We have to be right about what is important and live as though it is in each situation as it arises, no matter what. It is never more difficult than that. It is always that difficult. In order to pull it off, we have to be mindfully aware of what matters most to us and whether it deserves its rank in our life. Are we right about the value of what we value? This requires intense self-examination, objective scrutiny, ruthless evaluation, on-going introspection, seeing what we are seeing, hearing what we are hearing, knowing how we are responding, moment-to-moment-to-moment. No sleeping at the wheel for those who think being awake to being awake to the time and place of our living is the most important thing.
I do not know where we go to find what we are looking for in terms of the best humanity has to offer. Where would we have to go to surround ourselves with kindness, grace, compassion, wisdom, generosity, forthrightness, integrity, sincerity, humility, honesty, truth, and the rest of the list we say we admire and strive to be? What strata of society is best representative of the way we say we are supposed to be? Where would we be least likely to encounter contrivance, conniving, double-dealing, lying, greed, duplicity, cheating, and the entire list of things held to be deplorable and despised? Or, narrow it down to stupidity. Where would we go to be free of the burden of stupid people-- with stupidity having nothing to do with the amount of education a person has or the degree of their intelligence? Face it. "We have met the enemy and they are us!" (Walt Kelly). The people who talk the most about the importance of "expanding consciousness" and "being awake to the moment of our living," are as blind to their blind-side as any other group of people on the planet. Their arrogance, hubris, duplicity and lack of self-transparency (For all their talk about being transparent!), is as high as that of any other segment of society. Where do we go to find people like the people we say we want to be? Do not spend much time with this question. It will only depress you. Just devote yourself to the life-long work of being more like you need to be tomorrow than you are today, and step into the day!