I am currently reading “The Ascent of Humanity” by Charles Eisenstein, former professor at Penn State and current professor at Goddard College. It offers a very-thick-slice of the present moment within which we live. It has reinspired my continuation of writing in a free public forum after having finished my Master’s thesis. It reminds me why I started writing in the first place.
I reflect upon my recent experiences living in North Alabama. I have been visiting a number of Baptist churches with my girlfriend. The messages are most often powerful, whether subtly profound or in your face, as expected from the Baptists of the bible belt.
Most common, there is a question of faith. I find this most curious. Why would four different pastors question the faith of the congregation sitting before them and especially the public surrounding the outside of their walls?
Please forgive me for my ignorance of these subjects. Maybe this is just a common thread of these churches. But I do not believe there is a lack of reason in these claims.
This world is falling apart as our memories continue to fade, as our arguments and heated debates continue to increase in temperature, as the lies and abuse continue to pervade around us and within us.
These thoughts all bring me to wonder: Are we all one, a single magnificent creation of God? (I use the term God loosely here: anything from a supreme consciousnes, to something as simple as the universe or nature. It most plainly refers to any higher power greater than our separate individualistic delusions of control).
Or are we much less connected? Are we completely separate from our enemies, the worlds’ catastrophes, or the weather; any more so than our mother, our brother and our lover?
Are we experiencing a global crisis, bigger than climate change, bigger than a crash in the stock market, bigger than increasing rates of unemployment, bigger than poverty, famine, and sickness?
Or is the world strutting along as normal?
This article is the beginning of a series of articles that will follow in the coming weeks. There are many subjects mentioned above which I would like to investigate further. So please, if you have not already and would like to read more, please subscribe and check your email for notifications of new articles.