22 May 2017
History serves as a palpable proof of man’s insatiable desire for wrong doings. This has been revealed in wars fought in folly, the divisiveness that characterized religion, the absence of social cohesion fueled by differences in tribes, religious, political and other social affiliations and ideologies; the ubiquitous pride of individuals and nations who boast of knowledge, arms, intellectualism, weaponry they have amassed which they readily deploy to destroy other races, people and nations they consider as threats to their economy, ideologies or conceived power.
Rather unfortunately, this thirst for malevolence in history, has not only been conceived in the tussle between world powers but is very much present in our individual lives and interactions with one another. This has not only remained in the past but has traveled through time to the present.
In a world where so much is preached about love and the need for unity, it is ironical that we find the same world plagued with so much hate, separation, poverty, corruption, diseases and death.
It is such a paradox that we’ve become reactionary to these problems and fail to understand why they happen, or even find the odd trace of our contributions to these ills. We therefore are blind to the real reason why the drive for lasting peace or love seems delusive as each day passes by.
It is time we realise that all of these are tied to the one fact that man (generically), does not know who he really is or how he is to behave; it is because man understands himself only based on what he sees, physically. It is because man has not been awakened to realize his real self, at the very core, beyond his ties to the material; it is because man can never be good, in the real sense of the word, outside the spirit when it is clear beyond every form of reasoning and unreasoning that, there is an invisible tie binding the entire human race to a collective experience of happenings and this connectedness affects our relationship with one another and all life forms present in the universe. Man is affected by his environment as much as the same environment is shaped by his actions and inactions alike.
If there is a clear basis for such understanding, it is therefore necessary to strive to gain the knowledge of how to bring about balance and lasting peace in our universe.
Pathetically though, it is a situation where a spiritually unconscious man is trying so hard to bring peace to a spiritually unconscious world. The world’s drive in bringing about harmony and lasting solutions to these problems have been somewhat disruptive in her approach. This disruption will necessarily create other problems that would need other unconventional ideas to stand as solutions to the same created problems, and then the vicious cycle goes on and on.
It is clear that this will never bring about any sustainable solution to the dissonance that has become our everyday experience, for to soundly understand who we are, we must first understand the primal nature within ourselves. Are we just what we see or is there something more to us? How do we build a collective consciousness in that love which seeks the good of all? It doesn’t happen by just preaching about love or by just trying to be good, it happens only when there is an awakening in our consciousness and in the realization of the essence of our beings.
Although we have come to grudgingly accept that love, which we do not fully understand, is the most powerful force in the universe, we still fail to give or experience this love in all situations and in our interactions with people. We instead, find that we often try to decide those we should care about and those we shouldn’t care for, further creating separation amongst ourselves, whereas this love force we all experience should be an indicator of our desire for what is pure and good and how much we all long for a touch of bond and kindness.
As a writer and literary artist, I have experienced the power of literature and the decisive role it plays in building sound knowledge in diverse human experiences. Literatures have been very compelling and powerful simply because it shapes how people think, these literatures are written by men and women awakened at different levels in self realization either into the good or bad. These literatures have been resources for human reasoning.
With such level of influence, it isn’t surprising therefore how ideologies of thinkers have shaped people, nations and the world structure today. This reveals the enormous power man has in contributing to every activity in the world. Every idea, belief and system is always shaped by a person whether they be written or unwritten.
The world’s quest for knowledge has become increasingly voracious and the availability of myriads of information at different fields and levels of study have rather left many more confused than enlightened. Imagine if we had a world of spiritually awakened minds who shaped thoughts, experiences and knowledge based on truth. Imagine the beauty of diversity that would invariable bring us all to the one truth we know as love. This will further drive and deepen our consciousness in what is true, in what is of value and of utmost benefit to all.
So, for us to have conscious literatures, we must first have conscious people to in turn, write conscious literature. To be spiritually conscious takes a grave and heart wrenching seeking of truth, the source energy of the universe or God. Thus, nobody truly becomes awakened without earnestly seeking.
Whatever form of literature, be it prose, poetry or drama, fiction or nonfiction, it must always seek to express the universality of truth hidden in love and oneness of all.
Literature should be beyond the mere intelligent collation of words, ideas or facts to create fun, meaning or rhyme. It should be conscious, decisive and intently created to transform its readers in the positive. Again I say, writers are shapers of life; they are the wheels controlling what direction our minds travel to and how far this journey goes. They are the gods that determine what creed or rituals are befitting for the shaping and the extent of our realization of truth.
By Andrew Patience
Andrew Patience, Writer, Poet, Spoken Word artist and lover of the way.