How do we as humans get ourselves into any situation, environmental, social, missing a turn when driving, to whacking our finger with a hammer. I believe it comes down to the focus of attention. Most of the time our attention is on the task at hand but once our mind finds the task routine it wanders off to find something else to pursue and wham-o we end up with a sore finger. Humans have been so caught up in our own survival for so long that our global attention is constantly diverted away from the damage we are doing. We are at a point where things are getting pretty shaken up.
The whole globe is shook up, so what are you going to do
when things are falling apart?
You're either going to become more fundamentalist
and try to hold things together,
or you're going to forsake the old ambitions and goals
and live life as an experiment
making it up as you go along.
How do we focus our attention and "live life as an experiment" and get out of our fundamentalist thinking???
We need to get control of our attention. Our attention to everyday details. When we walk, we walk and when we sit, we sit. When we are with someone, we are truly with them. Now, this is not easy, but I believe we can do it. We can sit with each other and embrace our fundamentalist views with compassion and honesty and together choose to direct our attention to that new experiment. We may need to make it up as we go, but any new journey requires this. We cannot expect to walk a new path and know what lies ahead for us, but if we take that path with compassion and non-judgment, hand in hand with others we will will never be alone. Each new moment will unfold before us and we can savor its beauty and wonder with an open heart, and see each individual snowflake as it graces or terrestrial footing which grounds us in our humanity.