Balancing Act: Sustainable Morality for a Better World
“The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.” – Albert Einstein
A balance always exists.
Our world lives and labors under a false dichotomy that alters our interpretation of the universe around us. Our society is built around ideas of good and bad, right and wrong, ideas with very indistinct boundaries that change based upon whom we question. What one person on the planet may consider a basic necessity of life may be considered a carnal sin, punishable by death, in another culture. How is it that our perspectives are so grossly skewed that two humans can look at the same thing and see it so differently?
This arises from the alignment and foundation of many current societies on the principles of good and bad, right and wrong, the very flexible notion of morality that differs greatly from culture to culture. If morality is the foundation and the penultimate guiding force of life, why is it that the interpretation of morality brings about such radical and polar views? If morality is a universal constant, why are its elements so contradictory and conflicted?
The perceptions of good and bad arise from the confines of the ego mind, where in our heads we measure and compare everything to some arbitrary standard, and make judgments based upon these results. The ego mind is only aware of the physical spectrum of our existence, yet we base our whole existence upon its observations. It is like living your entire life upon grasslands and the prairies, and then announcing that as a result, the entire world must be flat.
Instead of focusing on morality as the linchpin of our world, on artificial notions of good and bad, we must instead focus on a more holistic notion, one of balance.
Our society is so out of balance today that we may have already reached a critical point where Earth can no longer handle the intense environmental pressures we have inflicted upon it. Ancient civilizations and our animal relatives are aware of the innate connection between all things, and aware of the equilibrium required for us to occupy Earth together, yet modern man seems blind to this inter-connectedness.
Man is made to be healthy, to be balanced, to live harmoniously and sustainably within our environment, and within ourselves. We humans are not oscillating between varying degrees of good or bad, we are actually shifting between various states of balance and imbalance. The lifestyle choices that we make with regard to our bodies and our environment are out of balance, and this affects the expression and quality of our energy, amplifying the negative aspects our humanity.
The natural state of the human is healthiness, cultivated by living practices that sustain our bodies. Yet today, it is common for people to live everyday with chronic sickness having accepted this imbalance as normal. While our physical vessels can temporarily support our over indulgent eating habits, lack of exercise, ingestion of toxic chemicals and poisons, and substance abuse, over a long enough period of time this leads to extremely negative consequences. The body reaches a point when the physical vessel can no longer support the pressures of our unsustainable lifestyles, and it begins to shut down and die off.
Our bodies and our planet cannot continue to support our destructive lifestyles, yet we continue to live imbalanced and unsustainably, perpetually treating the symptoms but never actually resolving the true issues we are faced with. A change must be made, and is being made, to reconcile humanity with the environment, both internally and externally. The paradigm shift is toward balance and harmony within the larger system that we inhabit, our universe. It starts with realigning ourselves, then our societies, then our planet.
When we rebuild our world on a new foundation of balance, our decisions are more sustainable and our notions of morality begin to re-align themselves with the new paradigm. Choices and responses to situations and experiences will be more readily apparent, as the moral choice will also obviously coincide with the interests of balance, peace and sustainable equilibrium.
By taking a step back and looking at our society from a distance, we can see how the repercussions of our individual actions affect the whole, and it is easy to see which our of choices and decisions promote harmony and balance. With a new perspective of balance and equilibrium we no longer need to rely on rigid concepts of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ to choose how to interact in our complex and perfect world. The flexible concept of morality is then trumped by holistic and non-dualistic thinking and decision-making, helping us to create the harmonious world we deserve.
About the Author
Adam Lanka, originally from North Carolina, is a traveling philosopher, energetic arts healer, and lightworker. His passion and interest in the spiritual path has led him to many insightful revelations about religion, spirituality, and how to walk nobly in these modern times. To learn more about Adam, please visit his website, Infinite Vibes, or his personal blog, The Wanderlust.
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