Wednesday, June 10, 2009
appreciation through acceptance
Bindings to materiality.
Stress rooted in superficial responsibility....
To be and stay distracted from the most noble gift to oneself: appreciating the present moment.
The majority of energy is spent on preparation for the future. Unlike our other mammalian "family members" we have the luxury of not being in a constant state of preparation for future survival, i.e. storing food for the winter, building shelter ourselves in every season, etc. This is some of the fruits of agriculture, communal cooperation and the forces of various industries. This luxury of, well, luxury has spawned various forms of art, entertainment, invention, etc. All of this is out of what I believe to be an attempt to better the collective human situation. These contributions to the human collective are ways in which individuals try to enrich lives whether it is from a physically applied contribution, a cultural contribution, or a contribution for the end of convenience of existence. (It could be argued that some of the convenience aspect side of this idea have gone to far at the hands of capitalism, but we can save that for another branch of discussion.)
Although we have this luxury of time, I have noticed in various situations and location that we as a collective tend to get caught up in matters that do not in any positive way contribute to our own condition. The illusion that these concerns leads to a future goal rooted in benefit is so pervasive that our sensibilities are askew. (again this may come back to capitalism and the social conditioning that has resulted in its effectiveness).
We are all guilty to some degree of another of allowing these kinds of tendencies to interrupt genuine affinity for life. Philosophical, spiritual and natural affinities may be taken for granted, dismissed or met with indifference from the preference of superficiality and self interest to no known end. I try to remind myself when I am fortunate enough to notice that I have allowed my head-space to wander into such locations the following:
We are sitting on a rock, spinning around a fireball!!
What could be more humbling and amazing than that idea? If this rock were any closer or farther from "our" fireball, any life resembling our own notions of what life is would not be present let alone be able to survive. It could only benefit our condition to keep in mind a sustained appreciation for the over arching situation that we find ourselves in as we maintain our daily responsibilities.