When a condition is at the stage of thought, you can change your mind. When it’s become a feeling, it impresses the environment, and when it’s become an action, you are then stuck with the consequences.
Is there a common ground to humanity?
The planet is the common ground. Survival? Survival is no longer a common ground. The harmony of nature has grown to be too altered. The coherent context that the planet once provided has lost much of its original character. It’s not dead, but it is changed and changing.
The common ground is free will? Actually, the concept of free will is why we struggle with the current nihilism. The tendency to see free will as the bottom line for meaning. Supposedly, anything has meaning only to the degree that you give it meaning. Even our children believe this currently. Hopefully, they will grow out of that.
But does the societal order really wish for all to have and use free will? It does not. That’s the important point. We are stuck in a conflict that has ceased to have any meaning. Individual free will versus the rule of law. Cultural progress versus personal self advancement. This binary thinking will drive us all absolutely crazy if it doesn’t end.
What do we share here? Here, right now. Us, here and now. What keeps our teens so passionately connected to their “smart phones”?
Connection to friends, their clan? It goes deeper, and strangely still remains unseen. Deeper than consensus. Awareness.
In this moment, and in this venue, we are sharing an awareness. A focus of attention. Why this is not enough is simple. Though we share this awareness, there is little knowing about how awareness works, what exactly awareness means, and how it shapes us and what we might need to do with it. We mistake the senses for the sensor. Our teens are trying to find the sensor, or their sense of identity, online. This is why MMO games are so addictive (one of many reasons), but addictions are not evidence of toxicity. They are symptoms of desperation. We have a need.
So the sense of self is the common ground? Well, we don’t actually have a real sense of self, and we need it. We have an assumed sense of self. Is it working? Individually and as a whole?
To me, it seems the self emulated from these platforms are busy assuming they are correct in assuming everyone else in an instant. Indeed. They need guidance on what to actually look for. How to see deeper. How to tell quality information from superficial psychological noise.
We’re after a common awareness? That feeling we get when someone says, “I see what you mean.”? Yes.
It’s hard to expect that from people. I’ve had a run-in recently with a “champion of reason”. He reasoned I was closed minded and unreasonable. The door was closed in my face. Fascinating how that works, eh?
Run your fingers through my soul. For once, just once, feel exactly what I feel, believe what I believe, perceive as I perceive, look, experience, examine, and for once, just once, understand.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.