Cooperation breeds evolution, and problems can be solved by applied cooperative intelligence and skills.
– Robert Wilkinson
“Protect me from the cynical mind
That scoffs at Truth and Beauty
And makes of no account
Those things which are of good report.”
One of the people I follow regularly is astrologer, Robert Wilkinson. He wrote an insightful article today, A Thought On Cynics, Critics, and Others Who Judge Too Harshly. An excerpt from this article:
So often we humans take a one-sided approach to how we view and interpret things. So often we humans only see that which we believe is in error, and forget to praise the good, true, and beautiful. So often we humans offer a stronger negative to what our minds judge rather than offer an acknowledgment of “those things which are of good report.”
Last evening I was reading again some writings by social philosopher, Erich Fromm and find again something related:
“There is only one possible, productive solution for the relationship of individualized man with the world: his active solidarity with all men and his spontaneous activity, love and work, which unite him again with the world, not by primary ties but as a free and independent individual…. However, if the economic, social and political conditions… do not offer a basis for the realization of individuality in the sense just mentioned, while at the same time people have lost those ties which gave them security, this lag makes freedom an unbearable burden. It then becomes identical with doubt, with a kind of life which lacks meaning and direction. Powerful tendencies arise to escape from this kind of freedom into submission or some kind of relationship to man and the world which promises relief from uncertainty, even if it deprives the individual of his freedom.” (Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom [N.Y.: Rinehart, 1941], pp. 36–7. The point is repeated on pp. 31, 256–7.)
From my favorite astrology guru, Robert Wilkinson:
What Are Our Archetypes, and How Can We Live With Them – click here
So an archetype can be a pattern, or model, or prototype from which others are copied or modeled. In psychology, we’ve expanded Jung’s definition to embrace that which is both conscious or unconscious, and these may be inherited or acquired by imagination in contact with the collective reality we experience. In either case, it’s safe to call an Archetype an “original pattern,” or “ideal pattern” which can express itself through many forms.
I believe an archetype must have some universal symbolism, or else it would simply be an excellent model of itself. An archetype is meaningful in its uniqueness as well as ability to move the consciousness or subconsciousness of many. So we must look to symbols that have such universal meaning that they can be modeled in countless local and specific ways.
“Via philosophy we can get accustomed, never to isolate the present from the past. Via philosophy all things gain a depth of field, something like a fourth dimension, which permits to associate the earlier perceptions with the present.”
Henri Bergson, a quotation out of a lecture held 1911 by Bergson at the university of Oxford.
I have been reading astrologer Robert Wilkinson for many years. Today is my birthday and also a special day in the grander scheme of things. I encourage my readers to take a few minutes to read today’s article, A Grand Cardinal Cross Is Upon Us!
There is some astrological details that your can skip over if you know little about astrology, but I will venture that once you read this particular article, you will “get the message”. I hope you become a regular reader of Robert’s as he has much to offer in the way of his powerful insights.
“Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.”
~ Cree Prophecy
I have a copy of this in my personal papers since 1968.
In these days of wars and rumors of wars – – haven’t you ever dreamed of a place where there was peace and security, where living was not a struggle but a lasting delight? Of course you have. So has every man since Time began. Always the same dream. Sometimes he calls it Utopia – – Sometimes the Fountain of Youth – – Sometimes merely “that little chicken farm.”
Film Lost Horizon (1937) is a timeless, widely-acclaimed classic – a romantic fantasy and science-fiction adventure film, produced and directed by Frank Capra for Columbia Pictures. The film was faithfully adapted by screenwriter Robert Riskin from James Hilton’s best-selling 1933 novel of the same name. The story was inspired by real-life mountaineer George Leigh-Mallory, who was lost during a fatal climb of Mount Everest in 1924.
The High Llama speaks to Robert Conway:
We have reason. It is the entire meaning and purpose of Shangri-La. It came to me in a vision long, long ago. I saw all the nations strengthening, not in wisdom, but in the vulgar passions and the will to destroy. I saw their machine power multiplying until a single weaponed man might match a whole army. I foresaw a time when man exalting in the technique of murder, would rage so hotly over the world, that every book, every treasure would be doomed to destruction. This vision was so vivid and so moving that I determined to gather together all things of beauty and culture that I could and preserve them here against the doom toward which the world is rushing. Look at the world today. Is there anything more pitiful? What madness there is! What blindness! What unintelligent leadership! A scurrying mass of bewildered humanity crashing headlong against each other, compelled by an orgy of greed and brutality. The time must come, my friend, when this orgy will spend itself, when brutality and the lust for power must perish by its own sword. Against that time is why I avoided death and am here and why you were brought here. For when that day comes, the world must begin to look for a new life. And it is our hope that they may find it here. For here, we shall be with their books and their music and a way of life based on one simple rule: Be kind. When that day comes, it is our hope that the brotherly love of Shangri-La will spread throughout the world.
I was told many years ago by a teacher of mine, the Golden Thread of truth permeates all beliefs, all philosophies…. it is self-evident;
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and Demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and Its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, Even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people and Bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and For the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, The fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, For abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts Are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes They weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again In a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.