"Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking. The contemplation of this world beckoned like a liberation…"
The world appears chaotic, but it's nothing new. The world has always been a mess and it will continue to be a mess long after we're gone. Unfortunately, we've been sold what we thought was a dream that's really a nightmare. Now, don't me wrong, the world is beautiful, amazing, and miraculous. However, these realities only blossom when we see this wonderful planet of ours through the eyes of spiritual understanding and maturity.
My words may seem contradictory, so I'll explain. I wrote "the world has always been a mess." From its conception, the world has been filled with turmoil and evil. Yet, when you view the world through "seeing eyes" the misery, death, and destruction are not viewed as a permanent mark on the Soul but as a "right of passage." A means of learning and growth. A preparation for better things to come. The world will never provide the "perfect happiness" we seek and it's not supposed to. That happiness can only be found and lived from "within."
Everyone's trying to work out the karma they've accumulated from eons ago, whether consciously or subconsciously. Earth is a school. We're in different grades, at different stages, with different purposes. Hence the chaos Eventually as we age, our earthly existence dramatically alters in varying stages.
A baby, for the most part, is unaware of their surroundings. They feel, touch, and see, but their cerebrum hasn't developed enough to make heads-or-tails of what's going on. Toddlers are curious and the world is one big playground. In the eyes of a child, the world is one of beauty, joy, and mystery. Children exemplify the purest form of faith. The reasoning mind hasn't been polluted with negativity and doubt. They get over things quickly and subconsciously comprehend that tomorrow is another day and that things will be better. They're not worried about this world because they're so enthralled with the happiness, goodness, and the joy of spirit that can only be experienced in the NOW. They just want to be loved and give love. Then, as we grow older, the reasoning mind (or the worldly mind) starts to take over. We become fearful, doubtful, and less optimistic. I'd say it starts after during the late 20s early 30s.
Sure, many practice the power of "positive thinking" but it has to be backed up by faith that's reinforced by spiritual truth. In fact, the book "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale is a classic and full of faith driven antidotes.
During this stage of life, we begin to have a sneaky suspicion that everything is not as it seems, even if it's only subliminal. Then "reality" really starts to kick-in around the late 30s to early 40s . You've had enough disappoints to at least get an inkling that the world is a pretty messed up place. If you don't have spiritual understanding and a connection with The Creator, depression, pessimism, hopelessness, and all sorts of dangerous mental states and emotional instability seeps in. We then start to wonder "what's it all about." Which is not a bad thing in itself. But turning to drink and drugs and constantly looking to others to "figure your life out for you" is not the answer either. Some find answers, if searched for in the right way, but most people don't. Then the cycle repeats, but that's for another post.
Don't worry...the world has always been a mess. 100s of years from now there will be new problems or old problems presented in a new way. "Same play different actors." Don't worry, just try to learn your lessons well at each stage and you'll not only be a help to yourself but your family, friends, and the world....Good Luck!