cannot persist in our current behaviors without wrecking the only planet we have--the planet that we share with countless other beings, great, and small, and miniscule.

Something, somewhere in the depths of consciousness, I am convinced, is shifting. We have evolved and survived thus far, as a species. Surely our minds are capable of further evolution, of further adaptation to ensure the survival of us all. Perhaps, rather than the global caliphate that some are seeking, we will evolve toward a global sangha, a community of humankind where we are all, yes, kind; and where the guiding force will be the ultimate message of the dharma: compassion for all beings. This is my wish.

So... Happy New Year, everybody! May all living beings find true happiness in their lives. May all living beings be free from stress and pain. May all living beings be free from trouble. May all share in the blessings of a life well lived.

9 comments:

mandt said...

Peace..... MandT & Bodhi

TaraDharma said...

I share you hopes...it would be more than lovely. Still, I won't hold my breath. I'll take what good I can to balance the bad so I may find a reasonable way to keep hoping. And around and around it goes.

Happy New Year, Peter.

eva Kolosvary-stupler said...

I agree with everything you said, but just add: Good Health for everybody,
Love to you and Ellie!

WITTY WALKERS said...

Fully share your good wishes.Hopefully it's just a matter of time! Was it not a certain prophet some 2 o 3 thousand years ago who forecast, on finally achieving compassion, total harmony, that the world will be as full of knowledge as the seas are full of water. Good health and good cheer to you Peter and Ellie!

CHI SPHERE said...

And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.
Black Elk

Laurie said...

Important to remember that we hear lately about the unhappiness and economic stress in the developed world. I've no idea if the rest of the world is as unhappy as we; since they don't have as much to lose as we, I kind of doubt it. Restructuring, yes; end of the world, no, as long as we see the world as one. Am trying to "visualize the nested hierarchies and webs of the actual nondualistic world" (Gary Snyder)

josh said...

Beautiful Peter. So be it!

Josh

Greg Spalenka said...

Peace and possibility my friend.

Anonymous said...

Wishing your wish could me my command, but hey, at least we can all try working toward this common goal. Thank you for the vision...
Arminée