Three things I believe are absolutely necessary to our advancement-- not technologically, economically, or socially-- but something far more
important: psychological revolution, or a significant change in consciousness. The success or failure of our societies, economies, and everything else
besides, is predicated on the workings of the human mind, while the former are only the outward result of our collective state of consciousness.
Firstly we need an absolute awareness of the significance of the time we spend on earth. The length of time and breadth of space we occupy during our
lives is minuscule and temporary, and our lives are only brief flashes in time, and yet every action we take is so profoundly important. We come into
existence, move around, act in certain ways, cause certain things to happen, and are summarily snuffed out and recycled in a cosmic blink of the eye.
Yet everything we do is so crucial, the ramifications of which are so unfathomably significant, that it can't overstated. What we do in life echoes in
eternity, the gravity of which is only increased by the shortness of our time here. What you are doing, right here, right now, is the most important
thing in the world. Only ask yourself: "Am I doing the right thing, right now, with sufficient reason"?
Yet everyone acts according to an inverted set of parameters-- they believe that most of their actions are inconsequential and thus they can do as
they please, without thought or reflection, for the most part. A good portion of human suffering, I think, can be chalked up to this rationale.
Likewise, people behave as though their lives will persist indefinitely, thinking they have all the time in the world to fulfill their purpose and
find happiness; only to wake up one morning, many years later, and realize that they've come no closer to it. Only to realize they've had little
choice and little control over anything that's happened. This is the common fate and the common experience of everyone alive. At some point, to every
deep thinker, life begins to look like something you've dreamt, not something you've lived.
Secondly, a recognition of the flawed and misleading nature of our judgements about the world. The great majority of our judgements, in some way or
another, are patently untrue and unfounded and can be traced back to primitive psychological mechanisms, the vestiges of an early, brutal stage in
human development. Self-image, assessment of other people, interpretation of events and circumstances all stem from an ingrained self-regard;
instinctive, acquisitive, callous motivations underlie our actions and compel all human behavior, leading to wildly distorted perceptions of reality.
The compulsions of survival, or the will to live, paint a picture in which you exist to serve yourself and all other things, including other people,
exist to serve that end. You judge as good what you think serves you (whether true or not), as bad what you think doesn't, and the whole grotesque
triumph of flawed and irrational judgments follow from there.
How does one make correct judgements, then? It would involve questioning and second-guessing every thought and assumption that comes into the mind,
taking no judgement for granted, and considering none of your beliefs sacrosanct or inviolable. It involves a Socratic habit of testing one's
assumptions and pursuing the truth at the expense of ego and self-gratification.
Thirdly and not the least important, a capacity for genuinely uninhibited social interaction. No, I don't mean getting drunk and partying, I don't
mean "free love", I don't mean any of the manifold exhibitions of selfishness and pleasure-seeking that people obscure under the guise of "openness."
Rather a deep, selfless exchange of energy-- uninhibited by any barrier of selfishness, desire, anxiety, greed, mistrust, power, and dominance. The
sort of "melding of consciousness" that mystics always speak of, which is nonetheless accessible to every person with a good heart and good
instruction. It involves complete faith, complete trust, and a literal "giving oneself up" to the mercy of others. In no uncertain terms, it involves
total submission, a willingness to endure pain and give up the body, an upwelling of compassion and an inexhaustible capacity for forgiveness; all of
which comes from a source, mysterious though it may be, that loves everyone and everything.
The highest act is to give oneself away-- to stand before humanity in the aggregate like a lamb to be slaughtered or spared. Until each and every
person is willing to do this, we can only progress so far.
edit on 24-3-2018 by Talorc because: (no reason given)