Why are we unable to deal our own distress and misery? Instead of self-healing from within, we turn to others for tempering our immediate needs and our demands for instant satisfaction.
In my article, The United States of China,
I said the following in the comments flow as I wondered on the reasons
for our duplicity in claiming national and personal independence while
relying on the kindness of those who seek to hurt us and do us harm:
We are stuck to the teat of materialism and we’ll suck and
suck and suck on any available nipple that will provide us creature
comforts and a sense of satiety — no matter how false or poisonous its
milk is to our long future.
We are too willing to give up our sovereignty in exchange for
The war in Iraq has gone on so long because
we, as a people, do not suffer. Only a small striation of us feels the
pain and the blood of that conflict and it is all designed by those in
power to keep it that way.
There cannot be universal truths along with universal suffering or all
of society will rip apart in despair.
Is common suffering required for a society to propel its dream forward; or is being stuck numb in The Never-Ending Now
— with no escape and where we only pretend the world is right and that
we have discovered true happiness — our only real purchase in life?