Every human being has distinct combinations of wants, needs, and values for which they are pulled to fulfil. What one would consider highly valuable, another might feign indifference.
Every human being also has a distinct set of natural talents that they want to express. There is an impetus within us all to contribute to the world.
The differences in what people want to receive and give, generates gravitational forces that govern the motions of unique energies and their material manifestations; a necessary means of exchange of energy, value, wants, and needs.
Now, by the nature of our inherent good, we all have inherent goods that we want to grow and share for the benefit of our experience and the collective experience called man. Our inherent good manifests materially in this reality in countless forms; food, architecture, entertainment, transport, leisure, arts, crafts, music etc.
The world functions because of our inherent good, and the unique inherent goods that all humans want to express, exchange, and experience. Period.
The proxy for the flows and exchange of our inherent good is money. At heart, in its pure and undistorted form, money is a glorious symbol for the good within mankind to flow for the benefit of mankind. So money permeates so much of our daily culture, our internal dialogue, and informs the decisions we make day to day.
Whether the experience of money is great or horrible, money is undeniably a key subject matter in our human experience. Hence its name currency: being relevant for the current context of being human, and relevant amongst all human beings.
However, this proxy for the exchange of human good has been severely violated by us as a race. We have projected many of our fears, limitations, pains, and Sufferings upon it. So for many people, money’s glory is now a distorted curse of pain, limitation, burden, loss, and heart-break.
These occurrences all fall within the current dominant context which I call the epidemic of Self-Afflication; a context where we presuppose humans as being flawed beings who must repent as part of their punishment, and who must earn their right to be rewarded.
Because of this presupposition and the presuppositions that extend from them, our natural instinct to extend our well-being in our lives, is to turn against ourselves in an unworkable attempt to be whole (overcoming ourselves, accusational self-dialogue etc.).
These self-loathing operations are also projected outward as a loathing of other-Selves, and Life itself (‘People do me wrong’, ‘Life is so unfair’ etc.). A game of blame and shame, right and wrong, ensues. A frame within which we accuse self, other-Selves, and Life itself for our woes.
Money then becomes a weapon for blame, shame, punishment, and reward.
As a direct result, we relinquish our wealth to deities whom we empower with the rights to determine our destiny (follower-syndrome), or we become deity-like to assert ourselves in trying to dominate and control others’ destinies (guru-syndrome). The follower and the guru are two sides of the same coin. They stabilize one another.
These operations are all entropic by design, diminishing our well-being, and violating the infinite goodness inherent in our race. A harsh, sticky, and painful “Ju Ju” is then generated and projected upon the hearts of many humans, distorting the inherent good, light, and Life that we are an extension and expression of.
So much that the metaphor of the sun doesn’t rise with promise. Rather, it is passed through filters that scorch our skin, distort our vision, and suffocate our breath.
The darker projections on our inherent Self are also projected on the proxy of our inherent good, money. So today, we hear common assertions about money such as:
- Money is the root of all evil.
- I don’t care about money.
- People do horrible things for money.
- The more money I have, the less money someone else will have.
Now, replace the word “money” with “our inherent good” and you get an interesting perspective about the en masse relationship with who we are as a race:
- Our inherent good is the root of all evil.
- I don’t care about our inherent good.
- People do horrible things for our inherent good.
- The more inherent good I have, the less inherent good someone else will have.
Isn’t that curious, even slightly absurd? Let me highlight the first dotpoint:
Our inherent good is the root of all evil.
We as a race have forsaken ourselves by operationalizing this presupposition. As a direct result of this presupposition, we operationalize doubt about ourselves, suspicion about others, and a distrust of Life itself …
What can we do? Firstly, it is important to notice that all experience is an expression of our inherent good, including painful experiences. This is consistent with the intended positive outcomes behind all experience. Experience in all its variety is precious in both pleasure and pain.
By that very same nature, we can then notice that whenever we are confronted with loathing statements such as the aforementioned, we can consider the precious intent behind which they are generated:
The intent behind all evil is inherent good.
This is by no means a simple frame to entertain. But one that is necessary if we are to un-distort the expressions of our inherent good so our well-being continues to grow by more congruent means. Not by Suffering. But by recognizing that behind all Suffering, is a positive intention. As my teachers taught me: If you want to know where people love the most, look where they hurt the most.
Every limitation or unwanted experience is grown from a seed of greatness.
Plant it by Choice,