Another very worthy submission from our frequent contributor, Mr William Perry;
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The events today, I believe, emphasize the need for key concepts in the new consciousness: subject, felt relations, internal relations, sympathy richness of experience, creative solitude, hope, faith affection new being, ultimate concern, and compassion in the world as internally related to all individual entities from protons to people.
Fear, cynicism and ignorance, is replacing the once coveted social attribute – compassion – as a growing number of people express their disdain and a lack of empathy for the homeless, addicted, refugees, First Nations, putting their own needs first.
Conservatism maintains that compassion prevents one from being completely merciless and fully committed to the task, whether it be protecting Canadians against the queue jumping of the would-be refugees, or killing human-beings in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the daily contradictions that promote that the idea of compassion prevents swiftness of action and encourages fragile mindsets. Compassion is only required for those that are weak, because they need others to support them.
All too true, the gap between the wealthy and not so wealthy has widened. Now, not to mix words, the ‘lust for money’ has made many into greedy, exploitive, murderous, self-righteous tossers, refusing to look at the ‘humanity’ in what we do.
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I don’t see that our society is robust and resilient, that any setbacks are not temporary, and that we are not looking forward, and our ever-decreasing standard of humanity moves us quicker to that ancient self-fulfilling prophecy of Armageddon.
The hidden and never-discussed prerequisite, however, is limitless, cheap and expendable. Sadly, this turns out to be the assumption behind contemporary projections of ever-increasing prosperity.
Our failure to wean ourselves off our fossilized mentality and the ‘Image of the Self’, is a major setback. If we have learnt anything through history, it is the best path for any society would be to reduce its footprint (not just environmental). It will require self-reflection, and that, in my opinion, is where we are defeated every time.
This vision of the world stands in strong contrast to supernaturalistic dualism and materialistic atheism. It is not provable in the way in which a mathematical proposition might be proved. It stands or falls by its adequacy to account for and illumine all experience. But it requires imagination to see it. The world is not as tame as our sluggish, convention-ridden imaginations tend to suppose. There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, and those who do not see.