The Way Ahead Newsletter: No. 9
Welcome to the September edition of the ‘Way Ahead’ newsletter, arriving as it always does in the final days of the month. Already this month we have seen several chaotic events impacting the world, including increasing reports of hostilities within Syria (from Western propaganda perspectives), and an increase in anti-Iranian rhetoric. Within this mix of tensions we have had the release on Youtube of ‘that film’ which, if anyone had taken the trouble to view, was a painful parody so obviously dubbed, tampered with, and deliberately released as an instrument of provocation with intent to stir the hornet’s nest. It is all about duality – the polarity of ‘them vs. us’ – which I wish to talk about in this month’s ‘Reflections’ below.
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There is an old folk tale which tells of the wise fool who arrives at the door of the King’s castle asking for entry. He is immediately told by the guard that the King’s decree is for anyone who tells a lie to be hanged. Then upon asking for his destination the wise fool replies ‘I am going to be hanged.’ ‘I don’t believe you!’ exclaimed the guard, ‘you are lying.’ ‘Very well, then. If I have told a lie, hang me!’ ‘But if I hang you’, replies the guard, ‘then you would have told the truth and I shouldn’t have hung you!’ ‘Exactly’, replies the wise fool, ‘this is your definition of truth.’
The nature of ‘truth’ in our subjective world lies more in the realm of rhetoric than it does in relation to any objective sense of the word. Nobel laureate writer Doris Lessing makes a parody of this in her novel The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire
, where one of the main protagonists falls victim to the dreaded disease of ‘Rhetoric’. In a bid to cure him another friend introduces him to what outwardly is tactfully disguised as the ‘Institute for Historical Research’, when in reality it was constructed as the ‘Hospital for Rhetorical Diseases’. Rhetoric then, for Lessing, is a disease which can afflict people almost unknowingly – the dis-ease of mis-applied language for an explicit agenda
. I wonder if many of us are not also suffering from the disease of Rhetoric? Is it not, after all, the ‘forked tongue’ that creates much of our polarity?
Unfolding global events are creating polarized energies - fear, stress, tension, etc – that also create disruption in our everyday lives. It feels as if we are being distracted by deliberate design. Further, the presence of fear, anxiety, and distress, as it permeates through the fabric of our societies, can weaken the mental and emotional resilience of people. Then slowly as we begin to see so much of the negative aspects of the world we find it easy to lose our focus, often without realizing it. The creep of negativity can be imperceptible at first. Maybe we just have feelings of restlessness, then an encroaching apathy. The shadowy wisps of negativity slither in to disturb, disrupt, and distract our thinking, focus, and energy. Anger may also arise; as well as the feeling of deception and loss. Emotions of blame and injustice may also creep in, adding to its counterpart – disempowerment. Negative energy thus acts to disturb harmonious and developmental thinking.
One of the immediate responses to this is frustration – a sense of being disempowered in a world where everything is seemingly breaking-down. It is as if we are being swung back and forth upon some giant pendulum. This is part of the human experience of existing within a physical reality of duality. Life can be likened to a polarity game - a pendulum swing between opposites.
Polarities trick us into the illusion of taking sides, such as choosing which is the ‘winning’ side and which the ‘losing’. Yet we pay for taking emotional sides: to emotionally feel victorious, or defeated, is an energetic state of duality. We are being distracted into wasting considerable energies if we divide the world into people who are good or evil, rich or poor, intelligent or stupid, important or insignificant. These are social categories based on artificially manufactured criteria – they are not fundamental truths. By being distracted into the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of the world we are blighted by the illusion of duality and forced to make judgments. The act of judging is yet another external distraction that takes the attention away from the real source within a person. So too do the strongly polarized energies of fear, stress, anger, etc, disrupt our inner balance, and distract us from ourselves
. Polarity forces us to view events and challenges as a blessing or a curse – rarely do we see them as simply events to be experienced. So we should refrain from too easily jumping into the polarity game. This is an emotional seesaw that sways a person from one encounter to the next. Hakim Sanai, an 11th
century Persian poet, wrote that:
‘Good’ and ‘evil’ have no meaning in the world of the Word: they are names, coined in the world of ‘me’ and ‘you’.
Let us remember that we are living in the 21st
Century A.D. – A
We may not be able to escape the effects of polarity completely, yet we can shift ourselves to a more harmonious position. Physical life will ensure that the pendulum will continue to swing; only that with awareness and restraint we may escape being carried along with it.
We need to tell ourselves that negative feelings only control us if we give our power to the negative energy. Negativity by itself has no capacity for control; so it seeks to exploit vulnerable situations and circumstances. Negativity is not self-sustainable, so it must be fed. It requires that we give it our energy, our focus, fear, and importance. Its presence is a distortion. Imagine that we walk into a dark unlit room; the darkness surrounds us and we feel that it is over-powering. Yet we only need to light one tiny match to bring a glow of light into the room that disperses the darkness. This analogy fits also for how negativity operates. We feel it is overwhelming, when in fact this is its weakness. The truth is that no matter our states of bitterness, anger, frustration, even depression; they can be overcome by only the slightest presence of positive focus (the lighted match).
Our responsibility then is to empower ourselves against distraction. We should be ambassadors for the change we wish to see. In order not to sell ourselves short it is important we normalize
the new ideals. If we become sucked into conspiracy, paranoid, or angry behaviour then we do a disservice to our ideals and give our detractors their excuses to use against us. In our everyday life we are the ‘door-to-door salespeople’ for the ideals and change we wish to see in the world. After all, we wouldn’t buy any products from a frantic, frustrated salesperson…..would we? So in order to quietly overwhelm the current models we need to become the best we can be, and to normalize
the future into being. We are no longer dealing with alternative theories. We are representing the ‘New Normal’ – not the ‘New Age’.
We are not interested in the world’s mental games anymore. The negative aspects within the world know they are clinging on for their last gasp, which is why they are struggling with a fury. We can take this not as a sign of their winning, but of their desperation. Their time has already come – it is now only a matter of time for allowing the transition to penetrate.
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‘How many people have called someone great who has only frightened them? How many people have called someone good who has only delighted them?’
A Tale to Finish
There was a time when the art and science of gardening was not yet well established among humanity. At this time there existed a master gardener. Besides knowing the qualities of plants, their nutritional value, medicinal and aesthetic, the master gardener was granted knowledge of the herb of longevity and lived many hundreds of years. During these successive generations he visited gardens and cultivated places throughout the world. In each place where he planted a wonderful garden he would instruct the people to care for it and passed on his theory of gardening. However, as was the general pattern, many people would get used to seeing the plants growing and flourishing every year, and would soon forget that some seeds had to be collected, that some other multiplied by cutting, others need greater abundance of water and so on. The result was that over time such gardens became wild and the people began to believe that this was the best garden that could exist. After giving these people many opportunities to learn gardening, the master gardener would have to train others in the art of gardening in some other location. He warned that if not looked after correctly then the garden would deteriorate and all would suffer. Yet each group in turn would gradually forget, and because they were lazy they cared only for fruits and flowers that were easy to cultivate, and left the others to die. From time to time there came a few others who, after having successfully learned from the master gardener before, would offer advice and say: ‘you must do this and that’. But they were pushed away by shouting – ‘You are the ones that are far from the truth in this matter!’
The master gardener persisted to cultivate other gardens, but none was perfect, except those that he attended to with his top helpers. When it was learned that there were many gardens and even gardening methods, people started going to visit various gardens, to make comparisons, to criticize, or to argue about them. Some wrote books about the subject, gardening assemblies were established, gardening topics were placed in categories according to what they thought was the correct order of priority.
As is common among people, the difficulty is that gardeners are too easily attracted by superficiality. They say: ‘I like this flower,’ and want everyone else to like them too and, despite its attractiveness or wealth, can be a weed that is strangling other plants, which may provide medicine or food that people and the garden need for support and retention. Among these are those who prefer plants of a single colour; these are described as ‘good’. There are others who only care for the plants, and refuse to deal with the beds or borders.
When at last the old master gardener died he left behind a legacy of the full knowledge of gardening; distributed among those people who understood, according to their capabilities. Thus, both the science and art of gardening as an inheritance has been scattered in many gardens, and various reports have been made about them. People who often begin to learn of gardening find it difficult to understand the subtleties needed to nurture the right balance of growth. Often such people begin to judge, criticize, reject, or imagine what they think to be needed for a garden. Yet from time to time true gardeners arise. Such is the abundance of semi-gardens, that when people hear about a real garden they are likely to say, ‘Oh yes! You speak of a garden as we have or imagine.’ However, the real experts, who cannot reason with pseudo-gardeners, continue to work to maintain the vitality and presence of real gardens throughout the world.
The others, the pseudo-gardeners, are often forced to dress up so as to appeal to the imaginations of the people who want to learn with them. Yet at such gatherings we can hear the questions – ‘How can I get the most beautiful flowers from these onions?’ True gardeners, however, continue to work with the people they can in order to raise real gardens for the benefit of humankind.