Is anyone noticing that the world and its heightened threats, turmoils, wars, repetitive hysterical news and cartoon leaders is becoming overwhelming in its demands for attention, for anxiety, for hysteria, for overhwhelming, battering bad news?
My ninety-year old aunt, a news addict if I ever saw one, every day recounts to me all the disasters from wars and murders to abuse of children in day care and the torturing of cats, which - according to her - people are doing again but now getting arrested
for it. She is completely addicted, which I often attempt to lead her to see - but impossible it is.
I believe now that such an "addiction" comes from the fear and anxiety that underlines most of our lives in this anxiety-ridden age. But it can
do something else, something opening and deepening as well. A point is reached - when you recognize it, when you step back and examine its effects on your own life - when you can make a choice to step out of that daily pounding, repetitive
news blast into a chosen time of quiet or even silence; of reading and writing, of listening to music, of turning into the mystery of your own soul - which - believe it or not - need NOT be affected by the outer delirium. In fact, opening the inner doors,
is what is demanded of us now. It is where wisdom lives. There are many many paths to that door, but opening it is what's required...