21st Century Vision – Blog Purpose Statement

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21st Century Vision – Blog Purpose Statement

What if we reached back, pulled humanity’s ‘at birth promise’  of self-realization, human community, and earth enjoyment into our vision, and took responsibility for it?

This blog site’s passion and purpose: To encourage you and me to explore and follow in-born, unrealized, universal human promise.

We think we ‘outgrow’ childish questions as we ‘mature’ – but we don’t ‘mature’ so much as we accept coached explanations to abandon the questions. We asked when young: “Why are some people and animals caused or left to suffer? Why are people mean and angry?” Often our coaches, parents and others, themselves shook their heads in disappointment, gave a sigh, and said: “We have to learn to accept these realities. It’s the way of the world. We can’t trust – have to protect our interests.” Too often we ‘wisely’ repeat this as ‘truth’ to ourselves and even to children!

No surprise, really, that’s the world we’ve ‘coached ourselves into’ – emphasis on self-interest, and trust is risky!

Genuine maturity will be ‘in place’ when we realize our promise – when we learn to enjoy supporting others and all life, and when we experience support of others and a precious earth.

Where’d the  promise  go?  What we’ve got is  sure not what we expected at birth, not what our parents wanted at their births either.

While ‘spiritual’ practices can be helpful – they sometimes want to ‘rise above’ what’s here for us.  They sometimes want to ‘reassure’, to offer guidance on how to ‘make the best of it’ for self and one’s own groups. “If there’s anything extra”, they might say, “that’s what we can offer to the wider world of humanity and life.”

Some spiritual teachings and practices, especially word-based wisdom of ancient times, and equally enduring ages-old practices as meditation, are meant to awaken universal connection.  Such a connection is indeed part of what we bring with us, before we go through the process of ‘individualizing’.

This blog’s purpose is to keep the ‘universal’ in equal balance with ‘earth-bound’, individual, experience.  Spiritual practices without ‘earth-based’ balance are inclined to leave behind our social, political, economic concerns.  Yet these ‘human organizational systems’ are precisely where  “individual and group self-interest” most support and continue misery – misery which universal comprehension teaches us is not necessary!

Different from the purely spiritual, but valuable and powerfully helpful ‘here at  earth-level’, is the field of psychology.  Psychology did not reach its most helpful potential until late in the 20th Century. We were advised from ancient wisdom: “Know Thyself”. Psychology gives us many paths of exploration. Following these, we can learn more about who we are than could have been understood even mid-20th Century.  Introductory level books or courses in relationship communication, co-dependency, parenting, and child psychological development – IF followed with “universal humanity” in mind – would do much to bring at-birth promise and intent back into play.  The result would be psychological literacy.

Psychology literacy, learners will find, quickly supports and ‘meshes with’ other philosophies and spiritual teachings that support human promise.

We are endowed with a cognitive potential unknown in other life forms. With our astonishing language capacity, and all that has emerged across the ages of our creation and inventions, we find ourselves “in charge of” what happens here on earth. If we want the idealized, in-born, possibly spiritually based dream of a world that supports all life, we have to “know our machine” – which is ourselves.

–My Best!!–MaggieAnn


About maggieannthoeni

A description once given of me was "rooted in the earth while roaming the stars" - and this has felt 'right'. I believe in something akin to this for each of us. I am a passionate supporter of discovering the autonomous self while serving the whole as primary intent. I believe in discovery of innate principles, clearing the overlay of socialization that obscures this from us. I believe it is our responsibility to leave no one behind - most particularly to respond to suffering as best we can whereever we find it, whenever we are made aware. I believe in this for the insect as well as the most magnificent form of humanity. I believe in brother/sisterhood without boundary. I believe in righteous indignation when it is appropriate, but do not believe in an enemy. I believe in consciousness, in intelligence, in logic, in rationality, in emotion, in transcendence - and am convinced until we generally practice explore and honor all this in ourselves, we remain profoundly immature. (I believe real maturity is known and practiced by many young children, and not enough adults!)
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One Response to 21st Century Vision – Blog Purpose Statement

  1. Isadore says:

    I am still asking the questions:” why are some people and animals caused or left to suffer? Why are people mean and angry?”, 70 odd years of asking these and other questions and finding few answers to the perplexing questions presented by life.

    If one is to live in the real world, not just one we’ve” coached ourselves into” ,self-interest in the form of survival has become mandatory, and trust of others when there are so many untrustworthy others is indeed risky. When I was a child I already knew “how to enjoy supporting others and all life”, and took for granted “the support of others and the precious Earth”, with the passage of time I began the process of forgetting, then as I matured I started to remember, maturity for me has actually been a returning to my childhood, maybe it is the same for all of us.

    So where did the promise go? Nowhere, it’s still there ,where it always was, it is just that we have abandoned it, it is still in our power to regain it if we choose.

    If psychology works for you, good, I have nothing else to comment on the subject for as Thumpers mother cautioned,” If you have nothing good to say it is better to say nothing at all”.

    First – thank you, as ever, for your thoughts and contributions! As usual, reading your comments prompted a ‘reply conversation’ in my head, which grew to proportions beyond a note here. I hope to post more thoughts soon, re-visiting, expanding the ‘goal/vision’ that I hope will find increasing interest and appeal

    I don’t think of it as ‘mine’ so much as I’m one who has a lot to say on – as you say – a promise that has gone no where, is always available.

    One word that popped to mind when I read your ‘we’ve abandoned it’ is ‘betrayal’. It should be possible to build a strong case to ‘prove’ we’ve betrayed ourselves, one another, and continue the betrayal.

    I don’t quite agree “we can choose”. The beauty of psychology’s insights is to help us grasp how much of our ‘choice’ is driven by unexamined beliefs, and unrecognized influence during formative years. Same is true, of course for our parents, their parents, and backward through time, which makes it clear this is a trans-generational ‘influence’. In my own family I can find the threads, appreciate how each generation is shaped also by the context of its time.

    But in late 20th Cent. psychology practically ‘burst open’ with a slew of insights and approaches to greater self-understanding. When this happened, we lost one of our ‘best excuses’!

    Much that I suggest can be explained by psychology (and I believe, should become a ‘literacy’) is also explored, explained, addressed, from ancient times. But psychology is closer to a ‘science’, it has the right to demand a level of evidence (which it can supply) and has the right to claim some authority (which is not widely appreciated.)

    Before I shaped a post based on the thinking you prompted, BBC radio4 happened to offer ‘Moral Maze – the medicalization of behavior’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qk11/episodes/upcoming (22 min).

    This was immediately followed by an Anglican’s thoughts on Lent. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zf34g (15min – Lord Ian Blair)

    I had more “wait a minute, you’re forgetting something” arguments with Moral Maze, but eventually my ‘arguments’ were raised by panel participants. Blair’s Lent talk was to-my-point in many places and I had no overall arguments.

    Both programs fed into my ‘theme’ and much complicated shaping a new post! — But soon … I hope! Again – many thanks!!!-MA

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