Sunday, April 25, 2010

When your construction is destructive...

There was a time when I was made to prove climate change and the general damage to the biosphere of the planet to people. There is a factual side to it: Life on Earth is possible only because a number of parameters lay in certain very narrow ranges. Some of these are clearly environmental. The Earth has just the right temperature and pressure to have lived with water. – Stephen Hawking

There is another way to “prove” this. If you can invoke the right emotions in people you might achieve the same thing. Consider documentaries and products designed to raise awareness about nature conservation. You will notice that emotive words such as “home” instead of “ecosystem” and “birth” instead of “creation” are used. I find this kind of approach a lot more effective. A tool more powerful than human thought seems to be human feeling.

People are by nature opportunistic and selfish. So what does all this have to do with me? What that question asks is “How am I connected to the rest of the broader sense of the word life and the idea of nature?” These scientist guys seem to think we like to separate ourselves from nature; that it is in our culture to believe that we are superior and have been given dominion over other life forms. Maybe it makes us think we are more free and not held down by restrictions.

Whatever it is, this idea of isolation scares me. Little emo teens and pre-teens slitting their wrists behind closed doors don’t scare me. But the concept of not seeing a need to be involved with and give back to and feel connected by the world and all its elements does. Why do we suppress our reflex to feel?

We all have questions about who we are. We try to answer these questions by living life the way society expects us to. We create identities for ourselves as kids all through primary and high school. Then we graduate from universities and start working, at which point we are empowered to do whatever we choose to and we start questioning what it is we actually want. I believe the answer to this question always lies in the spiritual understanding of the self. We cannot separate our understanding of ourselves from our understanding of Him.

Is it just me or are we expected to think a lot more than we are expected to feel? In fact, thinking doesn’t even seem that important any more. Information is fed to us. RSS feeds, twitter, TV and Youtube is proof of this. Does this mean that we regard our experience of things, and in effect, our feelings about them, as irrelevant for the purpose of learning?

When we visit the mountains, when we sit by the river, when we gaze out at the stars, we feel more than we think don’t we? Don’t we feel a power we know we will never fully understand? Why don’t we feel like a part of the evidence of that power?

Feeling a seamlessness with the biosphere we live in is respecting the balance and all other forms of life, it’s feeling an intrinsic connection with the people we grow to love, it’s feeling a connection to God which, I believe will answer all our questions. I believe that the solution to so many of our problems lies in understanding the feelings within us that inspire the thought to drive the necessary change. The reason it has the power to inspire is because we all feel, on some level that the world we live in is a part of us. I want us to feel so much more.


Your Rocky Spine by Great Lake Swimmers inspired this.
With your soft fingers between my claws
Like purity against resolve
I could tell then, there, we were formed from the clay
And came from the rocks for the earth to display
They told me to be careful up there
Where the wind blows a venomous rage through your hair

5 comments:

neverBlink said...

sometimes i feel like intuition is listening to what He wants.
We think it's our inner voice, but really it's His voice, guiding us to what is best for us.

And then I stop and try and clear my head of the psycho babble and listen to that inner wisdom

it's much better than thinking

anti-verbose said...

Awesome blog! :)

While reading it I thought about that saying... "Follow your heart" and I agree with you, throughout our lives we've been taught to use our heads "Do this coz it's logical.." "Do that coz it makes sense.." even though it never felt right.

So the question is, how do we get ourselves out of a mindset that has been drilled into us all our lives ?

(migration to the mountains anyone ? :) )

CorpseKicker said...

@neverBlink and @anti-verbose - what you 2 are saying sounds like youre agreeing and disagreeing at the same time. She says follow heart. He says follow your head. We should use the union of these 2 to make decisions in life.

Kaloo said...

"Whatever it is, this idea of isolation scares me. Little emo teens and pre-teens slitting their wrists behind closed doors don’t scare me. But the concept of not seeing a need to be involved with and give back to and feel connected by the world and all its elements does."

Theres always a line in a blog that grabs my attention and sums it all up for me.

I totally relate to the concept of giving back as a means to stay connected. The legacy of Nelson Mandela is a fine example. He will be remembered for what he gave back to society, and not what he took from it.

Great blog.

Anonymous said...

Read your article, and thought the content was really good and moving yet I wanted to comment on something. "These scientist guys seem to think we like to separate ourselves from nature;" The reality is that scientists exclude emotion and religion from their processes. "it’s feeling an intrinsic connection with the people we grow to love, it’s feeling a connection to God..." You quote Stephen Hawking, but remember that even he said: "There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works." and also "I am not religious in the normal sense.". Scientists tend to be atheists because of what they know, but normally do not admit it, or get lodged into a conversion around religion because the world is so blinded by it. You say: "You will notice that emotive words such as “home” instead of “ecosystem” and “birth” instead of “creation” are used." The reality here is that scientists are planting the seeds of truth, trying to show people that the actual emotional abuse keeps people afraid and in check in their religion.

Hope you don't delete this comment.