“Does anything in nature despair except man? An animal with a foot caught in a trap does not seem to despair. It is too busy trying to survive. It is all closed in, to a kind of still, intense waiting. Is this a key? Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.”
― May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

Often, but probably not often enough, I dream of a world at peace with itself.

Or more especially, all of humanity healing the rift between the inner and outer realms that it’s (apparently) been forced to endure.

And then I wonder.

I wonder if that, and that alone, would be enough to:

halt the calamity that’s thundering towards us at breakneck speed?
cease the unending wars and civil unrest?
bring fairness, love and kindness unto all of us, so that we might then live in harmony?
and enable us to give up our obsession with stuff?

But of course, we’re human and right down the ages, it’s clear (at least to my ill-informed mind) that we’ve never been at peace with very much.

Perhaps it is, as so many have opined, that much like terminal cancer, we’ll eventually annihilate each other but of course, along the way, we’ll wipe out much of what remains of earth and all other sentient species.

You can see why there’s so much grief that’s free-floating in the world and, sadly, we’re pretty illiterate in knowing how to: a) hold it; and b) (if there’s even a way) deal with it.

But again, just imagine if there was, not in a science-fiction sort of way, a mass awakening of our deeper selves, the one we feel when we’re close to nature, or looking at a sunset or doing something that brings us to full expression. If it’s not nirvana, it’s at least a way to rid ourselves of the dualistic thinking that’s got us into so much trouble.

Could we hold it I wonder? Possibly, but there again, if you’ve spent any time on this planet one thing seems so bloody obvious, everything changes and that includes our moods, emotions and purview of the world and right now we’ve locked our sights fully on our gadget-obsessed, must-havery which is tearing the planet apart with every passing day.

I know it’s all so sad but having never, or not recently, lived within (our) limits, what did we expect?


— Julian

Spiritual and cultural activist