Taking Things for Granted

I’ll hazard a guess that before this tiny bag of RNA started to run riot, many people took many things and maybe many people for granted. These things were always available and the people at beck and call. Now things are not quite so available, our activities are curtailed. We did not value. There was a sense of entitlement. “It is my right to dine out at a restaurant!!” People are complaining that their divine right to holidays has been cancelled. The people we took for granted are no longer there either because of travel restrictions or death. Their company which we once took for granted has been withdrawn. Again, we did not value our interactions with our fellow beings.

Two things struck me this morning on my trawl through the media, an agricultural “disaster” in France caused by a recent cold spell and the global shortage of semiconductors. There will be a reduced grape harvest and therefore less wine. The just when needed logistics chain has failed and interrupted semiconductor production. Natural disasters have exacerbated this. About half the world chip production is at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Taiwan is a geo-political global flash point in the “war” between China and USA. Chips are in everything and car production has been halted because there were not enough chips. Things are way more fragile than we imagine. No chips means no groovy new smart ‘phones. Now that would be a real “disaster”. It is kind of odd that we rely on processed sand, silicon, so very heavily.

Because we take things for granted there can be an “I’ll do it tomorrow or another day” mentality. People put things off out of shyness, or lack of courage, or laziness. There are so many things that we just didn’t do, just didn’t say or just didn’t get around to. Because we take things for granted, we just cannot be arsed.

But things are impermanent, they will not always be available, the instant where we might have acted is so often passed, lost for ever, never coming back. That moment can be wasted.

It would be a weird thing to have on a tombstone.

“He/she just didn’t value, took things for granted and now it is too late, what a shame.”

What / who do you take for granted?

Are you entitled so to do?

What if the grant was withdrawn?

self-diagnosed omniscience

Over the years I have been fortunate enough to meet a number of people with very high opinions of the extent of their own knowledge and intellect.  This is an ode to them.


the persistent insistence

on being right

with self-diagnosed omniscience

so very entitled

 

me, my, mine

only me, only I

know all the answers why

 

the blindfolded ears

refuse to hear

anything or anyone else

 

my cosmic intellect

encompasses all knowledge

all wisdom

there is or can ever be

 

it says so on my door

the font eternal

whence all clever things

issue

 

I know best

better than you

oh, yes, I do!

Karma and Complacency

More from an old blog that I called “Karmic Destination”, there is perhaps enough material there for a pamphlet or book.

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I think it is a reasonable estimate to say that most adults have heard of Karma as it is mentioned in popular as well as spiritual culture. It is something of a “catch all” term and perhaps is seen as little more than the sort of thing people tell their children to make them scared and to make them behave. Having heard of and having been introduced to the concept, people are remarkably complacent about it. They consider themselves immune to universal law. Karma is something that only ever happens to other people and in many cases they trust their revenge to Karma. Even thinking this is a complete misunderstanding. To abnegate a concept once it has been introduced to you is Karmically unwise. Where there is ignorance the Karmic impact is less; where there is some knowledge and still no attention is paid, the Karmic impact is greater. People live as if they are in some kind of bubble in which their actions are immune, as if they are some special case where they can carry on their doll’s house lives.

This orientation towards the world is generative of Karma.

Once you have heard about and partially understood the concept of Karma, you need to start doing something about it! That is the way the universe works. If you carry on as if you haven’t heard about it, you are setting yourself up for some lessons. The time for complacency has passed as a veil of ignorance has been pierced. You cannot in all honesty say that you have not heard of Karma any longer. A passing examination of the proverbs and wisdom of just about any culture, has to it references to Karmic impact.

“As ye sow, so shall ye reap!”

Is just one of many examples. All cultures have sayings with the same meaning.

People being stubborn carry on regardless. The sense of urgency is lacking from their lives as if they believe they have all the time in the world.

Karma has more time than any human life. It is more patient, more persistent and never ever gives up. Doubt this if you wish. Karma will outlive your doubt and just as water wears away stone, it will set to work on you. I know where I would place my bet were I a betting man.

Karma wants you to learn. So it will continue to provide you opportunity after opportunity. In all true learning there will be discomfort. Complacency and learning do not go hand in hand. One has to step, hopefully wth full conscious will, into the learning zone. The more you resist, the harder learning is. Willingness makes the process both more pleasant and faster. 

So for example if you have stumbled upon this blog, it is Karma which has sent you here. You may read some articles upon Karma and it is already starting to work on you. It will not give up until you embrace it as a concept and start to learn how your actions are causes which effect both your life and the lives of those with whom you come into contact. Karma will show you, whether you like it or not!

When Karma is at work, it is not wise to be complacent.

Have I partially understood the concept of Karma, if so, why do I not use it to inform my choice of action, thought and speech?