60 – The Human Tragedy – the Human Hope …

The Human Tragedy is that under the domination of a Paradigm based on Greed and Division we have no Vision for our Future … not our own, nor that of our descendants … all we have are ideologies of Consumption and Conflict, which completely disregard the fact that we live in a fragile and limited world. Under these ideologies we have come to surrender our highly evolved and powerful minds into accepting the corrupting idea that the Value of a Human Life is to be measured by what we accumulate and not by what we are. We have thus allowed our lives to be consumed by the forces of Greed and Division, while we witness the impact of the cruelty and deceit and destruction they engender.

It is a tragedy that as an evolving species we once came so close, so close to Self-realization, so close to comprehending that we are Nature, made out of Nature, organized by Nature, given Life by Nature. But the ravishing Greed and hunger for Power of a few have stolen from us the capacity to see beyond our basic needs; driving us into believing that we can destroy Nature without destroying the same environment that gives us Life.

Not long ago there was a Culture that tried to live by three beautiful and wise Maxims: knowledge of oneself, moderation, and avoidance of dogmatism. During its short lifetime, before it was destroyed by Greed and Division, this Culture produced minds of the caliber of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras, Anaxagoras, Democritus; minds whose visionary ideas still live with us today. Under the beauty and wisdom of a rational and creative Set of Maxims, this Culture came up with a Vision for Humanity based on Freedom of Inquiry about the Human Experience without dogmatic limitations. Although far from perfect, this Vision is the highest summit reached so far by the Human Mind; it proves to us that we have what it takes to create a better world than the one imposed on us by the destructive ideologies of Consumption and Conflict.

Engulfed by dogmatic limitations in most current aspects of Human Knowledge … only what can be measured is encouraged in “scientific” analysis, Consumerism is the unbending and coercive force behind higher Education, religious beliefs override rational thinking and free inquiry … we are unacquainted with the most powerful instrument there is, the Human Mind, ignorant of how our bodies generate it and obey it and give it purpose; ignorant of how a bunch of cells come together to fathom the unknown and imagine the Future.

Today we know that our bodies are made out of some 70-80 trillion cells (give and take a few trillion), and we know that some 100 billion of those cells are neurons in our brains. We know that these myriad elements come together, like the trillions of solar systems in a galaxy, to give us substance, and a cohesive and dynamic structure, and a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and transform our world and be transformed by the process of Existence. What we don’t know is how they instill in us Wonder, and Empathy, and the Passion to Know, and the Courage to Change, and the Imagination to create brand new Ideas. What we don’t know is how, as our bodies change and grow into Life, these myriad little entities inside of us know how to give us an Identity … a Soul, unique and impressionable … that remains in us, and with us, until the day we die. Wouldn’t this be a worthy focus of our energies: To try to understand this marvel in us?

The Human Hope is that we have what it takes to create a Vision.

Perhaps something like: Envisioning ourselves as we truly are, the most – as far as we know – gifted organisms in Nature … changing, struggling, learning, shaping things … empowered with the odds, not often equal, to Transcend into the Future and become a part of the fabric of Life.

Dare think for a moment how advanced we would be if we grow up … out of the reign of Greed and Conflict … and live thus.

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