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  • The universe we emerged from is beautiful, creative and Buddhists believe that it is also basically GOOD.

    Each of us has beauty, creativity and goodness. Each of us is important. Just like every bee in every hive.

    Too often I am not content. I admire others I call "artists" or "writers" and believe they are creative, but cannot see my own creativity. I do not trust it. I admire Mother Theresa and cannot see the seed of goodness and generosity inside of myself. I admire celebrities and cannot see my own beauty.

    My ego wants to be as important in society as the rich and famous and celebrated.

    I get depressed once and again, because I do not feel important enough.

    There is a heart - breaking book about the resistance fighters against Hitler by Manes Sperber, its German title is LIKE A TEAR IN THE OCEAN. I do not know if this book has ever been translated. It is one of the most impressive books I have ever read. Manes Sperber was a resistance fighter himself, an ardent communist. In those times that meant he had to be a Stalinist. He describes the stories of countless of these young men, who risked their happiness and lives all over Europe, trying to destroy Hitler and help Stalin, so that our world could be a better one. At the time they did not realize that Stalin was not any better than Hitler.

    Many of these men and women were captured and tortured and killed by the Nazis. Your heart breaks when you find out that the few that survived Hitler were mostly afterwards considered traitors tortured and killed by a continuously more paranoid Stalin.

    A Croatian freedom - fighter, who starts realizing this, visits his philosophy teacher, a now old man in Vienna, and they have these talks about the meaning of life. The old Austrian teacher at one point says: “Nobody will ever know the importance of his or her own life. Every action of every life can have so many consequences; nobody can keep track of this."

    I read this many decades ago and this as well as the whole book is still alive in me. Manes Sperber does not know about the effect his book had on me.

    Sixty thousand years ago there was a man in East Africa, who scientists call ADAM. All human - beings today come genetically from ADAM. It was a time with many volcanic explosions and what we today call a Nuclear Winter as a consequence. The human race shrank down to about 4 thousand individuals, scientists say. There was a genetic change in this ADAM, probably for higher creativity, that saved the human race from impending extinction. It was not even something ADAM did, it happened hidden in his body.

    What strikes me most, is the fact that ADAM never knew about his vital importance to humanity and we are barely discovering his importance to our existence.

    Yesterday a young man told me that several years ago when he was in a desperate inner crisis he stepped into my little gallery and saw an image: a tree growing out of a broken heart. I had been inspired (by what or whom?) to paint it during a time of my own dark nights. The man said that image lifted him up, gave him hope, he tattooed it on his body. He left his darkness behind and became a deep – thinking philosopher. Out Of A Broken Heart Comes New Life

    Hadn´t he told me, I would not know.

    You and I live and perish and will be soon forgotten. Still, you and I are also probably more important than we think. Our real importance seems to be outside of EGO, though, and that is good.

    "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments,
    but what is woven into the lives of others." - Pericles

    Art by Kiki ( "I Am Part Of The Universe And There Lives A Universe Inside Me")

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