258 – I cannot Stop Wondering Why …

I cannot stop wondering why, with all the technological advances we have made, with all the scientific knowledge we have accumulated, with all the wisdom great minds have taught us, we still insist on perpetuating a paradigm in which we perceive Nature as something alien and separate from us. This is the reason why, because we cannot see the wind softly blowing around us nor understand it as a form of Life that gives us life, we poison it.

For the sake of a simple analogy, let me compare us to some stubborn little fish that, because he cannot perceive water as the medium that gives him life, thinks he has a separate existence from it. But fish him out of the water, and he is dead in minutes. We are not much different. Supporting destructive ideologies like ‘limitless consumerism’ and ‘unlimited growth’, we tenaciously cling to the belief that we can ravage the environment that gives us life because we think we can exist without Nature.

It is easy yet disturbing to see why this old paradigm has taken such a stronghold on us. Amid all the destruction they bring upon our world, we have not gotten over the fallacy of Descartes’ separation of mind and body, nor those religious beliefs that enslave us under fear and ignorance with empty and deceitful promises, nor those political and economic ideologies that brainwash us into promoting the devastation of the same environment that sustains us and gives us life.

The truth the promoters of these fallacies are afraid to acknowledge is that Nature – atoms, the Universe, us – is a unity. But in the urge to perpetuate their dominance over us, our institutions of learning and governance are unable to accept this unity and the fundamental part we play in it. It is thus that, to our detriment, they either ignore it or deny it.

I cannot say it enough: Our current beliefs are based on destructive fallacies. And under the dominance of institutions bent on promoting them for their selfish benefit, it is about impossible for us to comprehend the beauty and significance of being human in a deeply interconnected Universe. And yet, this is what we are.

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2 Responses to “258 – I cannot Stop Wondering Why …”

  1. Mundo says:

    Dear Kirk,
    What a beautiful insight into the nature of what I do. Yes, I do focus on trying to understand the wonders of our Universe because I see how interconnected we are with all of Nature, and how beautiful we are, and how precarious our survival is without knowing it.
    You are absolutely right. At the individual and communal levels, there is compassion, understanding, tolerance, love, but at the larger level of the species, we are divisive, racist, cruel, aggressive, selfish; and these characteristics, magnified under our exponential growth, overwhelm our love and compassion, and are destroying us. It is as essential for humankind that you continue to express the humanitarian, perceptive, loving individual you are, as it is essential that I continue with my search for a better world through the understanding of what we are in the universal scheme.
    It is wonderful hearing from you. You give me a much needed perspective. Thank you. Mundo

  2. Hkirk Willard says:

    Hello hello again I have a comment on this blog. First the note that you still write well and communicate both thoughts and feelings. On the feelings, I am sad for your angst over a disappointment in our living yet quite glad that it propels you to continue proclaiming your vision.
    However 2 things — listen to my religious/spiritual view AND consider my encouragement. As of now I have been told of the many wonders of our created universe down to far smaller that the COVID-19 protrudances to this concept of expanding galaxies. You know similar. Now overlay a story of a person who suggests that if we love others we have a life meaning and sense of living with others. Ahh yes it is a weird story that includes many elements that we do not like just now but I accept that this story likely assists in improving communal living. So I say to all, I have seen things that you do well and hope that you enjoy life & others right where you are now.

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