“If we want a better world, we have to make it ourselves.”
Alice Walker, Taking The Arrow Out Of The Heart.
This is a book to remember all I can’t forget. Ever. That sense you can make a better world. But not just because you make others think or even see. That by each word you place creates stepping stones. An anchor inside. A core. (I wrote that before I read the above inscription).
I’ve never seen the Matrix. But too many talk about it in relation to reading my books to ignore. Some even bluntly state that reading them is like taking the ‘red pill.’
Why do I get so frustrated by others ideas on how to leave the Matrix? Because they seem to suggest there are only two options. I see three. And only one of desire. They talk of you being plugged in or not. But I see it as about how you cope in chaos. How the Matrix is simply humanity we are all trying to navigate. You can’t ever just be left with the rather linear choice to live in hell or leave the Labyrinth as most spiritual leaders do. With the supremacy of those who chose to live on the mountain – make well-chosen suggestions that let’s face it can only be thought up in isolated bliss.
These perfect souls aren’t living in all. And I bizarrely can’t create in the cleanness. I need the grit of humanity to place those stones. I think this is why I live in the middle. The core.
How do I answer, in the pub, what do you do? If I ever go back to a pub that is. I support people to live in the Matrix with a core. So they can not only cope but totally experience all of humanity – while they are making laps. Feel it all. Live it all. Grit style. Help all. To be the best of themselves without having to leave the complexities behind.
What’s the job title for that?
To know we don’t actually have to leave the Matrix. It’s possible to live a fulfilled life within its midst.
The world isn’t divided into good or bad people. Those in or out. Sirus of Harry Potter made this point. It’s all in the balance. Not one-dimensional living.
“The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
Sirius Black, Order of the Phoenix. J.K. Rowling
You can separate the art from the artist. And besides as Some Like It Hot ends – “nobody’s perfect.”
But we do all have the choice of what our core is formed of inside. Where our centre of balance rotates from. Since we live in the world from the inside out. Grit style – in the Matrix. Still plugged in. But with an awareness that offers hope. Beyond you.
Naoisé 5th July 2020