On policy and beliefs
What’s occurring to me and on my mind at the moment is our current events in the United States. Our elections. Our policy discussions. Our beliefs as a society.
Increasingly, I see cultures as interconnected and influencing each other greatly. But I don’t think it’s necessarily permanent. I think it’s the way it is right now.
There is an illusion that our movement as a culture or as a species is linear. That it is only a one way progression or regression. We’re either moving forward to a more enlightened time together or we’re all going to hell in a handbasket.
In my view, our path as a species is non-linear. We exist on a moving point and the pendulum is swinging continually. I don’t think we’re necessarily progressing or regressing, but moving from positives to negatives and back with each generation learning lessons that have already been seen in the past and that will recur.
I DO think that human society is moving upward in consciousness over time. It’s just that the ascension we’re approaching is something that changes slowly over millennia. We are currently changing some things with a rapidity we’ve never seen. Communications connectivity, for example has never been higher. On the other hand, there are still sections of the world ruled by warlords where slaughter of weaker populations is a common occurrence. We’re seeing that play out in Syria and Iraq right now. It’s continually happening in parts of Africa and in Central and South America, even though it doesn’t make the news as much in our sphere.
Principles from history seem to continue to play out. Never quite the same. Never very different. A few phrases come to mind:
Those who don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it.
The past is prologue. Therefore, study the past.
My suggestion for today is that we take some time to breathe. Be neither worried about our future, nor complacent about it. The pendulum is continuing to swing. The future is not a fixed point and it will continue to evolve along with us.
Study history. Keep changing into the future. Keep working the puzzle. There may be no immediate solution. Just make the next most reasonable step.