We are multitudes
“Adam," my brother said, "let's not be the type of people who are afraid to live because we might die.”
― Sarah Henstra
Well, if it were otherwise, we'd all be same.
Then again, as a species, we're not exactly what you'd call enlightened.
Well, look around you and remember, save for nature (and even she has become brutalised) everything is a product of our thinking selves.
We want a mode of transport. Ah, let's invent a smoke-inducing, polluting thingamabob.
We want stuff — lots of it. Well, let's dig up and extract everything in our purview.
Or at least I know I'm way better off than those palaeolithic folk who grubbed around for food and had none of our luxuries.
(Yes, but perhaps their existence was truly sustainable — ours ain't. Not one little bit.)
What am I saying?
We're complex creatures and whilst we can lay claim to making the world a better place (not universally), we've also done great harm.
If only though...we'd reconnect with our deepest, truest selves rather than function on instinct which means we covet, hoard, fight for and want everything we believe is necessary to sustain us. Of course, absent money, or more precisely absorption into the neoliberal project, it's unlikely the case that we'd last very long.
Imagine it: the good life — i.e. being totally self-sufficient — and being at one with nature. That's where I'd like to be but I'm a long way off my chosen shore. Arguably, my boat hasn't even set sail.
In the end, all we can do is ask ourselves whether we're capable of or even want to change our destructive ways allowing for our frailty, brokenness and fear of the unknown?
I sure do, even if, or especially if, I'm imbued with a multitude of contradictions — which I desperately need to work on, question and challenge beyond measure.
Anyhow, it's time to get with the programme.
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