I’ve just witnessed a vitriolic altercation. I feel it in the core of abdomen and find it hard to let it go. Let’s get one thing straight before I begin. There is a difference between altercation and argument (as there is contradiction and argument).
I enjoy argument. Altercation makes me feel uncomfortable. I feel that loss of equilibrium, like when you witness someone bullying another and imagine how your response should have been different.
As many of you know, my last year has been a process of disconnection from the normative systems that are ruling the one life we can be certain of, and finding that more spiritual connection those systems discourage us from engaging in. For others, the transition can be more spontaneous. For example, life-threatening and near-death experiences may instigate a desire for living more meaningfully. There are side-effects to greater connectedness. I’m feeling the pain of the world more acutely. One astronaut described his experience of looking at Earth from space as “instant global consciousness”.
“When you’re up there, you’re no longer an American citizen or a Russian citizen. Suddenly all those boundaries disappear; you are a planetary citizen.”
I’ve stolen the quote from today’s course of the film feast. Watching it today enabled my return to a state of equilibrium and homeostasis. It’s quite meditative!
I present to you:
Peter Russell’s, The Global Brain.
Featured Image: Alison Popkorn “Gaia- EARTH DAY”