Who gives a fuck about why?
We all know everything is topsy-turvy that turmoil lurks around every bend. We are a tempest waiting to transform into a tsunami, which the slightest breeze is sure to flood. Our once harmonious ecology is measured by swiftly growing deserts, ever-rising sea levels, black tar and soot spilled haphazardly on delicate land and sea. People are suffering, and there is a deep sadness seeping everywhere.
This is our world, our environment, our story. It is.
Pontificating on why it is seems like a waste of time right now. Who has time to ponder when there is so much to do? It exists; we know it; now what?
How, or now what, feels like a more crucial question. It spurs movement, action, and direction. It provides a way out (or at least a way). It can result in a manual where easy to follow instructions make solutions seem simple. Imagine a manual for, How do we unblock the quagmire of financial and political control built and reinforced by too-big-to-fail banks and political machines and corporate opportunists and media apologists and snaky lobbyists by empowering ALL of our brothers and sisters – the poor, the desolate, those on the margins, people with differing abilities, the un- and underemployed, those shackled by debt – to contribute, share, solve, and act? How can WE, the 99%, change our world while not reinforcing the oppressive heel of dictatorship, hierarchy, and control? These manuals would be powerful and could change the landscape of society.
Rarely is any solution or direction ever so simple as step-by-step instructions. A skilled baker knows that while a bread recipe might call for certain ratios of flour, leavening, and water altitude, humidity, and outside temperature play a significant factor in whether the bread will rise and turn out. One must feel the dough and read it as much as any recipe. It is a combination of recipe and intuition that makes for tasty bread.
Most, when confronted with a question (regardless of whether it is why or how or any other question), try and work out an answer. It is human nature to want to solve puzzles. We are inquisitive beings. Still, there is something about letting a question sit that is compelling. It forces one to be. Letting the question be is also uncomfortable, discomfiting, and, at times, infuriating. What kind of person can let a question be? What does that say about his/her values?
Please join Margaret Bacon Schulze and Jason Wyman for their first workshop on PROCESS called "The 14 Black Poppies Way" TOMORROW (10/15/2011) at 10am at The Happiness Institute (1720 Market Street @ Valencia, San Francisco, CA). Using storytelling, walking meditation, and inquiry, Margaret and Jason show the power of process to help us ponder questions and unlock hidden insight. All workshops are pay what you can.