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The falcon cannot hear the falconer.
Things fall apart the centre cannot hold.
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
The blood dimmed tide is loosed…
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand,
Surely the second coming is at hand.

William Butler Yeats

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Projections change the world into the replica of one’s own unknown face.

Carl Jung

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“No one can find a safe way out if society is sweeping toward destruction. Therefore, everyone, in their own interests, must thrust themselves vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern: the interests of everyone hangs on the result.”

— Ludwig Von Mise

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“Because our greatest gifts and deepest wounds reside in the same area; because the resurrection of old pains can be so fearful and painful, people need to be reminded in diverse ways that the inner dream of life, the wise word set within and the psychic gold are the natural inheritance of each human soul. Because it is so easy to forget what we so desperately need to remember; old stories talk of golden treasures and great dreams that call us to undertake adventures and pilgrimages that in the end reveal what was within us all along.” — Michael Meade

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“If we weren’t so single-minded about keeping our lives moving and could maybe do nothing for once a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves, of threatening ourselves with death; perhaps the earth could teach us; everything would seem dead and then be alive.” ~Pablo Neruda

How can we emerge from this emergency created by our own blindness? Is it even possible? Thank God we have a little respite from our frantic rush forward over the metaphorical cliff. Finding the way forward is more than finding the key to the Coronavirus. It’s in getting quiet enough to recognize we are the beast at the door. We ourselves are the culprit.

We humans threaten life on Earth because we are creating disaster straight out of our greed and blinkered vision. The world will not be saved by tricking or fending off the virus, although we do need time to get our bearings and take a more holistic approach to our dilemma.

In the end, if we are going to respond adequately to this emergency, we’ll have to mutate into kinder, more caring animals. We are animals, after all, so-called “conscious” animals. How conscious is the question.

I read a few writers who predict the worst, who think we’re about to see a wholesale collapse of civilization along with demise of a stable and sustainable climate. They describe in horrifying detail exactly how that will happen. Using logic, you can follow the argument, nodding your head until the very end.

And yet, there’s something missing.

Perspicacious humans not withstanding, predicting the future is a risky game. Deciding now, even taking all evidence into account, what the future will bring doesn’t allow for surprises. Surprises have always played a big part in human events. Things come out of left field that no one saw coming.

We certainly will be well served to recognize the harm we are doing and try to stop doing it, but the thing we need to look at is why we act so destructively. The crux of our problem is not simply because we don’t connect cause and effect, it’s because we don’t care to. We want to be free to kill, to remain indifferent to the suffering of others.

We want to keep our eyes closed as long as possible. We don’t want to know or have to care. There’s where the issue originates. If the world is mainly populated with such humans, yes, we’re in big trouble.

Those of us who do care and can speak have our work cut out for us.

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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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