Humanity Awaken

Photograph taken by Gord Clements in Nepal 2009 dec 27For it’s always that way with the sacred value of life. We forget it as long as it belongs to us, and give it as little attention during the unconcerned hours of our life as we do the stars in the light of day. Darkness must fall before we are aware of the majesty of the stars above our heads. It was necessary for this dark hour to fall, perhaps the darkest in history, to make us realize that freedom is as vital to our soul as breathing to our body.*
—From ‘At This Dark Hour’, a speech given by Stefan Zweig to the US PEN Club in New York, May 1941

Our freedom has taken us to a precipice. Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth’s history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or ‘Age of Man’, because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. At this point in time on this planet the definition of freedom must come quickly to include all other beings on the planet.

Something must change in human consciousness if there is to be hope for the planet.  I know that I must change and that I must remind myself at times not to be so self fixated that I forget.  Pope Francis Christmas message is calling for “Mercy” extended to all beings is something to  consider as part of a much-needed change in human awareness.

2 thoughts on “Humanity Awaken

  1. I think the problem is that messages saying that we should behave better are liable to lead to paralysing feelings of guilt. It’s no secret that we have done great damage in the world. That knowledge hasn’t led to a significant change for the better, in fact I believe it has driven that destructive behaviour even further.

    We need to begin with unconditional self-acceptence and thus an end to all feelings of guilt. From that basis our behaviour can sustainably become more generous, considerate and creative.


    1. Its funny that you mentioned that. I noticed before you provided your email and changed it. I agree with you. I am not much into shoulds. Its not a matter of should or should not. Awareness of what is has been the way for me. Part of that is to notice what is rigid and fragmented in my perception and experience because that prevents me from deeper awareness.
      I think that its fair to say that I wonder where humanity is going and I am not convinced that we will awaken to our destructive ways in time. There are some major warning signals going off on the planet.
      In terms of self acceptance. Yes we have to come to accept ourselves and for me that includes that I have done things that have been destructive and that in my limited self awareness I have not seen too far beyond that. I have perpetuated suffering on others in my life. I accept that this is what I was and that in many ways it could not have been any other way. My self fixation was a part of that, something that it was inevitable part of my experience.
      What I express on my blog is quite imperfect and I dont think that it actually captures what my experience of it is but more pieces of it. I am often in an ongoing way editing what I have written.


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