What is the source of our truest heart’s desires? Where do these hopes and longings within us come from? Why are we sometimes given inspirations and visions that sing within us like the music of the dancing galaxies?
If we are here to simply eke out an existence as best we can and then die, where does all that come from and why? Do you think our ideas, desires, and creative visions are for nothing? Electrochemical brain machinery that spins fantasy? Do you believe on some level that you are just being jerked around by anonymous Nothingness, or (worse) a cruel Trickster who is just setting you up for pain and ultimate failure?
This is the survival mentality. Webster defines survival as, “to remain alive or existent.” Is this the Plan for us? Struggle, suffering, loss?
Rather than spouting hopeful platitudes, I invite you to take a good long look at our Mother Earth. Is this really how She operates? Yes, life can be tough, unfair, and it inevitably ends (or changes forms). Yes, there are times and places where some life forms are on the margins of extinction and collapse. Yes, death comes to all. But all in all, does Nature only barely scrape by? Is Gaia stingy?
Doesn’t it seem instead that Nature drives Her children to thrive? Did you know that there are over 350 species of parrots? Parrots. Not “birds.” Now if some of us were creating the world, and we wanted to have parrots, I can see, oh, maybe 10 or maybe 100, just to be really generous. But 350?
There are over 20,000 different species of the family Asteraceae, which is sometimes referred to as the family of daisies. Daisies, folks. This does not include carnations, iris or lilies. Mama Gaia offers five thousand species of sponges; and several hundred species of trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus (oak) alone.
So where do we get off thinking that the resources are just not there when it comes to humans in general, and us in particular? I would propose that based on the evidence of the spectacular, ridiculous diversity and abundance in Nature, survival is not the name of the game. Thriving is.
This is not just semantics. It frames our entire world view and how we operate from day to day. So I’ll have lots more to say about it tomorrow.