Jummah Reflection: It's Not About the Fucking System.

Jummah Reflection: It’s Not About the Fucking System.

Jummah Mubark, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF.

I understand why someone might sell all their crap and move to the beach to become a surfer.

I’m pretty sure 90% of the human capital being spent right now in our society is an exercise in futility. Ok, maybe 70%.

See, I don’t think the human race changes. Circumstances and technology change. Our knowledge increases. Our bodies evolve. But not the essence of what it means to be humans.

Same as it ever was.

To be clear, this is not a nihilistic conclusion I’ve come to. It’s more a zen thing. It is what it is, folks. We are what we are.

We invest a lot of time and energy into ideas and theories. Capitalism, socialism, religion, atheism, whatever……everyone has an idea of what they think is the BEST way for us to live in society.

And because we are ego-driven, we assume that anything that opposes our conclusions about the best way to live is bad/wrong/stupid/evil. How could it not be?

What we don’t get is that EVERY system, every culture, every religion, ideology, form of government, economic system…every single one is susceptible to corruption, destruction and doom. Sure, there may be ones that work better in a certain time and place–but that doesn’t make them universally good or moral or true.

There’s no magic bullet to the ills of humanity. There’s no one way for humanity to thrive. We are capable of dooming ourselves no matter what system we choose.

If humanity evolves beyond the cyclic hate, poverty, violence and ignorance it will not be because of a ‘system’ that we create and put in place. Everyone wants to impose things on other people to get them to change. No one wants to change themselves.

You can’t legislate love. You can’t make laws that force people to recognize the humanity in others. You can’t eliminate greed with government.

I’ve been reflecting on whether or not it’s worth pissing away what’s left of my youth and energy and joy and resources on projects that don’t address the reality of who humans are and what we are capable of doing; or that recognize our limitations, and work with them.

I’m not an ideologue. I gave that up a long time ago. I’m not interested in aspirational, impractical plans that waste time, energy & money.

I’m sure as hell not interested in working with people who don’t see that they are just as capable of the shit they claim to be fighting.

Tear down old system. Install new system. New system ends up being just as bad, if not worse. Why?

Because it’s not. about. the. fucking. system.

This is the entire point of our human spirituality, folks. It’s about transcending the humanness which holds us back collectively. And we are all implicated in what holds us back…because we are all human.

Anyway. I’m sick. And tired. And unlike most people, it seems, I am not interested in fighting for the sake of fighting. I like people. I love people, actually. I’m tired of being pushed and pulled and told who to fight and hate and argue with.

I’m tired of litmus tests and lines in the sand and rhetoric that exists only to rally troops.I’m ready for some love. And maybe a surf board.

You’re welcome to join me.