The World Can Learn A Thing or Two From Children On How To Share
The examples of greed, domination, selfishness and other self-absorbed characteristics of behavior are not innate within human beings. They are learned. As much as society will attempt to instill a belief that humanity is a disgustingly self-indulgent species, our true nature is one of compassion, empathy, benevolence, teamwork and cooperation. That is immediately evident in children and it's about time we start recognizing that wisdom.
In the video above, Action Against Hunger conducted an experiment in Madrid, Spain to study human behavior when faced with the injustice of hunger. Of the 20 children under study, all 20 shared their food.
"In a world that produces more than enough food to feed everyone, 3.5 million children still die from hunger every year," they stated. It is an embarrassment to humanity that we allow any child to die from hunger in any part of the world, and it happens everywhere. What makes children turn into adults that stop caring about each other?
The gap between rich and poor is bigger in the US than in any other advanced country, but most people are unconcerned.
More than anywhere else, Americans believe that though you may start poor, if you work hard, you can make pots of money, but you must be greedy along the way to carve your niche. Greed and the thirst for power only brings on more of the same.
The mentality and political consensus, therefore, has sought to pursue economic growth rather than the redistribution of income. That doesn't mean resorting to a communist model, but a model that relies on giving back to the human processes that truly advance a society. Instead of giving back, we have learned to hoard money at the expense of lives and the health of future generations. The most successful and largest corporations in the world have paved their way by polluting our air, polluting our bodies and destroying our Earth. Have we not learned anything in the last few centuries?
We try and attach our love to material things, but this only leads to misery because we are not learning to love ourselves and others. The mentality only leads to further acquisition of more things. Although things too are part of consciousness, they do not allow humans to accelerate the mass consciousness required to change the world. Only love for ourselves and sharing that with others can do that.
There is only one truly significant work to do in life, and that is love. When we love people, all living things, nature, our Earth and life itself, sharing comes naturally and effortlessly. These are characteristics that we are finding in more people in the world (see 25 Characteristics You May Find In Those Who Are Awakening)
What Is Sharing?
Sharing is simply the joint use of a resource or space. It is also the process of dividing and distributing. Apart from obvious instances, which we can observe in human activity, we can also find many examples of this happening in nature. When an organism takes in nutrition or oxygen for instance, its internal organs are designed to divide and distribute the energy taken in, to supply parts of its body that need it. Flowers divide and distribute their seeds. The human body would not survive would it not be for a complete synchronization of the distribution of resources (blood, bacteria, immune cells, etc) necessary to keep us alive.
What happens within us all is also a part of who we are. It is reflected in everything we do. But we've ignored these basic principles. The internal workings of our body pride themselves on sharing, but we've created so much disharmony within our own organism that it doesn't work as well as it used to. So we are sick as is our society and our planet. All because we've adopted a mentality to stop sharing resources.
Sharing is a basic component of human interaction, and is responsible for strengthening social ties and ensuring a person's well-being. It ensures we take care of each other in ways that could never allow anybody to starve, be homeless or without emotional support.
This can be reversed and it's starts with all of us. It starts with the simple
things in life. Share your strength. Offer to help an elderly woman with her groceries. Share your generosity.
If you see a homeless person, rather than giving them money, offer to share a snack or provide some clothing. Share your good will. Let people in front of you when driving, or send them a gesture of kindness if they do the same for you. Share your time. Listen to people when they talk to you. Really listen rather than thinking about what you have to do next.
Try to interact with children as much as possible. They can provide you with so many lessons that can no longer be obtained from adults.
They possess the purest forms of innate human behavior that all of us hold deep in our hearts. They are who we were, but most of all they are who we can be, united and in cooperation. Can you imagine what we could do? Think the 1 percent is powerful? Imagine if the 99 percent united as one. Take a breath and feel that energy. It's within you.
Josh Richardson is blogger, healer, and a constant pursuer of the natural state of human consciousness.