A book was given to me a few weeks ago by the name, Sadhana A Way to God. I am right in the middle pages of the book and the experience so far has been illuminating. It turns out the Jesuits have very compelling views on faith, thought, existence, and spirituality. They have access to solid information and spiritual practices that are perhaps a missing link between East and West. I think the exercises in Sadhana by Anthony de Mello are an exemplary way to deepen one’s understanding of one’s self, existence, internal motivation, and how to widen one’s capacity to receive more inspiration life, God, and the universe. I’ll have more to say on this later.
The ability to fix things, stitch them together so they work again is a fundamental way to understand those things. The resurgence is highlighted in, Can we fix it? The repair cafes waging war on throwaway culture? How many people got a huge boost from taking things apart, exploring, and then figuring out how to make them go? Steve Wozniak led to Apple. What new innovations may appear once the repair culture gets back into full swing?
Close relationships can fritter and dissolve. The reasons seem numerous. One of the ways relationships tend to be measured is through sex. In human experience, few things bond two persons more than intimate coupling. What happens though when what helped fuel a stronger connection between two people is no longer a part of how they correspond? A few are asking Why Americans are having less sex? A similar situation is observed in Japanese men and women giving up dating and marrying friends. The reality is that modern life has better informed people about age-old patterns of coexistence.
More people are aware that 40 – 70% cheat; most formalized intimate relationships end in dissolution; and that modern careers require more including higher commitment to a work situation than a close partner. The linked articles do show that modern technology is a factor. People ignoring each other to stay glued to a cell phone. However, the fault is not the cell phone. The problem is communication and connection.
When direct and solid communication between two people has died, more than likely so does the relationship. A cell phone then is a stand in for the absence of direct, solid communication between two people. What people underestimate is the high likelihood that people grow apart. It actually happens. One person gets more out of their career that changes their life situation which puts them on a different course than the other. The two become unequally yoked and that leads back to a widening divergence in communication.
More than anything though, modern sexuality and relationships are defined by love versus security. Often, people choose their immediate or long-term security over all factors. The modern world is like the old world in that survival is a huge concern. Though stated with humility, people often want the nice, clean car, the nice clean house, to have somebody nearby and to hang out with while traveling. That somebody does not have to be someone they love but merely a person who helps fulfill the criteria for a successful modern life as it takes two incomes to live the dream.
People end up dissatisfied after they check off the boxes on the list. Something is missing. What they have does not satiate the appetite. After a time what can follow is infidelity, indifference, neglect, and a well-disguised coldness symptomatic of a relationship that is not true. Yet, I think the Japanese are on to something. I’ve known people who eventually connected on a deeper level with someone who was their friend for a long time. Connection, communication, natural willingness to endure despite fear of the world, all based in real love instead of throw away sensual pleasures. I think that is the issue with relationships today.
Many people served their country to defend the US Constitution but the document some of them died for is actually being turned into a worthless piece of paper. The news of a New Bill In Congress Would Bypass the Fourth Amendment, Hand Your Data To Police means that to the people in power, the vast masses of people are … nothing. Sheep to be shafted when convenient. What young people should learn about the “American Experiment” is that societies based on democracy are not formed to make people free or to stay free. Instead, seemingly free societies are formed as a more clever means to enrich elites who use the illusion of freedom to get people to buy into a system that serves as a shield for elite prosperity with the best scraps for those who do best in going along with the program. The next time someone says “America”, “Freedom”, and “Flag” know that reality does not always resemble what you may have been taught in civics class.
Humanity goes back as far as 200,000 years and perhaps 300,000. Paleolithic societies show evidence of spiritual practices varying between animism to shamanism as well as socially stratified religious practice. That people have practiced spirituality for 200,000+ years basically means that spirituality is core to human nature. Continue reading
A great movie. Cinematography was perfect. A great story expertly acted, flawlessly paced. A high impact message that love is greater than fear, that strength exists in diversity, and that despite our flaws our inner light worked through an unyielding trust in love can turn the tide in difficult situations and shift us from fear to celebration.
Aramis wrote an excellent response to the question, If you can’t refute god’s existence with facts, does this mean there is a possibility that god might exist?. The response is a good, short, tidy summary of various thoughts on existence and creation. I found Aramis’ description to be the best statement I’ve read on the existence of God.