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|LIFE IN THE TURN LANE
Beverly Jones, May 1, 2010
If running the economy off the cliff makes you money,
you will do it, and you will do it every day of the week.
Philipp Meyer, former trader, Time Magazine, 5-3-10
Alleluia! Indeed! Amid oil spills, volcanic clouds and unbounded greed there are still
signs that this truly is the Easter season. Shoots of new life spring up and not just in the
garden. Even the stalwart political opposition in Congress seems aware that the old is
gone. Maybe, like the emerging butterfly, we are shedding the dead case that has
contained us during our long gestation – from our framework of materialism to a much
more human structure.
Recent encounters highlight the box into which we fit our western view of how the world
works; lo and behold, it’s just one box among many. Those of us who value human life
and its experiences, who see society made of embodied emotions and spirit instead of
money-driven consumers, have had a difficult time in this GDP-driven, hard data, binary
world. So meeting this new life encourages all – we can stop hiding and speak our truth.
I recently spent an evening at our local Hindu Temple. That alone is amazing. Even more
astonishing were the domes of the temple, glowing golden in the sunset, and the three
dimensional, brightly colored icons of deities inside. I could not miss the message:
there is another way to see, another, very different story to explain and enhance human
spiritual experience. “…Hindus believe God is everywhere, in all things, whether stone,
wood, creatures or people. …they feel comfortable worshiping the Divine in His material
manifestation. The Hindu can see God in stone and water, fire, air and ether, and inside
his own soul.” http://www.cincinnatitemple.com/deities.html Scroll down to see picture of
deities. The Hindu deities present stories and concrete representations of particular
human spiritual truths needed for our earthly journey.
I’ve adopted two of these concrete signs: the right hand raised in a “stop” position
reminds, “Do not be afraid,”* and the other hand open and offered – the giving of
blessings. The ravishing 3-D presentation of these ideas has an effect far deeper than
words alone. Joseph Campbell, mythologist, author, traces the different orientations
and beliefs of these two spiritual-religious paths – eastern and western:
Ours: “…separation of God as transcendent - earth and spheres as mere dust;
communal religion, inherently exclusive – for those alone who profess the faith and
participate in its rites.”
Creative Mythology: The Masks of God.Eastern: “The ultimate mystery is beyond
definition, yet immanent in all things; [there is] one order of natural things, not special to
any one folk or theology; manifest in the universe and every individual heart.” Ibid
A more contemporary sign of a shift to inclusiveness is Joe Brewer, social change
strategist. He looks through both ends of the cultural telescope and sees the box of
“self-interest fundamentalism” that has ruled us for a hundred years giving way to “A
new view of human reason ; …Unlike its predecessor, the new paradigm is profoundly
based in the workings of our bodies. This "embodiment" view incorporates insights
from computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and
robotics.” It’s focus explains how we humans actually make decisions, tolerate risk,
change and learn. Their data proves we are more than rational, self-interested
consumers: Brewer says we humans are profoundly social; our reason is embodied – it’s
our emotions and context that drive decisions and we decide on the basis of our
internal values. “The Death of Self-Interest Fundamentalism” Joseph Brewer,
The message I take is that we humans can change. There is no predetermined pattern;
we can add and subtract what we think and believe. We can say Yes and Maybe as well
as No. Christians would say we are Easter People. Seems to me the Nos have had their
chance. California and other suffering state legislatures are the result. No taxes = fewer
services, libraries and schools reduced, roads crumbling. Actually, I live on such a
street; there’s no civic money to repave it. Periodically my neighbors come by to ask for
my signature on petitions to reduce taxes a few cents more. They’re astonished that
someone would decline this chance for “freedom” – the freedom to dodge pot-holes?
We have seen and felt the results of “self-interest fundamentalism” for a generation or
two. That the ideas of spirit, unity, solace, peace, resurrection have survived for
thousands and thousands of years should tell us something.
I think it says we are Yes creatures: yes we have free will, yes we have emotions and
spirit, yes we create values and meaning from our experiences. Trite but true: yes, we
can change. Miracle of miracles: we are changing. A Hindu temple in this conservative
community of white, Christian-consciousness is proof enough for me.
Beverly Jones 2010. Do good. Together. Lilies of the Valley!
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