The above paragraph begins with a rather vague reference to "society." To be clear, in current media when a delinquent society is the issue it is almost always a means to point out how messed up America is. To be totally honest, that's really getting old. There are too many people standing in the global sandbox pointing the finger at America crying out their accusations. In my opinion, that needs to change. At the end of the day it's true, America is messed up, but then, every country has its quirks. In what way is it useful to stand around assigning blame? In making this playground sandbox analogy it brings to mind youth. A lot of us may have had parents who taught us not to sink to the level of the delinquent, "Don't stoop to their level" makes a good deal of sense. It seems like a better idea would be to demonstrate a better way to act rather than to just stand around acting no better or possibly worse. Bottom line; we get it, America is messed up, a lot of things in this world are and the choice is ours how we react to that fact. The choice is either productive or a waste of time and energy, it's up to you.
Now I would like to briefly examine each of the three aspects.
1. The Physical: The physical realm involves basic, survival needs, water, food and a means to maintain physical health. All these things can be provided by the Earth itself. Food is the most obvious; we can grow it, hunt it or find it naturally. I have gone on many hikes where I came back with a fine dinner of wild lettuce, wood sorrel and some nice morel, chanterelle or shaggy mane mushrooms, it's a cornucopia out there. Water is also obvious as 80% of the planet is covered with it. Water is easy to come by and even in the wild is easier to purify than the people who want to sell you water purification kits, among other things, would have you believe. As to maintaining health, there is more medicine growing in the forests, on the hillsides and in the mountains than a lot of folks would guess. Unfortunately, a vast majority of people have become disconnected from the Earth.
2. The Mental: Mentally, people need one another. I have seen first-hand what happens to a person who isolates themselves from others for too long, it isn’t pretty. I hear all the loners out there saying that there are exceptions to that rule and I agree. However, true exceptions are few and far between and often loner types have no idea that they would be better off with more human contact because being alone for too long has made them slightly delusional. What we can get from others, unconditional types of love, the feeling of being supported, protection, encouragement and companionship to name a few, is very important. Of course there is also the most basic and primal thing that drives us together, procreation. People need people, as cheese-ball as it may sound, it is true. Unfortunately, a vast majority of people have become disconnected from one another.
3. The Spiritual: Humans are all born to walk a spiritual or religious path and those who walk one would never deny that. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said it best when he said, “We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a physical experience.” Part of the reason why there are so many “spiritual truths” that seem to run parallel in so many differing religio-spiritual paths is that they are just that, truth. Folks fight over who forged the best path; in fact many wars have been fought over who is “right” when in truth there is no right or wrong. “Be here now” is a phrase often linked to Buddhism but it is true for all religio-spiritual paths, just be. Be connected, so connected your path is your lifestyle. Not just on Sunday, not just when in your circle, not only in your church or temple and not just when it's convenient. It is instinct, innate knowing that guides us, not gurus, books, weekend seminars, or online courses that give you fancy credentials to wear on your sleeve, those are just supplemental. Unfortunately, a vast majority of people have become disconnected from themselves.
Spiritually most folks already know their truth; all that is needed is faith in whatever it is we believe that truth to be. When it comes down to it the symbols are not needed. Crosses, pentagrams, stars or any other shiny bobbles do not bring us closer to our truth or aid us in walking our path. The approval of others will not help us to take a closer walk with anyone, it is a path that one walks in independence, even within a group or church. No matter what box you check on the spirit application, Christian, Pagan, Eclectic, any of the "isms, or “Other”, the name means as little as the symbols. I don't mean to diminish the symbols or the insight gained from others, this isn't black and white, suffice it to say, there is a demonstrable difference between a need and a want.
Choosing resonance is innate, instinctive and once one learns to be their message without expectation of glory or kudos, or being right, when one learns to just Be, that is when true growth can happen no matter what path you're on. A sure sign that you're on the right track is that you aren't overly concerned with the paths of others since your focus is on walking your own. Another sure sign is that you aren't thinking in terms of "them or us" or "right and wrong." Mostly, you aren't assigning blame. There is an old proverb that states that, "He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is halfway there. He who blames no one has arrived."
My final thought includes the physical, mental and spiritual. Mentally I ruminate on the comment Pierre Teilhard de Chardin made, “We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a physical experience.”
I say, what's the matter with being both?