When you look with a polished eye, into the great history of man, under all those heavens, in that myriad twinkling purple blue black dilating living immensity of space, and you sit, in the still of a great and loving tree, in an environment that genuinely and most thoroughly feeds the spirit in you, then you see right after the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, right after the horror of that, something important happened.
It had happened only a handful of times in history. But it happened in the United State of America. The first two presidents in line after those two bombs dropped. Under Truman and Eisenhower. They initiated what was called the 4 point plan.
In the history of man it has been hard for human beings to completely drop any form of serfdom. But it happened in Parmenides. He saw into it. It happened in Krishna but as a myth. But in a man, it fully bloomed, in Parmenides. And so it bloomed around him. They, especially he and Empedocles and Pythagoras, they embodied an atmosphere that was humanistic. Exceptionally dynamic. Fully alive. Very clear. Very fair. Gloriously abundant. Capable of very advanced feats of engineering.
And when Oppenheimer witnessed the horror of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, he said: “I have become death, destroyer of worlds.” His natural science had been used in a most destructive manner. Parmenides had foreseen this.
Pythagoras knew what the mind was capable of. But only Parmenides in Ancient Greece, today’s Italy, he was the only man I have come across who cracked the code. Pythagoras did too. But he got greedy and somewhat lazy.
Krishna was more like Taoism or Tantra – it was a way of being and the Indians before the
Shanckacharya and his ilk, in India kind of killed that spirit. It was a way of life. And it worked very well.
The Ancient Greeks, under Parmenides refined that. Or colored it, would be a better word. But then Aristotle and Plato came along and they messed it up. The Owl is a symbol of wisdom in the West and its based on the Scops owl. A very special owl. But the power of the West, this calibrated destiny that lead right to the power of the atom, it killed all those people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And so for some in India, the wise owl became a symbol of bad luck.
And under Truman and Eisenhower, there was a moment where man looked back to Parmenides and Empedocles and Pythagoras, and under the 4 Point plan the United States, hit a moment there, a moment it might well dock home in again, where the absolute horrific truth of those two bombs, well it impacted the American people. It humbled them.
Imagine being Truman pulling that trigger. He could have dropped one of those bombs 30 miles off shore. Then waited to see what happened. It might have ended the wars. Nothing could derail an attack like that. The Japanese are clever people – faced with that kind of firepower one might pause.
Truman had the back up and the best minds working on it. But he dropped them both. On those cities. If you look at the photos and footage of the aftermath of those bombs you might contemplate Wordsworth’s line:
Where he simply uttered, effectively, “Man! What man has done to man!”
Well, Truman didn’t do that. He dropped those bombs. On Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
The rest is history. But can you imagine being the man that ordered that level of loss of life in one hit?
Never seen before or since.
Well, after that he sat down and he drew up the four point plan.
I love music. And art. And people. And books and nature. And laughter. Color. Life is so incredibly abundant. And man’s mind is so capable. So capable of appreciating grandeur.
Listening to its insistence in the quiet hours alone in nature. Then the bee comes for a rest on your shirt. And you are grateful and at home in the tympany of that.
What was extraordinary about Parmenides and Empedocles, and Pythagoras, was these men literally greatly expanded the human mind. There was an undeniable and phenomenal expansion of consciousness in the era of these men. They coined a motto: Know thyself.
The 4 Point Plan was an evolutionary step forward too. So many years in just two decades, of the most destructive wars – the First World War and the 2nd.
Right after Oppenheimer said: “I have become death, destroyer of worlds.” For a moment in time, the world’s leading powers met in New York at the United Nations and America lead with the vision of the 4 Point plan.
The logos was simple. Rather than sell a man a fish, teach him to use his full faculties. Make the most, in a very balanced way, in a very sane and proficient and fair and knowledgeable way of leveraging wisdom so amity and not enmity lead.
Insecurity is a fool’s wisdom. Any great farmer knows this. But you have to genuinely love the land. And the sea and the sky.
You have to clarify and listen to the axioms of the universe and celebrate it and let that attuned wired listening elevate you to a state that has the capacity to be fully human.
Emerson wrote so beautifully. Especially his essay Self-Reliance. Parts of that essay are very wise and important indeed. But a simple truth needs to be brought in.
In the urgency (with no haste in it – study the bee) that precipitated the yogic and tantric and Taoist explorations in Asia, they coined a phrase.
In Sanskrit it is:
Nirodaha means to go in a straight line.
Union of clarified faculties of our nature happens when the mind stuff is going in a one pointed straight direction.
It’s a very important phrase that. It does not say
Relax that implies – it’s opposite- tension
It says walk the line.
It says do it right. But for that you need to first fully trust yourself. And the nature of nature.
And then you can come to know.
The Four Point Plan asked how do you
Give right work and train
Clarify food supplies
Rather than have exclusivity, the simple gut punch that dropping those bombs, well, it gave Truman, something, it shifted things. It was based on the insight that the bonds of amity are far far far superior to those of enmity.
Carl Sandberg, the American poet, he said,
“There is only one man in the world and his name is all men.”
The end of serfdom, serfdom to false economy, to unprincipled action, to deceit and the myriad faces of insecurity, it ends in the human being when you refuse to live a lie, when you consciously declare and by your very accent of living – you gel and wire yourself in such a way that the quiet awe of nature leads you.
To do that it takes really a simple thing. You have to honor your interests and come to them in a manner that is determined to out grow self destructive behavior.
You can do it when you learn to trust the nature of nature. When you walk the line of your deepest and most trusting and loving and knowledgeable humanity. It is not a distant dream in some far away heaven. The capacity of the human mind is profound. And it not a poked and pained and hen pecked and demeaned profundity. De Profundis. From the depths.
I admire the yogis and the Greeks. Their dedication to assurance, not insurance. One is the child of wisdom. The other is the pain of deception.
By that I keenly observe, that when you are quiet enough to treasure the bee, and it’s wandered sleepy moment on your shirt, then you can see in that, that amazing creature that is the bee, in that you can see the gentle nature of nature. And then you can change. You only have to do one thing. You have to end the opportunity to make fearful masks your vehicle for perception.
Teddy Roosevelt was flat out wrong when he said:
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
I know he said it very solemnly in a certain moment in history. I get that. And I understand the context of the statement. But, it lacks wisdom. The only thing we need to clarify is what is the block in us to examine fear and not being ruled by it.
And any human that reaches that question most earnestly, not as an idea, but as a way to walk the line of ones very being, as a bumble bee does, with ease and assurance and no internal fear or pressure – that only comes to them through man’s activity – but when we are self-accustomed to that inner state, then there is a light in man that is quite extraordinary. It has the capacity for luminosity and it can steward nature very expertly to a universal state of cognition of what is: again, this is not an idea, this is the very nature of nature, it is torrentially abundant and there is no chaos in it. No upset. Not when it knows itself.
And if we are inattentive and we are in haste inside, we cannot move with true agility and confidence. The pain of an agitated mind is the only problem on the face of the earth.
When seen beyond, when that string is tuned correctly, then the mind does naturally walk the line and, because one is listening, paying attention to the wisdom of the ages, which is packaged into the very coded nature of nature, implicately so, then man can emerge from fretting and justifying defending and attacking and not being fair and generous and judicious and gentle and strong and kind but without an iota of falsity about that kindness, because he has learned to trust, to the very bones, the goodness in him, and each other.
Then, you can be in the realms of chemistry and physics and biophysics and many other fields and you can start to see into how gracious the nature of nature is. But for that to awaken in you, you must teach yourself how to be honest. And walk the line of what moves you. And end the pain mechanism that has nothing to do with who you actually are.
You never see a bee going to rehab, or rehashing yet another stupid war. The idea of the 4 Four plan was wise.
After those bombs dropped, those two American presidential terms, Truman and Eisenhower, before Kennedy came in and the Cold War took off, and militarism returned in place of humanism, there was a turning toward trust. Because the idea of the Four Point Plan was to use the same energies of activity but for human and inspiring focus. All you have to do is get beyond the ego. Then, you are home free.
And you can do that when you are honorable and you know yourself. That’s an absolute fact. But I do feel that something in the parenting is important. Because if you nurture that true authentic self – it’s instincts and intelligence, if you tenderly appreciate it. In yourself and in another. Not as a future plan. You actually do it.
Because you have found something endearing and meaningful in the nature of life and you have spied an actual symmetry in nature that is not sinister, not in the least, then you can see that, there is a certain rhythm in life and it seems to say, as a chorus, and I shall step aside here and add a referenced point:,
when those Four Point Plan engineers and arborists and beekeepers and fishery biologists and many more professionals went out to focus on habilitation, on husbandry and dignity, then the ones among them, that perhaps one might say had the most impact, well, for metaphoric purposes, I am going to say: they were the irrigation engineers,…
And in their work they helped to bring water back to deserts, for where water goes, organic life is,…
And in the 4th Chapter of the yoga sutras, where we see, the discussion of enlightenment, it is compared to a farmer irrigating his fields wisely. Lincoln said the future of America depends on what one man makes of a small piece of land.
But it’s not just America. It’s the world. And in that Terra Firma, in that incredible diversity, in that total parity that is the nature of nature, by definition, it is important to point out: that there is no serfdom.
Now, because of his complacency and ignorance man has avoided confronting most gently, and clearly and decisively and harmoniously and not in a state of disturbed mind or deception of any kind, no distraction, in that state one can see that the driver of all that madness essentially comes down to goats 🐐
By that I mean before the settled lives of the Greeks and the Ancient Asians, there was this story of the goatherders who, in ten thousand short years created the Sahara. And they did it because they were inattentive to husbandry. Animal and plant and human husbandry. But if you look at the work of Allan Savory and much of Rudolf Steiner’s work, and Japanese and Chinese wisdom in many fields, then you can see, with the right knowledgea of botany and biophysics and biochemistry and especially ecology – the symmetried essence of a blooming economy – well, that is down to ones deeply fine turning toward alignment.
It is strange perhaps to say this, on one level, but when you actually take Emerson’s line, in his essay “Self-reliance”, for a full walk, as Robin Williams once said in an interview, you take the “line for a walk,” when you do that, when you trust what he points to.
When he says:
“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost.”
Of course man has made himself into a serf. The Egyptians kept slaves which lead to the Exodus. But Thoreau was a sleek animal in comparison. Adaptive. Evolved. Evolution is.
Disparity means (from the 1590s) “the quality of being not equal in rank.” Parity means equivalence.
Diversity and biodiversity are extraordinary. But here when we end insecurity in our minds, then the husband becomes a farmer and a doctor and a teacher and a student and a friend. He or she who husbands nature. You start with yourself. It is enough.
And there is great dignity and new sleekness and beauty and harmony in that. And that is your actual wired nature when you fully end resistance to the nature of your nature and you look and your decipher and you discern and you listen and you come to know. Many many many wonderful things.
“There is only one man in the world. And his name is all men.”
When I look at the flush of a bougainvillea plant, it’s patient growth in the sight of sunlight, I get the feeling life is saying through its pink efflorescence, what you read here in this graffitied picture below.
And when I look at the gifted banter and humor and vented clarity and capacity and restful demeanor that is the very nature of nature, and of man himself, then I have deliberate reason to treasure what is far too vast to begin to express with mere words.
You do come to treasure and cherish it. Life. All of it; when you persist in following the art of stillness in a charactered fortunate and fascinating and comforted and combustible world. When you know what it means to lift the veil of insecurity and look at the marvel of the earth, and, well, not burn it down anymore. Yeah, treasure it. It definitely and most certainly treasures you back. When you do. Treasure it, yourself and every last mirrored inch.
We have that dignity.
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