The Nature of Nature.
Ever since I’ve come back from Burning Man there’s been something on my mind…
At Burning Man you meet a lot of good people
People who are out to stop hunger
Save the planet
Make things a little more just in a lot of different senses
In fact.. There was a giant replica of Wall St. that they eventually blew up…
While 50,000 people cheered
And I’m all for this…
Being kind… Being fair
But the thing is…
I don’t see that much difference between Wall St. and Burning Man
In fact — I don’t see much difference between Wall St. and anything for that matter
Every family, church, school, government, sporting event, yoga class or shamanic circle
I’ve ever participated in
Seems to be under the same genetic guidance
A voice telling us to establish a pecking order
It’s kind of the elephant in the room whenever you talk about anything spiritual
Or anything social
or political for that matter…
It’ the Nature of Nature.
Not HUMAN nature.
And it’s not necessarily pretty.
Depending on your perspective..
Let me try to explain..
Say you go to a national park …
While at the park you watch a bear catch a salmon from a river
There’s three perspectives there.
For you it was a stunning example of the circle of life.
For the bear it was lunch.
For the fish… the fucking worst day of it’s life.
Or when you stumble upon one of those giant, old trees in the forest…
It feels almost magical
Have you ever noticed the ground around it is almost always baron?
And did you spend one moment thinking about all the lesser plants that sadly
lost their nutrients to the magical, old tree’s giant root?
Or how in the last blog I talked about cells…
The body makes a bazillion cells to make a single fingernail
Then tells all but the top 1% to kill themselves because they are no longer needed
Sound sort of familiar?
Is it evil?
I don’t know… I just know it IS.
In a Darwinian sense… it’s what life DOES
I strongly doubt the cells know they are dying for a fingernail…
And that’s my point.
It’s nearly impossible to see the purpose from a perspective.
Is it possible human life is just some sort of cosmic fingernail?
I’d say it’s probable.
I recognize this whole concept sounds kind of cold…
Make no mistake..
I would truly love to see everyone have enough
And we could…
Everyone could have JUST enough… right above the poverty line.
BOOM - problem solved..
But is that REALLY going to happen?
Are the haves REALLY going to sacrifice that much for the have-nots?
Is that REALLY how you ever see life play out?
So what to do?
I certainly don’t believe a change in policy will matter much…
In fact … if you tore the whole system down…figured out the bugs
Built a new one where everything was equal
Where everyone was represented..
I could almost guarantee, given enough time
It would look about the same as it does now.
Survival of the fittest is programmed deep inside every thread of our DNA.
But I say there IS a solution.
While human beings as a species are probably just a cosmic fingernail…
A human being (singular.. and this goes for all living things)
Is the entire kitten caboodle
Through the power of perspective we embody the entire experience
If I may quote Jesus Christ
“The Kingdom of God is inside you”
So… if you want “change”
Be the world you’d like to see.
If enough of us do it… maybe we, as a whole, will transcend being just a cosmic fingernail
Or maybe we won’t.
A psychedelic priest once asked something of me that made this whole mess make
a little more sense…
“If I draw a circle
And I put every thing that exists in that circle
Everything that’s EVER existed
The whole universe …
And then you put your finger in that circle
How many things are in that circle?”
And everything else.