We are a work in progress

When the U.S.A. evaluated citizens during WWII, “People were shocked when 1.75 million Americans were rejected for service because of mental disability.” The Counselor …as if soul and spirit matter. p156

When a 21 year old man shoots nine people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and a 26 year old father evicted from his home because of domestic violence, drives into a crowd at 140km/h killing three people in Graz Austria, then jumps out of the car randomly stabbing people, we might need to ask different questions than those being reported in the press.

What is behind this escalating level of uncontrolled anger in the world? An earlier blog post explains the important purpose of Essentially anger, which arises when we disagree with something, gives us a new awareness of ourselves and our place in the world. We each have the responsibility of managing this anger, not just for ourselves but for the world.

Humanity as a whole is learning to be self-governing. We no longer need the King or the President to guide us; we have access to something far greater than that. It is called the human ‘I’. This ‘I’ takes us beyond automated, unconscious soul behaviours into a realm where we can decide in any given moment what is right for us and at the same time right for the world.

If we think of the world and it’s people as an organism having a body, soul and spirit, then this ‘I’ of humanity is screaming out to be recognised. We shut it out through our use of media and technology, and by taking away personal responsibility through policing etc..

The anger expressed by others, no matter how violent, is part of us just as much as a stubbed toe is part of us. It is not something out there that someone else is doing. What can we do about it? We can each take very seriously the task of connecting with the destiny of humanity and becoming aware of our ‘I’. The longer we ignore this work the greater will be the anger arising in the world and we only have ourselves to blame. Those who commit unspeakable acts of violence are the alarm bells.

To connect with our ‘I’ means to love and to forgive, to understand and to hold everyone in our hearts as we recognise the struggle we each have with the work of becoming fully human, fully connected with the fourth member of our being, the ‘I’.

Odilon Redon Melancholy 1876

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