Must life consume?
Is there a way that life can exist without consuming? Is there a way for us to be self-sufficient?
I ask because our survival is dependent on resources which makes it very easy to threaten our very existence, if that’s what it takes to grab your attention.
Words are nice, they can invoke beauty.
An image is really nice, worth a thousand words.
Actually seeing something for yourself in person is worth enough words to write a novel.
The most skilled scribes of all traditions have, since the dawn of writing, tried to truly capture the full value being alive to experience any of it. They are still trying as of this writing.
You want to change the universe? Change the centre (that means you).
(Be forewarned, this post is rather negative. Don’t worry, I got over it.)
The bane of my existence. It is the poison that restricts me. The perception of it has put a damper on so many passions and opportunities. It takes the wind out of my sails. It starves my fire. I have come to seek it, to expect it. I have grown cynical. Whenever I get fired up about an idea or project, I remember there’s probably a reason it won’t turn out as good as it should, so I give up. What’s the point? The world won’t change soon enough for anyone to notice. Nothing I do will have a true effect. I have no way of even knowing if I have any effect at all in the grand scheme of things. I am limited to my tiny little insignificant role and told that it is all I should aspire to fulfill. Yet, I am unfulfilled. Just be a drop in the ocean. Just be a statistic. Stop trying to see the big picture. But if no one looks at the big picture, how will we ever progress beyond accidentally stumbling onto things that work. I am obsessed with looking forward and trying to see what our options are as a species. But this is unreasonable. The general population does not want to see the big picture, and thus frowns upon those who would.
That is the mountain I find before me every time I need to motivate myself. Such futility.
To achieve polish.
I need to learn to bring things to completion. Jumping from one thing to the next is fine, but I need to be able to go back and jump right back into an old thread and return to that state perfectly. Not to avoid doing something new, but to achieve completion. To complete a path and grow from it. To allow the whole world to be given the chance to benefit.
To do good. To achieve polish. To complete a path and grow from it. To allow the whole world to be given the chance to benefit.
I need to learn to bring things to completion. Jumping from one thing to the next is fine, but I need to be able to go back and jump right back into an old thread and return to that state perfectly. Not to avoid doing something new, but to achieve completion. To do good.
Celebrate and nurture things we value. Gathering against something not “you” is division, not unity, Polarization is not assembly.
Polarization is not assembly. If united we stand and divided we fall, then gathering against something not “you” is division, not unity.
These words can easily be misconstrued as “stop standing against us (or some hierarchal head)”, but they mean that celebrating and helping things we value will be more effective…
How can we be individuals and be as one at the same time?
Think of different colours? Isn’t there a distinct difference between yellow and green? Of course there is. Yet when seen on the spectrum, the delineation is not as evident. Only when seen from a distance can we distinguish a gradual separation.
But when seen from even further away, we see all colours blend into unity. The part we see may seem white, but the spectrum extends far beyond our perception. If we pulled back further still (and had eyes evolved to see longer and shorter frequencies), we would see that white itself, though distinct, is but a part of a spectrum.
Yellow may be distinct from green or even ultra violet, but seeing the whole picture reveals that we are indeed all one.
Besides, in the end, it’s all just photons at different frequencies.
Getting one’s passion going may seem difficult when starting from an inactive state, but think of it as starting a lawn mower. It takes quite of bit of energy to crank the engine into a chain reaction. Once it’s going, however, it requires no effort at all to produce plenty of energy and make things happen.
The same with pushing a heavy object. Once you have overcome inertia and the initial friction, it takes much less energy to keep moving.
You just need to do that initial push.
(Blog note: My computer had died and I had no access for some time. Regular posting is now resuming.)
Some principals I have accumulated (this is not an exhaustive list):
- All are equal. None are ever above or beneath another.
- Be kind. Do not harm, take from, or limit another.
- Anyone can do anything they care to. Caring about what you are doing makes it much easier.
- Be mindful of every consequence your actions may have upon all that may be affected.
- Objective understanding opens up options and provides precision in final effect.
- Rationalism and emotions are devoid of significance on their own. Humanity’s blessing is to reconcile and master both.
At their core, humans have a willingness to serve. To love. To give themselves completely.