We Humans Also Rise In The East And Set In The West


I’ve seen countless sunsets in my time, more so than the glorious sunrise.

More often than not, I am so captivated by the magic of the event of the sunset, that my brain almost shuts down.

Recently however, this was not the case. Something wonderful has been brewing in the cosmos far above, and has now come into our being, so naturally, it got my mind ticking into the depths of the unknown.

I drove to my “thinking place”, which is far from the city, by the water, at the entrance to a port where I watch the ships come and go, the fisherman catch their dinners, and people coming and going continuously, capturing their glimpse of the beauty that lives at the end of the Earth.

After a long day/week/month/year/decade/lifetime, of thought and inner processing, I have reached an epiphany of sorts.

The Sun rises in the East, and then it sets in the West.

NO SHIT, some of you are no doubt thinking right now…read on…

Regardless of what anyone, or anything says or does, the Sun just continues to do what it does, and it does it well. It does this day in day out, and even when it sets in our hemisphere, it is illuminating another part of our planet, waking them up, and has been doing so for quite some time. The sun makes no apology for its presence, it does not seemingly adjust itself for us at our request, it just does what it does and WE are the ones who make adjustments in our lives to cater for it.

This then lead me to thinking about who we are as humans, and the theme of transformation and the journey we embark on to find ourselves. We are told from a young age how to behave, instructed almost as to curb our innate being to “belong” in social situations. We’re punished for being “bad” and rewarded for being “good”.

At what point are we just accepted for being? What would this world look like? After all, we are human beings, not human doings. 

I see the need, I guess you could say, for social norms to an extent, but at what cost to our souls and who we are at the core are these social norms impacting us?

The more we are coerced into existing within a set of rules in which a society has concocted, we are at risk of losing our individual identities, and becoming one mass programmed consciousness, and I fear, in the current state of the world, not for the greater good, BUT, there is a rapid shift occurring.

In everyday life, is someone who is being who they truly are, accepted by all?
Should they be?
Should we all be toning it down to a certain extent?
Should we all be keeping our opinions to ourselves, and just let others be who they truly wish to be?
Providing, of course, that is is not causing any direct harm to another living being, physically, spiritually, or emotionally — this I’m sure you will all agree.

I can see how rules and norms all began. We always need to modify the wheel to some extent as we seemingly evolve as the year’s progress, and I wonder if it is possible to truly have a unique end goal in mind from the beginning?

What is the true definition of Utopia?

Is it a world where we do exist in peace and just do what we do in order to have our most primal needs met and survive? What would a world look like without rules and norms? Are we not all born with common sense, initiative and our intuition, which guides us in seeing what is right, or what is wrong?

As the sun rises and sets, it keeps burning, regardless of what we, the humans, anyone, or anything else has to say. It does what it does without an apology, because, really, what does it have to apologise for? The sun knows its place, and it provides us with light and warmth and we do the best we can with it and have done for a long time, and will continue to do so.

So why not allow each other to do what we do without needing to adjust, modify or apologise for our behaviours or actions, and stop criticising others for how they choose to live their lives.

Have we become so used to being regulated that we can simply not adjust to being unregulated?

That in itself is a scary thought.

A world where humans become so detached from who they are at the core of their being due to external influences and distractions, is a world headed for a destination I do not want to see, and nor do you.

I almost want to use the word change here, and how we must, but I feel as if just being is a more fitting expression.

If we were just to be, everything would just be, and therefore things would just flow, just as they’re meant to. I believe the reasons we endure such hardships as humans sometimes is that we forget that we are transmittal devices that for some reason, choose to block the signals heading for us, and those that need to head from us, for shiny, shallow distractions and that, is sad.

So tomorrow, when the Sun rises in the east, will you? And will you do so unapologetically, just as was intended when you chose to come back into this life?

Think about it.

Or don’t, and just be.

This post has appeared on this site in a shorter form previously, as well as The Huffington Post.

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