“People are all fruit from the same tree. Not all are appreciated; especially if they are tried before they have had the chance to ripen, others turn bad because of the experiences they endure and the rest bring joy to all who value what they have to offer.”
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, Modern Solutionary
We are each born of the one human race; innocent, pure and good. As we mature or ripen, flaws begin to appear as dark blemishes on our soul; invisible to the world until we act. It is these acts that pull us apart and fracture our society. This darkness is a byproduct of our acting out against the truth through the selfishness of our free will and the negative influences of a harmful environment. Through the passage of time we will either allow this darkness to rot our decisions or we can take steps to scrub away the damaging thoughts, words and deeds that spoil the original fruit we were created to be.
This cleansing work need not be a solo job. We are provided help in the form of various people whom we meet along the pathway of life; a co-worker, a friend or possibly the mailman who we speak with every now and then. The role that others play depends on our predisposition at the time of the encounter. It can also fluctuate as our being evolves daily through the people that you meet in person or by video, the books that we read and our moral and ethical values.
I find that with each good person who comes into one’s life and with each final farewell made to them; we strive harder to be a better version of our self as selflessness grows from the experience they provided us.
For years, university polls have reported that we are a polarized world; a people who cannot agree on the solutions needed to solve our communal problems. Consider the term itself, “polarized” means two opposite extremes. We are constantly trying to identify if people are right or left, black or white, gay verses straight, Republican or Democrat and the list goes on. I personally believe the only polarization that should be of any importance is whether we are right verses wrong but in today’s relativistic world that is the one polarization that is not popular on either side. As a matter of fact, it begs the question “Is it society’s factorization that causes blindness toward multiple wrong leaning views?” It is like looking at the world through broken glasses; nothing looks like what it truly is.
As I age, I am prone to turn to the Power of the Wisdom of Three for answers. These lessons can help us Learn, Understand and Apply the solutions against the forces that cause us to pull away from one another. I am learning daily that, just like the tree in the quote above, we are “planted” securely in our own environment. As a society our environment does not allow us to quickly change our view of the world in which we live. In our environment, each “fruit” starts as a bud struggling for Survival, if it can draw enough nourishment from the tree it will reach a state of Adequacy and with care, nourishment and strength it can eventually arrive at a place of Prosperity. Unlike the fruit of a tree, we individually have the ability to make decisions that will impact our future environments. These choices will differ based on our unique perspective but, just as the real fruit has to deal with outside influencers like heat, wind and insects so are we challenged to not succumb to the destructive effects of selfish perceptions, emotionally charged lies or inscrutable people but instead to base any decision on the truth. We are assured that the truth does not change, regardless of which environment we find ourselves in.
Think back to when you were young; we depended on others. This dependency, through the lessons of experience, should have drastically reduced as we matured. As we become self-reliant we learn that there are only three attributes of a self-sufficient adult who strives for a state of prosperity; we first become Dependable, then are held Accountable and once accountable we must become Responsible. These attributes are viewed as noble statuses to hold but are not without cost. People who possess these attributes must abide by the truth or be ridiculed when they are stripped of them. A few good and wise decisions could earn you the respect of these attributes but in order to secure these traits long term one must live a selfless and truth filled existence. This cost is high and the reason why too many people choose to be dependent instead of dependable, unaccountable instead of accountable and irresponsible instead of responsible. It will always be those who choose to be dependent, unaccountable and the irresponsible people who draw the focus away from the truth.
The last three proofs of the “ripening of the fruit” rest in the character of the person. To finally reach prosperity one must be viewed as Honest. When someone lives an honest life they will be said to have Integrity. Living a life of integrity will naturally foster the Trust of all whom you deal with. These three character traits will always be present in those people who follow the truth. For anyone who leads others to the truth will be said to be trustworthy.
So, even though we all are fruit from the same tree, the only way for us to become a unified society is to follow the truth and the truth will not and cannot be different for everybody, it never changes, and it requires a selfless nature. Until we understand and live these facts there will never be unity.
If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”