Left Or Right? Does It Matter?
Those of you who followed my story of personal evolution, will know that I come from a working-class background; and indeed, you may have deduced that I am proud of my roots and would not swap my life for anything. My politics have always been very left; simply because I have always detested bigotry and prejudice of any kind. In the UK (I can’t speak for any other country) we still have a ridiculous class-system that should have been confined to the rubbish bin centuries ago. Indeed, the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” seems to be growing wider by the second. Also, unless you have been living in your own bubble this last few weeks, you will be aware that the UK had a visit from a certain POTUS recently, that caused a stir, to say the least.
These days I try very hard to look at things from the bigger spiritual perspective, although I must admit, that if I see something on social media that appeals greatly to the old me, I can’t resist the odd retweet or repost here and there. So, what is the bigger spiritual perspective when it comes to the murky world of politics?
Well, I’m sure it may mean different things to different people, but what it means to me is this. Everything in this illusory world only exists in relationship to its relative opposite; in fact, if it ain’t got a relative opposite it don’t exist! To take that a step further, you can only experience or express something in this world if it has a relative opposite. Without grief there would be no joy, without the bitter there would be no sweet; the list is endless. So, the implications are that when you express something, a political view for example, you are actually helping to endorse its polar opposite. The left can only exist because of the right, and vice-versa.
We must also remember that old chestnut, “as without, so within”. So, when the circus comes to town, as it recently did in the UK, what we are seeing, and in our case what the majority of people ridiculed, was only a reflection of what is going on within ourselves at some level of our being. Making that statement doesn’t mean that I agree with the person in question’s views. But, what I am saying is that right and wrong are only relative in relationship to each other, and are concepts constructed by the mind about a certain thing. It is also worth bearing in mind that nothing can happen unless the collective consciousness of our species wills it so. So, what’s the answer?
Once again, this is just my personal point of view. First of all, scroll up and read my opening paragraph again. Did it seem quite negative in parts? My use of the word “detest”, for example? Even though I only wrote that paragraph from the perspective of my actual experiences in my own country, there was a hint of aggression in there; and the left are supposed to be the good guys! (There I go again). I honestly believe that the answer to this conundrum is in my good friend, Zen. Zen is a state of Being; or pure Consciousness.
There is no relativity in Consciousness, and Consciousness is our true nature; therefore there is ultimately no left or right, no right and wrong etc. So, whoever you are and wherever you find yourself at any given time, simply act from the perspective of Consciousness, to the best of your ability, and be an example; a shining light, to others. That is all any of us can do really. Once we understand that the world and all its shenanigans are simply the crazy construction of our own minds, we can go about helping to reduce its craziness.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record I want to finish by using an old Zen saying that I’ve used many times before. “Be as a hollow bamboo”. In other words, don’t “do”, don’t be left or right, right or wrong; just be as a hollow bamboo and allow the higher power to work through you. Allow magic to work through you; indeed, allow yourself and the example you set to those around you to be magical.