Destiny Bends Toward Wisdom

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Painting by Albert Bierstadt

I would say that I can’t hide from another human being at any moment. I’ve got to be really present in shared awareness and in love. Where they are is their problem, but I’ve got to be fully available in every moment.
Now the question is, is that a burden?

It’s only a burden if you hold onto the stuff, otherwise, you’re just sitting in emptiness all the time…

Our culture is so obsessed with personality and individuality. We have two places we gotta go, one is to awaken to the fact that we’re a part of the system — we’re a part of families and communities, and an ecosystem, and that’s a fundamental identity for us, as much as our individualism, and if we don’t awaken to that, we basically don’t survive. Humans get done in.

The other is that we have to go out of our separateness into the place that I’ve been talking about. Those are the two jobs we have on Earth at this moment. — Ram Dass

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Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it.
To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it.
With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy,
our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness — and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse… ~ Arundhati Roy

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He (Nietzsche) advises, rather, “love of the farthest”: instead of cultivating bonds with those closest to us, we should seek connections with those who are different, those who can help us broaden our horizons. — Corina Stan

Using logic to predict the future, it’s obvious we’re doomed. Umair Haque, who writes on Medium, spells it out in excruciating detail. He’s good at showing how and why there’s no way out, for Americans especially. I don’t disagree that we have set up a trap for ourselves and that there’s no obvious way out, but no one knows the future.

Life on earth is full of twists and turns, chills and spills. But influences come to bear at crucial moments that were invisible until they arose spontaneously from hidden sources.

I wouldn’t be too sure that we’re looking at the end of history.

While the malefactors are trying to kill us all with their “best laid plans”, there are others in the mix who don’t get any press but who have something to contribute. These are people with vision and heart that nobody’s ever heard of, ready to step forth. I know Biden is no FDR, but people of good will are coming together, compromising and joining forces. It’s no secret that we’re in an emergency, that things have come to a head.

Precisely because things are suddenly so dire and urgent, we now have a situation where the best is no longer the enemy of the good.

I like Umair Haque because he lays out a picture of our situation with clarity. I don’t draw the same conclusion that some of his readers might, that we’re done, it’s over and there’s no hope.

“Instead, a chain reaction of disease, poverty, depression, and dysfunctionality has now ignited. And it’s going to last, probably, you reckon, for most of the next decade.” Umair Haque

I was born in 1940. My father was a New Deal social democrat, born in 1906. He saw the writing on the wall in the ‘30’s and what radical changes had to be made for life to be liveable for most people in America.

Education, social security, medicare, all those gains were hated by a good thirty percent of the US populace. He always predicted another great depression and that we would have to refight those same battles for those same basic rights.

Maybe we’re going to have to refight some battles we thought were won. I believe we will win again, just as we did in the 30’s, but without a conflagration, I hope. Good people have a hard time imagining just how stupid and evil a goodly segment of humanity is, but once it’s proven beyond a doubt that certain people will happily consign you to the crematorium if it serves their pocketbook, they will act. We can still vote, as difficult as it is if you’re the wrong demographic or color.

So, here we are. I think we’re going to have to learn our lesson all over again, but I think we will come out better on the other end, older but wiser.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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