After 60 or so years of living in the world of the trite, I find it exhilarating to be unfettered, able to think in a developmental way like a 13 year-old. Being a bit like the only dog at the park to be allowed off-leash, one can watch the rest of one’s kind running around with their noses up each others’ butts, looking for answers but finding only worn out mantras; “perpetual economic growth” . . . “jobs, jobs, jobs” . . . “free markets regulate themselves”.
I find this frustration permeating the work of many of the authors I have been reading over the last several years. My current read is Our Way Out by Marq de Villiers who has just observed “But we the people sometimes seem to be the no-brains in the no-brainer of energy improvement”. I find that it helps to be able to look from an objective vantage point to see that most of the drivel in the evening news is just that, and especially to realize that the majority of your fellow beings simply cannot detach themselves adequately to do so.
The recent railway tragedies in Lac Megantic, Quebec and Santiago de Compostela, Spain may be seen as a metaphor for the dangers of crowd based thinking. While it may be comforting to be part of the group, it can be catastrophic to be unable to decouple in the event of a runaway. So turn off the TV or other device of choice, go the the library, used book store, yard sale or all of the above, surround yourself with a mound of good books and start your search for Leonard Cohen’s “Crack in everything” because that truly is “how the light gets in”.