If you look at a culture from an evolutionary perspective, in that you are taking into account the idea that certain behaviors will be rewarded and certain behaviors will be discouraged, you can start to see a few simple patterns. If our culture devalues artistic and spiritual expression, the people who would have normally embodied those things would start to be set aside and made to feel less important. We make the lives of the artists and the sensitive people unbearable to the point that they just decide to check out. They can either check out quickly through suicide or slowly through addiction.
However, the problem is that the people who are the addicts are often the most valuable people to that society. It’s just that our society is ignorant of their worth. We’ve elevated qualities like precision, strength, and control to these lofty levels while relegating things like creativity, intuition, and empathy to the dust bin of sociological importance.
So what do you get when you have a society that is devoid of empathy and care and intuition? Look around you. Our society is regularly described as chaotic and violent and cruel. The artistic and sensitive people have jumped ship a long time ago. The spiritual guides have slowly snuck out the back door while no one was watching. One by one, the people who realized that they weren’t wanted, left.
What do we do? Well, I’m not sure yet. I’m working on myself. I have my means and my beliefs. Some of this is not going to be revealed I suppose until things get a little bit worse. People are scared. They don’t know who to turn to anymore. It seems as if there is no sure footing on which to stabilize oneself anymore. It is scary. I agree.
I just have my faith. I’ve had some hokey experiences over the last few years that have made me think that maybe there is something greater than us out there. I’m a scientific person. I know how to logically pick something apart and put it back together. However, things have happened in my life, that I can’t explain with mere logic and reason. I’m the last person that would want to say that he or she has a direct line to the almighty. I loathe hypocrites and charlatans more than about just anything.
My beliefs are simple though. If you believe that God or whatever is up there is just pure love and understanding, then you don’t have to worry about death. If you’re not worried about death, well then things get a lot more manageable. I don’t think you go into a fiery furnace for all eternity when you die no matter what you’ve done. That God is not my God.
We are in love with fear in this country. Fear is our safety blanket. If we know what we need to fear, then things are alright. To me, this is absolute nonsense, but it’s all that I see on TV whenever I watch TV, which I rarely do. Human beings weren’t meant to compete and fight over scraps to the death. There’s no reason for that kind of behavior. The fear has turned us into something lower than the animals.
Anyway, I’m a bit sad today for a couple of reasons, but I know that the only path that I can take that is worthwhile is the path of love. Love is the creative force which makes things grow. Fear and its cousin hate are the destructive forces which serve no better purpose than to destroy, and we don’t need any more destruction in this world.
If you love someone, you can help their spirit to grow. Then their spirit can shine and help another heart to heal. We have the power within our hearts to be human again. We just have to pause and remember that all of the answers to our problems are right inside waiting to be found.