A rupture in our constructed realities

I know this pandemic is a big deal. But it is really only now sinking in how much of a bigger deal this will be for our social consciousness than 9/11. Maybe even more significant than WW2, since it is effecting everyone. Every society on earth is having to adjust and respond. And, more than any other event in my lifetime or my father’s lifetime, it is exposing the problems of our society and, perhaps, creating space in our collective capacity to imagine a better world…This pandemic is a sharper reminder of human fragility, the utter incapacity for us to solve these natural crises within our capitalist framework…But this is a rupture. A rupture in our constructed realities, exposing what lies underneath. May we discern, together, the movement of the Spirit of Life so that we might create a new, more compassionate world, with one another.“

— Mark Van Steenwyk


Notes:

  • Quote via Beth @ Alive on All Channels. Photo: David Ramos in NY Times
  • Inspired by a passage Keith shared with me: “There are certain things that happen to you as a human being that you cannot control or command, that will come to you at really inconvenient times and where you have to bow in the human humility to the fact that there’s something running through you that’s bigger than you …” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert (The TED Interview podcast, October 19, 2018)

Comments

  1. May we survive this and come out better people.

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  2. Hoping that this crisis summons our better angels and serves as a potent reminder of what’s truly important. Very scary times….

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  3. As pretentious this may sound, it might give us a chance to make amendments to How we live….

    Perfectly worded, brilliant TED talk. TED is a great tool for nearly every question we can have.

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  4. and here’s to that, a positive turn in humanity after a tragedy

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  5. It is big. Seismic shifts are taking place all over. We, the human race, pushed it too far. Something/Someone had to take over. Yes, there are massive setbacks, but it all feels more like a master reset, a big cleanse. The sad part is that there are many casualties. One casualty is too many.

    I’m a very simple-minded person and I don’t understand so much about this world we live in. But this one makes sense.

    And to see the United Nations request and plead with everyone for a truce, that this is not the time to be fighting. When was it a good time to be fighting? The irony!

    We could do without so much, by choice. But we had to be forced into it.

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I couldn’t say if better … Please, read full statement! … ‘This pandemic is a sharper reminder of human fragility, the utter incapacity for us to solve these natural crises within our capitalist framework…But this is a rupture. A rupture in our constructed realities, exposing what lies underneath. May we discern, together, the movement of the Spirit of Life so that we might create a new, more compassionate world, with one another.“- Mark Van Steenwyk

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  7. It brings out the best and the worst in people. Fortunately there is more “best” than “worst.”

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  8. more love 💕

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  9. I am very curious about what our world will look like six months from now…

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  10. This is a call for each of us to do what is best for the one and the many (Stay Home). To heal ourselves so we can all heal from this world we’ve created is the kind of world we can all live in, together. To breathe together, as one, recognizing we all breathe the same air, walk on the same planet, walk in the same human condition.

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  11. Wise words. May you be right/

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  12. Christie says:

    We can all pray, be kind, help to encourage those over the phone, by sending e-cards, emails, smile and say hello to those out walking our voice and smile carry over six feet…sometimes when we walk and it is an older women up in 70’s or older by herself I wonder if this is the only contact she might have for the day….breath deep or sing to exercise your lungs! Each breath is a gift…

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  13. Thank you David for this truthful summation. It’s bigger than all of us. Humility is needed right now, but human beings are stubborn creatures. Let’s hope not too stubborn to look reality in the face and agree that change is the necessary and best hope to repair what is broken. Stay well. You guys are in a hotbed of virus activity there also. God Bless.

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  14. I am so very glad to read this, thinking first of DK when seeing New York lit up like a Christmas bulb on all the maps. Hoping that the train rides are done and that the office is a few steps down the hall.

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  15. 911 was horrific. we rethought many things, for a time. This, fracture will change everything. How we think about others.
    Staying home is the most difficult mission I’ve set for myself, ever. Yet, when I pause. And consider it is, for the greater good, it becomes a bit easier.
    Someone. Will Live. if I stay home. 🙂 Thank you David.

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