jusummerhayes

We're (only) human

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

In the beginning, there sure as hell wasn't some superhuman, I-can-be-anything-I-want homo sapien.

Now?

There's nothing we can't do and/or be. Period. (And yet, we've made a right mess of things!)

Then again, we all come into the world the same way. Likewise, we go out the same way — despite the fact that the Billionaires are looking for the secret to everlasting life 🤣🤣. 

When I started out in this world, I wanted to be someone and get somewhere, even though I could barely detect the pulse of this new 'me'. If only I'd understood that to be was the highest form of living. 

What (again) am I trying to say?

We're human, and with that less-than-acute observation comes a whole host of issues but only because or largely because we've a developed brain that allows us to think. Trouble is, it's very impressionable and/or susceptible to the flashing lights of success and the slightly threadbare happiness trope.

Perhaps I hang out in the wrong places or listen to the wrong people but I'm sick to death of seeing material that (in essence) tells us we're all broken and yet fixable or out on the horizon awaits a better, more complete version of us. Really? What's wrong with how you are — all body, mind and spirit? 

And then come the labels. The damn labels? It sure keeps a lot of people busy, first identifying them and then creating a new programme to resolve all the things that ail us. Visit any bookstore, virtual or otherwise, and look at the reams and reams of personal development books. You get my point.

I wonder what would have happen if we crossed out at least 50% of said labels or, indeed, the whole damn lot? Where would that leave us?

True self.

I suspect by now I've lost you. That's fine. What I'm really saying is that there are a few truths, qua humans, we seem to have overlooked but if they were investigated let alone accepted, I'm convinced that we'd fall back to a state closer to bliss-consciousness. The first of these, which is easily verifiable from your own, direct experience is that everything changes. On first blush, you're bound to question what the hell that has to do with anything, material or otherwise, but think about all the things we get caught up in, chief among those our variable and inconsistent thinking. One day we're up, the next down and the rest of the time, well, it's just meh! It would be wonderful if we could think ourselves into a better or more even state but then you'd have to identify the self-directing 'me' that's in charge. And that's where the whole 'free will and choice' edifice starts to look a little suspect. 

To a lot of people, this message looks defeatist, positively nihilistic but trust me, it matters not one iota what I say. You'll do what you do, go where you go and say what you say — labels or no labels.

In the final analysis, all I'm seeking is a token of recognition that we're not separate and different from anything else in nature save our more developed brain (and that's not all sweetness and light) and we don't need to name something to see and appreciate its innate beauty and the full expression of what it is, unadorned by a multiplicity of labels. As Thomas Merton said: "A tree gives glory to God by being a tree." I'm not suggesting that you have to have a faith to understand the import of these words but in essence, if there was more than a superficial understanding of our humanness, I'm convinced the world would be a very different and, I would hope, a better place where we're not constantly chasing another chimaera dreamt up by the advertisers or brand experts.

Take care.

Blessings, Ju.

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