To Be That

We are certainly not born of this but most of us are at some point conditioned into a materialistic world. For me there is a danger that a person falls into if they are not able to open beyond that way. That is to become spellbound by those shadows, reflections and images that hold our gaze in this materialist world. I see a huge possibility that this fixation is at the heart of our looming human social, political and Ecological crisis. One is inevitably led away from the essence of self in this conditioned distracted way of habitual focus.
It is no easy task to resist this materialistic temptation and one must be committed to facing and enduring any perceived unpleasantries that arise in facing a more authentic experience of existing. I can relate to what Bertrand Russel wrote : Before I die, I must find some way to say the essential thing that is in me, that I have never said yet—a thing that is not love or hate or pity or scorn, but the very breath of life, fierce and coming from far away, bringing into human life the vastness and the fearful passionless force of non-human things .. . BERTRAND RUSSELL Letter to Constance Malleson, 1918, quoted in My Philosophical Development p. 261
For me it is not only essential to say this essential thing but to be it. yet as George Orwell wrote "To see what is in front of one’s nose, “needs a constant struggle.”

2 thoughts on “To Be That

  1. I think something which is key is to learn to let go of the sense that we must prove something about ourselves. I think this is a major aspect of materialism – to try to make up for an insecurity in the self by surrounding ourselves with material signifiers of value.

    When it comes to expressing something essential, I think the same thing applies. If we want to do it for egotistical reasons – to make up for some inner insecurity – then it won’t happen, because wisdom doesn’t come from us, it comes through us, and to enable that to happen we have to become small. I think this is perhaps one meaning of the Christian idea that the meek will inherit the earth and the one who would be the greatest must be the servant of all. If our ego is too big it keeps us from surrendering to the greater meaning and purpose.


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