Apocalypse, Hope, Love and Obligation

Having shared Elisabeth’s (from Living Life Gently) beautiful and deep reflections yesterday, I want to reply – by way of naming my own yard sticks, if you like- in no way setting them against but alongside E,’s as ever wonderful and deep and valid thoughts. I feel prompted to reply, even if I can’t do it with the same process-oriented reflection. What I am reminded of:
First, when I was 16 or 17, I dreamt of the apocalypse as a massive earth quake in almost abstract images. Paradoxically, it left me with an undeniable certainty: Life goes on. Shaking in my boots I may be.
Secondly, some twenty-five yrs ago, when I felt to be unable to live in accordance with my spiritual values, I came across the 12-step serenity prayer and – replacing G-O-D with the Intelligence and Beauty and Love of/in the Universe, I find it a useful guidance to focus on things that need doing – turning in kindness towards a beggar, protesting against inhumane systemic structural issues in the country live in, liaising with others who want to protect nature…

Thirdly, I remember a public discussion at the Uni of Aberystwyth (around 2002) with the late Prof David Held on globalisation. He said, among other things: Multinational capitalist structures have to be balanced by local democracy. I have never forgotten that.

Remembering David Held: Political scientist who unpacked the tango of  globalisation and democracy | The Independent | The Independent
I recommend looking up some publicly available information about his work. – e.g. see https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/david-held-death-political-scientist-lse-globalisation-democracy-gridlock-a8820681.html

May these be yard sticks of my life.

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We are living only in the first century where people can have an overview of our planet. One of the first people to have that view spoke of the tenderness and sense of vulnerability of the earth it left him with.

~ by Barbara S on December 2, 2021.

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