There is no more natural and noble experience than that of self cultivation…
Our land is in bondage to civilization. My own home town is a prime example. Where once were fields, meadows, creeks, and ponds now lie paved roads, houses, schools, and businesses. The land has been subjugated by civilization.
There is a note of interest to consider. If the roads were torn asunder, and the excess pavement removed; and if the edifices were leveled and the excess materials were removed; then the land would return to its original state, and would repeat its original function. The grass would grow and the water would flow. It would require effort and sacrifice, but in such a scenario the original state and exercise of the natural circumstances of the land would be restored and replenished.
And thus an observation. The land is still there. It is not to be seen for it is buried beneath the concrete and the pavement. Though buried and out of sight, the soil remains. Hence, at any point that we were so moved; the human rubble could be removed and the original terrain could be revealed. The key would the removal of the rubble; for far beneath such lies the terrain in its natural state, merely waiting to be revealed and hence restored to its original state.
And so it is with our very nature. Within the mind of the greedy executive and the selfish mugger whose desires drive them to take at the expense of others there is the forgotten original nature of the preconditioned person. Within the mind of the soldier who takes the life of another there is the forgotten original nature of the person who was before pledging allegiance to a cause. Within the mind of the crook and the killer there is the forgotten original nature of the preconditioned mind of kindness and compassion rather than covetousness and violence.
And thus an observation. The original nature of all humanity is still there. The natural inclination to be kind to even a stranger is that which moves us all to do right by our fellow man. The natural inclination of responsibility to act on behalf of another moves us to share with those who lack. And our natural sense of shame nags at our inner spirit when we speak unkindly to another or when we turn our back to one in need. Indeed, our original nature is still there. We have merely forgotten to be ourselves.
The key is to remove the rubbish. It would require effort and sacrifice, but the removal of the distractions which lead us astray from our original nature is the key to revealing the forgotten mind which still resides within us all. No one is naturally bad. We merely give in to undue influences which distract us from out original selves.
Let those who will, seek mammon as their source of happiness. Let those who will, seek self satisfaction by taking the life of another on behalf of an allegedly righteous cause. Yet by so doing, those who will, merely allow themselves to be distracted from their original nature by following the pathway of unnatural concepts and circumstances.
As for me. I choose to seek the forgotten mind with which I was born. Self cultivation is the most natural and noble of all human experiences.