January 5th, 2021

Waking up

“One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.”
J. Krishnamurti

It's hard to find the right words to deal with today's title. 

I'm afraid (i.e. you'll write me off — forever) that my writing might come out a little too spiritual, a little too much off the beaten path of our (often) emotionally-charged, ordinary lives and, well, a little too unnecessary — given where we're at right now.

But still, there's also a sense that unless we begin (or we may have already tried and failed) to consider our current state of consciousness and what it means for the world, that no amount of right-thinking is going to move the anthropocentric needle out the red zone. 

Quoting the late Krishnamurti (that's Jiddu, not U.G.) is another example of where my generation appears to have missed a trick, namely a lot of what they're seeking — at least in words — has already been said. In spades. In fact, I think I read somewhere that the archive of his written work is somewhere in the region of 20 million words and that does not include the hours and hours of audio and film/video content. Not that I'm any expert but from what I've read, he makes the very valid point — I'd say somewhat overwhelming point — that if, collectively, we were to wake up, the world would be a very different place:

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“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.”
Milan Kundera

My tweets

  • Mon, 13:00: Lots of companies will have reported on a range of environmental matters, including GHG emissions, but I wonder how many have seen that exercise as a way to ReImagine the business and how it might operate sustainably or better still regeneratively for the next (say) 100 years?
  • Mon, 15:57: Hopefully, the Furlough scheme will become a Universal Basic Income. Mind you, I'm not holding my breath.
  • Mon, 16:01: Met an old friend of the family today -- socially distanced of course -- who dropped off some logs. Sounds like he's never been busier. It did get me thinking about my next career move. I quite fancy learning how to use a chainsaw. And being outdoors suits me tbh.
  • Mon, 16:04: I already know this is a going to be epic. https://t.co/67SbWYiYi5
  • Mon, 19:04: We're too often persuaded of how we should live our lives by manifesting a series of extrinsic markers. Sadly, though, we're rarely invited (or even told) that the inner journey (know thyself...) is the most or more important thing to focus on. I wonder why that is?
  • Tue, 04:28: Good morning. Another day, another $ -- or whatever else it brings. #blessed #grateful #writing https://t.co/BYXHf0Cby8
  • Tue, 06:00: “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” ― Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
  • Tue, 06:59: Waking up https://t.co/3ocJ0BmQkp / Today's little blog post. I hope it's a little less sombre than yesterday's post but then again... https://t.co/ZdVzPsacNf
  • Tue, 07:30: Imagine lawyers swearing an oath, much like the Hippocratic oath (see https://t.co/339IlrSHEb), to do no harm. And that would include or more especially their own welfare!
  • Tue, 09:48: Life needs to get much simpler. Or at least that's how I see things right now.
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