When a student cannot say she wants to vote a certain way without an MP telling her to 'fuck off back to Scotland', it is a sad reflection on humanity and very telling of where we find ourselves.
I've written many times about our desperate need to be right. We all feel it and we all do it, and it plays out like this..
I'm always in the right you see, and because your view is in opposition with mine you must be wrong and therefore I must do everything I can to make you agree with me. I might get agitated, angry even, I might push you around or shout at you, and all because your point of view is not mine. If you don't come round to my way of thinking I will unfriend you. Never mind what went before, if you don't agree with me you're out!
We find it almost impossible to listen to another point of view, and consider it over time. We just can't bear the thought we might be wrong.
If we look, we can often find reflections of our problems in Nature.
I'm looking at this picture I took of spring water. It was bubbling out of the ground, so fresh and clean and vibrant. The sun was lighting it up and giving it every opportunity to express itself. It looks solid, almost like aluminium foil, especially the way it rolls over itself, but I can tell you it wasn't like that at all.
Water flows and adapts itself to its circumstance. It will even change its form to suit its environment. Its very clever. It holds no grudges and never digs in. It flows around obstacles and minds its own business. It doesn't try to convince the trees that overhang that they should behave in a different way. It is strong and content with who and what it is.
We are mostly water, at least 75%, but most of the time we refuse to flow, we refuse to adapt, we keep ourselves rigid and intransigent. We have beliefs about ourselves - I always think like this! My friends think like this! My parents think like this! We go against our true nature time and time again, because we are in the grip of a powerful force.. our ego.
This world is run by egocentrics. They are so convinced of their righteousness they will charge full pelt into Armageddon rather than admit they might be wrong. It seems so hopeless at times.
But I still have hope that one day in my lifetime, there will come a tipping point and there will be more people who put other people and the natural world before themselves and their desire for money... and the need to be right.
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