An excerpt from ‘Quiet Courage of the Inner Light’ by Philip Pegler.
The world is evidently in crisis – and it is above all an existential crisis of perception. It constitutes a kind of entrenched misunderstanding, related to widespread confusion about human consciousness, the true nature of which has not yet been apprehended by mainstream society.
The ways we have been taught to regard problems – the attitudes underlying our basic approach to the challenges of living – are all too often confrontational, inadequate or misplaced. And this is usually because our conceptions of what represents happiness and success are partial and divisive in their failure to comprehend the totality of life – and to embrace it in practical concern with a mature understanding of its inherent sanctity.
In short, we have forgotten how to find true harmony and ease in life, caught up as we are in busy and stressful occupations, with hardly any time for calm and considered reflection. Contemporary society in the West has largely lost touch with the cultural roots that sustained it in former days. That is the origin of our current troubles, which continue to usher in so much unnecessary hardship.
Something has had to give – and it is the remorseless disintegration of failing structures of power and authority that seems to be taking place. Excessively large and moribund organisations are finally losing credibility, because the arrogant manner by which the resources of the earth have been regarded and managed hitherto is at last being called into question more widely.
The abundance of the earth is not there to be squandered at our selfish discretion; the fertility of the earth does not exist,
solely to be exploited in the cause of technological progress, or in the name of endless economic expansion – at any cost. These self- evident truths are becoming ever more broadly acknowledged.
Indeed, the scope and penetration of global media reporting is so great nowadays that you no longer need to be especially clear-sighted to realise that contemporary society has lost its way – and that the world’s eco-systems, are more gravely under threat than ever.
Catastrophic conditions on earth beyond imagining surely beckon, if humanity stubbornly refuses to change course towards a sustainable future. It is only a profound shift of attitude in support of a holistic world-view – and a decisive return to a sane and balanced reverence for all life – that can accomplish this.
A wholesale regeneration of the environment and the re- appraisal of moral imperatives are urgent tasks that can no longer be postponed. The challenges ahead are immensely daunting and yet there is still good reason for hope.
The noble aspiration to restore global harmony on all levels is now at the heart of a wholesome grassroots movement, which will accept nothing less than a radical change in perspective that can embrace global issues in the light of oneness.
When you look at the plight of humanity with the eyes of clarity and compassion, the world is made new for you – and your own vision of wholeness will encourage other people of goodwill to follow in your example. Maybe this is the only way by which enduring harmony and peace can ever become established on earth.
Quiet Courage of the Inner Light
An excerpt from ‘Quiet Courage of the Inner Light’ by Philip Pegler
The world is evidently in crisis – and it is above all an existential crisis of perception. It constitutes a kind of entrenched misunderstanding, related to widespread confusion about human consciousness and identity, the true nature of which has not yet been apprehended by mainstream society.
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