Psyche-Tao-Mind-God (And where do those lines lie?) don't seem to have any idea of what they are doing. The old Shaman and Taoists, who got it started 5,000 years or so BCE had no idea of a point. Their basic thrust was, "Don't try to make the world better, just sick to the Way (And "the Way" was very much here and now, day by day). "Eat when hungry, rest when tired," and "chop wood, carry water," were their focus and goal. "Do now what needs to be done now," and "let tomorrow's trouble wait until tomorrow," was their guiding mantra. It would be a different world if Al Gore had won the election. Winston Churchill made all the difference over his term in office, Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt made all the difference during theirs. After Dwight Eisenhower, money called the political shots and everything--and I mean everything-- was done, not to make a difference, but to make a profit. "Profit At Any Price!" has been Capitalism's motto ever since. Socialism is feared by the Capitalists because profits would go down if the people started benefiting from the goods and services of government-- and that will never do. And, here we are, now what? Now, we know that a difference not only can be made, but also will be made, for good or ill, depending on who and what are making the choices and leading the way. And The Way has no real say in that matter. Psyche-Tao-Mind-God seems to be content with the particular with no interest whatsoever in the general or the overall. Carl Jung thought Psyche's goal is "individuation"-- the individual's task of being the best they can be, and "letting the outcome be the outcome." Which is the theme of the Bhagavad Gita-- from around 400 years BCE, and is the sum of the Hindu idea of where things are going. Christianity doesn't care about making a global difference, "Just believe in Jesus, keep your nose clean, and it all will be made up to you in the coming Kingdom of God." In the meantime, Money Rules! And all Money cares about is Making More Money! We can individuate all we want, but the environment is going to hell and taking us with it. And Money is buying the votes of the people who could put a stop to it if they were individuated enough to draw the right lines consistently, reliably, over time. Which takes focus, concentration, awareness and commitment to a cause that will last longer than they will live. Money is betting on that not happening. And that looks like a safe bet to me. And the end of the world as well.
The American Indians had it made until the American Calvary road into their life. It's always something. To disrupt and scatter, pillage, plunder, destroy. We are always having to deal with something. Something we don't like and wish weren't there. It's what we do best. It's what we are built for. It's our shtick. You might think we would have settled into it by now, but noooooo. We always act like it is the very first time. We flounder, and flounce and wail forever, and then we get up and do what needs to be done. As a species, I'm talking about. Individuals, not so much. Individually, we have a hard time getting past disappointment and dismay. We could work on that. It would give us focus and direction. Managing our life and our attitude, day-to-day, actually, moment-to-moment, would be an improvement. We think things are going to be like this and they are like that, and we become undone like that. We start with squaring ourselves up with the here and now, the right here, right now-- with what is happening and what needs to be done about it, and doing it the way it needs to be done in each situation as it arises. Without taking our eye off the over-all situation regarding our life in the world, and what needs to happen there for the good of the whole. We have to walk two paths at the same time, maintaining our balance and harmony on both paths at all times. It requires awareness/focus/attention. And distance from emotional involvement with what is going on on either path. Emotional involvement is having a vested interest in the outcome. It is having an agenda. A plan. A way. My Way. Now! My Way Now! is the source of all of our problems today everyday. Can't have a Way on The Way. On The Way, it is always, "Okay, now what?" And doing it as it needs to be done in light of the situation as a whole. Our will does not matter. We have to set ourselves aside in sincere service to the good of the situation before us right here, right now. We have such a hard time with this simple concept. Our Way Now means too much to us. Growing up is getting over that. And growing up is so very hard to do. It is the hardest thing. And the thing that matters most. The thing upon which every other thing hinges. If you are ever going to do anything, let it be growing up! Everything else will fall into place around that.
My intentional focus directing my life through every situation that arises is to see what I am looking at and to do what needs to be done about it, with the right attitude/spirit/frame of mind. Noticing and being disappointed in my failure to do this, helps me be better at it. It is like learning to make really good chicken noodle soup by making a lot of bad chicken noodle soup and letting your mistakes and errors guide and direct your choices and actions the next time you make chicken noodle soup. We are making chicken noodle soup here. Compassionate, non-judgmental, awareness guides our way. And recognizing mistakes and errors is not to judge mistakes and errors in such a way as to interfere with your ability to live in light of what needs to be done in each situation as it arises, but in such a way as it guides each step along the path. This reminds me of Jesus saying, "Judge not that you may not be judged," in one minute, and saying, "Don't cast your pearls before swine," in the next. Discernment carries us forward, moment-by-moment, day-by-day.
We are killing ourselves and destroying the planet in the unrelenting quest for an ever-increasing standard of living and an always larger bottom line. Money wants more money all of the time. There is no limit to our money-hunger and it is killing us. Greed at once runs and ruins the world. If you want to fix something, fix that. There is no fix to that. And, so, we have to turn to a higher power. We have to call on the Psyche to help us stop ourselves. It works the other way. The Psyche is geared to helping us stop ourselves when it comes to ignoring our Original Nature and merrily going our own way. This is the story of the Garden of Eden, which can be read as Psyche abandoning us to our insatiable desires, and saying, in effect, "Okay. Now see how you like having your way all of the time!" We have reached the limit of time allowed. We are creating a world we cannot live in. We are destroying, not only Eden, but everything else as well. The environment is gearing up to bring an end to life on the planet, and starting over without the human element. We need the Psyche to stop us before we stop ourselves, though it may be too late. It has been calling to us all these years. Now it has to stop us altogether. The COVID Variants may be the plan. The Psyche has to become the active agent in stopping the madness of Greed encroachment into all aspects of life. It could do so by restricting our swallowing and limiting our breathing until we change our mind about what is important, and start living within limits acceptable to the planet around the world. Psyche ought to know where to draw the lines, and we could learn to live within them, if our ability to swallow and breathe were severely hampered. That would get our attention, and require immediate action. The way of Jungian analysis and individual adjustment is taking too long, and was globally ineffective from the start. We need a world-wide plague starting right now. If the Psyche cares about what is good for us and the planet, it will be bad for us starting right now. Well?