Waxing lyrical somewhat on a day where I seem more conscious of the true nature of life and reality as it appears to me. It strikes me that I find an ongoing uncomfortable truth in that being of the Earth and the Cosmos I am but made of the same basic building blocks of all things. The reason I differentiate myself from the Earth, animals, plants and other humans is that the ‘normal’ pattern of my interaction with the world is that I am somehow separate and independent, capable of individual choices, opinions and belief that I have autonamous control over my existence. However I know deeply that this is intrinsically flawed and the delusion of an autonamous self is created simply by a probable evolutionary psychological gliche which enabled the human race to separate and organise their life in a way that it could prosper and dominate many areas of the world and cosmos in which we live.
The truth for me is I feel as long as the human race see themselves as distinct and independent of the rest of nature ( let alone ourselves ) we are destined to perish through our own rapaciousness. I believe all nature is an expression of life in infinite forms and that we need to become aware of our true nature. We may separate our individual selves into those of us who are criminals / upright citizens, carers / abusers, black / white, rich / poor etc, etc but we have a collective responsibility in this world to realise the true nature of the universe and act in accordance with that. It is at times extremely difficult to empathise with people who commit evil deeds but until we realise and discover how those seeds were planted in that persons soul than we may never stop the recurrence of such deeds.
“Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”
― Eugene V. Debs