At some point, we are going to have to understand that we cannot outsmart the way we are naturally designed to Be and Live.
If we deprive our design of the things that we need to be and live, then our spirits, hearts, minds and bodies will make up for that deprivation somewhere, somehow and someway.
What have been the results of denying our design?
We have starved our bodies of the nutrients they need to prevent, treat and reverse diet-related disease and sickness and the results are that most of us, including our kids, are suffering from epidemic levels of disease and sickness.
We have starved our minds of truth but we are full of junk information.
Our heart is starving to be heard and we ignore it. Instead, we take another bite, another drink, another pill, schedule another activity, watch another show or buy another thing.
The spirit is starving to be known and accepted. Yet, we keep logging into places and hanging out with people, who can never know us fully, and can never touch us, smell us, feel our presence or experience us as a whole person.
Think about it.
We’re constantly filling ourselves up but we’re always hungry. We are more connected but we’re more disconnected. We are full of information but we are more fragmented than ever. We work harder but we still don’t have enough. Our kids are involved in more activities but they feel lost, anxious and empty of purpose. We are busier and more entertained than ever and we are bored out of our minds.
We know more about more people but we don’t know them. We call more people friends but we are more lonely than ever. We have more drugs and healthcare but we are experiencing levels of disease, sickness and breakdown. We have bigger houses, cars, larger neighborhoods, massive churches and less community. We have more exercise gyms and less physical activity. More grocery stores and less local organic foods. More time to talk and less real conversation. More knowledge and less wisdom. More drinking and more fun and less real celebration. More religion and less hope, love, truth and peace.
More things to make us happy and less joy. More politics and greater divisions of wealth, power, resources and relationships.
More schools and less learning. More individualism and fewer individuals. More room to create and less creativity. We have more of just about everything we want and less of everything we need.
We have all these results but our hearts, mind, bodies, spirits and relationships are running on empty. How do we turn this tide?
We start by telling our truth and we stop living for results. We remember who we are and how we are naturally designed to be healthy, whole, holy and human. This is not a lifestyle change this is a life change. It requires us to go another way and stop living as consumers, and start working really hard at being good human beings. This will require Truth and an honest conversation with yourself.
This will also require other human beings who are trying to be good human beings too. Like Wendell Berry said, “Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation. (pg.99, “The Body and the Earth”)