If you'd like, you can think of what I write as waters. I know, I know: first you were asked to be on bus, now I have you in water. See if you can't make the change. I'm talking about waters deep and thick; waters shallow and crashing by the sea shore; the clear, aquamarine waters off Abaco in the Bahamas where, as you sail fifteen feet above, you can see the grass waving from the ocean floor below. Waters. Rain thundering down in sheets during a summer storm. Mist, or fog, hanging in the air. The waters of swimming pools, measured, concrete, and contained; and of a pond whose bottom is squish-through-your-toes mud. Waters wide like the Mississippi at New Orleans and narrow, like trickling streams. Rivulets like the one that created the waterhole, hidden in the woods, that I visited as a teenager in Maryland.
The waters of what I write will combine with the waters of what you have experienced as you read.
LukeyoutheU makes use of my personal experiences and thoughts to find and make tangible good in this life.
I am very thankful for the tools and knowledge I have been fortunate to receive from others. I myself see good most clearly in history, literature, stories, science, the Bible, government, business, psychology, and the metaphysical. There is, of course, good in countless other places, too. I know not nearly close to everything about anything. If you find a grievous error or misrepresentation in my writing, please let me know. I use and present my understandings as best I can. Sometimes I move swiftly from one subject to another but I hope not too often jarringly. To me, it's all connected, all of life is connecting and one part, one thing, informs another. I hope to show the connections.
The name LukeyoutheU itself comes from the joining of three full English words, Luke, you, and the, and one abbreviation, U. The U is short for the Universe.
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, and all its life forms.
Not a tiny undertaking, I agree. But a worthy and meaningful one. A possibility. I believe it 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.
The belief that we humans are good, or, at least, inherently have good in us, flies into the face of major religions. It's probably not the view of many or even most people in the world today. 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 came ships that navigated the seas, photography, air and, eventually, space travel. Our minds and understandings were broadened. We learned to look at and know our world through additional perspectives.
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, in general, been getting measurably 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 sensationalist 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, as well as, possibly, in your personal life right now. That unnecessary pain, agony, and death are experienced both on an individual and societal level. Are being experienced even this very moment somewhere. I am not blind. I do not pretend that not-good, that evils, do not exist.
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?
I say that we can, and that many of us are. Maybe a majority of us are. Good is here, and more is possible. We can, individually and corporately, create greater and more useful good thoughts. We can follow our 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 you so 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, can I go about this?" you may be asking. Well, dear reader, that's what LukeyoutheU is about. Follow LyU on twitter, like on Facebook, scruitinize the website, even read the books (if you dare). It comes down to this: learn, and do, and be, more.
LukeyoutheU was created in California.
I was born in Maryland.