One day, when I was 14 years old, a set of questions about life and death was raised within me that I’ve been working on ever since. The beginning of my journey through the questions is detailed in my book, Street Song. While the book stops at a certain point, work on the questions continues. Some of it is spiritual; some of it is political. Somehow, both of those sets—the spiritual and the political—dovetailed into a new level of clarity for me around the time of the 2016 election (Clinton vs. Trump). Much of this blog is devoted to those new understandings.
I believe we’re at a major turning point in history, but one that few people see yet. While many insist we’re just at the beginning of the period that starts with the Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment—modern times!—I believe we’re witnessing its end. I know that sounds preposterous to a lot of people, but something vital is absent in the way of life that was created back then, and that absence is killing us, along with all other forms of life on this planet. We need something more than mere political reforms. We need a complete overhaul of our way of life.
“After a time of decay comes the turning point. The powerful light that has been banished returns. There is movement, but it is not brought about by force. The upper trigram K’un is characterized by devotion; thus the movement is natural, arising spontaneously. For this reason the transformation of the old becomes easy. The old is discarded and the new is introduced. Both measures accord with the time; therefore no harm results. Societies of people sharing the same views are formed. But since these groups come together in full public knowledge and are in harmony with the time, all selfish separatist tendencies are excluded, and no mistake is made. The idea of Return is based on the course of nature. The movement is cyclic, and the course completes itself. Therefore it is not necessary to hasten anything artificially. Everything comes of itself at the appointed time.”
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