|Drawing By Pierre Duranleau|
The world in the first few decades of the twenty-first century was made up of many different types of people ranging in different levels of sensitivity.
It developed, perhaps more so in our western culture, the manifestation of a personal sensitivity callous. A defence mechanism designed to protect the self and all of the Ego's obvious liabilities and vulnerabilities.
This self-imposed callous allowed many people to better function in that fast paced dog eat dog world we had created for ourselves. Being too sensitive, in the first few decades of the twenty-first century, was to get the short end of the stick, and to be bumped out of the race for want fulfillment.
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There was a price we paid for this lack of sensitivity though, and we paid dearly. We denied ourselves the full spectrum of the human emotional experience.
In our bid to protect our self-interests, that callous 'tougher than nails' attitude may have shielded the self, yet left a loathsome path of destruction in it's wake, and that path manifested as the hurt feelings and ruined lives of those more sensitive than others.
Would we have functioned better as a species if we didn't care so much, if instead we decided to let everything roll off our backs? There was a definite advantage allotted for those who chose to adopt this philosophy, but was the price too high?
Akin to those who eat entirely spicy food, the act of ingesting most other foods can become a bland experience. But for those who are not accustomed to eating spicy food, the range of subtleties in taste and flavour can vary greatly, and as a result, they experience a much wider range of taste sensation.
The same can be said of that sensationalist, adrenaline junkie culture. That tattoo-fest, reality-TV, Rap-o-matic, debt-based, monster truck consumption bonanza we called 'day to day living' was all about 'more' about outdoing what had already been done. It was about making the 'new' become the 'old'.
I'm not against pushing the boundaries, in fact I'm all for it. Going forward and in harmony with 'change' is a good thing, but not at the expense of subtlety and gentleness and care.
One way we could have ensured that subtlety and gentleness and care, and those who had the courage to expose their inner vulnerabilities did not go the way of the american buffalo, was to have collectively acknowledged, and better recognized, the negative space. (or the wake left by the insatiable acquisition of our endless wants)
All that destruction was facilitated by the irreverent callous attitudes we imposed upon ourselves and others for the sake of protecting what WAS the frightened child within us all.
Future CT Village 5, Nova Avalon. Year 17 P.T.E.