A response to some concerns I received about “getting fracked”
I’m a big advocate on waking up. But it’s a conundrum. We cannot be authoritarians in our actions and hope people will wake up. You can’t force someone to wake up, you can maybe shock them into opening their eyes momentarily, but then they actually have to perform the act of looking and seeing. So that’s the conundrum. Waking up is an individual act.
But when awakened, those who have can connect with others who have. And that’s, I believe, the involvement you speak of. It’s a self generating involvement. It’s impossible to ignore when one is awake. Action follows inexorably, just as action follows recognizing a tiger is about to pounce on you. It’s in our nature to act.
Propaganda-generated fear is superficial in nature and acts on the unawakened.
Another important point I consider: People in general are very fragile, and that fragility must be taken into account. If you try to bludgeon them into being awake, they only withdraw further. Any help — if any help is at all possible — must come gently and be offered free of charge with great compassion for that human fragility which succumbs easily to fear. People will find the courage to look if they also feel respected. My way of seeing is not necessarily another’s. Each will see in their own way.
That’s why I concluded my string of selected excerpts from Ellen Cantarow’s article with one from Dianne Monroe: Learning to Love a Wounded World.
I keep discovering many ways to tell a story. As a result, I find myself connecting more and more with people who have been following a similar path of pulling their heads out of the sand (a pun on the OP article) and opening their eyes, then finding the courage to look at the horror taking place.
Munroe’s article is about waking up. I found it on Carolyn Baker’s site, Speaking Truth to Power, where I’ve found a lot of other kindred spirits. In it she asks:
Why should we turn toward a breaking world or spend time with wounded and damaged places? Why open ourselves to pain, sorrow, despair and plethora of other difficult feelings? Isn’t it better – or at least more pleasant – to look at the good side of things?
Then she outlines a beautiful answer to that question. And provides links for any who want to connect with many others who are following a similar path (like Joanna Macy, aging earth mother and her work to reconnect).
“When we have the courage to turn toward the wounded places, within ourselves and with our world, something else astonishing and beautiful can happen.” — Dianne Monroe