Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Who Wants To Be Smart?

Despite the extensive and very expensive efforts of small numbers of people to try and make us all dumb, I am continually amazed that so many of us continue to resist and actually manage to learn and grow. In fact, I actually harbor a deep seated hope that people are capable learning, wisdom and enlightenment. In my personal experience (and personal experience is the thing that lets you resist the dumb-ass propaganda we are bombarded with) we each of us have exactly what we need to wake up right now in this present moment. If we fail to take advantage for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a week, that is okay. The Universe continues to give each of us unlimited chances to try again. So look around and look within. We can get past habits of thinking and reacting. We can get past unfounded opinions. Most of the time we are not aware of our breathing, yet breathing continues and sustains us. Most of the time we are not aware of the beating of our heart, yet the heart keeps beating and sustains us. Now. In this eternal present moment. Accept the challenge; bring the unconscious into your consciousness. Ask the big questions: Who am I? What is worthwhile? Why am I here? Who is asking this question?

See what happens. You may learn things that are more powerful than the mind-numbing propaganda that passes for news, entertainment, education and religion in our modern world. Words cannot always describe what you might learn, but it is still worth the effort. Or as Chuang-Tzu is reported to have said, “The sound of water says what I think.” Good luck.

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