Knowing Things and Free Will
If you knew what the future held, would you change it - if it was bad - or would you let it ride...?
A plane crash in Comoros kills 153, a freight train derails in Italy killing 13 and injuring 50, earlier this month the same thing happened, a plane crash into the Atlantic Ocean killing..., shooting of 7 Detroit students..., a bird strike brings down another flight... Swine Flu kills...
Nuclear threats, natural disasters, machine malfunctions, and epidemics seem to consume the headlines lately. Some people would argue that because we communicate faster and have become a smaller community globally that we hear of disasters, etc faster than many years ago. Hence these episodes have occurred for centuries but went unreported. I guess that is one way of looking at it. Though most folks look at these as signs of the end of the world.
Is mankind actually causing these incidents with technology and selfishness. There are many television programs that broach the subject of ‘what the earth would look like after people have gone’ or ‘Armageddon’ or ‘living a green life, less we destroy ourselves’. But even if we knew exactly how our lives and the world around us will turn out in 50 years, would we make a change for the better?
I recently watched the movie “Knowing” (which got terrible reviews by the way, but had a thought provoking concept). Nicholas Cage was intense, so much so that I wondered how it paralleled with his life currently. I might just be over thinking it, but the movie brought about numerous questions. Should I be worried about the disasters in the news around the world - is it the last days? How can we change the future and save the Earth from destruction? Save ourselves?Maybe that Nick Cage is just a good actor, but I do wonder if those situations in the movie were true, what would I do.
Well we all know the world is not fine, in fact it is seriously wounded on many levels. Like having surgery and waiting for the many layers to heal. Should we consult the Psychic Twins, the ramblings of Edward Cayce (sometimes dubbed the other Nostradamus) or even the next Nostradamus from NYU and Stanford, Dr. Bueno de Mesquita for answers. Maybe we could hold seances and contact our relatives long passed to grant us a little bit of reassurance. Sounds exciting enough, but do we really want to know what it all means. Plus, most religious people (those nice God fearing folks) believe that prophets are to be left alone. You know - taboo - shhh. But what does the Bible, Qur'an or Torah say about respecting the prophet? What/who should we believe? Questions just lead to more questions.
My advice to myself and anyone willing to listen, is to be reminded of Today - the Present - indeed a Gift to us all. We should live for and enjoy today, celebrate our lives, our families, and our many blessings. Not make ourselves crazy worrying about tomorrow and what may come. I am not saying that we shouldn’t be cognizant and try to make our world, our surroundings or lives better, but we should attempt to enjoy it in the process. In the movie, there seemed to be a conflict of self for the main character. He was reminded that life was short, he was well verse in the bible and scientific teachings, yet he chose not to enjoy what was left. If you need a reminder look to the news. In the space of a week we saw the passing of Farah Fawcett, Michael Jackson and Billy Mays, here today and gone tomorrow.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Pablo Picasso - “Everything that you can imagine is real.” So, if you feel that the future doesn’t looks so bright, then you had better enjoy life while you can.
Have nice day!