We humans, mostly in the West, but I regret to say our influence is spreading, have come to believe we deserve the best. We have interpreted ‘the best it can be’ into all aspects of our lives. This means we should aspire to the best house, best kitchen, the best car, furniture, clothes, television, computer, mobile phone, and, of course, the best food. Our food has ‘Best Before’ written on it, so subconsciously we see it is not good enough for us if it is near that date, or that the apple has a blemish or the potato and cucumber are a bit knobbly, so we throw it away; for are we not worthy of the best?
How much does the best cost?
The consequences of all of these choices are that currently the world is at war over mineral rights, (Darfur is only one example of genocide and destruction based on the greed of the west for a mineral used in mobile phones and other electrical equipment), men and women are used as slave labour to make our clothes, the planet is being carved up and the rivers polluted for the copper, zinc etc. to go into our newest and best electronic ‘toys’, such as mobile phones, computers and flat-screen TVs. Billions of tons of food is thrown away each year because it is considered not to be the best it can be, whilst those that live in the countries that grow our food starve.
I am not advocating a hair shirt, sleeping under a hedge, or eating rotten food and starving, but in all things there is a balance. And yes, I do have a mobile phone which is second hand, over six years old and works perfectly for the rare emergency calls I make. The balance is I do not feel I need to change it every time a new improved model comes on the market. Millions of mobile phones are put into landfill and are not recycled.
The price we may pay for misunderstanding ‘the best that it can be…’ is monumental. There are many people affected by our choices that we never see or think of. The people who grow the food or mine the mineral do so at a very high price. If a people lives on a land that is rich in minerals, that land will be torn away from them, they will be placed in camps, and the reason why – is you.
Our misunderstanding of what makes us special, a success, admired, is now tightly bound up with possessions, material goods, ‘if I do not have the best and newest of everything I will be judged a failure’.
A complete consciousness
It is the best that we can be, as a human and as a complete consciousness. The best that we are is not made up of, or lack of, possessions. It is about how we live our lives in relation to the rest of the universe and in particular, with each other.
It is we, the so called civilised world, who are so insecure in who we are as souls that we need the third world to be plundered so that we can surround ourselves with our props, and say to the world ‘Look I am worthy I have the best that there can be’.
Think About It
In his book The Human Soul , my husband, Chris Thomas, asks that we Think About It. Think about the consequences your actions will have on others, and then make the choice that feels right to you. It is your choice, and you cannot blame the consequences on anyone else.
Everything we buy is made from the planet itself. This is the planet which has given us the choice of physical life rather than a free-floating soul. Chris has said in his book that we are here to prove that it is possible to have a full soul in physical form, and that the whole of our existence has been to prove that that is possible. Everything that is happening on Earth, our solar system, our galaxy and the universe beyond is currently happening in order to help us to be the best human beings we can whilst remaining on Earth. The Human Soul can help you to determine where you are within that process.
With Christmas fast approaching, would it be possible for you to show your love and affection to your family without buying something that would cause another family the other side of the world pain and suffering?
Think about it. Are you the best that you can be?
Best wishes, Diane
Diane is co-author of two books: Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Body…  and The Sequel to Everything