“Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts.
We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center.
So we lost our center and have to find it again.”
I used to think society’s, or civilization’s, journey could be followed left to right … maybe not on a horizontal line and more like a roller coaster … but definitely like a timeline of sorts.
But I think I was wrong.
I actually think the better mapping of society & civilization is viewed like an atom.
Different cultures zooming around like electrons circling the nucleus.
Because all these electrons zooming around … because culture, and civilization, is made up of billions of ‘ones’ it may often seem like we lose our ‘center.’
We really don’t.
The center is always there. It is solid. It remains, and will always remain, the compass for that which is right.
The nucleus holds it all together.
What circles the center … the billions of ones with different demands and different needs and different likes and dislikes … all the billions of ones which desire different accouterments for happiness depending on their own definition of happiness.
And exactly the same time there are media channels and advertising and movies and magazines all screaming at the top of their lungs trying to distract us from our center with slivers of … well … distractions.
Distractions that make us question our center … or maybe what we think is important <which can be very different from our center>.
Let’s face it.
The shit that circles our centers can be a noisy sonuvabitch. So noisy that … well … it can be the only thing you hear.
And therein lies my point.
I disagree with Anais.
Because the ‘ones’ … the billions of electrons themselves never lose their center.
Because we, the ones … the individuals, don’t lose our center and have to refind it.
We just cannot hear it on occasion.
Or maybe we just don’t listen to it hard enough.
Or … well … maybe it whispers to make it more meaningful for us.
I don’t really think it matters.
We don’t lose our center.
The center is always there … it is within us … as individuals and as a whole. It is the 7 billion <give or take given the few raging assholes in the world whose center is in their ass> and it is within the ones … and it is all the same center.
Call it the moral compass.
Call it the good that resides within everyone.
Call it ‘knowing what is right & what I wrong.’
But ever suggesting we lose our center?
We never LOSE it.
We may just not be able to hear it over the cacophony of Life.
But we never lose it.