I want to follow up on what I wrote about Friday. I am pretty pissed off about how bad things have gotten. So what now?
First, you get mad (react) and then after you’ve calmed down, it’s time to take a look at how you would actually like things to be. Take some time, daydream and imagine anything. I’m not asking you to imagine how to fix what’s broken but to really look at how it could be, how you would like it to be… for reals.
Honestly, I think people are very hesitant to do this. And I’m not even talking about doing anything but just sitting down and dreaming up something new. We can’t do something if we can’t even imagine it. If you don’t think it’s possible, it doesn’t stand a chance.
Once we can imagine it though, the next step is even scarier – taking action. The main reason people stay rooted in unpleasant situations is fear of the unknown. This sucks but it could suck a lot worse. Or as Shakespeare put it, this “…makes us rather bear those ills we have, than fly to others that we know not of. Thus Conscience does make Cowards of us all.”
It’s OK to be afraid but it’s not okay to be paralyzed with fear. So let’s just stick with step one for now. What would your world look like if you were its creator?
If you were creating an imaginary society, how would you go about it? Since it’s a collection of people, I would want to create the greatest good for the greatest number. Tribal societies used to be like this. Perhaps we could go back to a similar arrangement but instead of racial or ethnic groupings, we could group ourselves into something even more cohesive. When a group of like-minded people get together, they can create amazing things.
“The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I’m against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.” – Robert Frost
Humanity will not evolve beyond this place we are now unless we look out much farther, beyond “my” wants and needs. It’s time to look at “our” wants and needs. Science is beginning to prove what the great spiritual teachings have been telling us all along – everything is connected, everything is one.
My stomach and my heart are different but they are both me and without them I’m nothing. Life, the Universe and everything is connected and if one part isn’t working, it can impact the rest. We are impacting our planet and not currently in a sustainable or nurturing way. We’re shitting where we eat, so to speak.
Some will continue to argue that our system is not bankrupt; that it’s the best way to do things (the only way, they may tell you). But if you’ve been paying attention, you know that’s not true. It’s time to let it go and try something new. We’ve all heard the definition of insanity. If not, here it is again.
I can imagine all kinds of amazing things. Can you? John Lennon gave us a great way to get started.
Some books that might help you see more clearly
Ismael by Daniel Quinn
Collapse by Jared Diamond
A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen
The Twilight of American Culture by Morris Berman
Running on Emptiness: The Pathology of Civilization by John Zerzan