Capitalism is the end of democracy. The mantra of Capitalism, "Profit At Any Price," means goodbye to Liberty, Justice, Equality, Truth. Money is all that matters. Everybody has a price. Congress and the Supreme Court, and certainly the President, can be bought off with a billionaire's tip money-- and when the corporate Gang of Thieves comes together with the common purpose of making (In their mind) unlimited money off of the carcass of democracy, it's the end of the ride for the Revolutionary Dream. Think about what separates the revolutionaries from us. It comes down to maturity. They were willing to sacrifice themselves for the idea of freedom, equality, justice and truth. Can you imagine walking into the Continental Congress and saying, "How much do you fellas want to just go on back home?" But, say that to a member of Congress-- with "Do what I want done," in place of "Go back home,"-- and they line up with their hand out docile and ready to do your bidding. They never had an idea worth dying for. What is the point of dying for money? They want money to live high as a money-making orbit around the earth. And they will do whatever it takes to make it. That leaves the rest of us figuring out how to make the best of it on the crumbs that "trickle down" from their banquet table. It is going to be a mess. My best advice is get yourself an idea that can see you through the worst life can do, and get yourself a community of three to twelve people who can join together in a pact of balance and harmony to assist each other in riding out the madness of these times. Everything I have written forever is about these two themes, the right kind of idea, and the right kind of community, and it's all free on my WordPress companion site: https://www.jimwdollar.com It's an anchoring adamantine foundation amid the clashing rocks and heaving waves of the wine dark sea. And it is a lot to read-- and it is meant to spark your own inner realizations, to ignite your own spirit and imagination, in the service of what needs to be done in the present moment of each situation as it arises in your life. It all amounts to a "See and Do Workbook." It is a way through the wilderness, and it is a lot of reading. And it doesn't matter where you start. The way is not a linear way. Carl Jung called it "The process of individuation," and said it consisted of "the circumambulation around the Self" (That would be our Other Self, the Psyche, our Inner Guide, our Best Invisible Friend). It is the round-a-bout way of finding what we need to find what we need in times such as these. Happy Trails! Mind how you go!
We have from birth to death to do what is ours to do, to do what we came to do, to be who we are. Too many of us are settling for something else. Call it "the Adam and Eve Syndrome." They were handed paradise and thought they could make improvements. Thought they might be better off somewhere else. Thought they were one installment purchase away from having it made. They had it made and had aspirations of Really Having it Made. The were like "a man on a donkey looking for his donkey." Like a woman with here glasses on her head looking for her glasses. Like us looking for what we want, not seeing what we have-- and what we are being asked (by our life) to do with it. What we have is never enough. That's the story of the Garden of Eden. Here we are. Now what? What will it take, do you think, to sit us down, in the stillness and the silence, and wait, watching, listening, for what, we do not know, but trusting ourselves to something hidden, waiting for us to be available and open to the idea of being life-long companions with what is waiting for us in the stillness and the silence. It only takes being quiet, and still, and empty to know what I'm talking about. "Empty" is the trick. How do you empty yourself of all the stuff that arises when you sit still and quiet? The rule for finding what the silence has to offer is "No Agenda And No Opinions!" Sit still and quiet refusing to be hooked by all that comes to mind, or any of it. Let it come and let it go, as though you are watching leaves floating by on a wooded stream. Let all those thoughts be as leaves on a stream. Here comes another one, there it goes. Sit still and quiet, watching your thoughts come and go, looking for one that is not "of you." For one that stands apart from the rest. For one that calls your name, that draws your attention, that compels your interest, that knows where you live, and will not leave you alone, or go away. It may scare you awake. Joseph Campbell said, "What you seek lies far back in the darkest corner of the cave you most don't want to enter." This is Jesus in Gethsemane. We live our life between the two gardens, Eden and Gethsemane. We leave Eden in the search for something better. We find our way back to Eden on a path that leads through the heart of Gethsemane and across the face of Golgotha, on the way to the Empty Tomb. All those old Bible stories are allegories about us and our life. There is no coming to life, no New Life, no being Born Again, without dying to all that called us from Eden with its promises of sweet nothing and its offer of glory everlasting. Wealth and money is a lie. Life is found within, in being true to what is deepest, best and truest about ourselves. And it is like dying to hand over the life we have in mind for ourselves in order to live the life that has us in mind for itself. In the stillness and the silence, we meet firsthand the truth of what I am saying. What we do about it tells the tale-- the tale we are here to tell, or the tale we would prefer to tell. One is heaven, and the other is hell. Choose wisely. Choose well.