The Madness of Our World

David Price
4 min readOct 26, 2022
Carlos Quevedo

…if you’re lucky you’ll come to a crossroads and see that the path to the left leads to hell, that the path to the right leads to hell, that the road straight ahead leads to hell and that if you try to turn around you’ll end up in complete and utter hell…

- Peter Kingsley, In the Dark Places of Wisdom.

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Many people who are going through the early stages of the awakening process are no longer certain what their outer purpose is. What drives the world no longer drives them. Seeing the madness of our civilization so clearly, they feel somewhat alienated from the culture around them.

~Eckhart Tolle

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“In modern cultures the brain is celebrated as the seat of intelligence, the interpreter of the senses and controller of behavior. Yet, ancient people were more intrigued with the heart as the source of life and seat of the soul….

“Whoever remains narrow of vision cannot be big of heart,” was the way that ancient Chinese sages saw it….”

…We are living amidst a crisis of imagination in which a majority of people fail to see the interconnectedness of all of life and fail to find the inner vision of their own heart and soul….

…“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens,” was the advice of Rumi, that great poet of the heart. Unless we let go of fixed ideas, rigid attitudes and received beliefs there is no room for the spirit of life to enter….

At this critical time on earth, the world needs genuine vision as well as great imagination to initiate meaningful changes in all areas of culture and nature.
Changing our mutual fate requires a greater way of seeing, a deeper way of being…

- Michael Meade

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I think Michael Meade has put his finger on the central issue of our time, our blindness to the interconnectedness of everything and our failure to see, love and care for it. This is our suffering and it’s on both an individual and a global scale. Kingsley is describing how it feels to arrive at the point of crisis where we are trapped by our unconscious smallness.

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.