The name LukeyoutheU comes from the joining of three full English words, "Luke," "you," and "the," and one abbreviation, "U."
Luke represents the past, stories, history. Think Luke Skywalker, Luke from the Bible.
you stands for the present, and you, the reader now reading this.
the U points to the future, the expanding Universe with all its possibilities.
LyU aims to take the useful from the past, add good today, and increase the probability of more good tomorrow. The big goal is a better future for ourselves, the human species, and the planet, with all its life forms.
Not a tiny undertaking. I agree. But a worthy one. Achievable. It's possible because we people are good at our core, you and me included. Many don't know seem to know it; some choose not to build on the good; a few, well, they appear anti-good. All this is true, yes. Still: we humans are good. Goodness is built into us.
This belief flies into the face of major religions where the emphasis seems to be on what we lack rather that what we have. It's probably not the view of many people in the world today, perhaps even the majority. It certainly seems at odds with the news.
I say to the first: if we are made in the image of God, did we, how could we ever, become unmade in God's image? If God is good then we have good irrevocably built into us.
To the second: that a group or even a majority of people have a particular view at a certain point in time does not necessarily mean they have the useful or only true view. As individuals and as a species, we learn more about ourselves and the world around us every day. At an earlier point in history, most people thought the world was flat. Observation and common sense told them so. Then their minds and understandings were broadened. They looked at their world through another perspective. We grew up and grew to know more. Groups of people, including the majority, have been known to change their opinion, their very beliefs, when presented with reliable evidence. Our world, from the human perspective, has indeed been getting better over the long term. Here are the numbers that show it: ourworldindata.org
For the third, well, the news is a selective and particular filter of life. It plays an important role in pointing out problems and issues. If we, however, only consume popular or sensationalistic news, of whatever ideological leaning, or don't look at the good right in front of us and inside us, the view that the world is bad and people are inherently evil can take us over. Thinking and talking about the horror of the day over and over again, especially without taking any action to improve the situation, is sure to drag you down. I know it has me, in the past.
Let me say this: there is good every day in everyone's life, no matter how hard that life may be. Let's start with the facts that we are alive, and that we know it.
I do not deny that there are issues of great concern in the world. That unnecessary pain, agony, and death are experienced both on an individual and societal level. Are being experienced even this very moment somewhere. Can and should these evils be stopped? YES.
The question is how. How can the evils, the bads be lessened and the goods made more? Will proclamations or religions or societal pressure, or governmental influence or economic theory, or the spending of much money or the taking of good actions alone, or the sending of prayers or good wishes do the work? Is science the answer? They've been, and are, a good start. A base on which we can, and are, building. But there is more good available in life that what they've alone offered.
Can humans be brought, generation after generation, into more loving, more doing from our better natures?
We can, and we are. Good is here, and more is possible. We can, individually and corporately, create greater and more useful good thoughts. We can follow that thinking with good and useful action.
These are the goals I'm shooting for personally, and it's toward them that LukeyoutheU aims. Not only in generalities but also in specifics. In your very own life, dear reader, too, if your choose. I think the best means for improving one's own life, for helping the lives of those around one and also those whom one loves, and, yes, for being a healer of the planet itself, starts with us individually becoming more of our better selves.
"Big and lofty goals," you may be thinking. "Easy to talk about but not so easy to do." I agree.
But what's the point of living if not to pursue ambitious dreams?
Improving, helping, healing ourselves, others, the planet are satisfying goals. Expanding, creating more good are worthwhile endeavors. All are doable and made concrete by taking life step by step. We start from where we are. With the resources that you, dear reader, and I, have on hand. And we have resources, believe me. Many of them.
How, exactly? Well, dear reader, that's what this website and all things LukeyoutheU are about. Follow LyU on twitter, like on Facebook, and/ or subscribe to learn, and do, and be, more.
LukeyoutheU was created in California.
I was born in Maryland.