TWINKLE, TWINKLE and THE WISDOM OF SAINT FRANCIS
Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?
A CHRISTMAS REFLECTION
~ LIVING THE WISDOM OF ST. FRANCIS ~
Most of us know we are not heroes. Most of are not like St Francis who can dive into a life of voluntary simplicity, but most of us our muddlers . . .
We can try here and there . . .
We are all encouraged and allowed to make choices and decision, to do our part, to live in the personal form instead of the commodity culture.
About the commodity culture – it’s not all bad.
It’s given us so many good things – in the world of medicine, in the world of understandable needed comforts for many. But as we all know there seems to be no end to our need for more comfort, more convenience, and things that we thought were luxuries ten years ago have now become even necessities. This is not going to serve us well.
After generations of extravagant and reckless industrial expansion we are clearly entering an age of economic scarcity. While human demands continue to rise natural resources do not, especially the non-renewable kind. These become harder to find and more expensive to extract, process, transport and distribute. This simple brute fact is the basic cause of inflation, despite the inability of most professional economists to see it.
The law of diminishing returns is coming into its full effect. Technological developments can delay the process but they cannot halt or reverse it – nor can we rely on government or big business to save us. Planning for further growth delays the adjustments that must be made. The best way to deal with the end of affluence is to accept it, not fight it, and to begin here and now the unavoidable adaption’s on an individual, family, and community basis – piecemeal, experimental, muddling toward frugality.
Jesus and so many spiritual teachers down to our time say that the only way to experience your own experiences, to experience your own depth, is to live in the personal mode – being present to what is, to what is right in front of you before you judge it, critique it, analyse it, explain it, or try to manipulate it.
It is what it is.
We all have to find very concrete practices, and practice it every day – maybe a bit of chosen solitude, maybe a walk in nature, maybe some silence where I don’t fill the moment with noise, or with any kind of entertainment . . .
As Neil Postman once warned, we are going to “amuse ourselves to death” much more than “our freedoms are going to be taken away from us.”
(the above artwork is from the exhibit Theories of Entanglement by Dan Hudson)
~ Bruce ~