Original post; July 30, 2012
Today, multiple realities, parallel universes and the complexities of living appear instantly at log-in. I am fascinated, curious, and stuck in amazement and a shock of contrasts skimming the news which leaves me with the desire to reflect and make meaning for myself. The still point between stimulus and action, the gap of conscious decision making, growing wide as the Amazon in a heart beat.
First up, rebuilding Afghanistan: a reminder of the commitment to build schools and hospitals over the longer run and the time and resources required to do that. Thomas Friedman reminded us yesterday that the real financial choice that we face very shortly is schools in Afghanistan or boomers with Alzheimer’s. And that might not be just a budgetary choice or patriotic choice. It might be generational; investing in youth over long term nursing care of the aged.
Second, Uruguay’s entrepreneurial/innovative head of state has led his administration to explore building a bureaucracy to respond to the legalization of drugs; administration, warehousing, taxing, shipping, etc. This would allow law enforcement to focus on traffickers rather than users. As someone who has lived in ‘dry’ Kansas and whose parents used to date while bringing ‘booze’ over the bridge from Missouri to Kansas, I wonder why more of this creative thinking isn’t going on elsewhere. Controlling is so much more effective than prohibiting anything! Why Uruguay and not here??
Third, aerial snipers from drones who work from Virginia killing bad guys in Afghanistan need counselors and religious support in Virginia just as they needed it on the ground when they were hiding behind some sandy, hot wall. But now the contrast between what they spend their days doing and the world of McDonalds and commuters that they pass on their way home (to play with their kids – which is what their targets were doing today) causes the same mind-numbing, PTSD-provoking stress. It isn’t just the experience of a video game. [I wonder if they need to be concerned with the target becoming aware of being stared at like they do on the ground.] Wait! What are we doing to ourselves here??
And last up on my screen, The Daily Word. Today it is Prosperity. Focus on the world of abundance around me. “I focus on abundant good. I think about the people I have loved, the kindnesses I have received, and the opportunities I have been given. The more I think about how prosperous I am, the more prosperous I feel. The more prosperous I feel, the more willing I am to claim the prosperity that is mine by divine birthright.” Wait! This is coming from another channel. Stop. Re-tune to thisresonance.
An hour later (spent crossing this Amazon) the moment of choice becomes the seduction of engaging in these different realities that pop up at a click, or focusing on my own reality of abundance and good. It is quite comforting to remember that I can let the other bits of data, information and knowledge float in and right back out and that I don’t really need to shut the windows and doors and live in the dark. Focus on the meaning before me.
Matthew Fox has a daily thought for a day in September that says that we can’t fix or even completely understand the state of the world around us and ‘besides, it is none of our business…the Captain is on the Bridge.’ So I detach myself long enough to write this and remind myself of what, and who, matters in my life, today. But that other bubble is SO interesting….