What a year ahead!
So far, it’s gotten off to a great start. Some of the most awesome cinema I have seen in years is playing in theaters (Django Unchained, Hitchcock, Life of Pi, Lincoln, to name a few). Palestine is now an unofficial nation. Obama’s back in office. Weed is legalized in Colorado, a potential first step towards ending drug wars. A grand total of nine states (plus two Native American nations, Washington DC and two states under specific circumstances) recognize same-sex marriage. Families are plump and bonds are healed after the holidays. My yoga practice is picking up on a whole new level. And classes at CalArts resume in just a week. Things are looking up.
And yet, there is a terrible dark side to the start of this year. Real tragedies have occurred. The Sandy Hook massacre that took the lives of 26 bright people. The war in Syria that, according to the UN, has already resulted in 60,000 casualties, and counting. The Benghazi attacks in Libya. Record heat waves, droughts, floods and melting in 2012. Sex scandals, rape and women’s reproductive rights on the battlegrounds of politics. The bad news always seems to outweigh the good news, and it keeps on piling up.
But here’s the best news:
THIS IS OUR CHANCE.
The timely release of the miraculous film Lincoln is uncanny, because in truth we, all of us, are stepped on on the world’s stage now, the fate of human dignity in our hands. Blood’s been spilt to afford us this moment – Now, Now, NOW!
Humanity is at stake. With almost 7 billion of us on the planet, it is more crucial than ever that we ALL start taking action. There has never been a better time than now. Social media, like it or not, has brought the entire world in contact with one another, and human beings are inextricably linked forever more. Rather than allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the amount of work we have to do, we can start owning our unlimited potential, start acting as a community and work together to fix all of our problems. It is possible.
Why? How? Because human beings ARE unlimited. Look at everything human beings have done, and still do! Evidence of human ingenuity dates back to a boggling 12,000 years. Really it has only been in the last 300 (50o if you really want to go back to basics) that we have been screwing things up so terribly. It only took 50 years for the atmosphere to reach 394.39 ppm (as of December 2012), an unprecedented level in our lifetimes. But if we all act NOW we can reverse some of climate change’s worst effects.
Call me crazy, but I see no need for despair. What would be the point? We’ve all got to live, all 7 billion of us (yeesh…), so might as well live on the bright side. The JOY side. And humans have known how to live in joy for thousands of years! It’s only been in the last 500 that we’ve really started to fuck up and divert from our blissful origins. In the very, very early beginnings people lived in accordance to the Earth’s rhythms, and She dictated how we went about our lives. People birthed and died and made love and grew their own food – it was simple. Ignorance is a bad thing – innocence is not. We have arisen into an age of uncountable ignorance – arrogance – defiling Earth’s wisdom, and so our own.
And I for one am convinced that all human beings are here for a reason. There are so many of us and the Earth, our home and our way of life, is in such crisis. Yes, it is because there are so many of us, but also, there could be so many of us because the world needs ALL of our help. Every person on this planet is unique and has their own special talents to offer that can make the world a better place – imagine what the world will look like in 100, 200, 1000 more years, when everyone everyone everyone lets go of their fear and helps each other out, offers their goodness and innovation in love and trust?
I for one am going to live my life in this manner, no matter how few or how many are inspired to do the same. I have my own gifts to offer, and I know that they can and will help to make this world a better place. Now is my moment. Now is OUR moment.
- Abraham Lincoln: A compass, I learnt when I was surveying, it’ll… it’ll point you True North from where you’re standing, but it’s got no advice about the swamps and dessert and chasm that you’ll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp… What’s the use of knowing True North?
Abraham Lincoln: Euclid’s first common notion is this: Things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other. That’s a rule of mathematical reasoning and its true because it works – has done and always will do. In his book Euclid says this is self evident. You see there it is even in that 2000 year old book of mechanical law it is the self evident truth that things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other.
Obama has proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month – a thoughtful gesture and another good sign.
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