I have so much to say these days, and this time around it is starting to make me uneasy. Maybe I should stop reading the news and return to having my smarter friends provide a more familiar and thoughtful interpretation of the events through their filters. I can always count on them to tell me what they are thinking and concluding when something important happens. This allows for more of a shared & essential approach to the conjured up sensationalism and controlled reporting of mainstream media since these friends are critical enough to filter the useless info out of our exchanges. Problem is that most of them are starting to keep to themselves under the growing confusion, contradictions and added restrictions of these times. No one really wants to discuss, let alone get together and speculate too deeply on what could happen if we don't get back to what we had as a more social way of life during what we can now affectionately recall as our forsakened familiar normality.Chris Silver wrote: ↑Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:54 amWell, guaranteed the Band-Aid has been pulled off of the consumable rut and decadence of our existence. We have been forced into change be it both positive and negative.
In many ways, this year has been a refreshing awakening.
Life is like a game of chess. Sometimes you win, eventually you lose. Enjoy playing while it lasts.
I think alot more people than we think are starting to freak out inside. It may only be a matter of time before those with less self-control and who lack the steady consciousness of being alive amongst others will eventually translate their disorientation, despair, and angst into action. Maybe a civil climate will continue to prevail as the government provides the appropriate dose of sedation and/or rubber bullets & pepper spray for those who can no longer see any sense to their lives because their routines are not coming back in the same fashion as before. The new world which is still very much in flux is no longer something they can understand or follow, let alone accept, so they simply react based on the old values for some sense of stability.
The band-aid Chris talks about in his quote above has indeed been removed and has exposed how non-essential most of the work we do to earn a "living" in this system really is. The fact that work and money is generally validated as worthwhile via the ability to acquire goods, property, status and private leisure and is suppose to be the measure which convinces us that we are doing well should be a dead giveaway. It is now clearer to more & more of us that all this crap (the making of and the purchasing of and the disposal of and the recycling of) is just stuff to keep us busy until we age and eventually "check out" leaving little trace of anything worth a damn except a truckload of stuff and maybe some offspring as replacement cogs. It is a hard thing to admit, let alone grasp - the idea that we are basically just tools for all this stuff going round and round.
That is where the last phrase of the edited quote above starts to make a new kind of sense. Finding ourselves alive and looking for meaning in this pandemic as small "b" beings is challenging at best. Unfortunately most "little brains" often refuse to accept their own insignificance as a starting point even in the face of a wider understanding of life from a big "B" Being perspective. There seems to be less individualistic arrogance when we wrap our heads around how Big life is, but first we must let go of what we have been led to believe. That is the starting point for getting out of that pathetic cycle of consumption described above. First admitting the void of meaning in what we have been told was meaningful (going to school, becoming domesticated, making lots of money, then planning for "the golden years" etc.) and now, through this pandemic seeing that all of what we were told was vital to our well being can start to erode in less than 6 months and start falling apart, and we are not done yet by any means. We need to be injecting new meaning and values as fast as we can into the things that are changing and being blatantly exposed by the removal of the band-aid which we applied over our way of life (especially in America) after the second world war. Yes, they were prosperous times after all the death and destruction which brought on the baby boom and the renaissance that followed in the 60's, but right now we are in the shitty part of that cycle. It will take time to get to the other side of a better life. It is a long process and cycle that will have to run its course regardless of those who still think that they are so important and essential to life carrying on in the way they want it to, we are not that important.
As we move forward, the real danger continues to lurk in stupidity and carelessness and reactionary behaviour which are all specialties of the little brains in this landscape of eroding values and beliefs. Stupidity in this climate is now becoming more deadly. It use to be laughable for the most part, but now it is turning into a hazard via loud exclamations & bold actions that can sometimes result in claiming other peoples lives who often had nothing to do with whatever was troubling the little brains that were not able to process some information or begin to understand what was happening to them inside or out because of an overabundant intake of whatever they interpreted via their limited filtering capacity and education, or complete lack thereof.
With routines coming back into focus precariously, and very little tasting the same as it did previously, many are still desperately trying to hang on to some sort of anchor as instability and social unrest keeps growing. For each one of us who believes in getting to the next renaissance, it will take a busload of courage and resolve to stay the course of steady actions allowing for process. Essentially, the path is now to bullshit oneself and others who you care about who may be having a difficult time into thinking that life is worth living these days and give yourselves reasons to stay the course even if we don't know where this is going to end up. In a sense, it is just life making an adjustment and where & when it stops nobody knows. The condition of life has been bestowed on billions and billions and trillions of various beings. Having been thrown into it means nothing at all in itself, well at least until you make it mean something. So accepting this involuntary plunge means dealing with this type of crap and accepting uncertainty. We need to get to the next renaissance somehow, whether it begins to dawn in a year from now or in five, we need to go through this phase, even as many more of us than we know are having a rotten time. In any case, the older ones of us know that life just ends up becomes a maintenance program in the later years and that process becomes key to staying with it. Maybe there is something the younger wilder gens can learn from that in this here and now since we are asking them to give up part of what makes them thrive.
None of us should expect to generate much joy as an immediate goal these days, it can not take root, let alone sustain itself in this here climate. Mostly because of not having too many other people around you to uphold & nourish the concept of joy and peace and well being. These are tough concepts to fabricate, promote and maintain on your own. Quite the tough order this joy thing, but in the end, that is the reason we stay alive. Again, joy is a difficult state to maintain outside of a stable environment, however it will easily grow, prosper and survive during a renaissance. This pandemic has divided us in so many ways other than the obvious physical distancing we must practise. It has given our social nature a real kick in the pants, and the pain of that blow is reaching our brains now. And as stated somewhere before, there will be no dancing or body english nor jumping about for a good while yet.
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