I create the ‘unworkability’ that is present in my living. I create the misery that is present in my experience of living. I say that you do the same. And it occurs to me that collectively we create the unworkability-misery in our lives, our relationships, our families, our organisations, our communities, our tribes, our societies, our worlds…..
How do i-you-we create this ‘unworkability’? It occurs me to me that we do so because we confuse-collapse ‘what is’ with what we ‘think it is’ and what we ‘want it to be’. The real ‘wickedness’ is that you-i-we are not even present to collapsing-confusing ‘what is’ with ‘what we think it is’ and ‘what-how we want it to be’.
Allow me to illustrate our default condition of being-in-the-world by posing a simple question. I ask you to be with, consider, and answer the following question: what is the sound of silence?
What is the sound of silence? Did you grapple with this question? Did you try out this question? Did you live the question? Or did you simple find that a judgement-answer showed up for you automatically? Did you find yourself thinking “What a stupid question! Silence is silence, there is no sound!”
You and I are conditioned to approach this question and almost every other question through the avenues of ‘what everyone knows’, ‘theory’, and/or ‘logic’. What is the sound of silence? Approached through the avenue of logic, the answer is there is no sound because logic defines silence as the complete absence of sound. And common sense, ‘what everyone knows’, takes this for granted – it does not question.
What shows up if you question the taken for granted answer to this question? What shows up if you live the question? What shows up if you actually put yourself in place where there is silence and listen?
If you live this question, experience it for yourself, you will find that there is a sound to the silence. If you live this long enough, several times, you might just find that the sound of silence can be different in different moments.
It occurs to me that now would be a great time-place to sit with this question: where else have I confused-collapsed ‘what is so’ with ‘what i-we think is so’ and/or ‘what i want to be so’? It occurs to me that if i-you-we live this question then our lives would open up to new possibilities. And we would get access to increasing the workability of our lives, our relationships, our organisations, our communities, our world.
Finally, remember that what truly counts (in human life) has to be experienced-created-lived first hand in order for i-you to know it as it truly is. I want to share with you this quote with you:
“There are certain things you can only know by creating them for yourself.”
– Werner Erhard