Serving Up Solutions

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seemingly for a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order
to give in return as much as I have received.”
Albert Einstein

These days, it seems that many of us are struggling just to get by, doing whatever it takes to make a buck and survive in this world.  However, time and time again, I am reminded that the goal is higher consciousness which can be attained through evolution of the spirit and service to others.

When my father passed away at the age of 84, I connected with some of his friends who reminisced about ‘the old days’.  I learned a few things about my family that I hadn’t heard before.  For example, I hadn’t known that in the late 1800s, my grandfather had a source of fresh spring water on his land so he built a water tower.  After a long hard day of farming, every night before going to bed, he spent time filling the tower with water so that it would flow to the surrounding community the next day.  The local farmers relied on that water for their cattle.  A local dairy relied on that icy cold spring water to cool the milk, cream and butter.  I had known that my father’s family suffered in poverty during the Great Depression and the 2nd World War, and asked, “Did my grandfather charge any fees for supplying the town with water?”  I was amazed when my father’s friend told me that my grandfather had supplied an entire town with water for free.  It struck me that his community in those days was far more collaborative than many of the communities that we see today.  I couldn’t imagine many people today ‘giving away’ fresh spring water, and working hard each night to do it.  Though I knew my grandfather had, at times, needed money desperately to support his family, I suspected he considered the water to be a gift from Mother Earth, who in turn was re-gifting God’s gift of creation to support life.

On the radio today, I happened to hear another story about someone who served the people and worked for the greater good without taking any fees.  Prior to the mid-1920s, diphtheria was the primary cause of death for children under 14.  Gaston Ramon of the Pasteur Institute discovered the key to its defeat in 1924.  However, it was the introduction and free distribution in Canada by Dr. John G. FitzGerald, founder of Connaught Laboratories, that set the stage for eliminating the dreaded disease globally.  Connaught was the first to produce the new toxoid on a large scale and scientifically test its effectiveness during a series of Canadian field trials between 1926 and 1931 – and distribute it for free.

These people who lived in an earlier time had selflessly served their communities because it was the right thing to do.  They did it for free.  What amazing role models for us in these modern times.  Is it time to get back to that?