When i heard Karen Armstrong say (in
her TED speech: The Charter for Compassion): “Humans, as a species,
have an amazing tendency to mess up beautiful things”, i thought:
“Yes, she is right.”
With every new step we take in life,
two possibilities (and very often realities) seem to show up: we can
either use it for the greater good of mankind or we can use it to
destroy. And whether there is just a thin line between these two or
a vast amount of space, we always seem to find a way to cross it. But
why? Why, if each one of us only desires to be loved, to be happy, to
feel surrounded by soul mates, to feel connected, how come the world
looks like this?
I try to live my daily life out of love
for people, not out of hatred, disgust, envy, proud, ... I believe that each men in himself is
good. And if his actions turn out to be the opposite, it is probably
only because of pain, weakness, fear, ignorance, confusion, etc. But the big world i see all around me, does not show me that same
The news and politics have never really
been able to catch my attention. Always the same misery anyway. And if there
maybe was one politician with the best of intentions or with better
visions, he would probably just as well be drawn into that seemingly inevitable vortex of power and greed. So i thought there was not really anything that
could be done in the end.
I did not see any further than that
which already was, and is.
Therefore i am very grateful to two
people that have, through the internet, connected me with new
existing ideas and visions about the future for mankind. One of them is my nephew, who is surprising me more and more with the depth of his thoughts and his (for an adult) amazing capacity of wonder. The other one is someone i only vaguely knew from some drunken bar
nights, and of whom i had no idea whatsoever that he was in any way concerned with the bigger picture. And it does not even matter what these ideas i encountered were.
What does matter is, that i have read about things that go through the
borders of the existing social and economical structures of today.
When it's about the past, many of us
agree, that a lot of things only came about because of crazy
dreamers. Now, we are grateful for the struggles they surpassed.
Now, we are grateful for the courage they had facing adversity and
oppositon. But in that same now, it seems to be so much more
difficult, to accept the new “crazy dreamers”.
Yes, but that's not realistic.
Yes, but they will never allow that.
Yes, but that will be abused.
Yes, but ....
I do not want to be a “yes,
but”-person anymore. I want to become part of that community of people that believes it
will be possible for mankind to shape its very own future in the long
Then again, i have never been an
activist. I really do not have the proper economical feeling,
organisational talents, nor the necessary scientifical
background, in order to help shape this future in a concrete way. So
if this is all i am not, what am i then?
Well, i have always been a lover of wise and hopeful words that can be a gentle guide to the heart, mind and soul in their aspirations to learn to work together, regardless of where they came from.
And there are two things i would like to emphasize here:
The first one is: "regardless of where they came from”. Because, though i can call myself a searching soul, i have never been able to really go all the way in one direction. I suppose you could call that curiosity and wide interests, but you could just as well call it inconstancy or lack of discipline. The result of this being though, that I have been interested in people who sometimes came from very different directions, and therefore have great respect for all the different roads of my fellow searching souls.
And the second one is: "in their aspirations". Perfection is not the final finish of an intention. It is reached every time we make an effort. "And remember, we all stumble, every one of us. This is why it is good to go hand in hand." - E. K. Brough
So when i finally got internet in my
own little private home, i was thinking about what i wanted to share of all this and how. But then
quite quickly i decided to drop the idea completely. My
computerscreen was already so filled up with words from everywhere
and everybody, that i felt naive, almost childish, thinking i might
have something to say or share. Or at least, that's what i was
afraid of that some people might think.
But the more i read, and the more i learned about what was already bubbling all over the world, the more i started to feel embedded in something bigger, in something real.
And this feeling made me not care any more about what some other
people might think.
So yes, i will sign up for one of the tasks
that also needs to be done (together with already many others): i will help to spread the believe in
Music, words, interesting video's ... buddhism, native american wisdom, lighthearted new age stuff or famous thinkers from the past, ... small local initiaves, big global world visions, ... whatever i already have in my backpocket, find through others or stumble upon by accident for the very first time, ... as long as it carries the love and respect for
life, courage and the seed of the believe in dreams, it is worth sharing, I think.
Because, even though there is a chance
that we might fuck up,
WE SHOULD NEVER, EVER, DENY
THE POSSIBILITY OF TRYING TO DO IT RIGHT!
Life to all of you!
12 april 2012
"Through darkness, turmoil and doubt they walk on; when all hope seems lost and the night never ends, their gazes remain fixed on the phantom dawn ... Their boots tread on the ashes of the old world and the foundations of the future they will bring." (quote from one of the reactions on the song here below)
Future World Music – Dream