2/2/23 – The quest for stability in a destabilized world
Hi everyone, one small correction: I forgot to indent the long quote from Indrajit Samarajiva, which begins "We keep piling on more and more information..." It's the tenth paragraph in the essay. I've fixed it in the archive. Thanks!
George Leonard once wrote, "Life has its own urges, and only so much patience with the status quo." Hopefully, as the new normals collapse under the weight of their own self-cannibalism, their residue will provide fertilizer for emergence of us humans to express a manner of creating wholeness with this planet. Thank you, Jason, for your encouraging service of awakening.
Oh, I forgot to mention Anicca, a Buddhist concept. Things change. Our best reaction to this may be to transfer our love for the old and passing world to the new one. To just love all being no matter how changed. Not a popular idea, but there's probably some wisdom in it. It isn't a counsel of passivity however; we still must honor our values and fight to uphold them.
I don't want to seem a flatterer, but Jason you really are a tremendously good writer and your essays, along with Code Reds are much awaited in our house.
I was born in the slow time, and actually was a cloistered monk for a while, but the vows of stability I couldn't honor with my love of travelling in this beautiful world. When I traded robes for Levi's, and traveled, it was always to the quiet places, the empty land of silence and slow time, as far from the world of hectic busy minds as I could get. I'm still that way. At heart, one could say I am a 12th century Tibetan monk born in this speeded up, catastrophic time. But things may still work out for the best. I saw a black and white photograph of the beach near Newport, Oregon at the turn of the century (19th to early 20th) and it was unrecognizable: power lines, vehicles driving on the beach, an industrial landscape. But now it is pristine again, just the clean sands, beach grass, and wheeling gulls. So there's hope for us still.
Mollyhawk - thank you for my word of the day.