An Inside Story 25
NOTHING is more important to us right now than the evolution of our mind. The trouble is we have been going about evolving mentally in the wrong way – by thinking up ways to change ourselves. Thoughts can only make references to the past – what has worked for us and against us in the past that benefited our physical evolution only, ensuring our survival as a predatory animal.
The evolution of our species has been mostly a physical one and has largely unfolded unconsciously. Now our bodies have fully evolved, it’s time to evolve mentally, but any change that we attempt through effort, which is the way we have done it in the past, only creates conflict and violence.
We can enlarge our police forces, march in protest, impose stricter penalties and create all the new laws we like – we will never get anywhere while we fight the symptoms of our problem instead of the cause, and that is just what we are doing. Not only are we not treating the cause, we are ignoring it completely.
In our ineptitude, we are trying to cultivate non violence by forcing people to obey laws, rules and regulations, but that is just another form of violence. We have done it that way for centuries and every time we have tried, we have failed, for as soon as we bring about a new way of living, it becomes oppressive and another revolution is needed.
If the world is violent, confused, self centered, it’s simply because we are – the problem lies within us, not out there. A species that turns its violence on itself through revolution, is heading for self destruction.
The definition of revolution in the dictionary is: ‘The act of revolving, or turning round on an axis or a center; the motion of a body round a fixed point or line; rotation; as, the revolution of a wheel, of a top, of the earth on its axis, etc.’
In other words, revolutions keep us spinning in the one spot, turning around and around in ever repeating circles without any advancement, always returning to the same place where we started. So it is with the revolution for change. We can never get anywhere but were we’ve been before…
Dan’s Quote: “We’re in the midst of an evolution, not a revolution.”- James Levine