It appears many people know what’s best for me – for you – for everyone.
The most explicit example is the multitude of voices addressing the Covid pandemic.
Both the mainstream and new media are advising me, scolding me at times, trying their best to put me straight about what I should know and do around Covid and its variants.
Some seem helpful, others not so much, with social media the most strident in expression.
Telling others what to do is not new. Husbands and wives are well-practised exponents.
What’s unprecedented is how the Covid pandemic has created a tidal wave of opinions, now sweeping the world just like the virus itself.
These voices are saying or implying things like ‘I know what’s best for you, what’s best for our community, country and humanity!’
Here in Australia, widely divergent beliefs and opinions about Covid are rife.
On one side of the conversation, we have data, vaccines, advice and recommendations emanating from the world of health science.
On the other side, we have beliefs, opinions, and judgements about the efficacy of their findings.
Statements galore question their integrity and motives: the whole shebang is a conspiracy by one group or another, with China, big pharma, the medical fraternity, and the deep state often mentioned.
Or it’s the unholy alliance between those allegedly in charge of world governments: the beyond-mega-rich individuals and corporations.
Conspiracy theories abound on how we are being duped, taken advantage of, and manipulated.
And I readily acknowledge that some health professionals are on the contrarian side.
It all raises some critical questions, such as:
- Can anyone know for sure what’s best for another person’s body?
- What are the unintended consequences of our decisions one way or the other?
- Is there an absolute ‘truth’ behind any position taken by anyone on anything?
And the most vital question of all: On whose advice do we act?
Consider the following as a context for deciding on this – or anything.
Within our mind – existing before creating our beliefs, opinions, judgements, and so-called knowledge, our lifelong accumulation of information – there exists another realm: The Realm of Possibility.
Inherent to all humans, this state exists before everything we know.
Existing within that Realm lies the yet-to-be-discovered – our new creations, openness, our world of wonderment and revelation. That state is also home to our innate wisdom, common sense, kindness and understanding. And once visited, we transform from ‘knowing what’s best for others’ to living a loving life.
Under the influence of that Realm – our inner educator – our knowledge is on tap and valuable, instead of being on top and making us a dogmatist. We understand our beliefs, opinions and judgements for their illusory nature, including each word written here.
Possibility exists beyond the word – every thought and deed.
In experiencing that Realm, our authentic home base, we live free of our life-long accumulation of right and wrong, good and evil, fact and fiction. We experience peace and goodwill to all.
We ‘see what is’ – not what we remember anything or anyone to be.
We see with clarity – and because we don’t know what is best – can’t possibly know what’s best; we trust, on balance, the best-educated scientific advice available.
Equally, we recognise spurious, unreliable information sources with equal clarity.
We take actions not from self-absorbed, selfish, narcissistic perspectives but from views expressed in the best interests of the common good and the world in which we live, work and play.
Of course, they will; we will still fail to make the best decision at times – they will, and we will get it wrong.
But their choices, our choices will be made, rightly or wrongly, with the greater good in our hearts.
We acknowledge that, in a democracy, the majority holds sway by putting certain people in charge of managing the current state affairs as best they can. And we have the freedom to voice our opposing views and vote for those we think will do a better job.
And for us who value a democratic system, a ‘better job’ means not just a better job that meets our self-interests but, more importantly, a better job that meets the needs of our fellow travellers no matter who or what they purport to be.
In the end, everyone – even those we disagree with, is doing the best they can see or see to do at any point in time.
When we see better, we do better.
Even then, no matter our openness to Possibility, our level of education, our life experience or age, we are all still and will always remain a work in progress.
Warmly … John
P.S. Before the advent of Covid 19, the most divisive subject in most parts of the world was global warming. It remains, I suggest, the greatest existential threat to humankind’s survival from a scientific perspective.
The dispute over anthropogenic global warming is another example of how we humans fall into the trap of belief, opinion, judgment, and limited knowledge and deny the facts – in this case, the scientific evidence of 97% of climate scientists, contrary to the 3% that hold a differing view.
Those who take a contrary stand use that 3% of contrarian scientists to support their beliefs, opinions, and judgements that greenhouse gas emissions do not contribute to global warming. A contribution that science says is likely to tip the planet’s sustainability over the edge into a world in which humanity will not survive.
If you would like to take a quick peek at what some of the most eminent climate-science professionals have to say in an easy-to-read format, please click this link: