Another commercial caught my attention the other day. This was a commercial for insurance in which a thief was going through someone's home taking various items along the way. While this gentleman was taking items a sly woman, representing the insurance company, was replacing each taken item. This got me thinking about the lengths we go to keep people away from our things.
I'm thinking if the insurance company replaces each item taken then in the end the 'thief' and the 'victim' both have the items. Why go through the hassle of having the items stolen and then replaced? Why not just give the thief the items in the first place? Either way both parties end up with the items, but there is a big difference.
If we go the insurance route then you must go through the hassle of having the items replaced. Moreover you have to endure the fear that comes with having your home invaded. You're likely to invest a monthly fee to have an army of people watching your house 24/7 via an alarm system. You might even purchase a weapon in fear that someday your home might be invaded while you are still there.
If we go the route of generosity and provide the 'thief' with the things he needs, if we share our amenities with him then he will never have had a need or desire to invade your home in the first place. There would be no need for insurance, no need for alarm systems, not one ounce of fear and thus no need for any weapon that could end up misused by inexperienced hands.
Has there ever been a need for us to imprison ourselves with greed? Has there ever been a need for us to imprison ourselves with intolerance? Today we create advertisements that tempt people to many products, but after making them want it we tell them they cannot have it unless they prove, through monetary acquisition, that they are worthy of having it.
We refuse to accept that we are all equally worthy of having. We refuse to accept that the fact that a person exists is all the proof necessary that they deserve to exist. With this intolerance we have condemned ourselves to the fear of those we've rejected.
We've condemned ourselves to a life spent building elaborate defenses when we could've been using the time and resources spent on defenses to provide others with the things we tried to keep them away from. If we just shared with one another there would be no fear. There would be no need for complicated laws full of loop holes. There would be no need for hate.
If we shared with one another those we call criminals would have the tools they need to lend a helping hand where ever a helping hand is needed. Not only would we get back the time and resources wasted defending against ourselves, but we'd go steps further by acquiring the time and resources criminals could provide if only they had the tools necessary to provide them.
With a little love and compassion. With a little acceptance and tolerance we could all be free for there would be no need for laws or those who enforce them. The next time you feel like complaining about that parking ticket or property tax think about what you're paying for and why.
All of this bloodshed and semantics so one can have twenty acres while nineteen have no acres. Was it worth it?