Far from my intention be it (itself a bit of a contrived sentence) to dispel belief in magic and things greater than us. .
I want you to keep Santa Claus alive, defend the Loch Ness Monsters sighting rights and don’t do anything to stop the Tooth-Fairy putting money under your child’s pillow whilst they sleep. Keep all of the things that you make sense of the possibility of something ‘more’ that we cannot explain with.
But, (you probably felt that coming right?) . . but . .At the same time (as irrational and conflicting as it may be) can we simply stop pretending?
Dualism, Vitalism, Realism, Empiricism, Epistemological make that an ism too:
All just jism!
It is truly a very short time ago in the history of humanity that the most learned people believed all sorts of gobble-de-gook and jiggery pokery. Our knowledge of anatomy and body function has been filed with inaccuracies such as the arteries, with some blood, main purpose was transmission of ‘air and the vital spirit.‘ There were many theories on the function of various organs that barely related to the truth.
A more ancient yet so humorous that I must share it, regarding the secretion of semen from the man. ‘There is in man a vein which feedeth all other veins. Now, water is collected from the three hundred and sixty veins and in the form of red blood entereth the left testicle, where it is decoted by the heat of the temperament, inherent in the sons of Adam, into a thick white liquid, whose odour is that of palm spathe.’
The point being that, though there was not evidence of ‘any’ objective sort to support this anatomical, physiological guesswork we insist on making it up. To make us somewhat comfortable with our knowing? Over what exactly?
These ideas are now as abandoned and as absurd seeming as the world being flat.
Along with any number of beliefs that we have clung to fervently whilst making best-guesses to explain any of the multitude of things that we do not understand.
To an extent this seems natural. That we wish to find out the why and how?
So what of God and time and space continuum of particles of matter that make up all that matters?
Let us not stop looking for more, better knowledge but couldn’t we now stop making it up; making believe that we know?
What is so wrong with, “I don’t know.”? A great response, “I don’t know but I’ll try and find out.” “Let me get back to you on that..”
Better still, what is so hard about the question, “Could you tell me..” “Do you happen to know…”
Isn’t not knowing great?
I do not mean a lack of responsibility, accountability even. I am not attempting to defend ignorance as a defence – though in many cases that ‘ignorance is no defence’ is certainly simply wrong.
What I mean by this is that some of the best films I have seen are those that I knew nothing about before hand. No story line etcetera. Some of the best days, nights-out, life-events that hold the greatest and lasting meaning are random occurrences.
Yes? No? Don’t know?
Ask somebody. Share knowledge. The internet is a great start at true world wide sharing though trusting in one another. Trusting in ourselves to know and admit our level of knowledge, practice, ability… I am not claiming that this doesn’t happen.
It does. How about WE make it a true practiced value?
When we think and we express that which we think, ‘feel’, we share possibility, with some care in our manner of expression. Some vulnerability in our sharing of ourselves.
We share, show consideration for consideration of what might be, could be. What may happen, what we might DO.
Isn’t this an exalted action?
Not much movement in it. Not, perhaps, the energy required to climb the Himalayas‘?:
“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to drawback, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius power and magic in it.” W.H.Murray The Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951).
The Goethe reference apparently relates to a loose translation from his 1829 reworking of the original German story of Faust. Some two hundred years after it’s original. It is not my intention (or particular interest) to analyse the differences yet I include this note to note the very male gender perspective concerning effectiveness. There are quotes that remove the gender. These are incorrect and not ‘quotes.’ The relevance is in the choosing of words and their eloquence of use that indeed inspires dreams and aspires many to action?
Yet action, reaction – constant battle for balance..
We seem intent on being impressed by action. By those who DO by their own volition, even sheer bloody minded determination. Even and especially against all odds?
Certainly a vision followed through to its fruition is worthy of note.
In part, perhaps because not all of us can manage this. Not that many of us in fact.
Really! Imagine if we were actually ALL actively pursuing our own secular ‘timetable’. All individually satisfied with our pursuit of our personal goals.
Is that what makes the world as it is? That not many can make it? Is the world as it is really that good? Really?!
How many of us require the participation and even OBEDIENCE of others?
Do we not, many of us, long for company, involvement and the approval of others?
What about sharing then? Helping others, each other? It gets talked about, banded about as a highly virtuous endeavour – of the few. Because the many cannot make it?
Crazy concept? Crazy world.
These are gross generalisations though generalisations become such for the simple reason, that they are stated often enough and/or quite likely, generally true.
It seems gender imbalanced still but women tend to be impressed by confident guys. (Or is it that I am personally less concerned about impressing guys? ;-))
It seems that the world wants decision makers.
In times of crisis he’ll know and keep the family safe?
Looking to the crisis before a considered life seems possibly a tad defeatist from the outset?
A confident person makes a good provider? They believe in themselves, they can and will stand up and shout the loudest, push the hardest? Perhaps so. Though it is our social structure that requires such.
Why do I think that it would be good if we all helped each other? Is it such a crazy concept?
Is it because I don’t have what it takes to make it through against all others? Is it that I do not believe that competition is what aids progress? Maybe these things. Definitely a lot more.
We can ALL be a lot more, for a lot less. Note, please, that I did not write ‘have’ a lot more. Though some things do go hand in hand, come as part of the package. Choose an idiom 🙂
In the 17th century when it was discovered and accepted that, contrary to popular belief, that the Sun circled the Earth and that we, Earth was the centre of the Universe: Actually, the Earth circles the Sun.
Following? Of course you already knew that. (I intentionally wrote this is a little ass-backward to help ‘the feeling’ 😉
Many philosophers, theologians and indeed mathematicians of the day found that this made much better sense for their calculations. Yet (a yet that could be a but) they continued to believe that the earth was the centre of the universe with everything else orbiting it. Such was the emotional hold on that which they ‘had always believed’.
This period has been written about with the somewhat descriptive phrase, “. . the world was being turned upside down. Things got so out of hand that people weren’t even sure they could trust their own senses.” (Hill, C. From Stevenson, J.)
Plato of course would have agreed on not doing so 😉
This is surely a statement worthy of and well overdue a re-visit?
With todays increasing interest, knowledge, acceptance of: spirituality in the widest sense, of atomic, particle related relationships between space, time, solid matter and our very being..
What prevents our world view from turning inside out, upside down are those in powerful positions protecting all that they believe in. The fossil fueled wars of monetary control that the few exercise over the many.
Why would the few want the many to believe that they can, we all can achieve all that we want?
N.B. Let us not forget that this money thing is truly an invention.