Thurman’s spirituality was grounded not only in the beauties of the black experience, but grounded as well in the terrors of the black experience, as only someone living in Florida and Georgia could know them in 1915 and 1920 and 1930. At the same time, it was a spirituality that says: “And knowing all that, I also know that all human beings are one.”
This kind of strange combination of spiritual truth with hard political social truth led one young man in the 1930s to say this about Howard Thurman: “I’m disappointed in him. We thought we had found our Moses. And he turns out to be a mystic.” That’s the spirituality that gets people all riled up.
Source: Borg Cubism
Imagine being Joe Schmo on main street in 1964… Sitting outside a drug store (not a Starbucks) but the fake wooden streetscape of our earlier mental conjuration still remains the same. It’s a time before ‘real’ commercial airline travel — the first flight of a 747 is still 5 years away. The closest thing Joe has to the idea of air travel is a 1st generation airliner like a De Havilland Comet and only then because he heard about it on the radio (My Grandpa worked by the way on the De Havilland Comet decompression investigation), and Black and White TVs are still sold more than colour.
Meanwhile, you tell him this: there exists a separate world of classified technology and just one of those things is a Mach 3 Stealth Plane that can fly to the edge of space.
Do you think you could tell Ol’ Joe this without his hackles being raised? Do you think he’d believe you? There would be much shaking of heads and remonstration. I’m not sure Mr Schmo would accept it at all. It would just bounce off the carefully constructed bubble of Red Reality that he’s unknowingly internalised. At the time it would be indistinguishable to him from UFO reports.
The natural world is neither good nor evil; it is only ‘natural’. Floods, earthquakes, pestilence all are natural phenomena and claim millions of lives every year. This notion was not lost on philosopher John Stuart Mill who said, “Nature impales men, breaks them as if on the wheel, casts them to be devoured by wild beasts, burns them to death, crushes them with stones, freezes them with cold, poisons them by the quick or slow venom of her exhalations, and has hundreds of other hideous deaths in reserve.
”Yet man has always thought himself above all other forms of life – even those of other humans – and ultimately nature as well. In our promethean pursuit to modernise and dominate nature, we are now like aliens on the face of the earth – blaringly unnatural. Everything we do is an attempt to better our own lives or enhance it. The global population is over 7 billion and won’t be anytime soon. Society has created new ways to sustain its capitalistic ways, but to sustain the natural world no one is the wiser. Human activity has commenced the era of the ‘sixth mass extinction’, coming in after the K-T meteor impact that destroyed the dinosaurs. The rate at which this is happening can be explained as thus; on normal baselines for the rate of extinction, about 9 vertebrates (mammals) should have disappeared, since 1900. As of today, 477 mammals have gone extinct since 1900, which should have otherwise taken 10,000 years. All because of man’s inexorable need to surpass nature.
To depend upon the daily news to frame one’s perspective on life and direction is a fool’s game at best and a journey into darkness at worst. One of the best ways to plant the seeds of personal growth and self-transformation is to examine what you do to start your day. Are you spending the morning gazing upon a computer screen in hopes of discovering your “reality” or are you building the foundation to create your reality? What is your “morning ritual trance?”
How we begin our day and end our day determines much about how we navigate the waters of our lives and the storms of the modern world. One of the most important habits to begin to develop is to start one’s day with some type of exercise and inspirational reading / journaling.
Rather than sitting in front of a computer screen scanning the news, one can spend this time invigorating the mind and body clearing away the dross and residue of the modern technological vampire egregore. This can be as simple as journaling daily goals related to training and physical fitness or reading materials which inspire one to rise above the daily limitations imposed by the conditionings of societal belief.
And then there are those who adjust well to their new life. They show few signs of fatigue or regret for turning their lives upside-down. We think the difference is that at some point, either before or during their self transformation, they began moving towards the concept of a more physically rewarding and emotionally healthy future, rather than running away from perceived dangers, real or otherwise. Geographic cures rarely work, while personal transformation often does.
By moving toward an embodied vision of what it means to live well, to be safe and secure, life stops depending upon specific events to occur, or other people waking to join our new herd, for us to be happy, healthy and well adjusted to our new surroundings. When we begin to create our own reality because we want to, rather than because we feel we need to, only then can we free ourselves from the need for constant confirmation that anchored us to the self destructive world we once lived within.
Once we free our mind from the ties that bind us to our chains, we can more easily walk away from the need to be constantly confirmed in an old way of life that is neither natural nor healthy. The reason we desperately seek affirmation is because we all know deep down within our inner being that the old ways are addictive and self destructive. This truth is self evident, regardless how strong our denial may be.
The common thread for those who awaken, yet do not suffer from collapse fatigue, seems to be finding some degree of inner peace. The way forward is always rough, full of roadblocks and potholes, with two steps forward and one (or two) back. It can be a lengthy and frustrating process if we are reluctant participants.
The biggest stumbling block appears to be pangs of loneliness and isolation, the feeling no one really sees life as we do. Most of us find it very hard to function without the affirmation of the herd to assure us we are on the right track. We are programmed from birth to crave verification, especially when what we wish verified is contrary to our very nature.
But at the end of the day, just before we fall asleep, ultimately we are alone in our head. Upon awakening, it remains the same. When facing decisions throughout our day, no matter who else is in our life, we are the only one inside our mind thinking and reasoning through the choices. Once we accept we are indeed ultimately alone, we come to realize we, all of us, are united together in our aloneness. It is then we cease to be lonely. It turns out to find the others we must look within.
Source: Collapse Fatigue | Two Ice Floes