A few months ago, I wrote a little satirical piece offering Barack Obama coaching sessions. I assume most of you realized that I did not actually think he would read the post, let alone accept the coaching. It was humor. But it did generate an interesting response from one of my readers which reads as follows:
My Dear God, Arjuna,
you are so utterly naive!!!
Like the whole non-dual awakening movement who are unwilling to look at the deep agendas behind all this…
awaken for god sake, there is plenty of evidence available, plenty of informed information.. yes it is painful to face the horror of it all..
When people post comments on this blog site, I really have the intention to listen carefully. I am not so sure we can find any one thing called a reality. It is always filtered through the way that we see it. Perhaps the closest we come to experiencing reality, in an integral way, is to absorb and understand as many points of view as possible.
Personally, my day to day life really does not have much horror or nightmares in it at all. Perhaps I am lucky that way. I have a wife who I totally adore, and two grown up sons who have turned out, miraculously, to be really quite balanced and mature. God knows where they got that from.
I do what I love for a living. I do not worry about money, and for an old guy, my health is remarkably good.
My friend Douglas has a point too. There is so much broken about the world right now that you could say that there are more holes than buckets.
I try to go on to Google news each day: the most unbiased way to get the news, because it is sorted by algorithms rather than any editorial bias. More or less, it is a litany of woes. The North Pole is melting. There are wars all over the place. Teenagers are killing people with guns because they are bored. Huge corporations are filling our food with chemicals. I don’t need to go on, you know the story as well as I do.
So here is the question for today, dear friend, and I would really love for you to pop your thoughts into the comments box at the end of the blog. What position can an intelligent person take on the state of the world today?
Faced with layer upon layer of evidence of impending doom, you are still going to get out of bed each day and meet the world. What is the smartest way you can show up which will bring you the least regret?
Some people might advocate immersing yourself in social and political action to try and wrestle the riches from the evil 1%.
Some choose diving into the feeding frenzy and doing their best to become one of the 1% yourself. If the Titanic is going down, you might as well be eating in the first class lounge.
Some people might suggest a spiritual approach: see all this as an illusion and transcend into higher realms.
I would love to hear your thoughts, and I will comment on the most interesting ones next week. In this context, let me finish with a little story that I love:
A man is walking on the top of a cliff late at night. It is very dark. There is no moon. He stumbles and falls, but on his way down to his death, he catches hold of a root poking out of the side of the cliff.
Now here he is, hanging on for dear life. After some time he looks up above himself and at the top of the cliff he can see two tigers have now arrived, growling at him. He looks below and he can see huge waves crashing on the rocks. If he fell, it would certainly be to his death. He holds on to that root even tighter.
Then appear two mice: one white, one black, who begin to gnaw at the very root to which he is clinging that is slightly out of his reach. The man’s situation, to say the least, is hopeless.
He looks over to the side and sees, also growing out of the cliff, a wild strawberry plant. Hanging from it is one extremely delicious ripe strawberry. He reaches out to pluck the fruit and puts it in his mouth. “Mmmm,” he says to himself. “Indescribably delicious.”
Today I asked myself, what light does this old story have to shed on our world today?
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