Everybody has a way and everybody wants to have it their way. Everybody has to grow up first, before anyone else does. It is amazing how Tabloid Journalism has taken the country to the psyche ward with everyone having something more outlandishly absurd to say than anyone else. But. Here we are. And a lot of these people control state legislatures, and are bent on taking over the US House and Senate along with the Presidency. "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, World" came out on 1963. The current world is soooooo much more of a madhouse in real time. I don't know of anyone who can turn things around, flip the script, and have people begin acting out of good faith and a genuine concern for the best interests of all concerned. The general public needs to be sent to their room until they learn to behave in public the way they are supposed to behave in public, with their grown-up face on. And, that isn't going to happen. Someone would say that violates their right to free speech, and that they can do anything they want to, and no one can stop them. This crowd has not heard of self-restraint and self-discipline. And that suggests it is going to be an awful, terrible, no-good, very bad summer even at the beach. No one has the answer to this situation. Each person is responsible for seeing what they look at, interpreting it correctly and doing what must be done in ways appropriate to the occasion-- and no one can know beforehand what that will be. Each day is its own test. Our weapons for the journey through the days are emptiness, stillness and silence. No agenda. No opinion. Just seeing. Just knowing. Just doing. If we see clearly and know properly and do what truly needs to be done, that will be that, and all will be well with us. Sincerity, Original Nature, And the Virtues that are ours from birth are our helpers along the way. With the three weapons and the three helpers, we have all we need to find what needs to be done and do it in each situation as it arises through all the days that lie ahead. Take heart! Mind how you go! Peace be with you! All along the way!
Without a grounding, organizing, motivating, directing cultural mythology, we are lost, at loose ends, with only money as our reason for living. Money for what? We don't know. All we can come up with is for making more money. Maybe we will go into space. For what? What is there? Nothing. So we just zoom around a bit and come back in order to talk about it. We have to have something to talk about. So we go big game hunting, do drugs, do sex and talk about it. We have to have something to show for it. For having lived. We live for nothing. We can't talk about nothing. So we talk about each other. Juice ourselves up hating each other. It is almost like being alive. We are drowning in the wrong kind of emptiness. It is the emptiness of being filled with dread, hatred, anger, anxiety... It is not emptiness at all. We are afraid of the right kind of emptiness. There is nothing there. We are terrified of nothing. But, nothing is our last hope. If we can sit still in the silence and open ourselves to the experience of nothing long enough, something will stir to life and call our name out of the Mystery on the other side of nothing. That is the beginning of the construction of our own personal mythology. Whereof the Mystery? What's there? The Mystery is the Ground of Being-- where we come from, where we return to. We are extensions of the Mystery, aspects of the Mystery. We are the Mystery ourselves. Being open to the Mystery is the great adventure of being alive! Being closed to the Mystery is having to make up our own reasons for being alive. Money is all we can come up with. Money for what? For making more money is all we can think of. Sitting on the Mystery, we count our coins and call it really living. We are really living now, aren't we? Isn't this the life, though? Look at all this money! Isn't this something? It is nothing. And we are filled with the wrong kind of emptiness because we won't open ourselves to the Mystery, the Wonder, the Radiance, at the bottom of it all. Because we are afraid there is nothing there. Clutching nothing, we huddle in fear of nothing. When nothing is our only hope.
Confronted with the Mystery, we have no choice but to construct a mythology to explain, to make sense of, the Mystery. That mythology has to take everything into account-- has to see and say how this connects with that, flows from that, leads to that, and here we are. A mythology that works today to settle us into the world we live in as servants of the Mystery, here and now, has to speak to us in ways that harmonize us with all we know to be so. The old mythologies worked fine in their day, but Copernicus and Galileo and Einstein and their ilk laid all those mythologies to rest without offering an up-to-date mythology in their place. And, worse than that, they declared "There is no Mystery! It is all nothing more than facts waiting to be discovered!" There are no facts that aren't mysteries waiting to be perceived! Honored! Revered! Mythologized! Mystery is the Ground of Existence and Experience! Mystery is the Heart of Life and Being! It is Mystery all the way down! It is our place to recover the lost sense of awe and wonder, reverence and radiance, in response to the realization of the Mystery of who we are and why we are here, now. And create a mythology that honors it all.
Our mythology has to incorporate our own personal story within the story of the world up to right here, right now, encompassing where we come from and where we are going-- with particular emphasis upon our original nature and the virtues that are ours to serve and to share, and their origin being our origin in the Mystery out of which we come and to which we return. We are here to tell the story that we write with our life-- with all of our lives fitting together as the story of the species, to be told and retold around campfires, or their equivalent, through eons to come. We start with who we are and what is ours to do, issuing as they do from the source that brings us all into being with, "Here you are, and this is what you have to work with-- see what you can do with it in the time that is yours to live!" How we balance our original nature and our virtues and live in harmony with one another within the context and circumstances of our life is the story that is ours to tell/live out as it unfolds before us in each situation as it arises day by day throughout our life. Our mythology is what we tell ourselves about our life experience to make it all possible, to organize our life, guide and direct our boat on its path through the sea, sustain and motivate ourselves through the trials and ordeals that must be surmounted all along the way. Who are we? How do we know? What is ours to do? How do we know? What is deepest, truest, best about us? How do we incorporate, exhibit, express, that in the life we live within this context and these circumstances every day? What helps/enables us in the work that is ours to do with the virtues that are ours to work with? Our answers to these questions, and all the others that beg to be answered, constitute our mythology, the things we say to keep us going in light of our experience of all that is. What say you? How do you articulate what is you and yours to do within your experience of being alive? Saying what needs to be said and asking the questions that beg to be asked constitutes the work of mythologizing our life and our reason for being. What say you?
It is our place-- our work--to perfect ourselves, not in light of some moral ideal, but in service to our original nature and the virtues that are ours to serve and to share throughout the time left for living. Our challenge is to be who we are, in sync with that which is deepest, truest and best about us, in conjunction with the time and place, context and circumstances, of our living. We are rarely welcome to be who we are, but, without resistance/opposition, we would never come forth by rising to the occasion and doing what calls us to action on the field of action. Joseph Campbell said, "It took the Cyclops to bring out the hero in Ulysses." It takes our life to bring out what we are capable of doing. We would never think that into being. We have to live ourselves into our essential self-- birthing ourselves all the way to the grave. This means integrity is the ultimate value, not wealth. Success means aligning ourselves with ourselves, understanding that when we are transparent to ourselves, we are "transparent to transcendence." That when we are our natural self, we are as the Buddha was, "one thus come"-- one fully come-- as the Christ was, and can say about ourselves as Jesus said about himself, "The father and I are one" (Substitute "the Source" for "the father," and you say all that can be, or needs to be said). Our work is our life: To be one with the Source, with the Mystery at the center of us all, and to live in ways that make that plain.