Enlightened self-interest is wisdom. Everything has a cost and you will have to pay in one way or another. If you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t, I feel it’s better to do what you will and accept the consequences.
My kids are at a pow-wow this weekend with their grandparents. That is their sense of self. The tradition of our ancestors that keeps them and me grounded. That is individually. As a whole, I am not sure. Now we get to why there is such an effort to revive the oldest rituals and belief systems.
Some things change only by one of the oldest and most primitive processes in the human psyche, impression by example. The rationalist looks insane when all the rest of the tribe is having a passionate rain dance. Even clinically, they have had to redefine the terms they use for assessing delusional and psychotic belief. They recognize that an adamant rejection of culturally held values can be evidence of psychosis as it results in non-adaptive behaviours and attitudes that undermine that individuals well being.
The psychological change is only a half step, and a job half done is often worse than a job untouched. It causes other things to be done poorly or even done so they do damage. This recognition is valuable, but it has to go deeper.
A synthesis of the old and the new is necessary. Sanctity without sanctimony. Rectification without self righteousness.
What will be the result of this new common awareness on social order? We will move into an era that we have a description of only in our very oldest stories and mythology.
There is a time that manifests in many forms world wide. I personally refer to it as the dreaming or dream time. With the potential that is arising now, we could move into a new dream time with feats of creativity unthinkable to even our current awareness.
Something to imagine as a parting thought. All reality being as adaptable as virtual reality, but structured in such a way as to nurture all of life’s deepest needs. It can be dreamed.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.