When you engage in inaction, you are just as responsible for its results as when you engage in action.
In our society, we have a culture that rewards or punishes what people do rather than encouraging responsibility. In this immature status quo, the one “safe” action is not doing anything. Also known as “not rocking the boat”, it’s a great recipe for mediocrity and a lifetime of low-level unhappiness.
Most people do not choose to help others because, well, they don’t have to (they won’t be punished if they don’t). The absurdity of this can be outlined with an analogy:
If someone is dying of starvation in the same room as you, wouldn’t it be a sort of murder to let them starve while you have more food than you need?
If someone, however, is dying of starvation a few countries away, doing nothing is called “living the American dream”.
Starving people in other countries is so overdone it’s almost trite, though it doesn’t stop being meaningful. But really you don’t even need to go to other countries. What about people who are sleeping on the streets in YOUR country? What are you doing to help the situation? What about people who are unnecessarily sick, or suffering in the country you live in? What about people who have never known love, or spiritual light, in their life?
Obviously, you are not the only person who fostered these situations, and you are not the only person who has the responsibility to help change them. But your part of the shared responsibility remains there. You can’t control the actions of others, but you can honour your own part in the interconnected web of life. We are all responsible for each other.
Things have been set up in this world so that it’s almost too easy to cause great damage by doing nothing. The systems of work, school, government and culture all depend on you to just give a silent “yes” by not actively looking for something better. This is how it works:
Instead of inciting resistance from their peers, doctors would rather do nothing and continue to perpetuate a system that kills people.
For fear of inciting resistance from their culture, parents would rather do nothing and allow their children to be sent to a place where they are taught to be mindless automatons.
For fear of inciting resistance from their friends, people would rather do nothing and continue to pay others to kill and torture animals for them. They then eat these animals and destroy their health.
None of these people are evil, but the results of their inaction are horrendous. They are capable of doing such things in part because they don’t realise that inaction is an action. We are responsible for all that we don’t do as well as all that we do. We are responsible for all the paths we don’t take as well as all the paths we take.
Inaction isn’t safe, though it might look like it is. If you default to the path of inaction, you are responsible for sacrificing the results of the path of excellence. The path of inaction is really the path of doing what the systems in our world are set up to make it easiest for us to do. And these systems are horrendous. We are destroying the planet, our health, and each other, and things really are not okay as they are.
If you choose to take the path of inaction, first of all you will disagree with me on that point and say that life is fine as it is being done nowadays. Then you will continue to walk the path which is destroying the world, simply because you choose not to do anything else.
But if you choose the path of action, you will stop ignoring what your heart tells you. If you feel that there is some part of the world that needs changing, you will ask yourself how to change it and you will take part in that change. You will see “the American dream” and all similar life paths for what they are: murder through inaction. While forgiving yourself for the destruction you have taken part in thus far, and the destruction you have not yet stopped taking part in, you will simply change your course.
Cause there’s no point in crying over spilt milk, and there’s no point in beating yourself up over unconscious actions — but when milk has been spilt, you clear it up, and when you realise you have been living life unconsciously, you change your course. And that’s all there is to it.
As an indigo child, I was angry at society for a very long time because of the monstrosities that people were supporting. I even, sometimes, still find it difficult to forgive. But I feel I’m letting my love energy and not my anger energy shine out in this post.
Guilt (self aggression) and blame (aggression towards others) won’t change things. Actually, they will hold them as they are, because you won’t want to become conscious of something if you know you will automatically berate yourself for it.
Give yourself self love first, but most of all be real about where you are and what you are fostering in the world through your action or inaction. Your part of the global responsibility is yours alone, and you will impact the world for good or bad in your lifetime, that is guaranteed. It is for you to decide how you will impact the world, and the chances are, if you do nothing, that impact will be negative.