We surely don’t admire a tiger that eats apples and lives as a vegetarian. But if in one leap, with a cow in his mouth, he jumps over a fence twelve feet high, that is a good tiger. And so it is with man.. I came to the conclusion that it is really much more reasonable, or saner, or perhaps more corresponding to the unknown will of the unknown god, that human beings should live what they are, instead of just believing something.
C.G. Jung, Visions, 3 December 1930
“We are daily faced with puppets masquerading as people, blind somnambulists with wads of money for brains, and whiney-needy materialists with possessive fists for hearts. But here’s the thing: it’s not their fault. It’s not our fault. We were raised in a society that is hell-bent on destroying the world and disguising it as production. It’s not our fault we were conditioned to be cogs in a death-machine disguised as noble citizenry. It’s not our fault we were raised cut off from the Great Mystery and, thereby, cutoff from our souls. It’s not our fault our psyche, our need to connect, has been suppressed and stuffed into the furthest reaches of our unconscious, where it festers and poisons us to no end.” — Robert Roskind
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.” — Mary Oliver
Humans can be molded and distorted by a false environment. We can lose sight of our true nature and then wonder who or what we are. We can fake it until we give up trying to make it.
Animals and plants are pretty much obliged to be themselves or die.
We humans are presented with the task of “finding ourselves.” Unless our culture is well grounded, we can become so lost that we never succeed living as our true selves.
Strange, isn’t it? Introspection is required. Some self-assembly is required. Those of us who just accept what we’re given without question are lost from the git-go.
Not only that, inner revolution is not a one time event. We have to watch our tendency to go to sleep and live by habit only. External falsity is incorporated and becomes who we are and how we go forth in the world. Especially in our severed-from-nature way of life it requires courage to search and find how to come alive in the world. We may live our whole lives longing for a meaning we can’t quite locate.
Krishnamurti had a pet dog that he kept at Brockwood. He kept it on a vegetarian diet, poor dog. You just have to shake your head and laugh, sometimes, at things humans do as they try to be spiritual. Who would think it’s so complex, being human. Accepting the status quo keeps you in a superficial state, but there are a million ways to get lost in belief systems that purport to be more intelligent.
Spiritual bypassing is just as common a way to get lost as any other because we want a final answer. We don’t want to have to stay awake. We don’t want to watch without judgement or a ready answer.
The last thing we want is that feeling of not knowing, of having to pay close attention without slapping a ready made final answer on the issue.
The last thing we want is to become intelligent. It’s beginning to dawn on us, however, that there is no other way forward for the human race and the planet we live on.
I think that’s good news.
- Anima Fire is my pub.