“I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ― Chaim Potok, The Chosen
Sadly, the word contemplation is and has been rubbed out by the desire to transcend our ordinary lives and morph into a superhuman being; I was going to say something more extraordinary but I'm not sure that's true. If there's a theme to the whole personal development paradigm it's the unholy obsession with being all you can be.
And what, I hear you say, is wrong with that?
I don't know; but you might look around you and ask why, with all this exhortation, advice and volumes of information, haven't we figured out what's truly, deeply important?
What you mean climbing the greasy but never-ending pole, consuming and not thinking about tomorrow isn't the name of the game?
Of course it is.
I generalise (for effect...!) but the truth is we never or rarely stop to sit with what's arising, and just...listen.
Oh, now we are; but it's too little, too late in that what is now manifesting across the globe isn't something that couldn't have been predicted. (If you're interested to know where climate change and/or the earth's degradation might fit into the current narrative then you can do worse than read this piece by Professor Jem Bendell.)( Collapse )