We are the ones for whom we await.
Those who claim to be our leaders have fallen to the wayside. What better time to change the world?
It is useless to wait. For the apocalypse, for the end times, for the golden age, for first contact with ETs. It is useless to hypothesize or even entertain these possible outcomes. The prophecies of old were not predictions. They do not speak of what WILL occur, but of what MAY occur depending on US.
It is a problem though, this making things too concrete. It is not! Reality is diaphanous. "The hills are shadows," the poet says, "and they flow from form to form and nothing changes."
The prophecies spoke not of individual events as distinct from other events. They spoke of the interrelatedness of events, and that is ALL. The change that was spoke of was one of the inner, not outer, world. Of course, the outer world, in such a dominant society, is often a symptom or reflection of what is inside the minds of people.
The universe is leading up to this moment. Everything has happened that this moment might be lucid. The cognitive dissonance of the planet is the worldwide attempt at lucidity. The cognitive dissonance of your mind is a symptom and cause of the state of the world. In music, how do you resolve dissonance? Change a note, change the chord. There is nothing wrong with the world, just as there is nothing wrong with a dissonant chord in music.
With music (and all life), you can time travel. Not in a machine, or even a body, but in your mind, since an event relies intrinsically on its context and is thus relative to consecutive events. In in musical terms: by resolving dissonance, a "wrong" chord can become a "right" chord as a function of tonal residue arising from a perceptive change which relies on perceiving the interconnected nature of chords (or events).
I like the dissonant chords we’ve been harping on for the past several thousand years, but some resolution (whether its a common 5 to 1 cadence, a deceptive cadence, key change, feel change, or a modal superimposition) would be ideal for this song we are creating together. One note can completely change a song, and we are the notes we have been waiting for.
And if not to make it the best song ever, at least make some great improvements to it for more people to enjoy it.
You don’t have to completely change your life for a high existence. But try it today. Do everything as perfectly, honestly, and respectfully as you can. Maybe you will like it.
@aaron This IS just a tribute. A tribute to the best song in the world, that’s what this song we call existence is. An ode to joy.
But people are playing it wrong, because they look too much to the conductor, and the conductor is an asshole who wants them to play it wrong. Society…
Great ideas, but what does it all mean, Basil? Come up with a solid plan that everyone can accept, or at least a majority, then we have something to be motivated toward. Obviously all the shit we are mass-producing has a market or it would not be made, despite its complete irrelevence. The industries that mass produce worthless shit provide jobs for people so they can earn money to spend on useless shit. The point is not the fact of all this pointless shit but rather the existence of jobs that give people the choices for what shit they can waste it on. This is a waste of everything but you try convincing people to a system where their freedom becomes more limited. Because the only ideal system would eliminate all this shit, but that means eliminating peoples choices and the word “FREEDOM” has a way of destroying any such proposals.
@ray Alan Watts comes to mind as I read your post. In one of my favorite videos of him, A Conversation with Myself, Watts explains that he just came from a meeting with all kinds of leaders in the distinct fields of science, spirituality, religion, and philosophy who met to discuss the impending environmental crises. He said that once they all got there, it occurred to them that nothing they DO will help. Ultimately, he reasoned, what needs to happen is we need to leave the Earth alone and let it run its natural course.
Watts also reasons that we in the West are not, as we have been categorized, a materialistic society in the sense that we are the least aware, in comparison with say, the Chinese, of the consequences of our actions. So all the mass-producing that you talk about is really just our ignorance of the material world, which results in the complete destruction of the material world. So we are the most nonmaterialistic society because we do not value the material world.
This is the “plan”, and it is the most solid of all plans: Change the note, change the chord! The plan is to go inward and find peace within. By resolving your own cognitive dissonance, you heal your part of the collective cognitive dissonance. This is not at all destroyed by the word “freedom”, rather that it is empowered by it. Of course other plans will be needed to change the world, but they will not work unless built on the foundation of an understanding of inner peace and happiness. We must stop thinking of the universe as a timeline with a beginning and a destination. We must start thinking of life as a universal song co-composed by every conscious being.
To keep with the music metaphor, I’m not sure whether we’re on a dissonant chord, or if the bass has just dropped out. If there is no solid backbone keeping everyone together, we’re all lost, confused, and creating so many dissonant notes that we can’t even remember where we are in the music, much less what song it is we’re playing. I think it’s time to bring the bass back in and get us all back on track.
@megan Yep, the bass has fallen out, there is no steady pace, no grounding point.
And that thing that’s missing is Man. There is a huuuuuge lack of real men in this world, society is feminized and it’s only getting worse.
In a song, the bass is to be considered the man, and the pad is the woman. The bass keeps a steady pace and keeps in his low range, making a solid grounding point for the song, the pad is all across the spectrum, radiating out in all the vacant frequencies. Without the bass the song becomes unbalanced and uncentered, with too much bass the song becomes booming and harsh, with too much pad the song becomes a blurry mess, without the pad the song becomes lifeless and hollow.
This world has too much pad and almost no bass. It’s an unbalanced, blurry mess. We need to bring back Man.