Note: Last week we watched the much-anticipated film Unity. Below is a quick note I wrote immediately after watching the documentary. Hopefully, this essay gives you some insight into how important this movement is.
We walked out of the cinema feeling sad, angry and insignificant. Over the centuries, how have humans managed to do so much damage to themselves and those around them?
How have I managed to do so much damage in my short lifetime?
Unity says it comes down to the ego. Ego to be better than one another. Ego to have more than one another. Ego to be seen, to be heard, to be loved. This megalomaniac behaviour leads to wars, discrimination, animal cruelty and global warming.
How do we stop it?
Do the opposite. Be selfless. Become unified. That is what must happen to get out of this hole. I fear, however, we’ve already taken it too far. We’re too deep in this mess.
That’s why I feel helpless.
At least after watching Earthlings, I felt confident in spreading the message of animal liberation, as it related to one specific area of life that could be improved.
But preventing people from hurting other people? That’s a different ball game altogether!
Having said all of that, I think the answer is rather simple though.
Prem Rawat, nails this message. It’s now clear that what he preaches is the truth.
The greatest problem all around the world today, whether in America, Japan, China Russia, India or anywhere else in the world, is that people are not in peace. People want peace. – Prem Rawat
We need peace within ourselves to feel content. And we also need to spread peace to others to unify people together.
For the sake of this conversation, let’s call it internal and external peace. This is my profound breakthrough from tonight.
Knowing that all of life’s answers come down to finding peace. If we all manage to do this, we wouldn’t have wars, and animals wouldn’t be getting slaughtered for our consumption, there would be no discrimination, the environment would be better preserved.
Peace = consciousness.
The hippies had it right, Prem has it right, and now Unity has found a way to articulate the solution to a broader audience.
Usually, after an experience like this, I want to run off and find out all of life’s answers. But I feel different this time around. I feel like all of the answers are already within, I just need to spend more time digging them out. I feel like as a result, peace and consciousness has become my top priority and it should be for you as well.
If there’s anything you can get out of this film, it’s to be mindful. Be mindful of what you eat, of what you buy, of how you treat others, how you treat yourself and how you treat the environment.
Hey, not so fast!
Don’t rush off with unrealistic expectations of yourself—striving to become the next Gandhi. Be content with where you are right now but develop the thirst to live more mindfully. Every little contribution makes a huge difference. You may not even realise it.
I think that’s all I have to say about my experience for tonight. It comes down to living with peace both within and to others. That’s what it means to live.