You speak with clarity of me and my situation, and you and your situation. We have covered this topic pretty well in this thread and many others, and could now, if anyone wishes, turn our attention to victims of violence, and their situations. Or not, everyone is of course free to decide for themselves what topics are of interest.
Actually my mind is not coming up short, or chasing it's own tail. I have a very clear idea of "the shift" I hope to eventually maybe someday discuss.I think your mind is trying to grasp all this (war, solution)and it is coming up short. That is unconsciousness, believing that the mind can fix the "problem" the mind created. It is chasing its own tail. Truth is, there is no problem.
And there is most certainly a problem. Don't take my word for it, please, just ask the victims you meet in the course of your work, they will tell you with more authority than I can what this problem is.
Or, if you prefer, pull out your copy of The New Earth, and ask again why Tolle used his mind to analyze a problem and then write an entire book full of his thoughts about it.
Moving onward, the shift.
You and I are hiking in the woods, enjoying silence together, or having a robust conversation. We come around a corner, and on the trail ahead, someone is being assaulted.
We are immediately engaged in some manner or other. Perhaps we begin to shout. Maybe we grab a stick and race towards the action. Or, we pull out our cell phones and dial 911.
Whatever our response, it involves us dropping "me and my situation" and "you and your situation" and dropping both of our philosophical outlooks too, and engaging the needs of the victim in some practical worldly manner.
Now let's imagine we didn't take our hike, but instead read about this assault in the paper, while sitting at our kitchen table with a cup of coffee. We will read the story, say damn that sucks, and then go on to the next story.
In this case, the experience is being delivered to us through an abstract medium, not live and in person, and we just aren't sensitive enough to fully feel the pain through the abstraction. Many thousands of us may read the story, yet few of us become engaged.
What is obstructing our natural sensitivity?
Our focus on me and my situation.
If the event appears to us in such a way as to overwhelm our focus on me and my situation, we act immediately, naturally and in a manner focused on the needs of the victim.
If the event appears to us in such a way that doesn't overwhelm our focus on me and my situation, we retreat in to philosophy or other distractions. And the victims are on their own.
Thanks again for your participation here. If you'll forgive the labels, your form seems to be a good person, and a great writer, and it's a pleasure to meet you.