What Can I Do About It?
Dear old and new friends,
Chaos crackles across America and the world with terrorism lurking behind every corner, with companies and even nations going bankrupt, while swarms of refugees from terror or immigrants from poverty push against the fences of borders. Fears increase as hope fades. Religion in olden days once controlled chaos, but no more! Gay marriage, while a democratic right, causes a religious uproar. Meanwhile churches feel helpless to deal with the real threat to marriage as increasing numbers of those who feel to be married isn’t necessary to live together. But of all these disastrous conditions, what can I do?
Government historically is the other force to control chaos, yet itself is in chaos. Elected representatives represent colossal corporations and rich interests who funded their election, not their voters. Congress is impotent, finding it impossible to pass laws needed by the country since its members are engaged in perpetual partisan feuds. People are not blind to its powerlessness; a majority of citizens no longer vote! But what can I do about this governmental chaos?
Havoc and instability are a part of daily life. Nothing seems stable and secure any longer. Employees of large companies awake in the morning to find their secure jobs gone, and have nowhere to go other than to join others in the unemployment line. Chaos doesn’t stop at our front doors. The lives of the poor and middle class are stressful by having less “spending” money as the cost of living increases and salaries stagnate. “Home Sweet Home” is now pandemonium, a hurried bedlam to meet school, sports and work schedules. Homey family meals have now become iPhone club meetings, making every home a divorced family. But what can I do about it?
Begin by understanding that the topsy-turvy upheavals we are experiencing will not only continue, they will increase because we live in an evolutionary era of great change that chaos always midwifes. Find hope that the old relatively stable world we grew up in is now chaotically erupting so a new world can emerge. The evolving new earth will be a globally interconnected world. Religion will be globally inclusive yet maintain each one’s unique spiritual gifts. And national governments will merge into a functioning global government of law and order. We will not live to see this new emerging world, but with hope we embrace our vocation to share in this evolution by how we respond to chaos.
When chaos erupts in your life, don’t damn it—dance with it. Tango around whatever is upside down or in a mess while looking for attractive options to reorganize the upturned. It is expedient we learn not to fear chaos, but learn to play with it. Play by exploring its impractical possibilities for something excitingly novel and new because the First Cosmic Law is “Out of chaotic destruction arises change, the birthing of newness.”
Remember, whenever chaos visits—dance with it!