A moment in time I will never forget was in November 2016. I was at my parents house and the results of the US election came in. It was a very sad moment. It effected me for days afterwards.
I thought at the time that the shining light upon the hill was sure to dim with a narcissistic leader who thrives on chaos, bullying, venom and division. But what choice did the good people have? Not much at all with both sides equally corrupt in their own way. It was either between a Dalek or at least one horsemen of the apocalypse.
In any country, leaders are symptomatic of a greater energy at play. And so much has come to play out. Not just in America — populism is sweeping the world obliterating reason and creating disunity. And it essentially boils down to blaming others for problems that are collectively all of our own making.
I like to engage with the world with all the joys and the mind blowing raptures. But it’s hard at times when the world seems to be going completely potty.
Spirituality is where I find my centre. I call my philosophy a kind of emergent neutrality, essentially a Taoist sentiment, so I don’t have a rallying cry for one path or ambition for the world over another. But I do live in this dimension and feel the world’s merriments and frailties. We all do, do we not?
And surely all of us deep down want our fellow persons to be well in body and mind; to be able to express feelings and creativity in an environment that nurtures all. Isn’t that our greatest humanity, to have such things not just in words and thoughts but in our deeds?
America — please dig down deep, find your strength and keep that dimming light alive. Don’t let it go out. We need the warmth, the compassion, the heartfelt sensibility that it brings to the world.