There are many approaches to life; optimistic, pessimistic, career oriented, family oriented, self-centered, humanitarian, leftist, rightist, liberal, extremist, metropolitan, naturalist and the list goes on. Any person in the world can fall into any of these categories and yet every one of us has their own distinct approach to life, formulated from years of personal experience. Because of that every one of us believes that in their lives their approach is the most accurate for their purposes. A lot of us even believe that their approach is the most accurate for everyones purposes. But what if one day you wake up, and you are the last human on earth. Would you wear clothes? Would you eat with a spoon? Would you wash your hands after using the toilet? Would you pray? Would you read? Would you even look in the mirror? I don’t know. When stripped of the influences we have on each other the answer to many of the questions that have shaped our lives becomes at the very least, I don’t know.
When Darwin landed on the Galapagos he had no idea what he was going to discover, but he observed the many species that lived there for the first time in his life, and somehow managed to find an orchestrated pattern. A pattern that not only shaped the existence of life on those small islands, but also every living thing on earth and possibly the universe. If Darwin had looked through the eyes of a 19th century englishman he probably would have missed it.
The diagnostic criteria to identify a child with autism all have one thing in common, the child’s almost complete disinterest in its surrounding. The child does not even exhibit an emotional attachment to its own mother, which is often the presenting symptom. In its most severe form autism can produce a phenomenon known as savants. Individuals that possess exceptional abilities in music, mathematics, art and the list goes on. Mozart is an example, who had already composed and performed music for royalty at the age of four. Todays famous people with autism include Tim Burton, Courtney Love, and Temple Grandin who says, “The thing about being autistic is that you gradually get less and less autistic, because you keep learning, you keep learning how to behave. It’s like being in a play; I’m always in a play.”
Alan Turing saved 14 million lives during World War II when he decrypted the Nazi’s communication device and gave the allies the upper hand in ending the war. The machine he built to accomplish this became the modern day computer. At 41, Alan Turing committed suicide because he was gay and convicted of indecency. If he had killed himself at 16, what would the world be like today? And what if he had lived till 80?
Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells to signal the brain to stop eating. The more fat we have the more we produce it, acting as a biological barrier to obesity. Yet obesity is one of the 21st century’s most prevalent diseases, ranking as a leading cause of preventable deaths world-wide. A person suffering from obesity is bombarded with leptin but ultimately the mind prevails, creating a constant sense of hunger that goes as far as killing the body itself. You see the mind unleashed can not only understand the whole universe, but it can also destroy it. Proof of that is very apparent around us today. We have forced our majestic minds into tiny little roles we play out for the sake of someone else, and suffocated the genius born in each and every one of us. I don’t know the answer to many of the questions I ask myself everyday, but I know today that not knowing is a really good place to start. In the short time I have existed I have been so many people that I have forgotten who I was to begin with, and that has led me to realise that ultimately I am nothing, and no one except three things. I am of love. I am of peace. I am of abundance, just like you. In my little play I am for the first time alone, I am adrift. I am lost and I don’t know what I will discover. As painful as it may be now that I am naked of all that I have known, I have finally landed on the island of my truths and I watch my evolution unravel. In this walk we stumble confident in our grace, then we look in our hearts and find empty space, for when the day comes that we tire of our disdain, may our path travel towards one where revelation is our only play.
[hiniblabs is now hosting guest articles regularly. If you choose to share the wisdom that you are, please make contact by e-mail or through the facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/hiniblabs).]