Archive for September, 2017

181– What do I really Love?

Friday, September 15th, 2017

I love humankind. I love the incredible beauty, complexity, dexterity, ingenuity of the human being. I love our boundless capacity for love, for tenderness, for compassion, for imagining the unimaginable and, oftentimes, making it real. I love our ability to see patterns in Nature, to feel awe in the presence of beauty, and create beauty as never heard or seen before. I love what we can do with our own bodies, shaping them, making them stronger, healthier, pushing them into challenging environments, making love with them, slowly, not just to impregnate like most animals, but to feel pleasure and give pleasure. I love the fact that we are born out of the bonding of two cells from we inherited the gift of language, the urge to survive, the want for learning, the need for love, the curiosity to look at ourselves and wonder about our destiny.

Yet I cringe at our capacity to reach the most atrocious levels of cruelty, intolerance, hate, deceit, destruction; our capacity to kill our own, not for sustenance like most animals, but out of hate, barbarism, greed, envy, and, oftentimes, killing our own in the hundreds and thousands without remorse but pride in the repugnance of our actions. I cringe at the capacity of the human being to use fear and deceit to incite the destruction of other cultures and beliefs for the sole purpose of appeasing our fears.

I do believe that human beings are born with certain inherited capacities –  language, curiosity, love. But no one, absolutely no one is born with the capacity to be hateful, destructive, cruel; these capacities are incited through continued and premeditated oppression, brutality, torture, abuse, ridicule, humiliation, which can be most damaging and lasting when imparted during the vulnerable and impressionable formative years of early childhood.

Yet I marvel at exceptional human beings who go through unbearable emotional and physical experiences and manage to muster the courage to turn themselves instead into creators of incredible forms of beauty: Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Milton’s Paradise Lost. These individuals, to name a few, have shown us that great beauty can sometimes be the result of great pain.

There is no escape from the fact that modern human beings are a consequence of a primordial evolutionary process, a consequence of an ascending universal force that has brought into Life the miracle of conscious self-reflection. We are the recipients of this miracle. And so, I believe that humankind’s destiny is not to incite hate and oppression but to propagate and deepen the knowledge of the incredible beauty of what we have come to be, what we have come to possess.

Believing in this is what I love.

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180 – My Life Meanders between Opposing Complements of Existence

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Right <>  Wrong

Temporary <>  Lasting

Supple <>  Rigid

Free <>  Dependent

Creative <>  Destructive

Knowledge <>   Ignorance

Tolerance <>  Prejudice

Dynamic <>  Passive

Organized <>  Chaotic

Self-determined <>  Pre-determined

Conscious <>  Instinctive

Open  <>  Closed

Love  <>  Hate

Courage <> Fear

Happiness  <>  Terror

Compassion  <>   Cruelty

Feminine  <>  Masculine

Health  <>  Illness

Pleasure  <>  Pain

Truth  <>  Deceit

Light  <>  Darkness

Life  <>  Death

Etc., etc.

My Life flows like a river meandering between opposing yet complementary facets of existence as I choose, oftentimes consciously but mostly by instinct, which side to lean towards or move away from. There are times when I measure which side is strongest, which one weaker, which side can change my life, which one just a day. There are times when a side has the power to overtake me, prejudice, for instance, instead of tolerance, and times when I have the power to overtake them, courage, for instance, instead of fear. There are times when moving towards a side makes me feel ugly and scared while moving towards the opposite side makes me feel beautiful and happy.

It is uncanny and utterly fascinating to be able to look back into my past and recollect and examine the decisions I made and those that were made for me; remembering how sometimes the push and pull of opposing sides led me into corners and sometimes into open doors.

My capacity to examine events that shape my Life and the strength of the forces behind those events led me to delve into the world of the primal instincts that urge me to survive, to bond, to engender, to learn, to love, as well as the world of the spirit that endows me with the power to manipulate those urges and the wisdom to know when to let them conquer me. This capacity makes me realize what a wondrous creature I am; it gives me insight into the ingenious forces that created me from the bond of miniscule cells that already knew how to meander between the opposing complements of existence     and choose.

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