“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.”
Morality, Gender Equality, and Quinoa
Lately I’ve been considering the reality of morality. I can’t seem to find the balance between virtue and non-virtue, the line between rectitude and duplicity. It seems the line between subjective “good” and “bad” is not only blurred, but properly confounding.
I was listening to NPR yesterday, and the discussion was modern women in the workplace. One woman suggested that “this kind of thing” shouldn’t even be a discussion, suggesting that separating the genders innately creates the social division. This implies that we should look at MEN and WOMEN as HUMANS to instill common unity (community) and to inculcate equal treatment and perception. This brings to mind a quote I recently became aware of by Bruce Lee…
“Styles tend to not only separate man — because they have their own doctrines and then the doctrine became the gospel truth that you cannot change. But if you do not have a style, if you just say: Well, here I am as a human being, how can I express myself totally and completely? Now, that way you won’t create a style, because style is a crystallization. That way, it’s a process of continuing growth.”
Does this work with gender? Certainly not, because we already have an established system wherein the statistical minority (social majority) utilize their influence to maintain control, and general favor. To ignore the difference is neglect and perpetuation of the status quo.
I’ve also found a moral dispute in compliments, that I can’t quite wrap my head around. For example, complimenting a loved one for being “beautiful” has become a point of contention in many conversations. If I understand correctly, it seems as though this is an objectifying compliment or that it puts emphasis on a quality that has historically been used to demean a group of humans. Where does intention play into this? For example, if one is generally not misogynistic, not sexist, and typically displays gender sensitive behavior, is it still not acceptable to celebrate feminine beauty, both aesthetically and spiritually?
Quinoa. Seriously. Most celebrate the wonders of quinoa, both nutritionally, but also its versatility. Without citing my sources, quinoa is considered the staple food or Peru and Bolivia. Because of the increased popularity and rapid consumption of the “perfect grain,” prices have reportedly tripled causing dietary changes and land disputes in its native Andes. This ultimately makes it more difficult for lower income brackets to access the core of their diets.
Am I the only one who is overwhelmed here? What is one to do? How do we navigate these perilous waters? Is it possible to live a moral, virtuous life? Where does integrity factor into this? Does virtue only exist in retrospect?
I want to emphasize that I’m not really making any claims here. This is not about the details, gender, quinoa, etc., this is about the larger issue. I’m overwhelmed and have a lot of questions. Ultimately, I want to live a positive life wherein I operate with the primary motivations of love and kindness rather than fear, desperation, and greed. Also something to consider, I fully acknowledge the primary cause of this quandary is ignorance. Let this mark the initiation of my education.
As it has been said by men far more wise than myself, “The first step to wisdom is admitting you know nothing.”
Well, here I am with a humble admission…
“I love to see people being dangerous”
- David Bowie on Ziggy Stardust. The lost interview. Animated.
Jay McInerney, “Invisible Fences”
Israel’s version of “Cation the beverage you’re about enjoy is very hot” #challengeaccepted #israel #yallabalagan
Well this is just plain good.