It’s Loathsome and Hideous, Yet I Can’t Look Away
These immortal words from the TV series Seinfeld, perfectly sum up the times we are in and the greatest temptation for those of us who are here to build the new world.
We live in a time when everything around us seems to be in conflict. Everything we thought we knew about our world and the perceived security it claimed to provide is falling around us. In the U.S. we have become a nation divided within a world divided….and we seem to somehow be the cause of that global division. The world around us no longer makes sense – if it ever did, and the people around us have most definitely stopped making sense. (cue David Byrne)
We are living in one of the most magnificent times in the history of human beings – both from the perspective of devastation and from the place of promise. The shadows have all come out to play. That which we have ignored, denied, shoved under the rug – have all made themselves loudly known. Racism. Sexism. Classism. Privilege. Nationalism. The sins of unbridled Capitalism. The sexual crimes of men in power. The sins of the power elite (who is really the cause of global and domestic terrorism????? Hmmmmm???) The nature of the beast is as hideous as it is captivating. As veil upon veil upon veil gets torn away and the views become increasingly disturbing, one is tempted to want to go into battle, or simply collapse in despair. To some, there is no hope as the truths of our world prove to be increasingly horrific. The world “out there” has become like a runaway train or a 40-car pileup – it is terrifying to behold, and yet we cannot look away.
The greatest temptation as we view the world hurling itself toward its own destruction is to rush in to try to save it. But we cannot. Neither should we try. The world built on fear, power and control is imploding upon itself and THANK GODDESS! It is long past time for the world of fear, power and control ruled by rich white men to come to its natural end. Unbridled pride, gluttony, greed, vengeance, jealousy (competition), hatred and ignorance are and have proven themselves to be unsustainable to anyone other than those who are holding the gold. What the gold-bearers have not yet realized, however, is that in destroying the world they will inevitably be destroying themselves. (But maybe, they are that selfish and that short-sighted.)
The truth that is coming to bear is that an unsustainable system will eventually collapse upon itself. This is EXACTLY what we are currently witnessing in our world, and there is nothing we can do to stop it. Its life has come to its natural end, making room for a new world to be born out of the ash. For that new world to be born, we need to STOP engaging with the old and dying world. We need to allow the shriveled, whimpering Voldemort to die his own peaceful death.
In other words, “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” As the dying world continues to vie for our attention, we are distracted from the purpose we came here to fulfill. We are not here to save the dying world. We are here to build something new. That something new is happening right here in our very midst (look at what the young people are doing) and we are each here to play our own role in the creation of something new. When we engage in or with the dying world, try to make sense of what is happening “out there” or try to convince others of our cause, we are distracted from the task we came here to complete. We cannot build our new world when drawn in by the moans of the dying world, neither can we care for ourselves when administering aid to that which cannot be saved. As harsh as this may sound, it is our job to let it die, and if that means covering our ears to the death wails and covering our eyes to the death and devastation, then so be it. (This does not mean we cease from doing our part to care for the casualties of a world at war with itself. It is still our job to advocate for the voiceless and to support the needs of the choiceless. Let love be your guide.) Like a spoiled rotten child, the dying world will do everything in its power to keep us in their drama. Just say no.
Discipline. Persistence. Tenacity. Let these words be our mantra as we do everything in our power to keep ourselves free of the magnetic drama of the world destroying itself so that we can tend to what we are really here for – to build a WHOLE (rooted in union, harmony, peace, collaboration, compassion and love) new world.
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