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Blinded by Illusion

November 22, 2014

By Damon Fakhri

Everything happens for a reason. We’ve all heard this before. But is there any truth to it? Is everything predestined and we are just mere pawns being shuffled along in a play of the gods?

Perhaps the answer is there is no answer, at least not in our capacity to understand as humans on earth. Maybe we’ll discover the mysteries of the universe and life after we die, but then again, maybe not.

Anyway, why worry about it? Instead, we need to focus on the present, the here and the now. In that sense, it’s important to do away with the idea that everything is pre-programmed. We make our own destiny.

But with this realization comes the need to take responsibility.

What if someone were to tell you that everything you do affects not only your own life but also the life of every other being on the planet? You’d probably shake your head in disbelief.

Bear with me for a moment.

It’s true that the world we live in is full of joy just as much as it is full of woe. But how do our actions contribute to the happiness or pain of others, especially those half way across the world?

At a tangible, external level, I may complain about the horrific conditions being doled out to underpaid workers in Bangladesh, yet I hunt around for the cheapest clothing, oblivious to where it came from. I may curse the world’s governments for going to war over oil, yet I get in my car and drive to work every day, fueling its demand. I may feel disappointed in big business for not trying to curb their carbon emissions, yet I choose to fly those few hundred kilometers instead of taking the train.

Everything we do affects someone, somewhere, as well as the earth.

Of course there are a thousand counterarguments to this gross oversimplification, but the point is, maybe we’ve become so wrapped up in our fast-paced, digital lives that we’ve lost the art of empathy, not just for the people in our immediate lives, but for those further removed and out of sight, and the planet.

Isn’t it time we took more responsibility?

Maybe if we studied our own actions and discovered how they impact others, we could make a change, a change for the better. Every little bit makes a difference. The trick is being humble enough to realize that we may not see the fruits of our efforts in our lifetime. But that’s ok.

If we make the world a better place for the next generation, or the generation after that, we’ve done our job.

At a subtler, intangible level, all of our thoughts, actions and words radiate energy. When we smile, it sends a ray of positive light into the world. Similarly, our angry words put us and those around us in a dark space. Notice how light you feel and how light the atmosphere is when you’re in a room full of laughing kids.

That’s the power of our energy. And that’s why we must take responsibility for raising the vibration of the planet, even if only a little. Think, act and speak with positivity. Now and always. In everything you do. The effects may not be visible to the naked eye, but they may be more profound than you can imagine.

It’s our time to stand up and take the reins of responsibility, to stop blaming others for the state of our lives and the state of the planet. We are to blame, at least partially, for everything.

Perhaps this is a bitter pill to swallow. But looked at another way, it’s actually a beautiful realization that gives us the power to change the world.

And let’s remember: we never actually lost this power. It was with us all along, we just got blinded by illusion.

Also by Damon:

- The Beauty of Emptiness

- Thoughts on Vipassana Meditation


LABELS:   Action   Change   Choice   Destiny   Effect   Empathy   Energy   Illusion   Impact   Life   Planet   Positivity   Power   Present   Responsibility   World  
About the author: Damon Fakhri spent 8 years wandering the globe discovering and learning about different cultures, people and ways of life. His passion lies in social contribution. He currently resides in Tokyo and is working on a photo project covering people and issues in the city and country ( He is also a Japanese-English translator and reiki master.
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