In saying the God doesn’t care and asking the question, “then why do we?” (Read part I HERE), I am speaking about a specific kind of caring. I’m not referring to the caring and loving acts we demonstrate or show towards others. I am also not talking about the proper concern we have for our fellow human beings, all of creation, and the world we live in. All that we do to demonstrate caring, love, compassion, and concern are natural and healthy drives within us as human beings supporting our connection and fostering peace and harmony between us. These are all healthy expressions of caring and supportive in building a happy and healthy world. This is the highest expression of ourselves coming forth, arising out of love and grounded in compassion.
The caring that I am referring to about which God does not, is that which arises out of judgment and/or fear and is recognized by powerful emotional reactions. This is the kind of “caring” that we often see in ourselves and in others. “Caring” that comes through as highly charged emotional reactions to the experiences, circumstances, events and people around us. “Caring” that causes us to get our “undies in a bundle,” as we pick up our sword and ready for battle. This is the “caring” that compels us to take up a cause and fight for that cause. This is the “caring” where we judge something or someone’s actions as bad, disordered, etc. and the “caring” that causes us to build a wall of separation between “us” and “them.” These are human actions and human responses and a guaranteed path to anxiety and conflict. When we assign these kinds of attitudes and behaviors to God, we are creating God in our own image, not the other way around.
Unlike human beings, God is neutral. God does not judge. As the psalmist says, “In you, darkness and light are but one (Psalm 139).” God is simply being, observing, witnessing, allowing. When we remember that we are created in the image and likeness of God we also remember that we are called to be like God. When we accept the invitation to be like God, we then allow ourselves, like God, to simply be, allow, observe, witness. When we do so free of judgment, this is the way to peace.
Being present to our world from a place of non-judgment and non-reaction allows us to be with the ever-changing circumstances of our lives and of the world around us. Non-judgment allows us to simply observe without the need to react. We can observe, sit in this observance and discern within ourselves, from a place of non-reaction, as to how we may or may not be called to respond. In this, we are able to refrain from reacting and find the place of authentic, loving, peaceful response. I could give you a million examples of (many of them recent) as to how judgment and reaction disrupt our peace, but I will leave you with this:
We know within ourselves if we are reacting from a place of judgment or responding from a place of peaceful awareness. In the former, we feel charged by powerful emotions of fear, anger, wrath, frustration, impatience, etc. In the latter, we only know peace.