By Charles Leyman Kachitsa
It is very fascinating how idols are based on classes. So there are some people who when they get down to some places they are worshipped by those who feel they are a class above them. Yet the same people in other places are not not considered of any attention.
Take for example house servant. I remember growing up we had these people sometimes visiting their village or being visited by some of their relatives who based on the encounters were admired by their relative as having a prestigious job which in the town by town dwellers was the lowest of the low. Of course in time I have come to realise that mostly in developed countries especially in the west, all jobs are accorded the same respect although still there are differences in how people treat each other depended on perceived social class.
The social class for advanced countries is predominantly based on inheritance and in rare cases education if one has great authority in a specific subject or profession. And in some cases the university one attended qualify them automatically into a higher social class. For instance people who have attended Oxford, Cambridge in the UK and or Harvard in USA without any hassles automatically are regarded people of higher social class.
The main point being that every human being has his own admirers. It could be we are not the admirers but we have to respect this simple and basic human principle. It does not matter what other sectors consider you, there will be others who idolise and consider you as a worthy to live human being. Those who consider your existence their joy.
This week we look at quotes from a book that falls well in line with the objective of this column; to inspire and encourage you to aim higher by foremost discovering your purpose in this life. I am sure these will teach you one or two lessons, read and enjoy:
THE POWER OF NOW – A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
“Abraham Maslow called these ‘peak experiences,’ since they represent the high moments of life where we joyfully find ourselves catapulted beyond the confines of the mundane and ordinary. He might just as well have called them ‘peek’ experiences. During these expansive occasions, we sneak a glimpse of the eternal realm of Being itself. If only for a brief moment in time, we come home to our True self. ——- ‘Ah,’ one might sigh, ‘so grand ……. if only I could stay here. But how do I take up permanent residence.”
“The myth of ‘other-than-me’ has been responsible for wars, the rape of the planet, and all forms and expressions of human injustice. After all, who in their right mind would harm another if they experienced that person as part of themselves? Stan Grof, in his research of non-ordinary states of consciousness, summarizes by saying ‘the people and consciousness of each of us is, in the last analysis, commensurate with ‘All-That-Is’ because there are no absolute boundaries between the body/ego and the totality of existence.”
“Our drifting awareness, our tendency to take the path of least resistance by being less than fully awake to the present moment, creates a void. And the time-bound mind, which has been designed to be a useful servant, compensates by proclaiming itself master. Like a butterfly flittering from one flower to another, the mind engages past experiences or, projecting its own made-for-television movie, anticipates what is to come. Seldom do we find ourselves resting in the oceanic depth of the here and now. For it is here ….. in the Now …… Where we find our True Self, which lies behind our physical body, shifting emotions, and chattering mind. ———– The crowning glory of human development rests not in our ability to reason and think, though this is what distinguishes us from animals. Intellect, like instinct, is merely a point along the way. Our ultimate destiny is to re-connect with our essential Being and express from our extraordinary, divine reality in the ordinary physical world, moment by moment. Easy to say, yet rare are those who have attained the further reaches of human development.”