WE ARE ALREADY LIVING IN UTOPIA
Perfect. I have always wondered about that word. What does it mean? People wake up everyday and their sole aim is to be better than what they were the day before. So to start off this essay I will prescribe the help of the dictionary in giving some clarity to this word that that totally eludes me but the whole world and myself is obsessed with.
having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
free from any flaw or defect in condition or quality; faultless.
absolute; complete (used for emphasis).
Origin Middle English: from Old French perfet, from Latin perfectus ‘completed’, from the verb perficere, from per- ‘through, completely’ + facere ‘do’.
What I find most interesting is the word comes from the Latin translation of complete. The world was completed seven figurative days from its conception. (No atheists or scientologists are allowed to correct me).
So why do we think we're not living in a 'perfect world'?
In my research of finding out about what people thought on this matter I was surprised by what I saw. Here's one:
A lot of the ideas given for attaining a ''perfect world'' relies on the deletion of our emotions – the very thing that makes us human. For example look at this video:
It relies on there not being originality of thought (not that there's much of it nowadays).
But the best idea that most of the people came up with was to have a one-size-fits all programming.
But could that really be the definition of a perfect world?
People are always talking about unity, equal rights (question: are we all born equal?), accountability - but do all those things really contribute to a perfect society?
Has anyone actually given thought that everything is perfect the way it is?
Nothing that is happening in the world right now is out of place.
To say that the world is not perfect is to say that God is flawed, and that can never be the truth.
Yet the question is, if everything is already perfect then why are we all still striving for perfection?
Just because everything is perfect doesn't mean there is no work to do. See, we're the engineers and our job is to keep the engine running.
..Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it...”
Genesis 1:28 (NIV)
People's definition of perfect has to do with their imagination. But the trouble with that is that we are born in this world without any prior perception about how the world is.
For us to know that we are not living in the perfect world means we've already experienced living in a perfect world.
We're all trying to make our fantasies come true. Hitler tried to make his fantasy come true. ISIS and Boko Harem are trying to make their fantasies come true.
We look at a country like North Korea and there's a man there making his fantasies a reality too.
We're selfish. It's when things don't go our way that it's not ''perfect'. Most of the time it's only when something directly affects us that we want to change it and make it ''perfect''.
When we're children we like to think that the world revolves around us and that everything is perfect. We are in "our own world'' ''our happy place'' where nothing can touch us.
And that time between childhood and adulthood when someone, bursts our bubble it becomes a shock to our system to suddenly find out we're "not living in a perfect world".
A perfect world looks different to each and everyone of us and that's why we can't ever attain that delusion.
For one person to attain that, that must mean everyone must succumb to their control. For everyone to attain that, that must mean that we'd be living in a lawless world.
Each one of us is trying to reach their idealised perfection - that is what all the strife in the world is birthed from.
That's all the tension sizzling.
We all want to live in a world where we feel less control as possible from external forces, a world we are able to see less suffering, if possible, no suffering at all.
But we only know suffering is suffering because of how it makes us feel. We only know pain is pain, because of how it makes us feel. So with everything it has to do with our state and emotions. There's only suffering because somebody else allowed that “suffering” to happen yet to the perpetrator it's just pleasure.
Perfection lies in broken things, in broken people.
In other words, another man's utopia, is another man's dystopia.
Because what we do is internalise our observations of the world and how they make us feel and grow the urge to do something about it.
For example, me. I am incredibly passionate about homeless people because I feel homeless. I don't feel like I belong anywhere and these emotions have allowed me to be more empathetic to the plight of those who physically are experiencing what I feel mentally and emotionally. And that's me trying to “perfect” the world I live in.
Do you understand what I'm saying?
Because our sole purpose in life is to glorify God in everything we do, problems are used to praise Him.
And hence the reason why everyone is fighting for something.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
But still in God's grand scheme it all remains perfect.
Like I wrote in my previous post, everything in life has to do with orgasms. The meeting and mixing of two substances. Day and night, land and sea, a heart cannot beat without contractions, a baby cannot be born without contractions, a diamond cannot be made without contractions.
Each of us is birthed with gifts and coupled with the problem, we use it to create the perfection we want, and that equates to us serving God.
Every time a new election campaign starts people are made to believe by the candidates that they are the definition of change in the world.
They use short sound bites and slogans to gain the esteem of voters believing they are out for their benefits solely and to change their nation for good, for progression towards perfection.
And people believe that, and they vote. Yet once that person is in power and they don't put those changes in place, the people become disillusioned and for the remainder of the term they complain about the shortcomings of their representative and become apathetic until the next election comes up.
And then the cycle begins once more.
There's no point being upset if our “representatives” are not “perfect”. We all have a moral obligation to help whosoever needs help.
Because after all the representatives are human, and liable to make mistakes -which in so doing still makes things perfect, even if it's not ''as we imagined''.
I've never understood people who think their President, Prime Minister, Head of Whatever has the sole responsibility to make their “utopia” a reality.
News flash: You're already living in it.
And then there's that word that people love use so much to describe themselves – perfectionists.
But it's all part of the irony of life, and why as humans, we can never comprehend the wisdom of God.
People use tag lines such as “progression”, “change” “a better future,” “a perfect world”, to denote how they would want society to be more like. But the question I have is - has anything truly changed from the genesis of this world right through the day you're reading this essay?
Whether you are a believer or unbeliever, the Truth is we are all under His Thumb. He pulls the strings.
Everything that is happening now is in divine order. Nothing is out of place.
And to me, that is a breath of fresh air.
Most people say, with all the rumours of war going on, that the world is coming to an end. The world is coming to an end. It's been ending since the beginning of time.
Time too is an illusion. If you think deeply and look closely, nothing has changed. You might think with the advent of technology, explosive scientific discoveries, the world is gaining higher ground without the need of there being a Supreme Being, but that's purely deception.
John Lennon tried to imagine a world without God - that was wishful thinking on his part. The world we're all imagining is not here. It's Heaven. Streets of gold. Mansions within mansions.
What it is, is that since that time of our first ancestors we've been on the relentless pursuit of regaining back our Garden of Eden.
And God-willing, one day we will.
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