Here is a dichotomy in my mind…
I can remain calm , through acceptance, self denial, and simplicity. This will include being satisfied with what is, and refusing to desire so to avoid suffering.
Or I can live this life seeking for meaning through prayer, reflection, reading, and studying. Being unsatisfied and wanting more in life, but feeling hopeful and maintaining faith that I will find more satisfaction .
I can let life continue to be without necessarily trying to “find ” God , or live by trying to discover who and what God is and hoping that a divine intervention will come.
What would be the correct path? I can decide to remain calm and accept life as it is, meditating and simply being. I can do this by being aware of the present moment. Living in the here and now. I can also remain calm by refraining from desiring and wanting. Happiness would then be wanting what I already have. Being a minimalist. Believing that less in more. Letting things pass through me… letting go…. without resistance… without judgment. And experiencing peace.
But I am suddenly aware of the injustice of life. I am aware of wars… hunger… terrorism …. and famine. I then become more sensitive to the “evils” that poison this world. I start feeling anger…. frustration…. and disgust. And then I am motivated again to fight for justice and peace.
Which means I cannot just be. I have to move and do something. So the question remains: Should I seek justice and peace? Or should I simply be and accept? Should I turn the other cheek, or fight for equality and justice? Should I remain calm, let go and let God… or should I stand up and take action?
Blessed are the poor in spirit… but also are the ones who fight for justice. Blessed are the meek, the ones who mourn, and the peace makers… but also the ones who reveal the hypocrites, give to the poor, and speak the truth.
Maybe there is a time for everything. A time to fight, and a time to make peace. A time to speak, and a time to remain silent.
Perhaps we are called to act and not act according to the circumstances. According to the needs at the moment. But who decides?
Maybe it does not have to be a dichotomy, but a more fluid, mixed approach of seeking and not seeking according to our calling.