The more I learn
The more I learn
That I know
Next to nothing.
—Difficult, tough questions, and some still argued over by great thinkers to this day. Who are we? Where did we come from? How did this all start? What lies beyond the reach of our senses? What does our future hold in store for us? What else is out there beyond the immediate vicinity of our space? What correlation, if any, is there between an object and the perceiver? What is thought? Is there such a thing as the “soul”? What is the nature of God? (Some logical paradoxes, some old philosophical questions, and some that just that need asking).
—Easy, pat answers are settled upon more often than not. To “think outside the box” is frightening, or can be. Yet to think outside the box also requires knowing the limits of the “box”— it requires knowing the patterns that form the boundaries of experience.
Most people, it seems to me, want to feel secure and safe, and any illusion that helps them feel that way is accepted and becomes the end of any further questioning. The easy answers then become like complete lies, flimsy untruths and half-measures merely to satisfy some sense of false, personal illumination. The effort to know, to truly know something or some “truth” that has very few distortions and yet opens up further questioning—- is it too difficult to make this effort? Or is it that people do not question, because knowing a “truth” will naturally create further questioning, and this is quite contrary to what people want to feel? That is, to feel safe and secure in their own self-knowledge, regardless of how limiting that self-knowledge is?
I mean, if the next “step on a path” reveals that there are more steps to take and that the path is very long indeed (infinitely long?), then why take that next step in the first place? Why not just stay at the point of current progress and hunker down into the dead-ended stink of “knowing”? Despite the self-adopted limitations of their own “systems” and assumptions, our scientists do keep reaching and trying to learn more and more, with theories revised or new ones created, as more knowledge is accrued. But again, at least the effort is made, which inevitably leads to new discoveries.
The majority of everyday folks however, it seems to me, have given away their authority and power of personal action and knowledge to outside agencies and externalized representatives. Whether it is given to priests or gurus, doctors or psychologists, learned experts in a specific field or a public speaker with a smooth tongue— the power and knowledge that resides in an individual and is part of the individual’s birth-right has been largely forgotten and given away without question. Why? Is it the dread of responsibility that a person thinks would have to be assumed, if a person accepts and acknowledges their own “power of action” or their own “self knowledge”? Is it that the simple emotion of basic fear is still given sway over their affairs? Is it the heavy weight of responsibility that is refused, that unnatural load of having to “be responsible” in a dreamy version of another person’s idealization? It is as if most folks have forgotten that their own “dreamy idealized version of existence” is far more important that what others have enlisted them to believe in.
Your ideas and thoughts and dreams matter more than you can know— the one single snowflake that starts the great avalanche, the simple snowball pushed down a hill that becomes a massive boulder of ice. Or the last note of a symphony to be played, the last brushstroke on a canvas that makes it feel completed. The last little straw that breaks the camel’s back…
Looking into the hidden expectations of people though, through how they respond and comment on various situations and scenarios, and taking a hard look at the stories created of the future of the race of man— it seems that there is only discord, disharmony, oppression, and subjugation. For example, how many writers in the past have created stories of a terrible society and civilization devoid of the simple joy of existence? How many others instead have created “imaginary” worlds in their minds and on the pages of their books and blogs and websites— inspiring others of course to view the future in the same way— that have the entire global world situation resolved to a point where a person can hope to be safe and happy and fully supported in their actions and endeavors and can follow their own personal interests? Few and far between, I would venture.
We need better patterns created for the future. We need new and better ideas and ideals to dream and strive towards. Instead, we have doomsayers and preppers, great thinkers and artists, ordinary folks and the “elite”, awakened or sleeping people, great geniuses and idiots alike— imagining and expecting the worst possible outcomes to our current global situation. Indeed, the world situation is truly horrible, deadly and destructive, unfulfilling and limiting in so many ways and for so many people. This isn’t to be denied. It isn’t to be ignored by no means. It is wretched. There is no doubt. And certainly when proper action can be taken within the current systems that we have (economic, social, judicial, etc.) then it is good and productive to take those actions, if a person is so inclined to “save the world” that is. And if a person isn’t, then that is fine also. Freedom, remember? But keep it constructive. There is more than enough destruction already on this planet.
The ideal expression of freedom, however, means everyone is allowed to be free to act as they so choose. You can ignore or protest, you can sleep or awaken, you can take some real action or let things go as they may— you have the freedom to do as you wish. The consequences are an entirely different matter however, but like children who never get to touch a hot stove and learn for themselves not to touch it, the human race has locked away its freedom of action because someone else has said “Don’t do that”, without the benefit of ever learning for ourselves and thus make it real and lasting. Instead, we have given away personal authority and knowledge to others besides ourselves.
“Mother knows best”
“That’s the way it has always been”
“That’s what I was taught”
“You are too young to learn”
“You (must/should) do (such and such) because (insert reason here)”
The games we play with ourselves, the lies we foolishly believe, the “truths” that go without questioning, the ideas and ideals passed along from generation to generation— can we not make new and better ones that are closer to the truly great idealization of freedom and fulfillment for all? Or is it too late to change the course of events?
Of course this assumes that the human race is doing wrong, that we have messed up the world and the environment for the worse, and that we “(must/should) do (such and such) because (insert reason here)” — when instead it may be closer to the “truth” to say, “This is exactly where we wanted to be, and the world is exactly the way we intended, because it is ours to do with what we may and we have agreed in some manner for it to be this way.” Unless of course you still believe in an external God or devil that makes us do what we do, or you believe that it is the “rule of nature” and evolution itself that causes us to fight and struggle against one another, while we ignore the “unstated”, obvious, and natural cooperation that occurs between the various plant and animal kingdoms and that causes “nature” to be able to sustain itself day by day, season by season, despite the heavy hand of mankind.
Then either (A): God in His glory has endowed us with free will to do as we may, as long as we keep some devil off our backs— or (B): as an inevitable member of nature no matter how evolved, we do not really have a chance to permanently destroy the environment. I mean, what other animal destroys its own world?…
—And neither do we. We are a part of nature, the human animal given a thinking mind. We may however come to a point when “nature” will no longer sustain us, because our actions don’t help to support the rest of nature and we get “kicked out” hard, so to speak. Then the earth can begin its long healing process, and we’ll have to hope to start over anew. But either way, pick a side, God, or nature? You cannot have it both ways. Or can you?
Perhaps the greater “truth” is somewhere in between. No easy answers. Beware easy answers. It is better for things to be difficult, so that they are then seen as worthwhile. Anything that causes limits and creates absolutes should be avoided. Easy answers are traps. For now at least. One day hopefully we will know a better “truth”, that “ease is the keyword“. But for now, we like things hard. “If it ain’t hard it ain’t worth a damn!” Thus we have the world situation.
The stakes are very high, for we are going for something incredibly unique and one-of-a-kind, a new kind of existence never before known in quite the same way. And we’ll get there eventually, this time around or the next. So good luck to you, and keep dreaming the dreams that you so enjoy creating, but look for new ones to come about, new dreams and ideas that stretch the limits and pushes at the edges of this tight and shrunken “box”.
The limitations are of your own creation. And you have it in you to make new and better ones, if you so choose. Or not. It’s all about freedom, remember?
—Peace / Fun / Learn / Dream / et cetera…