THE RHYTHM OF THE RESTLESS
It is impossible as head-nodders to learn the meaning of our gossip.
But gossip we do, nod we do, smile and frown and clap we do; like starlings at early dawn, we flap, we rustle, we cling together and rise from the grasses and fly together, this way and that, seeking the leader whose randomness fails us.
At sundown the murmeration ceases and together we rustle, we rhyme with the rhythm of the restless till darkness overcomes.
Tomorrow we will rise again and like starlings everywhere we will rise as one and heads will nod and the bloated carcasses of our forgotten comrades will add nourishment to the earth and one or two will say do you remember whatsisname.
Oh yes comes the answer, he was always coming up with strange, new ideas. And we head-nodders bestow our final, limited approval in measured doses and our world continues at break-neck speed.
To feel as though we belong is a wonderful feeling but that feeling does not come from the group, nor is that feeling LOVE. It is merely a reward system for conforming to the dictates of “The Group”. Like Aladdin’s magic carpet, the rug can be pulled out from under us at a moment’s notice. Pats on the back are often the Serpent’s tongue. Sweet is the kiss but that tongue can really give us a good licking.
Everyone likes knowing they are doing good work. “Hey, good job.” But the need for being loved and the desire to know that we are respected means much more. A simple “Thank you” can go a long, long way.
And “I love you” when least expected can go even further.
Thank you. Have a happy day
People form groups, hoping to fulfill that which is perceived to address a common need; a measure of safety in a dangerous world. These groups may family, schools, sources of employment and institutions which build religions and serve our spiritual needs,
Soon thereafter and for as long as the group exists, the individual’s major role is to support the group. Negotiations ensue. The group offers a measure of approval in return for compliance; the higher the quality of Compliance, the higher the approval rating. The higher the approval rating the more likely it is to be confused with Love. Approval is condition dependent; Love is not. Love’s only aim is to Heal.
Wishing is not a substitute for Hope.
Hope is not a substitute for Faith.
Faith is not a substitute for Truth.
Approval is not a substitute for Love.
Love is not a substitute for Safety.
Safety is not a substitute for Fear.
ACCEPT THE LOVE AND PASS IT ON.