The Range and Depths of Human Experience

Excerpt from the post by Lisa Olivera. Read the post in its entirety on her Instagram page.

How deep it is, this process of being a human being. Deeper than all the bottom layers of the oceans combined, maybe.
There is so much to grieve, fear, hold, love, honor, do, act on, hope for, be with, process, remember, let go of, change, create, learn, unlearn. So much.

What I am no longer doing or trying to do:
Be an expert at anything.
Rush or lead from urgency.
Assume I know more than I do.
Pretend I need to know more than I do.
Punish myself for getting it wrong.
Belittle myself for what I’ve yet to learn.
Throw myself a pity party for being a person.
Using the same dehumanizing methods on myself I say I’m against.
Use the same judgments on myself I say I’m against.
Use the same language towards myself I say I’m against.
Hold myself hostage when I slip up.
Make myself bad when I prove my imperfections.
Forget there is nothing to prove.
Try to do 100% 100% of the time.
Leave my whole self behind.
Contort myself to be consumable.
Forget my belonging.
Make viral posts instead of human posts.
Avoid joy or play or ease or rest.
Avoid doing the necessary work.
Avoid making these things one or the other.
Bypass my needs as if that betters anyone or anything.
Bypass my desires as if that betters anyone or anything.
Ignore my intuition and inner knowing.
Look away when pain approaches.
Looking away from the hurt of the world.
Act like I don’t make a difference.
Act like my voice doesn’t matter.
Feel guilty when I forget any of this.

by Lisa Olivera (original post)

 

Ode to the Quantum Children

For you would know beyond
beyond
an authority God
command and control
doctrines and dogmas

For you would know peace
as something native, elemental
and not as a temporary/relative pause
amidst unending chaos.

For you wouldn’t have the need to argue
for you see it all, at once, all the time.

For you don’t feel the separation,
for you are not separated and you’ll know it.

For you feel love and only love
for you are love and only love and you’ll know it.

For you wouldn’t seek infinity through determinism
for you wouldn’t need to
for you’ll be infinity in/at every moment
and you’ll know it.

For you, beloved Quantum Children,
would be in that paradise, which for us now
lies beyond the bounds of determinism.

Oh you are all on the way there/here already, aren’t you.
And you are all already there and living, breathing, being.
Awaiting our arrival.

We are on the way, on a path of dynamic/fluctuating distance.

It’s a good thing, it’s a relief
that time isn’t a deal-breaker in this.


Alternate title: Ode to the Quantum People

Also, apologies for the ‘incorrect’ usage of the technical term/the form of poetry – the ‘ode’.

Economics where Love is Viable

Economics in which

  • kindness is not ‘loss-making’
  • fundamental respect is never a ‘cost’
  • judgement is discouraged
  • value of something will not be measured on just ‘convenient’ methods
  • definitions are considered ‘work-in-progress’ until they work nourishing-ly and sustainably for all, and not just sweet deals for some.
  • living based on compassion and kindness is not a ‘cost’ that works against you (same as the 1st bullet above)

Economics that reflect, support and inspire an evolution from fear to love, from power to love.

Photo by Becca Tapert

For further research:

  • Degrowth
  • Universal Basic Income (here’s a video on this)
  • Social Dividends
  • Gift Economy
  • Sacred Economics (book)
  • “A business can be a model for a new social & economic order”
    – Proposals for the Feminine Economy (book)
  • “Anything without a monetary exchange value is {considered} invisible, outside economic logic. These “externalities” are the counterpart of Galileo’s excluded subjective properties (only that which can be measured, denominated, counts). They are also counterpart to the “other” that technology makes of the world. Herein lies the fundamental difference between modern economies and natural ecologies.”
    – The Economics of Other (book chapter)
  • Interest and Self-Interest (book chapter)
  • “The logic of interest is the logic of an addict. It assumes that always and forever, we will find some way to feed an endlessly growing need to consume. ”
    – The Crisis of Capital (book chapter)

A cross-over from Fear to Love

I feel that there is a passing-over or crossing-over happening, from fear to love. I sense this in a wide, big picture, global scale. In a humankind scale. It is possible that it’s all in my head. But almost all of us are anyways going about the world based on things in our heads. I might as well stick with what I sense/choose to believe/feel – a crossing-over of sorts, from fear to love.

I like to believe, and I find supporting observations to substantiate, that there are now significant number of (mostly young) people who are attempting to not lose their innocence so much while growing up.

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