I look at divine in the context of ‘like a god’. Not ‘as a god’. I believe that when you divine a need – your need, for example – you are not guessing what is necessary, you are intuiting a solution. When you are divining your outcome – your future, for example – you are guessing. That is not necessary. Your future is not in your hands. Technically, your future you do not need. You may want it, but you do not need it. Your immediate needs are more pressing. I would attend them.
Divine is in aspect, magical. When you consider that the word ‘god’ is what we have chosen to assume is associated with ‘divinity’ you will perhaps understand that the word is in dire need of redefining. As is the word ‘lawlessness’. I have said that before today. Scientists snigger up their sleeves at magic. They have to – if they accepted its actuality it would probably disassociate their focus. That is as well. We all have our ways. Our means to the end. The scientists find the explanations. That is lucky for us.
Divination is a tricky business. You should not get into it unless you are prepared to learn from it your real truth. Like you should not open your mouth unless you know what you are talking about. That is a simple lesson to learn. Like the lesson that dreams are personal. Divination is never inference. Ever. It is wisdom. It is a medium through which myriad spirits speak. If you cannot – or will not – hear the delivery of centuries’ wisdom, that is unfortunate.
I suspect your death, then, was a blessing in disguise.
Would you expect peace in Utopia? Would you assume it to be a wholly peaceful place? I think it is better never to assume anything, no matter how well you may have convinced yourself that you know what is best in a particular situation. There is always someone who knows better than you do. I have learnt that lesson in life and I trust its consistency. The trick is to find that person. Does Utopia – or Elysium, Heaven, a harem of 1000 virgins, Paradise, etc – exist for you? Even just in your dreams? Does it mean to you perfect, or does it mean ideal? You need to define these things for yourself before you can set about finding yours. That yours is the same as mine – or the next person’s – is a possibility, but this is doubtful in a world this self sufficient. We each have a private ideal, a personal state of perfection that we (ought) to be striving towards. It depends on how you view perfection as to how your Utopian odyssey will unfold. Your journey is ongoing, you will find yourself there, in time. It just takes time.
The way to peace is to educate. Ask Malala Yousafzai, support her cause with $10 a month if you do not yet do anything for your world. What is $10 worth in your world? Encourage your children to support a worthy cause – let them learn the value of compassion. Teach them that it is important to give something back when you have more than others do and teach them this through your example. It is more and more apparent in these everydays that our children are very capable of understanding the meaning behind an action, a behaviour – i.e. a motivation. Do not take from them this facility. Nourish it, them. Let them learn empathy, through affection. It will get them far in life.
In pursuit of peace (and quiet) it is your responsibility as an adult to demonstrate your true nature in front of children. They see straight through an act and besides, they learn assertion. Let them read your truth because this is how you show a child respect for their time. Their assessment. Letting them know your weaknesses as well as your strengths is not a failure, it is a clued-up move. Apologise when you shout, curse. Explain if you cry. If you curse under your breath, that counts. Saying sorry says hey – it is human to make mistakes. Life is dramatic – there is no getting away from that reality. If you think it is not then you need to open your eyes and notice for once (in a very long while) its colour. Colour brings pain, mind you. Moderate that pain. It is vital for children to realise through your demonstration the real of this world we live in. It is an exercise in strengthening, stretching their emotional intelligence. Please recognise a child’s emotional intelligence when you spot it. The more equipped children are to handle themselves (in any situation that presents itself), the more stable their end life-view is going to be. Children do not think in infinities. They need an end view that is stable – whatever that stability entails. Theirs’ can be surprisingly flexible, their stability – it depends what keeps them happy. Children have extraordinary capacity and they will instinctively stretch themselves. Let them. What is necessary to know is that it is essential that a child develops a life-view that perpetually fires up new synapses with excitement. Children should laugh a lot and they should be shown a great deal in their lives, as well as a good example. If you cannot show them a good example – you will need to trust that your child will role-model on the dominant adult in the vicinity who sets best that example. An example. If you cannot trust that your child will know right from wrong, then you have a problem.
And if you do not know who Malala Yousafzai is, perhaps you should. She deserves a Nobel Peace Prize one day.
Disillusionment needs to be thrown out of the window. Toss it out. What is the point of being disillusioned? Being disillusioned means admitting that you are a victim of life. No one wants to be a victim of life. Life plays hard with everybody, alike. Do not imagine that your woes are worse than another’s – I can guarantee you they are not. You are not here to count your woes, in any case. You are here to count your blessings. Your woes can keep count of themselves, believe me. Let them. In fact – let your woes, go. Who says you cannot? Where they go is not your business. Good riddance. Why can you not just cut them loose? Because you count on your woes to keep you in your comfort zone. What is more familiar – and cozy – than a place so tried and tested that we know exactly how it goes? We all know how our heads go when we let ourselves dwell on our woes. We must watch woes with a cautious eye, they are often more illusory than they are, real. Pull yourself free of your illusion – see the world for what it is without passing judgement and decide to have an impact on its destiny.
If you should deliberately disillusion children for a living, stop it. Let them believe in the tooth fairy or the tooth mouse, Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny and superheroes, if they choose to. Let them have imaginary friends. It does not mean they are psychotic. Their realities are as much a construct as yours are – make space in your reality for the reality of your child. It will have developed independent of you and it needs space to grow. As a parent, you must respect your child’s internal reality and you must know that what you choose to show your child of this life will tell in its understanding of its external reality. As the guide – the role-model – you are in charge of demonstrating what life is, and what it does. You are responsible for giving your child the beginnings of an imagination, too. How you choose to do that is up to you. If you are absent when it comes to your child building a world inside of its head – if you show your child nothing that it finds worthwhile – then you are not giving the child anything to use as a foundation for its build. If you fail to provide a base for your child’s early belief systems then it can safely be said that as a parent you are being negligent. Negligent parents are not what this world needs.
Should you subscribe to the theory that life is an illusion – or that we live our illusions – then you will understand that disillusionment is absolutely pointless. How can you be disillusioned when you have chosen your own path? When you do not take the beaten track you can make no comparisons. Nothing is as it was before. What you see is what you get, and that is what you work with. You run the risk of feeling at a loss now and again – that is natural in a greedy world filled with takers – but you should not allow that feeling to take hold. It is an occupational hazard. Disillusionment at the hands of an illusion saps strength. The strength you need to live an illusion (because you will live your illusion in conjunction with your other realities) comes from knowing that you can. You can manage your illusion with some precision. Illusions are where we keep our best, because in an illusion your best is untouchable. If you cannot conceive of having a ‘best’ then you are on the wrong path. Get off it. Look around. Go where no one has gone before. Go to the unknown. It is a place in you. It is most likely that you will find yourself best on this path, in that place. Get busy interpreting and living your dreams – share your inner reality, even if it is only with yourself. If you want to find a way to make it real, you will.
It is unacceptable that there are starving people on this planet. It is totally unacceptable that children on this planet are starving. For a brain to develop and a body to thrive, grow strong, it needs sustenance. Both brain and body. When you starve children you are not just causing them hunger pains that they cannot understand but must endure, or depriving them of a childhood – for what fun can it be starving slowly to your death? – you are preventing a child the opportunity to develop its brain so that it will be a thinker in this world. We need as many thinkers as we can get. Each sadness in a deprived childhood is counted, measured. These things cannot be forgotten. They cannot be ignored. I wish to liberate every child on this planet. That it should be a private goal is perhaps of no consequence to anyone, but it should be. In this day and age – as educated as we are – we should all want the same thing. I understand there are many un-free adults, too, and these do not go unnoticed, however – the children should be our immediate concern because they are our future. Until the children are out of chains – mentally, physically, spiritually – this world is arrested; silenced by its own demise. We cannot just sit and watch the world go to shit. We have to do something about the state of affairs on this planet we all call home. Earth. We are each able to do something to make the world better. We just need to THINK right. When you are determined to find solutions to the world’s problems, you will find them. The more people that contribute to the collective in terms of positive, forward-thinking – the better off this world’s future is going to be. We should all care about what the future is going to look like – even if you do not have children you should care. We all possess the power of independent thinking and we can choose to think about what we like. There is no government that can make you think one way or another. There is no man who can force you to have his thoughts. You have to think for yourself. Do not accept things in this world that you do not like. Think about what you like and what you do not like. Concentrate on changing those things you don’t like – first in your own life and then in your community. Do not accept that as one person you cannot make a difference. You can. You just have to want to try.
If you can vote – vote. Being lazy in a democracy is a disgrace. If you can make sandwiches for the homeless people then make them – do you know how grateful a homeless person is to receive anything at all? Imagine for one minute that it was you that was sleeping on a dirty piece of cardboard on the sidewalk? Where is your self-esteem when you must sleep on the pavement? It is not in a good place. When your self-esteem is not in a good place, your thinking is not as big as it should be. Can you imagine having no fixed place to live – drifting up and down side streets and holing up in doorways? Your world becomes very small. You forget to dream. This world cannot do without dreams, or dreamers. The dreams of the pure mind are dreams worth harvesting for the future. Pure thought comes best in children that have not been abused, exploited or starved. How can we stop the bureaucracy and corruption that keeps food from people that need it? There is enough food on Earth to feed everybody – it just needs to be spread around a bit better. It’s time the aid agencies actually took accountability and changed the way their industry works. You cannot stand by and watch corruption steal maize meal from its population. You protest against conditions as they are. Who better to say something than someone right inside the situation itself? I cannot understand how people can turn a blind eye. In your next incarnation you could be the one starving. Think about it. The sooner we end suffering the sooner we will stop suffering, ourselves. We are a reflection of our environment, we are what is going on around us. How can you pretend not to see that?
ZANU PF needs to stop harrassing the people trying to provide aid to the Zimbabweans. Can those people forget their idiotic politics for one minute and concentrate on themselves as humans? They are not Mugabe’s people. They never were. It is time the Zimbabweans were liberated. Please spare them a thought in your everyday. They are a beautiful, long-suffering people. They need the world’s help. The governments cannot be bothered to offer anything more than lip-service to a Zimbabwe in strife and although this lip-service does help open the world’s eyes, it needs action to back up the words. The Zimbabweans need supervision during their July elections. It is simple. Why can the international community not put together an army of overseers and send them to Zimbabwe to watch who the people really want in power? Mugabe is so scared of the real result he cheats every time. He stuffs the ballot boxes and claims victory and everyone knows – again – that the man is lying. They are so used to their leader lying that they cannot even believe their reality any longer. Mugabe is morally bankrupt and he is responsible for a genocide. Did the world forget that? I think you would be tired of your government being in power for 30 years – can you even imagine it? The man is old and his mind is fried. He is delusional at best and the country could do with a change. They deserve a change. It would be good to see a new political party starting, one that can inspire hope. The MDC dog has been whipped by Zanu PF and it stands with its tail between its legs. You cannot feel inspired by a party like that. You need a party that can bring you what you want. I think every Zimbabwean knows that they need change. In this age of information sharing they see clearly where their future lies if they are forced to follow the same path they have been following for 30 years. They must change their pace, adjust their thinking. There is too much fear in Zimbabwe. She is crumbling under her own load. She needs to stand back and see herself for who she is. She is Zimbabwe. A mighty nation of warriors, heroes. Their energy as a people is hard not to love the first time you experience it. They are an incredibly special people. Imagine that the minds of all those Africans were free to think about something other than their unfortunate circumstances? The collective unconscious would swell with their contribution. They have an extraordinary cultural heritage to share and that sharing is valuable sharing. Their thoughts are like prayer flags in the wind. They send good vibes out into the world. We could do more to help them stand up for themselves.