Observing the tug of war between conservatives and liberals during the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, what all the fuss is about? Of course we can say his confirmation to Supreme Court may potentially change the balance of power towards more conservative swing of social policies and regulation.
Putting aside whatever the investigation findings of FBI and bipartisan judiciary committee regarding the charges from Christine Ford, what people are looking for through a new Supreme Court Judge is a change in the direction of culture climate, a modification of baseline code of acceptance in social conduct. The outcry to fix things that had led to deterioration in our economy, politics, education and culture norm, is a common thread amid all arguments. People are hoping to reforms the current social system /culture barometer so that we can evacuate ourselves from on-going slipping into deeper and deeper muddy holes. We are not expecting a simple shift to get back to the old time(or whatever time), what we looking for is a total transformation to new level of adjustment/integration of our system in every aspects of social, political economic gears. To achieve that, we have to wake up to the reality and raise the consciousness of our social members, we have to do the hard work of cleansing, so the catharsis can lift up our spirit, so that we can transcend the pull of elements (be it that of social position or monetary concern) that corrupting our true nature, and get back in touch with our true purpose, individually and collectively.
At the backdrop of above mentioned sentiment, although Fort’s charge has a effect of delaying [Kavanaugh’s] confirmation hearing, her stepping up to bring up an long-ago sexual assault issue may has its points in alarming/draw public attention to the severity of deterioration in our societal moral baseline, a wakeup call that we need to put stops to the sliding trends of decline in our social environment. Over 1,000 alumnae of the school signed a letter stating that Ford’s accusation was “all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending the school.”
Kavanaugh was a “serious, but not showy student who loved sports, especially basketball” – a very good young fellow by the standard of our time. We can see that the culture atmosphere of a society has a effects similar to that of microwave to all its member. Just like air pollution, in a toxic culture tolerable of low moral code of conduct, no one can eventually getaway, even the best ones in us have the propensity to downgrade their standard. Our future is worrisome, if we connect this phenomenon with recent school gun shootings, prevalent drug usages and the desperate need for abortion right.
From that point of view, in the wake of me-too movements, in the not-so-uncommon occurrence of sexual harassment cases in work place, social occasions, as well as prevalent school drug, vaporing/ alcoholic /raping episodes, Ford’s accusation reflects a outcry/common sentiment over the moral bottom-line and prevalent culture of our society. Remember Rome’s collapse started from the debasement of its citizen.
We ask what have brought us to this point? The flower love of 1960-1970s certainly is showing its ugly faces to psychological detriment of generations of women; the breakup of family/community structure in the past 50-60 years led to the lacking for family/household education of youngsters; The decline of our education system force corporations to import high-wage talents oversea while the street is flooded with low paying jobs; the remove of gold standard certainly gave Americans some short term advantage, but now we see the disconnect/disharmony of United States with the rest of the world; the liberals’ arguments for lassie-faire of capitalism in banking system/financial structuring brought to us the tsunami of 2008 financial crisis worldwide and mountain of public debt – to this day the many who homeless were still struggle financially although Wall Street index exceed its all time high.
Shall we close our eyes and pretend nothing had happened? Maybe Christine Ford is the one who shout out among the silent pretentious crowd that “The Emperor is naked!”. This is not about Kavanaugh, it is about all of us!
Life experience teaches us that the natural law imposes ultimate regulations on human’s activities. When our man-made law aligns with the nature law, our society can prosper, we can achieve our goal; otherwise, sooner or later we will have to take the consequence of our capricious behavior of getting punished.
Here I want to cite a few paragraphs from Carolyn Baker’s book Walking the Sacred Demise of Industrial Civilzation’s Collapse:
In Dreaming the End of the World: Apocalypse As a Rite of Passage, Michael Ortiz-Hill wrote:
- To the exact degree – and this cannot be stated more emphatically – that we do not take apocalypse into the psyche where it truly belongs and suffer through it as a rite of passage, we will be compelled unconsciously to live it out literally to the bitter end. In a manner that is ultimately mysterious to me, the apocalyptic rite of passage by consciously bringing to fruition the most difficult realities of the twentieth [or twenty-first] century as they display themselves in one’s soul, actually initiates one into the oldest values carried within human culture.
What can alter the paradigm? Tim Bennett asserts in “What a Way to Go” that
- the culture needs an initiatory experience in order to transform. Harkening back to the myths and stories of the ancients and with the indigenous traditions in mind, Bennett believes that like a young man or woman in a tribal culture, twenty-first century earth dwellers need world-shattering experiences that move the tetonic plates of the psyche and awaken us from the stupor of the paradigm to which we appear to be addicted, thereby causing us to descend into the deeper spiritual layers of our souls. Indigenous initiatory experiences are not merely “rites of passage” but are life-altering encounters with nature and the sacred that permanently mold a young person in a certain fashion, which causes her or him to live in a particular manner that he or she otherwise would not have. While the initiation to which Bennett refers has nothing to do with age but rather the nature of ones relationship with the soul, it may produce a fundamental “growing up” or wizening that seems to have eluded individuals steeped in the current infantilizing paradigm.
What do the elders of indigenous cultures say about initiation? In a 1993 interview with “In context, a Quarterly of Humane Sustainable culture”, Malidoma Some of the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso in West Africa stated that:
- Growth itself makes one forget about who one is. So initiation is something that is designed to help one remember one’s origin and the very purpose of one’s occurrence on this side of reality – that is to say why one was born. This is why initiation is especially magical.
- So a person who is not initiated is considered a child, no matter how old that person is, because that person will not be able to recall his or her purpose. Without initiation the bridge between youth and adulthood can never be crossed, and a person’s heart is open to anything – to being shot down by any kind of energy going around. In the village, to not be initiated is to be a non-person.
- Traditional cultures clearly understand that the paradigm of civilization is life-destroying and soul-murdering, having witnessed centuries of brutal devourment of their cultures as a result of it One of the most, if not the most tragic loss in the process has been the destruction of the initiatory experience viewed by the modern technological mind as “quaint”, “superstitious”, and an “impediment to progress.”
- Yet the indigenous know that when the initiatory experience is absent or thwarted when young people are not provided with a structure for initiation by community elders, the initiation will ultimately happen, but rather than occurring in the safety of the sacred tribal container, it will occur in a spontaneously chaotic manner in the world and in distressful life experiences of the non-initiated individual. A conscious initiation by elders results in a grounded deepening of wisdom where as the absence of initiation leaves the young man or woman untethered and at risk of being battered about by the storms of life. Initiation stamps an indelible mark of blessing on a person’s soul; the absence of initiation is a cruel omission that dishonors the soul and leaves it with an insatiable longing which in the current paradigm we attempt to fill with consuming, controlling and competing.
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