“Does what goes on inside show on the outside? Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney.”
It’s better that we feel something for each other rather than behave like corpses toward one another, the more so because as long as one has no real right to be called a corpse by being legally dead, it breaks my own heart to see the number of people who fulfill the role in life we refer to as "the living dead" bound up in their thoughts, hypocritical in their self-judgements, fearful of what others might think if a single hair fell out of place.
Working with people in a diverse environment confronts us at the core, but at least it assures us that we’re still in the land of the living. When I see how challenging it is to have a boss who might be bathed in human ignorance and yet empowered to direct the heart and soul of another to engage in work for wages, I have the same feeling I used to have about the polluter sending toxic fumes into the sky and being somewhat careless about who eats that dust.
But my lenses are clearer these days, I look and see all as though life were something good and precious that one should cherish it and even a bad boss cannot fray the nerves of a person who has a centre inside themselves that is not a living corpse. Alive means alive, inside.
Now, when I hear the stories of victimhood in the business world I see it as opportunity for people to love more, grow bigger, have greater self determination and find life rather than the easy path, we call the living death. I changed to use nature as my lens, and since then I have felt more cheerful and alive than I had been for a long time, because in spite of my sense of indignation over careless unconsciousness and the big holding sway over the weak, life has gradually become or has seemed much less confusing to me, and things such as victims at work much more unimportant and indifferent because I have seen the opportunity to grow, to find centre and live from the soul and heart, alive, through circumstances I once wanted to fix.
When we live with others and we are bound by a feeling of affection we become aware that we have a reason for being, that we might not be entirely riddled by chaos, or subject to circumstances we must fix and feel worthless and superfluous about, but perhaps we see the good for one thing or another, we start considering that we need one another in our fullest and even most ugly or beautiful human states and are becoming more awake by making the same journey as traveling companions to different destinations but travelling on the same road. Proper self-respect, is very dependent on relations with others.
Moving to see the purpose of interactions that are not as scripted creates a more powerful opportunity to be alive.