Understanding or just hearing?

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]When we are in pain, we seek to ease the pain. When we are sick, we seek healing.

This is more than just human nature, this is the way of Life.

Release from pain; healing, essentially comes in two forms: treat the symptoms, or treat the core cause.  The first eases, but does not actually cure. Only by dealing with the source of sickness can true healing ever be attained. Cures come by treating the cause, not the symptoms.

It seems to me, that is where we keep going wrong.

The health of any living organism depends on a variety of factors … the more complex the organism, the more factors involved. Many humans think that we are the most complex of organisms, but that may be arrogance. For we are actually a mere part of a vastly more complex organism … humanity. Humanity is just a component of an even more complex organism … the world itself. And ultimately, the world may itself just be a mere component of even larger organisms. ANY organism that does not receive what it truly needs to be healthy faces illness, again another basic reality of Life. Any illness that is not properly treated it is likely to keep getting worse, and ultimately can become debilitating if not fatal.

Humanity is ailing.

Ailing does not mean that humanity is dying. But if we don’t treat what is ailing humanity soon, we may find that we are on a lethal path. And since we are ultimately part of larger organisms, they will be in danger too. So what is to be done about it?

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King Day. He was a man to inspire; a man to not only ASK for change, but lead people to finding it. He was also something this world has too little of … a true healer. For his goal was not to treat the symptoms; not to simply remove the pain or ease the illness, but to cure the disease. He is one of a class of true benefactors to humanity that recognized that the ONLY way to fix what ails us is to find the source of the disease and CURE it, and not simply keep focussing on the symptoms. So how do we honor men of such vision; true healers? We give them a holiday. We maybe take a day of work in their name. We share their wise words with everyone, applauding how wise they are. We DO remember them.

What we don’t do is actually LEARN the lessons they teach.

Do you want to really honor Martin Luther King Jr? Do you want to really honor a list of other true healers? Remembering them and their words is a good start, but that is all it is … just a start. To honor them fully, we need to not just remember and share their words, we need to UNDERSTAND them. We need to LIVE by them. That way lies the future health of humanity. Charity is wonderful. Causes are noble. They are worth putting energy into. Treating the symptoms makes finding the cure easier, and possibly more effective. But band aids are still band aids; aspirin is still aspirin. They may ease; they may help us forget, but they do NOT cure. We still need to treat the cause. THAT is healing. Until we deal with ultimate CAUSE of what ails humanity, humanity will continue to eat away at itself, until a cure may no longer be possible.

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