We are facilitators of our own creative evolution
. – Bill Hicks
Eternal Truth by Cradle Orchestra
written & edited by Kendall F. Person
How do we see ourselves at this very moment. Do we see the same person, that we saw yesterday? How do we see our communities? Are they the type of neighborhoods, that we are proud to be a part of? How do we choose our leaders? Do we utilize the status quo: by party or religion or race or by who we believe in? How do we view the world? Do we think the same way before technology gave way, allowing us to make friends and discoveries in every country on earth? How do we know happy? Do we measure it by our day to day or minute to minute existence, considering our faults and attributes as they happen or do we look at the bigger picture, of our entire existence and ponder our contribution? How do we measure progress, both within ourselves and that of society?
any process of formation or growth
In 490 B.C., legend has it that upon the fall of the Persian Army by the Athenian Army in the Battle of Marathon, a Greek messenger by the name of Pheidippides was sent ahead to deliver the message of “Victory!” by running the 26 miles from Marathon to Athens, then collapsed dead from exhaustion*. From the messenger, to the courier pigeon, to the Pony Express to Federal Express to the email, the evolution of communication sees no end, as technology has enabled us to deliver the same message in a fraction of the time, without breaking a sweat, let alone, dying in the process.
a process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States – and as several media correspondents, and according to an article in The Washington Post, many politicians pointed out – in a peaceful, transition of power. And while the Post’s article ‘No, America’s peaceful transitions of power are not special‘ may be factually correct, it did not take into account the evolution of race relations through slavery and a deadly civil war, and through Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act, that is only a year older than myself, and how the mindset of a people, evolved to envision and then elect the first African American President, and that the statement “peaceful transition of power” was not necessarily, in its entirety, a forgone conclusion, and was humbling, to say the least.
a motion incomplete in itself
We are the same being, the same heavenly creatures, with the same blood type and the same DNA, that we were yesterday, but we are not the same person. Even if static or changeless, since the world continues to evolve around us. But without our input, the motion itself is incomplete. So how do we see ourselves, individually? Are we happy with the way we look and feel, has our diet and activity evolved with age? How do we see ourselves spiritually, has our interpretations evolved, that allows us to search for inclusiveness and peace as opposed to division and warfare? How do we see our community, and are we making a contribution for it to be the type of neighborhood that we feel safe in, that we are proud to live, that we long to pass down through generations?
Measuring individual progress is a very personal inventory of self. And as emotional beings, finding happy can be a day to day endeavor.But if we learn to understand and respect the evolving nature of life, and seek to learn, to grow and to take part in changes, through our voices, our art, and our willingness to teach and to learn, and through our prayers – and to listen when they are answered – then we find happy as a whole, and perhaps, a reason to smile each day, by knowing we are evolving in a progressive, positive way. .
– Kendall F. Person
cover Waiting Monk by Hartwig HKD
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