The Big Picture


The Big Picture, for many of us, refers to metaphysical reality. But even in minor matters, the broader your context, the better. "As Above, So Below".

Sometimes drivers in a flow of traffic stop to let a driver enter that flow from a side street. They imagine that they are being polite. They may not consider that they are impeding the drivers in back of them.

Most people think world problems can be solved with the rational mind guided by heart principles. But we almost all think of ourselves as limited body/minds, and are thus inevitable partially egoic and violent. The sages say we help the world most by discovering our real nature.

Some people think that the stock market will do well for the rest of their lives (written in 1998). They don't realize that cycles describe much activity. They don't know what REAL diversification would mean.

Some people feel loyalty to others simply because of geographical proximity, or because those others are subject to the laws of the same nation-state! Friendship and loyalty, volitionally given gifts, benefit those most who give them based on shared worldview and shared loves. Nationalistic provincialism (often referred to as patriotism) makes about as much sense as racism.

Now, I'll get a bit more serious and thorough..... As I see it, human culture has remained virtually unchanged for at least 3000 years (probably much longer, but we retain understandable literature only about this far back). The notion of progress held by most individuals has little real meaning.

Please think carefully about this! Three thousand years ago there were people like Eagle Scouts, like medieval acolytes, like Hitler youth. What has always motivated these youth to join up was that they aspired to whatever image of higher principles was presented to them by the leaders of their culture.

Three thousand years ago most people were provincial. They felt team spirit. They did not just fall into the MOMENT with whatever other human or being they encountered, they first prejudged that other based on categories behavioristically imposed on them, and which they mindlessly accepted.

Three thousand years ago, some were imprisoned or killed for personal beliefs or practices. Perhaps they worshipped the wrong gods, or tried to hide their wealth from people and institutions which laid claim to it.

Three thousand years ago, people joked, created sciences, worked as day laborers, sought political office, worried about death and illness, created what they felt was beautiful, and loved or resented their children.

Three thousand years ago, some felt the pull of becoming free, or enlightened, or self-realized. They dwelt on this with whatever archetypal images were available to them at the time.

This lack of progress I address is related to the Vedic concept of the Kali Yuga, the long, dark age of mindlessness we now inhabit, an age where understanding reality is still possible, but very difficult.

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