By Gil Rubio
Disney put out a movie in 2015 called “Tomorrowland.” A highly entertaining movie, I found it also to be rather thought-provoking.
Without going into too much detail or plot …
At one point, George Clooney’s character, Frank Walker, asks a young
lady, “If someone was able to tell you the precise moment that you
would die, would you want to know?”
… “ Who wouldn’t?”
… “Wait, would knowing mean you can change it?”
Fate and Destiny are not the same thing,
… although they are often confused.
What if we did know?
Would we even believe the prophecy of our time of passing?
Would it change the way we live every moment?
Would we think it is a farce or trick of some sort?
Would we show more concern for ourselves, or others?
Would we consider that someone is just trying to manipulate us?
Would we try to do something “good” before our time is up?
Would we just carry on as usual?
Would the real value of everything suddenly become obvious?
Would we become depressed and give into it?
What if the Whole World knew of its demise?
Would we come together collectively to try to change it?
Would we wait and hope for someone else to “fix” it?
Would we just lay down and wait?
Would we just party till it’s over?
Would we figure out that we all have something to do with it?
Would we even consider that we all “could” do something about it?
With all the trouble in the World at present,
sometimes I wonder if we are indeed near an end of some sort…
The World has always been out of control and violent.
People say that the Koran is full of violence, but so is the Bible!
Man himself has always been the biggest problem.
The sheer number of us, leads to more violence and selfish acts,
and now we are seeing even more of it because of our technology.
The technology has led us to believe only in ourselves and our own opinions and we put it out into the World and some will hold it close to them as absolute truth.
Right now there is some 40-year-old guy sitting in his underwear in
his Mom’s basement in the middle of nowhere who is putting his opinion
on the internet. (It could be me, except I’m fully clothed and I’m 58!)
How many people will accept his opinion as truth?
While there may be truth in what we are seeing on the Internet, how
can we be sure?
Even the Moon Landing all those many years ago could have been faked …
How many times have we seen realistic movies that depict things we
would never have imagined?
What if we are actually being shown all this negative stuff
and we are acting in a negative manner in response to it?
We keep spreading the negative and violent videos and the like,
thinking we are making others aware.
When in reality we are spreading the Evil ourselves.
I think we have lost our Humility and our sight of a Higher Power.
We fail to show our Gratitude and Respect for Life and the World we
have been given.
We certainly aren’t taking care of it or each other!
If these are Dark times,
then we need to light the World around us from within.
Believe in Kindness, Believe in Love, Show Gratitude, Show Humility,
Hope for the Future …
Make goodness happen for the good of all!
Fate and Destiny are not the same thing …
Gil Rubio was born in Monterey, California, and grew up in adjacent Seaside, possibly the most culturally diverse city on the Central Coast. He is the operations manager at a print shop, teaches 5th grade Catechism, and leads a bilingual choir at the church he grew up in. An accomplished guitarist, he also is the leader of Red Beans & Rice, a blues-inspired, New Orleans-influenced band in its 23rd year with six CD releases to its credit.
Editor’s note: Cousin Gil is the youngest of three children born to my godparents, Salvador and Lupe Rubio. I fondly recall visits to Seaside as a young boy when my sisters and I would hang out with Gil, his brother Ralph (now the mayor of Seaside), and his beautiful sister Mary. His mom is the eldest of nine Flores siblings, including my late mother, and recently celebrated her 93rd birthday.
Tomorrow: Lynn St. Georges, Impermanence