Do you agree with this quote by Eldridge Cleaver?
“If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.”
I recently felt distaste towards some people in my life who travel and horde money so they can retire early. Yep, that about sums it up. Why should it bother me? I wondered.
As someone who catches myself being judgmental and strives to challenge myself in those moments, I asked myself, “What is it about them doing what makes them happy that bothers me so much?”
That was when I realized that on a subconscious level, I agree with the above statement. I judge people who are not part of the solution, because deep down, I consider them part of the problem.
(In retrospect, I realize I am totally drawn to activists. I’ve unintentionally based my respect for people upon their dedication to truth and willingness to stand for something, especially when they are standing alone.)
Epiphany! The things you learn about yourself when you’re not even trying.
Being an introspective sort, I then wondered how I could bridge this new development. How could I strive to be nonjudgmental while also judging people for lack of activism?
Clearly, I would have to give up one of these values, or be a hypocrite.
It goes without saying, that I should stop judging my narrow-focused, fellow human beings. I must not give in to the temptation to put myself above others, no matter how shallow and meaningless their lives are.
Gandhi? Mother Teresa? St. Francis of Assisi? Wayne Dyer? Deepak Chopra? God?
I could use a little guidance right now.
Tell me how to accept the automatons. The people who walk through life, ignoring the suffering of others; focused on themselves and their own puny lives at all moments.
Tell me how to love them unconditionally.
Cause right now, I’m struggling. I want to slap some sense into these people. I want to wake them up. I…I…want to shake them till they get it!
I realize, it’s not my burden. I have my journey. They have theirs. Okay, okay, okay. I will try not to judge them. I will try to be happy for them, when they are bragging about their trips to tropical locations (and not even a little bit jealous…okay, a little bit). I will even try to like them; see the wonderfulness inside of them.
I’m going to love my activism all over you. (A voice in my head told me to. It must be Rob Schneider.)