I am reading an amazing AND disturbing book. Again.
I have been heeding the words of my teacher, Robert S. Hartman, that to fight evil, you need to know evil, intimately. Be able to recognize it everywhere… in yourself and in others.
Like yourself, I prefer to look at pretty, beautiful, harmonious, happy… But if you want to tell the truth, there is not much of that, at least where humans are involved.
Even the best actions a human makes is all about them… all about desire to receive for the self alone. Their reputation, their station in the world, them feeling good about themselves at the expense of another.
I also can’t avoid feeling it… I am an empath. No matter where I go, no matter where I look, some horrid inner turmoil of some person, wholly unrelated to what I am doing, is taking over my body. Ugh.
Desire to receive for the self alone feels like a turmoil, a rift between your two selves.
There are the people to whom I have to connect, my clients and my students.
You are not pretty inside.
The book, Stanislaw Lem’s, is the chronicles of a 25th, maybe 27th Century man, I. Tichy… who visits planets, who time-travels, and chronicles.
The horrors he relates to with deadpan seriousness is the future of the attitude we have on Earth.
The desire to receive for the Self alone… disregarding the whole… narrow cone of vision, unable to see, or unwilling to see the consequences of your actions.
I was reading, the other day, about a British dude, Ramsey, where the author of his biographer says:
When Ramsey later published a paper about rates of saving, Keynes called it ‘one of the most remarkable contributions to mathematical economics ever made.’ Its most controversial idea was that the well-being of future generations should be given the same weight as that of the present one. Discounting the interests of future people, Ramsey wrote, is ‘ethically indefensible and arises merely from the weakness of the imagination.’
the well-being of future generations should be given the same weight as that of the present one. Discounting the interests of future people