jusummerhayes

A troubled mind

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point

The world you see (apparently) is a product of our collective thinking — now and previously.

Do you like what you see?

And no, I don't mean nature — or whatever you've labelled the natural as opposed to the man-made world.

Time and time again I bear witness to the narrative that implores us to act, to do something different apropos of change — of whatever hue — but rarely do I see the same degree of exhortation when it comes to the inner terrain. 

Why is that?

What are we scared of? 

Surely, (perhaps that's too strong a word but it's at least worth considering the issue) it's our thinking that gets us (and everyone else) into trouble, and it's our thinking that gets us out of trouble.

Perhaps that slogan is too whimsical, too weak on narrative but then again, I'd much rather a dialectic framed around our inner terrain than one that says we've got to change our external circumstances to bring about everlasting happiness, equanimity or whatever else it is we're supposed to devote the rest of lives to achieving.

Of course, if you don't believe in free will and choice — I'd say the jury's still out — then it's all inevitable. Not quite fatalistic, but the way the world is being diminished appears to demonstrate that whoever or whatever has their hand on the tiller has either given up or gone A.W.O.L.

And your point, Summerhayes?

I don't have one. Not really. 

In any event, who cares? Who really cares if the world is a product of our inner machinations (and actions)?

If this, and, indeed, all my writing on the inner life seems to bypass you — i.e. you're just getting on with your life! — then that's absolutely fine, but perhaps there's at least a scintilla of a chance of saving ourselves if only we'd take more seriously the idea that the human spirit and form isn't preprogrammed (as appears the case) to replicate its mistakes of old, regardless of the consequences.

Anyhow, have a wonderful Sunday.

Take care.

Blessings ❤, Ju 

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