When the pace of movement outside a person is greater, quicker, more innovative, creative, determined, focused, and driven toward a goal than the what is within… the bystander is likely to experience this happening as oppression, injustice, unhappiness etc. If Nature drives all life relentlessly toward reinvention and growth, or it disintegrates through its stagnation; the same process holds for the human experience of each individual, people and nation. Move and grow…or be dissolved in the process.
Metaphorically we can venture to think of life experiences this way:
If the “thief” is more creative, diligent and strategic in his desire to break into our house and plunder our articles than we are in our efforts to steadfastly ameliorate our defenses and fortify our homesteads…it is absolute justice if our items are ransacked and confiscated. So you see, the “thief” actually provides a public service in that he helps galvanize the weak (or dissipate them if they refuse to change), strengthen the lukewarm and continually sharpen the advanced. In either case, “the thief” prevents the corrosive lethargy of standstill by compelling constant motion, ingenuity and growth. Such is the “thief” of life experiences that will never relent. Move, change, grow…or be swallowed. For the “thief” always reinvents himself and his strategies without taking breaks. We must do the same if we do not wish to sink.
Only when we change aright will we realize this “thief” is not against us, but is actually our best friend. In time we will even sit with him and expect his arrival in gratefulness. For we have matured to realize he is our greatest helper toward continual inner ennoblement.
~Ikenna Q Ezealah