In my previous post (seen here), I commented on romantic love. This one is more about the overall term “love”, meaning to love your family, love your fellow man, and so on.
When you love someone, you feel a general amount of good towards them. It doesn’t mean you instantly want to give them all your money, but to me, it means that you want the best for them. You want everyone to be happy. And isn’t that ultimately what everyone wants out of life? To be happy? When you love people, be it your mother, or a friend, or a random person on the street, you want them to be happy, and you don’t want to do something that may take that happiness away from them. You care.
Sadly, most people don’t have that amount of love for others. They simply don’t care. They will think about only their own happiness and will do what they can to get what they want out of life, and others be damned. It’s sad to think about, but this is what our world is based around now. On a small scale, to a large scale. At a workplace, where a co-worker doesn’t care about how their actions reflect upon the people they work with. In a town, where someone is in such a hurry to get somewhere that they will cut people off and potentially cause accidents. In society, where people will force their beliefs on others, instantly condemning them, simply because they want to be happy. In the world, where people fight wars for their entire lives over something that happened generations ago. They fight over land, over oil, over nothing in some cases.
And why, what does it all mean? Are they fighting to be happy, or are they fighting just because that’s all they know how to do? Because that’s what their parents taught them?
Why do people still hate??? In this world where we are supposed to be an enlightened species, where we are supposedly the most intelligent species on the planet, why are we hurting and killing each other over stupid things? Why do we get angry over every little thing that isn’t exactly how we think things should be in our head? Why can’t we let people be happy? What’s wrong with that?
I may be an idealist, but here is my plan for achieving world peace. It needs to start small, and it won’t happen in our lifetime, but it can happen if people work towards it.
1) Strive for our own happiness, but not at the expense of others. If we ourselves can find happiness, in whatever way works best for us, and it doesn’t hurt anyone else, then do it! Live life, be free, do what you want to do. And maybe that happiness will be contagious. Maybe someone will live by your example. Which leads to step 2.
2) Teach your children love and happiness. I honestly think that parenting plays a much, much bigger role on children’s lives that people think. At 36 years old, I still think that the way I am, both bad and good, is largely because of how my parents treated me. My mother was always loving and caring, always empathetic and treated me with respect. My dad wasn’t always the same, and I’ve honestly developed a lot of insecurities over my life because of it. He’s completely different now, and we are much closer than we’ve ever been, so those issues are very, very slowly getting better. So if a child is taught happiness and love at an early age, chances are it will stick with them.
3) Be accepting of others. If someone is happy, and they are hurting no one else, why should it bother us? Yea some people are different. Some people are weird. I know I’m pretty weird. I like gory horror movies. No, I mean REALLY gory. I like inappropriate humor. I don’t have fun in the same ways as others, but I certainly try my best not to cause any problems to anyone else. I like that people are different. If everyone was exactly the same, the world would be such a boring place!
I know, I know. It’s stupid to think that things can change. It’s hard to preach happiness when there is so much crap going on. But it’s really up to us to change the perception of things and do what we can to help make the world a better place. I know I certainly would like to know true happiness before I die, and that’s what I strive for. At the very least, if I can’t make myself happy, I’d like to help others become happy with themselves. I’d love to leave behind a legacy of good. And I think if everyone tried to do that as well, the world would be a better place.