The Human Condition
is universal continual transformation or change.
beings live a dance between acceptance and denial of both our mortality
and our roles as stewards amidst the transformation.
is woven into the very structure of human consciousness – we sense our
integration with the universal flux even as we are aware of our unique,
crux of our situation is that our consciousness contains equal potential
for self-respect and self-deceit. We thus have a great potential to
experience both unimaginable joy and incredible denial.
how to use this potential is compounded by the fact that our
consciousness is but a trace element of our being. Neurophysics suggests
that while in any moment we are each conscious of maybe a couple of
thousand interactions with the universe(s) our primal being is sentient
of perhaps 50 billion interactions. And while our cells contain wisdom
that has sustained their structure a billion years through all manner of
change our egos have a great capacity to deny this wisdom.
capacity to experience joy is unimaginable because possibilities and
option exist beyond the bounds of thought. Our capacity for denial is
incredible because our ego is more ingenious and limited than we can
have the capacity to develop very sophisticated psychological mechanisms
to live in acceptance and in denial of change/stewardship. In order to
survive and thrive in our dance between these two states of being then
we need ways to transcend the limitations and demands of our ego and
thought. One such way is the experience of the state of compassion with
its qualities of inclusiveness; inquiry; sharing; honesty and trust; and
generosity of time and reflection. These qualities enable us to better
live in acceptance of stewardship/change and thus know greater harmony
with reality. They provide us with the capacities to transcend the
limitations of our ego and be in the state of science.
Page last updated: July 2010