Here is a recent talk from one of the most inspirational and holistic thinkers on the planet, a man whom I believe is playing a significant role in the healing of the planet, disseminating ideas and compassionately contextualising the modern condition showing clear signposts to the way out.
Somehow, despite the profoundly significant work of an inspiring man who showed the world how to farm in harmony with nature… the majority of modern agriculture is still literally dragging it’s knuckles in the dirt and stumbles on thoughtlessly churning up the earth in a futile attempt to increase upon the abundant supply of food the soil can easily provide. The permaculture movement was pretty much founded upon this man’s work and perhaps it just takes time for the awareness of natural farming and its life-enhancing qualities to be scattered and to germinate. His delightful book The One-Straw Revolution, is more about an attitude to existence than the mechanics of farming and I highly recommend it to anyone.
Although reading 1984 was a life changing experience at age 11, I only got around to reading Brave New World last month and this book, like Orwell’s stark warning of cultural tendencies, highlighted many issues that we would all do well to be aware of if we don’t want to move inexorably towards a communist control paradigm. For anyone who doesn’t think that’s possible in our supposedly ‘free’ society would do well to realise that 8 out of the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto have already been implemented in the West.
A significant theme in Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ is the pervasive use of Soma, a drug which enables the State to maintain a status quo through mass medication. The enormous percentage of the population using prescription drugs today is as high as 70% in some areas with many of those consuming all manner of mood enhancers daily. Add to that the enormous number of people who self-medicate with illegal drugs, alcohol and nicotine and it’s clear we are living in one drugged up society.
But far more insidious is the proliferation and ubiquitous presence of cyber drugs. Has any other phenomenon more effectively isolated people from each other than the sparkling allure of gadget screens? Has any other phenomenon more effectively distracted the public from the injustice of their society? The majority of civilisation spends the significant part of its day scrolling up and down having its perception stimulated by the content which is largely managed by a handful of content providers.
The electronic dummy (or pacifier in the US) is probably the most significant and invisible form of crowd control in the modern world.
Why do individuals often consider themselves to be the one with an issue as they try in vain to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society?
The truth is that all human woe arises as a response to unhealthy environmental conditions. IT IS NEVER THE FAULT OF THE INDIVIDUAL.
However, once this has been acknowledged, it then becomes the responsibility of the individual to act.
Instead of paying a therapist when you are suffering, how about engaging a therapist who gets paid when you are well and whose earnings cease when you are not happy?
By employing this principle, inspired by the Chinese model of medical practice, the therapist has a genuine and guaranteed concern to ensure you attain or remain in a good state of health. This is a different approach to life or health insurance. Invest a vanishingly small sum every week and have the right to see your therapist whenever you want. The therapist equally has the right to make strong recommendations motivated by their vested interest in keeping you well. If a client does not follow the recommendations of the therapist, they lose the implicit right to further treatment unless they are willing to pay more.
Surely this is better for everyone?
What are we supposed to do in this lifetime?
Terence McKenna suggests:
“De-emphasise anxiety… reassure people…
How often do we hear people say “I’m scared about my job, I’m anxious about my relationship, my children…”
Don’t worry… you don’t know enough to worry… that’s God’s Truth.
Who do you think you are to worry?
It’s a total waste of time.
It presupposes such a knowledge of a situation that it’s a form of hubris.”
Wei Po-Yang, known as the ‘father of alchemy’, was asked at the end of his lifetime spent studying the I Ching what he had learned from it, he replied “Worry is preposterous.”
This man has become one of my favourite speakers, every talk I’ve listened to has been engaging, inspirational and informative, delivered with a tenderness and compassion that would soften the hardest of hearts. His insight into health was built upon years of serving as a family doctor combined with his dedication to supporting those in palliative care or with addiction problems. His personal experience of ADD, ADHD, addiction and many other forms of illness results in a deep understanding and inspiring vision of how the whole spectrum of disease is inter-related.