So, often people utter this phrase, as a justification for not improving themselves. Why do we limit ourselves to our lowest denominator rather than aspire to our highest? Why bond ourselves to our failings and not our successes? What does it really mean to be only human?
Look at how great our power of destruction is. We as humans are capable of wiping out all life from this planet. That’s an awesome power. But remember that for every power in existence there is also an opposite in existence. If we are capable of such destruction, then it stands to reason that we are also capable of equally creative, and productive powers.
Imagine you possess an awesome power, however, you are not aware it, and oops, one day quite by accident, with the slight of a hand you cause a whole building to collapse in a moment of anger, or thoughtlessness. Now, on discovering that that you do possess such a power, you can either deny that you have it, under a cloak of guilt, and say that something else caused the building to collapse, or you can admit you do have such a power, and take responsibility for it. Once you have acknowledged your power, you could then make sure that you train yourself to use the power in a skilled way.
If you do not admit to yourself that you do have such a power you would continue to wreck thoughtless havoc, and perhaps some random acts of positive creation. Only by acknowledging to yourself that you do have such a power at your disposal could you train yourself, to use it with care and skill, for a specific well thought of purpose; for the good of all.
We are not “only human” in the limited sense of it, we are also human in the limitless sense of being human. If we as humans stopped concentrating only on our lowest material abilities, jealousies, and insecurities, and belief in scarcity, and rather turned our concentration to our highest abilities, who knows what we could be capable of? If we rather aspired to be like our most honoured fellow humans, and we judged ourselves rather according to what the best of us are capable of, then we as humans are actually incredibly powerful beings.
Those amazing men and women, that have astounded us with their capabilities, acts of endurance, kindness, and creative genius, are not just flukes among us; they are there to show us what we can be like at our best. If you put together all the incredible feats you have ever heard human beings capable of into one super being, you would indeed see the human being as an awesome creature.
“Ah”, you might say, “but that is all very good and well, but I am still just struggling to make ends meet, all alone, with no special talents.”
Do you see yourself as a drop in the ocean, or as a drop in the ocean with the whole of the ocean’s power flowing through you?
The focused human mind is capable of incredible feats. What are the united focus of human minds capable of?
The ‘Maharishi-effect’ is an interesting example of this. This concerns the statistically significant effect of meditation (or of meditators) on a community. In 1974 the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi revived an ancient Hindu notion when he suggested that, if but one percent of a population were to meditate regularly, the remaining 99 percent would be notably affected. Subsequent statistical studies, by Garland Landrith and David Orme-Johnson among others, showed that the classical insight was sound. There appears to be more than random correlation between the number of meditators in a community and community crime rates, incidence of traffic fatalities, deaths due to alcoholism, and even levels of pollution. (Ervin Laszlo– David W. Orme-Johnson, ‘Higher states of consciousness: EEG coherence, creativity and experiences of the siddhis, ‘Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology 4 (1977))
What are our minds preoccupied with mostly? Is it the positive aspects of our nature or the negative aspects? Remember “Energy goes where attention goes, and attention goes where interest goes.”
Next time you want to say ,“Unfortunately I am just human,” think again.