Just thinking, this book is next. Done Beauty/dreaming and creativity; truth and love are important but maybe freedom is the one most neglected and taken for granted now, just when it is being undermined from within and from without…
as usual, the call of the unwritten book is almost drowned out by the call of the tax return, the unpaid bill, the little jobs and worries. there’s NEVER a perfectly convenient time for writing or creating, just slightly less inconvenient times. and these get less frequent the longer we wait, it seems.
Today i got the email on the proposed censorship of the web, and i signed the petition http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_internet/?cl=1391067562&v=11160 and wrote this on my Facebook wall:
‘The price of freedom is eternal vigilance’. Without freedom, all our struggles for love, beauty and truth are suppressed. And that would be far, far worse than just having to put up with all the silliness and waste our freedom has allowed to proliferate (on FB as much as anywhere!). No, ALL suppression of human freedom of thought and speech is a waste of the entire spectrum of human aspiration, the high and noble as well as the frivolous.
I hope this threat of censorship is not what it sounds like, but we can’t afford to be complacent! I believe we could have come to a point in history where, just as at the rise of Nazi Germany, we have to stand up and defend what our forefathers and mothers have fought for. I for one believe it is time for the philosophical and literal ‘Defense of the True West’. (my phrase – we DO have precious things in our culture to defend.) I don’t know how this strikes you – any comments?
i know there’s a lot of anger against the excesses of the Free West, but that must not blind us to its wonderful, noble heritage of idealism and courage. Where would we be now if churchill had not stood up and said ‘we will fight on the beaches… we will never surrender’? But the true enemy is not evil empires; at bottom it is evil thoughtforms, that deny freedom, deny the rights of individuals to seek for better things and make their own mistakes and learn and grow for themselves, see good and evil and make free and informed choices. Let us be vigilant NOW, before it’s too late!
On the 11th of the 11th of the 11th, i’m thinking this: that the darkest hour is before the dawn. of course in the decimal system 11 is already the new day, 10 having been safely passed. and who knows exactly where they are in the battles of life? i’ve been reading a bit from Great War Speeches – Sir Winston Churchill. randomly picked up from our bookshelf in the new leaf hall. it made me proud of the human (British) spirit in the face of great darkness and fear and unprecedented ‘perverted science’ as he called the Nazi war machine, to just ‘keep buggering on’ as he used to say. there were so many setbacks, so many disasters, and it must have been so hard to know if they were at the beginning of the end, or as he said ‘the end of the beginning’. but if it seems darker than ever, it could be the dawn is at hand. then we redouble our efforts, find new powers, and triumph at last, in the nick of time, at the eleventh hour.
i feel we all need to remember this kind of example as the days become darker, at least economically… and keep the greatest dreams of the human spirit alive. Beauty. Truth. Love. Freedom… Civilisation. We who love it must be prepared to fight for it, and it’s first a fight of the spirit, against the brute forces of financial pressure and worry
i was reading a poem from hafiz this morning:
find that flame, that existence,
That wonderful man,
Who can burn beneath the water.
No other kind of light
Will cook the food you
– from ‘the subject tonight is love’ translated by daniel ladinsky.
We all may need to learn how to ‘burn beneath the water’ Like churchill did.