“A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless.”
― May Sarton
We (now) live in a world where everything needs to be fixed.
The message — 'We Can Do It' — is positively oracular.
And we feed off it to the extent that we're never content or at peace with what we have and what we see, feel and experience.
But look at what it's done for us:
it's created a world of needs and wants, must-haves, and our lens has been skewed to the point where rarely, if ever, do we admit defeat.
The other issue that appears redundant is to question, let alone opine on the root cause of the issue at hand, be that poverty, war or our insatiable desire to consume, at breakneck speed, the world's natural resources. Instead, we offer up a plethora of fixes which create more heat than light.
I've been called (not very often, thankfully) a misanthrope. Perhaps I should acknowledge and accept that there is a part of me that dislikes the humanness that doesn't give a shit about very much. For the record, I'd be lying if I didn't admit to shedding a tear or two at the sight of another mass slaughter of animals, the destruction of a once-pristine forest or another environmental catastrophe all at our hands. As I oft remark: we need nature; nature doesn't need us; and as the early days of Covid19 demonstrated, it's amazing and amazingly resilient if only we'd give it a chance.
I suppose what I'm saying is we need to question all our narratives but especially the one that bestows on us an inalienable right to fix, to correct and to opine on how things should be.
You won't be surprised if I pray in aid my fixation with the world of work where we seem now to have more consultants, coaches, leadership specialists, experts, gurus — yuk, yuk, yuk — and all the rest of the regnant labels to fix every problem under the sun. My answer is simple. You'll never properly fix the workplace whilst it continues to be based on a 19th-century factory model. Also, perhaps we need to accept that, qua humans, we're not suited or adapted to the vicissitudes of work — however it's dressed up. But, hey, what do I know? Not much it seems, given I too tried to offer my advice and great gobs of exhortation in the legal space. Did it make any difference? No. And the reason? Well, the partnership model militates against any form of self-enquiry, let alone freeing people from the tyranny of a time-based model to run and order their working lives.
But enough of my Julian speak.
The point I'm making — in my usual off-hand way! — is to start a very different conversation premised on a more beautiful world that we know is possible. No, I don't mean a world seen through rose-tinted glasses but one where we're not torn asunder by the multitude of issues that are focused only on the human species. If this seems out-of-sorts with everything that shows up in your life — pain, suffering, loss etc. — then I'm sorry but it's my fundamental belief that whilst we continue to focus on our 'me' culture, the less likely it is we'll coalesce around and work together on the world's biggest problems be that climate change, loss of biodiversity, famine or war.
Anyhow, it's that time again. Walk, work and a willingness to wonder. Always to wonder.
Blessings and much love, Ju
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