“This great evil.
Where's it come from?
How'd it steal into the world?
What seed, what root did it grow from?
Who's doing this?
Who's killing us?
Robbing us of life and light.
Mocking us with the sight
of what we might have known.
Does our ruin benefit the Earth?
Does it help the grass to grow
or the sun to shine?
ls this darkness in you, too?
Have you passed through this night?”
- The Thin Red Line (1998)
Perhaps we like to think that someone, somewhere is ‘pulling the strings’ and that they are in charge. We imagine an illuminati of controllers secretly running the world for their own evil benefit be they politicians, bankers or the mythical 1%.
However when you really look into it you will find that these people are actually also human beings. This revelation suggests they too may be vulnerable to the same greed, fear, envy, joy, love and anger as the rest of us. This disquieting discovery means that in fact we may all ultimately be responsible for the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Our leaders and bankers are a function of our own consciousness and they suggest that we are both comfortable living in denial (witness the EZ crisis) and quite happy becoming rich without understanding why (witness the housing bubble.) Therefore this crisis is really no less than we deserve.
Unfortunately most of the reactionary protest of our times seems to be putting the cart of greater equality and a ‘fairer’ society before the horse of our own deformed and lowly consciousness.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
- A. Einstein