All the rushing around and bumping into things aren’t going to ever add up to fulfilment and purpose. Incessant doing-ness is but a coping mechanism for the spirit’s unrest; rest more.
There is nothing you truly need to do, save to alleviate the grand delusion, to know thy self and to sing your song. Consider that the days of unconscious routine and mass conformity are well over — unless we are truly content on plowing through resources, poisoning the sea, leveling the forests, building and developing and “progress-ing” in utterly cyclical insanity… spreading across the planet as quickly as the viral outbreaks we deathly fear and make so many movies about.
Some are choosing to build communities off-grid and unplugged, designing holistically, and organically, in concert with nature and utilizing simpler means. These values can and do benefit the broader collective and every human, to some degree. Centralized systems of distribution of food and electricity are dysfunctional, greedy, inefficient, and quite unnecessary. We need to reconnect with our neighbors, rather than put up more cameras, locks, gates and fences.
As I see it, children need conscious, present parents, yet much of an entire generation (well, several) were themselves not properly parented or guided or mentored, resolved reluctantly to fumble through as best they could, largely severed from the wisdom of elders.
Predictably, kids are disappearing into apps, and social media, and VR, and video games (addictive and distracting tech and toys exasperated parents use to occupy them), partly because they can’t process or understand the persistent anxiety of their parents… and they’re certainly in no rush to face their fate and the accepted, maddening reality that “adults” live, every day.
Hold your children. Laugh with them. Play more. You have to know they want your happiness and don’t want to feel like a burden. There’s enough policing and monitoring. Trust them. Know them. Let them know you.
What if we tried curiosity over control and manipulation; love over force; patience over punishment; conscience and character over fiction, gossip, and cowardice…?
Employ fewer words with a deeper authenticity.
Spend more time outdoors. Rest more. Be easier on yourself. Allow more silence and space for intuition and inspired action. Recognize coping mechanisms and the unconscious rigmarole — and even in the most seemingly mundane, look again.
Love your life