In 2017 I was just recovering from a virus when I posted on this website… I said that was glad that this had just been an ordinary virus rather one into which DNA had been injected…a new human capability which was troubling me at the time.
When we start to play about with the fundamental building blocks of life in the pursuit of life on our terms we are taking huge risks based on probabilities and assumptions. ‘Not always so’ is an empirical observation, expressing the actuality of how things manifest and interact…it will depend upon the circumstances!
Unregulated genetic experiments can now be carried out incredibly easily and the consequences will not, cannot, be contained or constrained effectively.
Many countries with the capacity…including the USA, Britain, China, and many others… have engaged in, or are engaged in, the creation of chemical and biological weapons capable of mass destruction. These products are stored ‘safely’… until they are not…
because the truth is that every situation is Impermanent in it’s nature.
We split the atom …and now vast quantities of man-made fissile materials are at large in the world… the whereabouts of much is known but some unknown…large quantities have ‘vanished’ into the hands of those who would like the power to control.
Then, to maintain our segregated position and try to keep it safe, we act like the sorcerer’s apprentice… we’ll fix this problem by doing that. But doing that has had unintended consequences – so now because of that I also need to do this… and so the activity ramps up and ramifies.
Collaborating with whatever manifests from a sense of relaxed openness… is the best way of working with circumstances… tension will not lead to clarity of activity.
Well, we stuff our ‘rubbish’ into cracks in the ground, dump it into the rivers and sea and export it to other, poorer countries, who can be paid to take it off our soil (but not without our own hands being soiled by the exploitation involved)… and more recently we’ve started to put our ‘junk’ up into space.
Some would say it’s not junk…(certainly it’s new and expensive and resource hungry).. ‘it’s really important to get this extra view, this further information, this further ease of communication….’
Nowadays there is great interest in getting financial information a fraction of a split-second before anyone else… this desire has consumed a vast amount of time and energy and is continuing to do so…
This is all in the interest of making more money out of nothing… to fritter, for power, for pride…?
There is always fear of loss or being outmanoeuvred so there is ongoing need to control and manipulate the circumstances which are always changing…it’s a monkey trap for those who grasp…with no rest.
because of impermanence again… things move and shift and degenerate…
Water supplies needed by atomic reactors for cooling purposes may be limited by climate or by politics… and the very ground on which they are built also moves and shifts.
There is no stability anywhere to be found in that which moves… seems obvious doesn’t it? When you look that’s what you see.
… also modified material may then only be purchased at a premium price from a specific supplier.
Happily some bright sparks save seeds from the original varieties but use of them is limited…
Banana production, where so many trees derived from the Cavendish line are again massively under threat from disease and shows again how necessary is variety and natural diversity rather than cloning and ‘perfecting’ that which is perfect in its own way.
Man-made climate change has so may negative impacts…including rapidly diminishing plant and animal species, fires, floods, and the devouring of the crops in vast areas of Africa and the Middle East by plagues of locusts.
Then there’s greed, not need, for avocados… So water is diverted from villages in areas where it is scarce into the growing of trees which consume a vast amount and are not native to the environment… again adversely affecting the native insect population. Land which was wild is cleared and cultivated for this.
That’s no way for a bee to live… and so they die.
Valuable farmed fish are often crowded together and kept healthy with… doses of antibiotics. A good helping of chemicals including metallic (and sometimes radioactive) pollutants are thrown in for free, into the sea, by the humans who eventually eat them! Wild fish of course come without the anti-biotics…
The cutting down and burning of the forests proceeds apace. Trying to protect the native hardwood trees from illegal logging becomes an incredibly dangerous thing to do as so much money is involved that these people are often shot and killed by those carrying out the activity. The protectors of the land and trees that those wonderful monarch butterflies fly to… over thousands of miles in their migration… end up dead at the bottom of wells with bullets in them for obstructing ‘progress’.
and people who try to protect native wildlife from poachers who want the animals dead for trophies or for spurious medicine for which some will pay an enormous sum.
… and when we have got it we use it in ways which ultimately pollute the atmosphere and poison the seas…fabulous!
So we have been willing to tamper with the genetic fundamentals of plants and animals and even being willing to alter our own genetic structure for the apparent benefit of some without the capacity to look ahead and see how the consequences might play out, without understanding the interlinked nature of all phenomena which manifest.
Mmmm… maybe not everyone! I once wrote a post ‘wasps you belong‘… but it seems the New Zealand wasps are extra troublesome to the bees – and especially to humans who poison or otherwise destroy them.
Yes there are risks…but, as we have seen, sadly many will be happy to trade a future risk for ‘jam today’!
So as humans we have been increasingly and aggressively interfering with the balance of nature right across the world…
… and, happily disturbing others, we have concreted over both our hearts and environment.
With this self-centred attitude assuming, and fighting for, power and control over our shared resources…it is entirely unsurprising that consequent arisings are not harmonious.
If in our brief lives we could soften, and kindly share in the world with its inhabitants.
Not taking more than we need … not putting our energy into doing things ‘just because we can’… but turning our orientation towards understanding how can we best be with ourselves and each other in this vanishing flash of life…
We could avail ourselves of this lifetime’s opportunity, take the time to investigate, and to explore what’s truly worthwhile–
to realise the truth of our non-essential existence and discover that our true freedom does not lie in the ownership, control, or modification of anything…
Rather that these particular notions form the insubstantial bars of our mental imprisonment
and thus freedom is in the palm of our hand… in seeing the palm of our hand… by releasing the fist.
At any point we have the potential to move in different ways whatever the circumstances:
We can close down and cut off in fear,
or relax and allow the ease which comes with hands-free non-appropriative contact with this astonishing world.
‘May you and all beings be well, happy, and free from suffering,
abiding in the equanimity of the realisation your true nature’
…the infinite wish of the open heart
Coronavirus protection – James Low
Keeping the connection, the heart-mind’s effulgence or radiance is softening and tender, encouarging, bringing, being what’s needed.