Paying attention to your signs? Or going with the crowd?
LukeyoutheU is a nonstandard approach to life which believes that good exists. That good is the fundamental building block of life, the basis and truth of it, even when much that is less good (what we call, or is, "bad" or"evil") seems to predominate, or equal ("balance"), the good.
Living in this world now, with pollution, climate change, unstable politics, the potential of nuclear war or economic recession, massive wealth inequality, people dying and/ or suffering every day who need not, animal and plant species at risk of extinction, how can I say this?
Because, in the very biggest picture, what is good is life (good=Life), and Life is winning. Life cannot but win, and has, in fact, won. For how much longer, to what degree we humans will participate in Life, individually or collectively, is the question. It is, I would say, largely up to us. We have good within us. We can be a part of life for millenia or perhaps eons to come. If we constructively add to it.
We are currently bound to a single planet, a not particularly large chunk of rock hurling through space, tucked, even in our motion, among billions of other planets. Hate to tell you, but if you or I die, when you or I die, Life will continue. If humanity itself is wiped out, or if we wipe ourselves out, even if we take earth down with us, Life will continue. Life may then no longer exist in a form like us, or in a form we understand. What we humans might have potentially added to Life could be, forever, lost. But Life itself will continue.
So we need not worry about Life. Need not worry about good. It will persist. We would be smart, however, to be working toward making life better. For humanity's continued existence, for the good of all the other forms of life with which we share this planet, for increased joy and purpose in our own individual lives, let us live life fully by participating in it addingly.
Which brings us back to you.
LukeyoutheU asks, I ask, questions, and sometimes bluntly, as I do right now: are you going to go through life passively, taking what comes, just enjoying or enduring the ride as if you have no part in its path? Or are you going to grab all you can from life, for yourself and your kin, so somehow you yourself and only you will "win," the rest of the world be damned? Or are you going to actively participate in life, in Life, to make your life and, especially, that of those born after you, even those not your kin or even your species, better?
Sports, art, music, politics, physical well-being, and a host of other ways of looking at life can provide an awareness of Life but are not going to be talked about much here because they are not my forte. I instead talk about, talk through, use areas of particular interest to me to try to get to Life. Namely: science, religion, metaphysics, the Bible, belief systems including business, and that which is present for everyone, our own individual personal experience.
Life does not require belief in any of these or other understandings. I talk about them because they matter to me. They can be used as avenues to better know ourselves and Life. Life which I sometimes, as useful, also understand as God/ Source/ Universe.
Does LukeyoutheU speak to you?
That is my intention, and my hope. But I do not know. I invite you to find out. To decide.
I occassionally use words beyond those taught in eighth grade. Nothing wrong with eighth grade or eighth graders. Many of us, however, can think beyond an adolescent level. If you can, I suggest you step up and do. Please know that I have chosen words specifically. If you do not know a word and care, use the computer at your disposal to look it up. Thanks.
Ah, you are a searcher. Good for you.
Here is more for you to consider even before you leave this webpage. I am asking your to assemble, find and create, and imagine with your mind. These are the three parts of LukeyoutheU: the past, the now, the future. (More about LukeyoutheU)
Assemble and make good use of the good from your past, and from The Past. Remember and recall the things you have learned that work and help you, those that help not only you but others, too. Bring those things forward into your consciousness and practice them. Practice them until they become habits. Until they move into your being and become your natural way of life.
Find and create what is useful and good from what exists in your life, in the world, already, right now. Concentrate, focus mostly on those things. Work toward, give mental time and physical energy, to them. Do not deny the bad or difficult or wrong; learn from them. Find, but, more importantly, decide, the good even (perhaps especially) in unwanted situations. Do not try to escape the wonder and good of your physical reality on this earth. Take up the responsibility and power you have. Grow into greater responsibility, power, and love to bring more.
The good that exists now includes you, your being alive today. You have good within you, and an ability to add to the world. I ask you to use it. Imagine with your mind. See that what exists now is real. Understand that the physical world is very real. It is real and meaningful, the result of the greater mind, including human ones, from days and centuries and milennia and eons past. This mind, of which we are a part and contributor, got us to where we are right now. Know, at the same time, that all that is physical will pass, eventually or soon, every mountain range of it. The continual process of change does not make it or you or me an illusion or, necessarily, insignificant. It makes it, us, the now. The now serves as a blasting off point, is the lifting off place for the what-will-be. Seek and find the useful and good, actively create, evolve it, and yourself into the what-will-be. Imagine it and you in your mind. Believe in it, and youself. Believe in it with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Make it a full-bodied, your fully emobodied belief. Start with mental assent, internal agreement; add to it, bring life to it with your actions and work. Understand and use your individual power and ability to shape your world, the world, and bring good.
I am asking you, dear reader, to do nothing less than to make Life. To bring more and better Life into your individual life, and to Life itself. To feel and experience the connection possible when you live in accord with the universe.
This is a tall request. I know it. It is also an ambitious and worthy one. I am asking us to become more. More of our better and truer selves. The changes are made by turns of the head, a big vision, tiny steps, and blinding leaps.
I have particular practices and theories. Some may fit you like well-made gloves. You may disagree in part or whole with others; they, too, can serve you by spurring you forward. By taking you to other/ new thoughts and ways of doing things not talked about here.
I snapped the photo above (the source photo for the header at the top of this page) in Rocklin, CA. It is of things unremarkable and commonplace: roads, a truck, cars, traffic lights, signs, weeds, a business, trees, and the sky. But look at that sky! Perhaps doing so will help you to see or consider other delights. There is beauty in the vehicles and roadways, too, for instance. They taking us, they built from the thoughts, designs, and work of others, from ideas nutured over the millennia past, and fuel converted for our use, in small moving rooms no less, over some of the four million miles of roads to where we choose to go in the U.S.
All the header photos throughout the site were taken by me. None have been photoshopped or color adjusted. They appear differently and feel differently depending on whether viewed on laptop/ desktop or mobile-size screens.