When I was a youth I thought I was right and everyone else was wrong; Now that I’m wiser I give respect to each person’s unique perspective and allow them the freedom to be who they are; the question for me is how do I cooperate with a unique other to facilitate each other’s joy and happiness?
In an ideal joy-and-happiness-society would every person in the world be joyful and happy? If so, in an ideal joy-and-happiness-society would every person in the world have to cooperate with everyone else to facilitate the joy and happiness of every person in the world? If so, would a world-government be useful to organise cooperation between every person in the world to facilitate the joy and happiness of every person in the world?
The so-called philosopher Friedrich Nietzche writes: "Wherever I found a living thing, there found I Will to Power ... to the stronger the weaker shall serve".
In an ideal joy-and-happiness-society would every person be compassionate and cooperative to every other person instead of domineering and exploitative? To achieve joy and happiness in society must we be not domineering and exploitative but compassionate and cooperative?
Does each of us see the universe from our own perspective? If so, does each of us live in our own perspective-universe? If so, is objectivity impossible and only subjectivity happening? If so, to achieve a cooperative society does each of us have to empathise with each other's unique perspective-universe?
It’s like watching a flower bloom from a bud or a seed pushing through the soil moving onward and upward slowly but surely toward the sky to eventually arise in its fresh green glory into the light right before our eyes.
They are taking that old house into their hands and hearts removing dust and accumulations of two full and splendid lives molding from the clay of the past moving through the soil of a present full of challenge and struggle into a new, alive unpredictable future together.
This new growth fashioned from precious artifacts and art of these two mature siblings is not a shell which is a house but a new flowering which is a home.
What a delight to observe from afar this new creation taking shape knowing that their roots and ours are emmeshed and inseparable.
Watching these two bright, precocious ones so precious, priceless and cherished by us is as delicious and delightful as sharing a meal prepared in the ovens, homes and hearts of our mothers.
In this dynamic present we are grateful for parents who taught us what it means to make and keep a home to love and be loved by the children of generations.
All these children are present in the creators and observers of this new home taking shape being painting into a landscape that will one day sparkle with joy.
Note: Dedicated to Ginny and Richard as they journey together, sister and brother, creating a new home in an old house.