But with rights come responsibility.
Which means I have every responsibility to put myself first.
This is a condition that we are still grappling with as individuals living in a complex ecosystem.
But a tree does not withhold its treeness to avoid hurting another tree.
It is unapologetically a tree… but a tree will also take on a role in an ecosystem that we would say ‘sacrifices’ itself for the good of the whole.
So… it’s a dance… between self first and the betterment of the whole.
So what if taking responsibility for yourself and putting yourself first from a place of alignment and grace with divine order in mind was the most generous act of all?
Not for the sacrifice but for the function.
The only barrier that stops humanity from doing this entirely is that we have created such expansive systems that have subsumed the individual’s capacity to take responsibility…for the sake of power for a few or the perceived support of many.
And the irony of our current condition is that we are trying so hard not to put ourselves first and yet we are an ever increasingly narcissistic culture – why… because we have lost the context of the ecosystem and our role within it.
We are trying to put ourselves first because we’ve been told to ‘get the oxygen mask on’..but from a place of need for self… not as an act of generosity to the whole… for a fully functioning, well-being is of most value to the whole and is the one that takes responsibility to put themself first and a natural bi product of that responsibility is the betterment of all.
Freedom is a birth right but does not come without responsibility to act within the constraints of that freedom.
Poetic justice cannot be served to people who do not comprehend and capitalise on their full rights.
Even the weeds have a role.
Choice has a price, but it’s not the price you think – it’s that when you choose from a place of singular self minus the context of the whole, you mess with the algorithm and the system has to reboot. If you choose from a place of wholeness and as a responsible well-being, it is the natural order in harmony and all flows easily.
Acting from here, feels like relief.