the strain of not knowing


Hope is brokenhearted on the way to becoming wholehearted. Hope is a function of struggle. I ask the evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson if there’s something nonsensical in evolutionary terms about the way we humans sometimes progress by relearning things we once knew and forget. Here’s how he answers: a fish can take itself out of water and no longer be able to survive or thrive. Human invention can do the equivalent of taking us out of water in a million clever ways. Relearning the role struggle plays in growing up; rediscovering real food or the vivifying effect of green spaces in the middle of common life, or the comfort of knowing our neighbors- these are less reversals than a waking up to what we need in evolutionary as well as human, spiritual terms. Recovering necessary elements of survival and vitality is a step forward, a piece of intelligence. This is another way to talk about the move from intelligence to wisdom- seeing basic realities again, finally, but for the first time with consciousness: evolution reflecting back on itself.   ~Krista Tippett

it’s all right here? how do we continually resist our own truth and power?

inquiry for today~   resist- not your power, but the disillusionment surrounding you….

what do you really know?

The whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity, and it’s really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad — because you never know what will be the consequence of the misfortune; or, you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune.   ~Alan Watts

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