To Define / Alone

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Emerson Challenge

Dare to be bold:

Thinking the unthinkable

Sometimes this has to happen, a sense of a voyage taken, undertaken, meaning voluntarily taken.
Sometimes this has to happen, a sense of a right way of being, of being directed into right and of being supported in this right.
And sometimes choice itself plays no part in this voluntary voyage towards where this dare to be bold lies.

There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

~ Julius Caesar Act 4, Scene 3

What if, 1929 say, you had almost certain knowledge of what was to happen in Mid Europe 15 years hence. What if the broadcasting of this knowledge amongst those of your family and friends held no accountable distress for yourself except the estrangement and lack of acknowledgement from those who could not hear your message and those who heard yet thought you the fool. The boy who cried wolf, cried for attention and also cried hey, fuck you, listen!

Would you continue along this path, shrilling louder as the signs became more prominent and perversely less heard. Could you continue to point to the sky falling down even as those who did see proclaimed that to keep the sky from falling all we have to do is not to look. And even knowing that, let’s give credence here, could you continue.

I consider it both an honor and a duty to be able to stand out from the crowd at this moment in our history as we enter into the final stages of a cycle of creation where all must fall in order for the new to arise. I consider it more than an honor to be able to stand alone and pay respect to the method and ingenuity of this fall, the intelligence shown by life itself in creating the perfect opportunity not only for growth and transcendence but in the scientific perfection in which we get to rapidly experience and shed our own individual and collective, karma.

The witnessing of every heart coming home, like a refugee, as Leonard Cohen has it.

With the certain knowledge that this is happening and the certain knowledge that, despite appearances to the contrary there is no harm being enacted here either to others or ourselves.

We all die alone. Who will stand with me. To witness. And define.


Emerson Challenge Day # 7

  1. Nico says:

    Poignant! Thanks.

  2. zara choy says:

    We all die alone. And we all also live, really, alone.
    So yes, I will stand, alone, and with you.

  3. magdis says:

    Hear, hear – Beside you, witnessing, experiencing it all coming together!

  4. John says:

    A fitting frame for our conversation yesterday. Well said!

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