You know, in the next life. So we were told
(in “Christian” households, at any rate;
quotation marks denoting Christian in name only)
(It was certainly patently clear salvation did not lie in the Here and Now – in so many of our childhood homes … yes??)
Always always always
Ever since …
The dawn of patriarchy & religion
Always, salvation was in the future.
(Pema Chödrön, wise woman, says: “It seems we all have the tendency to move away from the present moment. It’s as if this habit is built into our DNA.”
We HBs (human beans, the colonizer beans at any rate) have long been afflicted with the more-more-more disease.
Now. & This.
Have never been “enough”
Even or perhaps especially for those of us “sitting at the good tables,” in the clever phrase of Ronald Wright. 
Chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
Selling our souls for a mess of pottage
Believing in fairy tales
- Father Knows Best
- They Know Best
- Just Trust Us!
- Technology will Save Us!
Have led us to the edge of a very very steep cliff indeed
Far as that goes, I’d venture to say we’re at least halfway down to the big … & very nasty splat … that awaits us at the bottom.
Maybe it’s best we be finding our satisfaction
& doing our best
Here. And. Now
p.s. maybe salvation DOES still lie ahead. Who am I to say??? Surely peace & quiet, at the very least, await us beyond the grave. An end to fear, persecution, hunger, disease, violence, rape, chaos, inequities & depredations of a hundred & more varieties. Me? I’m one of the lucky ones. A blessed life. So many are not so lucky. So very very very many. :(
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “While we may learn from the past, we don’t seem to learn much.” – Ronald Wright in A Short History of Progress (pg. 120)
“The myth of progress has served us well – those of us seated at the best tables, anyway.” – Ronald Wright in A Short History of Progress (pg. 5)
“The most compelling reason for reforming our system is that the system is in no one’s interest. It is a suicide machine. All of us have some dinosaur inertia within us, but I honestly don’t know what the activist “dinosaurs” – the hard men and women of Big Oil and the far right – think they are doing. They have children and grandchildren who will need safe food and clean air and water, and who may wish to see living oceans and forests. Wealth can buy no refuge from pollution; pesticides sprayed in China condense in Antarctic glaciers and Rocky Mountain tarns. And wealth is no shield from chaos, as the surprise on each haughty face that rolled from the guillotine made clear.” – Ronald Wright in A Short History of Progress (pg. 131)
“If we continue to refuse to deal with things in an orderly and rational way, we will head into some sort of major catastrophe, sooner or later,” he said. “If we are lucky it will be big enough to wake us up worldwide but not big enough to wipe us out. That is the best we can hope for. We must transcend our evolutionary history. We’re Ice Age hunters with a shave and a suit. We are not good long-term thinkers. We would much rather gorge ourselves on dead mammoths by driving a herd over a cliff than figure out how to conserve the herd so it can feed us and our children forever. That is the transition our civilization has to make. And we’re not doing that.” – Ronald Wright in conversation with Chris Hedges in the article ‘The Myth of Human Progress’
“Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and social activist, once said that as he grew older he came to understand that it was not ideas that change the world but simple gestures of love given to the people around you, and often to those you feel most at odds with. He said that in order to save the world you must serve the people in your life. ‘You gradually struggle less and less for an idea,’ Merton wrote, ‘and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.’” – from Broken Open – How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, by Elizabeth Lesser
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 A Short History of Progress, pg. 5. Whole sentence = “The myth of progress has sometimes served us well – those of us seated at the best tables, anyway.”