There’s a wonderful book by James Hillman and Michael Ventura called “We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy & the World’s Getting Worse”. Here’s a summary from Goodreads:
This furious, trenchant, and audacious series of interrelated dialogues and letters takes a searing look at not only the legacy of psychotherapy, but also practically every aspect of contemporary living — from sexuality to politics, media, the environment, and life in the city.
And, as obvious as it sounds, I feel like that with the whole Inner Work paradigm. I mean, for all the good intent of (in no particular order) religion, spirituality, yoga, mindfulness and any form of esoteric practice, the world isn’t, or at least doesn’t appear to be any getting better. Arguably, with the age of the Anthropocene among and upon us, a good deal worse.
Of course, I can’t possibly know what the world is up, less still the majority of folk but there’s hardly a day that goes by where I don’t read about or listen to another egregious act of mankind perpetrated either on itself (the opposition) or nature — especially nature.
So what indeed!
What does it matter what I say or do? The world, and everyone on it, is going to march in whatever direction they feel inclined, even if or more especially if it leads to our eventual demise.
But it does cause me to wonder?
What would it look like if there was a mass awakening to a kinder, fairer, more loving place? Yes, I know it’s all been said before, but what would it look like? I can only imagine but surely we wouldn’t be so caught up in the must-havery of the day, the wanton extraction and we’d slow down sufficient to see that so many of us are acting on auto-pilot.
Now, I’m sure there are movements in the world that live with grace, love and an openness to the natural world but as a species we seem more capable of tripping each other up — and a good deal worse — than we do of working together in harmony or at least without trying to get the upper hand.
I don’t know. Perhaps I’m living in Lala land to think that we could all or the majority of us coalesce around a few basic principles for a life well-lived. But, let’s face it, when you’ve got a few billion egos all trying to live together, absent a force outwith the ken of my understanding, it’s always going to be this way; namely, there will always be division.
Anyhow, it’s Sunday. I’m not sure what’s on today but I’m here, fully present to whatever the day offers.
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