A Rock and a Hard Place

A Rock and a Hard Place 150 150 Ben Coker

A Rock and a Hard Place

Sometimes you and I find ourselves in the position where we have to make a difficult decision.

Where none of the alternatives are particularly appetising.

So, what do we do – well, we usually succeed in finding a compromise that tempers the effect expected from any of the alternatives we originally perceived?

Now this is all very well if it’s just you or I making the decision and it primarily affects ourselves although others for whom we may have some form of responsibility may be involved.

And – if it is you or I who will be responsible for putting that decision, or compromise, into effect.

It may be to do with our family, our business or just ourselves, the point is that we have control.

But what if it’s not?

What of it’s a decision that affects us but neither we nor anyone else making the decision has any effective control over the outcome?

And what if ‘everyone’ is involved in making this decision?

How much influence do you or I have on the outcome, and, even though the result is likely to have a radical effect on our lives, our families, and our business, is it really worth taking part?

Many people think not. They perceive themselves as ‘only one in millions’ or believe that it doesn’t really concern them.

In fact, we are all part of a ‘whole’, you and I and everyone else.

Imagine we are a shoal of fish or a flock of starlings. The decision on which way to go is taken by all.

There is no group that remains behind or goes a different way – the whole doesn’t split up. It may weave about and go in different directions from time to time, but it still remains as one and that’s our situation as well.

Even if you or I disagree with the outcome of the ‘mass’ decision, we are still bound by it.

Granted there are ways an means by which we can separate ourselves from the whole by opting out of ‘society’ altogether or moving to a different society, but these are radical and difficult decisions to make because by doing that we cut ourselves off from the whole.

From who we really are ‘part’ of even though we remain individuals.

You and I are spiritual beings inhabiting physical hosts and although the universal Spirit is individuated you and I are still part of it, and it cannot exist as it is without ‘us’.

As spirit there is only one of us, as symbiotic physical-spirit beings we exist as individuals but the ‘link’ is always there.

Over the years our ancestors have fought for the right to be involved in these ‘mass’ decisions and in some cases terminated their individual existence for the sake of it.

These rights have been handed down through generations and it is sad to see that many people fail the expectations of their ancestors that the hard-fought right to be involved would be exercised, disrespecting their endeavours and failing, sometimes refusing, to do so.

‘The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few – or the One’ a famous line from the Star Trek film ‘The Wrath of Khan’ also has a reverse logic used in later films that ‘the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many’.

Both statements are true, but they have to be applied to different situations. It is selfish in a ‘mass decision’ situation to take the ‘its nothing to do with me’ stance.

Having the right to participate carries a responsibility to do so and abstention or not taking part is not an option.

Unless, ‘abstain’ or ‘don’t know’ or ‘don’t care’ is actually one of the formal choices available in the decision.

The trouble is that this form of mass decision making is flawed by the actuality that taking part is optional, there is no requirement to be involved and in a sense, this undermines the whole process.

If we are attempting to determine how ‘the people’ think about a particular topic then the result cannot be clear when a large proportion of the ‘people’ don’t tell us.

And there is no understanding of why they wouldn’t, couldn’t or just didn’t take part.

The result of the decision is usually represented as ‘the will of the people’ – those who didn’t take part and those who wished for a different outcome being ignored.

This ‘will’ is then applied to everyone so quite often the will of a minority is forced on a majority – because not ‘everyone’ took part.

Any decision-making process, whether it be a mass decision, or an individual decision, requires energy, spiritual energy, and not only that, implementation of the outcome also requires spiritual energy,

We put energy in to making the decision and take energy out when it is implemented – the energetic vibration always remains in balance.

Not putting the energy into the ‘pot’ by not participating in the process will inevitably result in the energy available to implement the result being diminished – whatever the outcome of the decision may be.

Thus, it becomes more difficult to ‘go forward’ with the implementation of the decision when less ‘fuel’ is available.

This could of course be a reason not to take part when none of the options are to your liking or resonate with your personal energetic vibration.

In some cases that may be the right thing to do, especially where there is a ‘do nothing’ or ‘status quo’ option sitting between the ‘rock’ and the ‘hard place’.

But when there isn’t, there is a different choice to be made.

Participate in the process or simply accept the consequences of the result, knowing that had you participated you might have made a difference, even though it didn’t seem like it at the time.

The more people who participate, the more likely the ‘best’ result will be achieved – again, even though it might not seem like it at the time!