Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Triumph Of Spirit

It's funny. I know how evil the world can be. I understand how the desire to control and dominate hurts another being. I have seen cruelty forced on those who have no power to overcome it. I've seen the world slowly killed off by poisons in order to extract every last ounce of energy and strength on her. I've seen people cry out in pain at all the abuses they have to endure. Regardless, I have also seen the perserverance of all living beings to keep on going, even when there seems to be no hope and no point.

Everything ends up more beautiful because of the pain it endures. It may not always appear that way to the casual observer. The observer sees scars. He sees brokenness. He sees anger and hurt. It often takes going beneath the surface to see the beauty that is there.

 Look at the environment around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Back in 1986, there was a terrible explosion and meltdown that occurred, forcing inhabitants of the area to leave, never to return as radiation levels around the world increased prolifically. Even though humans refuse to go live in the vicinity to this day, plant and animal life has begun to thrive once again. Animal populations, which had been negligible while humans were around, have increased tremendously as the earth in that area has begun to heal.

Look at the wars that continue to occur around the world, usually over the natural resources that can be found within. The destruction wars bring make people flee with nothing more than the clothes on their back, like those currently leaving Syria. We hear less about the people in war torn African countries, who often slip across many borders in their attempts to flee the onslaught created by war. These people struggle to survive, but survive they do.

I see people struggle with conditions like cancer every day. It frustrates me so because I believe cancer can be cured and has been curable for a long time. Because of the greed of a relative few, we are not even allowed to know these cures exist. In the United States, the treatments are usually much worse than the illness. Sickness and pain accompany the process. If you live through it and are officially declared in "remission", it is probably only a matter of time before cancer will rear its ugly head again because they chemicals used in chemo are still in your body wreaking havoc.

Yes. I understand how evil the world can be. I also understand how good it can be and how the two forces can come together for the good of all. This is why we're here. This is why we do what we do. This is why we survive. This is the triumph of spirit. It is who we are and what we are about.

Often, it is the act of crawling that makes us strong enough to fly.


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