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. 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 to accept the corrupting idea that, the Value of a Human Life, is to be measured by what we accumulate and not by what we are, thus allowing our cultures to be consumed by the forces of Greed and Division while we witness the impact of the cruelty, deceit, and destruction these forces engender.

It is a tragedy to realize that as an evolving species, we once came close to Self-realization, close to comprehending that we are Nature, made out of Nature, organized by Nature, embedded in Nature, given Life by Nature. But the ravishing Greed 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 what 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, whose visionary ideas still live with us today. Under the beauty and wisdom of a rational set of Maxims, this Culture had a Vision for Humanity based on Freedom of Inquiry about the Human Experience without dogmatic limitations. Although far from perfect, this Vision is one of the highest summits 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 a destructive Paradigm.

Engulfed by dogmatic limitations in most current aspects of Human Knowledge (only what can be measured is worthy of “scientific” analysis, Consumerism is the coercing 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 give it purpose; ignorant of how 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 trillion or two), and we know that some 100 billion of those cells are neurons in our brains. What we don’t know is how these myriad components bond together to give us not only substance and cohesion, but a degree of freedom to transform and be transformed by the movement of Evolution; what we don’t know is how they instill in us Wonder, Empathy, a Passion to know, Courage to Change, Imagination to create; what we don’t know is how, as our bodies change and develop, these myriad little entities in us know how to give us an Identity, a Self that remains with us until the day we die. Wouldn’t trying to understand this marvel in us this be a worthy focus of our energies?

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

Perhaps the Vision of trying to understand why we are consciously aware of our own awareness, and empowered, like Socrates or Aristotle, with the odds to transform the fabric of Life and transcend into the Future.

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

Revised December 2018

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