My interest in history brought me to recognise that mankind repeats the same errors of his forebears. Man's capacity for learning how not to repeat those mistakes is not very strong unless he makes a determined effort. The problem seems to me to have been 'how' (along what set of rules) to make that effort. The answers are there - if only we would look with desire ... and have faith ...
"Your political viewpoint IS your spirituality demonstrated." (Jim Wallis)
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Dear Reader, One very kind correspondent and friend this week sent me a video on the topic of carpe diem - to seize the moment. One particular phrase in it rather stuck out for me. This was:
Yesterday is history - tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift: it is a present!
I would - in a mystical fashion - add:
Today is also pre-sent!
The whole idea of the present being so important is an essential theme within all the great religious philosophies, particularly in the Indian-sourced religions: Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, but can be found in others too, such as Zoroastrianism and Taoism.
Strangely enough, Christianity and Islam are fairly quiet on the topic - they rely more on scripture rather than philosophy - but the inference is still there.
To put it another way: "what's the use of worrying, you know it ain't worthwhile..." as the poor Tommies sang on the way to the Western Front over 100 years ago.
And, another homespun bit of philosophy: "you can't change what has passed you by...". Even if you visit an old haunt that you've not visited for many years, it's never the same again in any case.
The fact is - simple isn't it? - thatit iswhat we do right now that will impact what happens in the future. We are given free will to determine the future we want, so - to think about it - perhaps we should examine our hearts right now(the heart is part of the thinking system that is within us) and determine from that what it is we wish to achieve - and keep that as the target through every minute of the day (and the night, if you don't sleep!).
So - unfortunately - if we worry about the future then it is more than likely it is worry that we will get. Do we want that? Of course not.
"Seizing the moment" may be expressed in different ways by different people, but, I would suggest, to obtain the best outcome from COVID-19, we should use the moment to envisage the best possible outcome.
What is yours? Mine would be to change the way we live while we have the opportunity. To revert to more simplicity and preserve and improve upon the huge reduction - some 17% - in the world's air pollution that has been achieved during this pandemic. And, while we are at it, change the way in which we package 'stuff' - to move away from plastic containers. The River Nile cannot take any more! Nor the oceans...
Everyone keeps asking about the economy - will it recover? The answer is that if the effort is put into recovering the economy we did have, then we have a bleak future.
Consume considerately; plan for change; save the Earth and its occupants.
There is definitely a significant call for a change in the way we do things. Even TIME magazine says so in their recent article. But is all this just talk - where is the serious thinking about what kind of life - what kind of civilisation - do we want, or what do we consider we should evolve towards? Do we have a concrete - real - idea of what the word 'civilisation' should mean? Can peace be achieved?
As far back as Plato and from Thomas More and Francis Bacon to H.G. Wells, there have been many who have put forward their ideas of what an ideal world would mean. Karl Marx constructed an 'ism', and we have suffered many other forms of 'ism's since, most notably the relatively recent 'Thatcherism'. Revolutions, as exemplified in France and Russia, did not produce satisfactory results.
None of these ideas and events seems to have properly considered the underlying issue at hand - that people are not robots to be moved around as on a chessboard, …
Well, nothing seems to be working, does it? Brexit, having failed to happen despite a "Do it or bust" bluster from the P.M., continues to hog the headlines while the huge matter of Climate Change is relegated almost to page 3 material. Worryingly also, is the increasing sense of aggression in the world, locally indicated by the large group of women MPs who now seem keen to stand down because of the violence thrown at them by extremist trolls and others.
Some are saying that since Brexit came to the fore in 2016 that society has become more polarised and is the main cause of the aggression just mentioned. But I put it more down to the time in the 1980s and after when the "me, me" society was encouraged - and by a woman MP, indeed: the famed Maggie Thatcher. That period under her stewardship is for me worthy of great study, for I feel that is the time when One Nation Politics seriously started to decline, though it was a partly understandable reaction to …
I have to be honest and say the following essay is a crib. It was mailed to me from Humanity's Team, but I wanted to share this with you, linking - as it does in a transcendental way - with my post of last week:
probably familiar with the ways imagery of Light has been used
throughout recorded history to explain spiritual concepts.
We’re told things like, “Let your light shine before humankind,” and “Light doesn’t attack darkness; it shines it away.”
while these metaphors can be critically important for our initial
understanding of the ways of Spirit, they can also be limiting when used
exclusively to describe the spiritual experience of being human.
that in mind, and with the current unfolding of the global Black Lives
Matter movement, I believe the time has come to more fully explore the
“Divinity of Darkness.”
Oneness means there is no separation. Each person of every color and all colors of life are fully Divine.
spite of this truth, …