Do We Create Our Own Realities: Why Haiti? A Guest Post by Michael Brine

From Directors/Published: Jan 13, 2010 at 1:24 PM EST BUFFALO, NY (WKBW)

By Michael Brine

The question that has been asked over and over again since the 7.0 earthquake happened, is: “Why Haiti?

We could, I suppose, have asked the same question in 2005: Why, New Orleans? Or after that tsunami in Asia a few years ago?

I have been giving much thought to this since Haiti’s disaster. Let us consider. Generally speaking we are looking at impoverished areas of the world, especially in the case of Haiti. What is also true is that these areas have had reputations for housing corrupt elements, dishonesty and illegal activities. Much anger is also generated because of these unhealthy elements within their borders and, again, especially in Haiti.

Okay, we agree that this is largely true. So?

One of the basic understandings we have is the universal law that what we put out, we draw back to ourselves. If we are constantly bitching about this and that, the negative energy that we express will attract back to us the same negativity. Think about it. How many people have you heard say, “Why does this always happen to me?” Yes, bitch, bitch, bitch!

If this is true on a personal level, would it not also be logical that if in an area of the world—say a country—is putting out a dominant negative energy that it, too, will attract back negativity? Like attracts like. If this is a universal principal, what is true on a personal level will also be true on any level. Size has nothing to do with it.

The world as a whole is witnessing an increase in negative happenings. If we look at where these negative events, whether man-made or ‘natural’ are happening, they would seem to be in areas of the world where there is much negativity, corruption, religious antagonisms and political disagreements, elements that often erupt into violence. Much of the world’s natural disasters also seem to be happening in these same areas. Is this a coincidence? Remember, “What we put out we draw back to ourselves.” Right?

I feel it would serve us to stop and reflect on this for a moment. If what I am suggesting is true, how does one explain, say in the case of Haiti as an example, the tragic results we have witnessed on many apparently innocent people, but especially on so many young children? Are they not the innocents in all of this mayhem? Why does not ‘Nature’ distinguish between the innocent and the unknowing?

I honestly do not have a clear answer. What I am suggesting is something to reflect on, that which has stirred me since the, “Why Haiti?” question has come up. One answer to this disturbing question might be that when the negativity energy coming from a particular area, or an individual, exceeds the positive energy, then the balance has been tipped. In the case of a global area, everyone in that area is caught up in the ensuing dust storm.

This I have also witnessed happening to individuals, including myself. What happened to me on one occasion also negatively affected my young son at the time. He was an innocent in this particular situation; I was not, although I am sure he learned from it and maybe that is what is important. Future generations can and hopefully will, learn from our errors.

There is increasing global unrest. Violence and negativity are sadly erupting across this world of ours. Keeping pace, it seems, are weather anomalies and geological upheavals. Is this coincidental? Some might even say we are approaching Judgment Day! Others say, “Armageddon.” Hhhmmmm.

However one sees it, I would suggest that we humans must start to take responsibility for our outlandish behaviour towards one and other, and put aside our so often petty differences, whether religious, political or just personal. Is it not time to grow up and mature into all that we can be? Or face the further unravelling of our civilisations and perish?

I remember hearing somewhere what we seem so often to forget: “Love ye one another,” and “Judge not that ye be not judged.” Again, hhhhmmmm!

In the final analysis, it has to start with us, you and me. I think I have stuck my neck out a little with this writing. Now it’s your move. Come on, yes, I mean YOU! Okay. Great. Wanna dance?

“Sure, I guess so.”

Hey, ain’t this fun? You aren’t as bad as I thought.

“Yeah, well okay, neither are you, I guess.”

Hey, over there! Louder, and pick up the music! Now, I’m out of here! See ya!

I offer this from Goethe so beautifully said:

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration,

I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides

Whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,

And a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.

If we treat people as they ought to be,

We help them become what they are capable of becoming.”


Other Posts By Michael Brine

The Mind is Only a Tool

On Cooperation

On Coping

On Truth

Education of the Heart

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5 thoughts on “Do We Create Our Own Realities: Why Haiti? A Guest Post by Michael Brine

  1. How very right you are, Michael.
    Of the many islands I and my friends visited in the Caribbean, Haiti was the only one we were eager to leave. Locals were very hostile when we didn’t purchase their carvings and local voodoo vibes were uncomfortable.
    Since I believe that we do choose the circumstances into which we are born, as well as the exit we wish to take, I assume that whatever lesson we came for has been learned at the time of our passing, and that has nothing to do with earthling years, but has everything to do with spiritual growth.
    I shall continue to pray for Haiti’s earthquake victims,

  2. Another way to look at this, of course, is to see the Haitians as teachers in a way. Almost all the third world is in dire straights, with difficult material conditions. Usually we ignore them, there is a sense that a first world life has value, a third world life is, well, not as important. When people were butchering each other in Rwanda, we were more focused on Yugoslavia. To get us to notice our selfishness (as a culture) and materialism, perhaps disasters are a wake up call — to get people to empathize with those very different from themselves, to re-connect with the generous part of the self. Kids are learning about Haiti, doing penny drives, and learning. Perhaps it’s more complicated than simply seeing this as a negative event, but instead it’s part of a larger drama involving our weaknesses and need to learn, and a willingness of others to sacrifice transient material concerns to symbolize the plight of those in the third world.

    • How true! I’d like to think this compassionate response is the first sign of us who have so much being willing to help change the world for those who have so little. It is very hard to be our higher and best selves when we are stuck in a place where we can’t provide shleter, clean water or nourishing food for our children, where we can’t even leave because we don’t have the means to do so. Thanks, Scott, for your insight.

  3. Availability of material goods may or may not be the answer to third world countries. Some have very little but find joy in life anyway, whereas others allow envy to make them bitter. Rwandans were warned not to be hateful, but didn’t heed the warning with horrendous results. (I saw a video of the warning that wsn’t heeded). I’ve given money to ministries who distributed goods directly to the people whereas moneys given to Third World governments still end up in the coffers of the ruling individuals or parties. Helping Third World countries isn’t all that easy, but I sure am thankful that Haiti is getting a lot of help at this time.

  4. The U.S. ruled, tortured, and destroyed Haiti for decades. In 1913 Wilson ordered the Marines to invade the island. The military commander tore up the existing government’s relatively benign system, and wrote a new constitution for the island—one that favored U.S. interdiction in every possible way—and he even dictated it to his secretary. It wasn’t until 1947 that economic control over the island was returned to Haitians. Then in the 50’s we set up ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier. Again the Marines returned to run the ‘civil service’ but in fact they acted as the strong-arm for Duvalier. This continued until he died and was replaced by his son, who was pushed aside by the Reagan administration because even they saw what an international embarrassment the situation had become. If anyone is reaping the seeds of evil here, it is us. We will be paying to put this nation that we squeezed dry back together for decades to come. And we deserve every cent it costs us. Despicable, ignorant, ahistorical post. Read a book.

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