The dictionary has a rather curious (to my mind) definition for the word “cancer” –
The disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body.
First off, I do not regard cancer as a disease. A disease spreads through replication from host to host. A cancer dies with the host. You may want to think of cancer as a disease, but I say it is a symptom of a more subtle and pervasive systemic failure.
A cancer succeeds in destroying its host – and thus itself – by spreading in a geometric fashion at a rate which cannot be matched by the host’s innate defense system. Unless the host is capable of treating itself to halt the spread of the cancer – or receives aid from an external source to accomplish that task – the host will perish.
And so it goes with a culture or society.
Consider those members of any culture or society who do not have an authentic understanding of what it means to be a harmonious and conscious existing being. People who have no appreciation of what the true essence of being human – and being more than human – really means.
As their numbers increase (and they are now a majority) the society – the host – is consumed because those people cannot help themselves to defeat the cancer. And, there is no external assistance available to deal with a threat of this magnitude.
The young who do not understand become the middle-aged who do not understand; who then grow old in darkness and error. These people function under the overriding imperative of the proto-human – their behavior is a reflection of a life filled with hate, lust, fear, and avarice.
There is nothing in such people that speaks of evolution or progress – only death and decay – and a foreshadowing of the bestiality to which we may all succumb.
We are losing our culture.
The threads of genuine humanity which bind and hold the fabric of society together are coming undone. It is not the Law or the State which binds society together and gives it meaning. Nor the “invisible hand” of self-interest. It is the desire to cooperate for the mutual advantage of ALL, by moving toward an evolutionary goal where potential equals actualization.
We are beginning to die at an evolutionary impasse.
Unless something is done, unless changes take place, the natural entropy of unconscious evolution – operating through the principle of mindless natural selection – will eliminate humanity. We are not adapting.
The human race – on a limited basis — has finally achieved consciousness. The work of thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of years. We cannot rely on instinct and senseless, mindless, urges of hate, lust, fear and greed in order to progress. In the vast sweep of human time a course of action based on those values was made to function by our ancient ancestors as a successful adaptive strategy – but those times have passed. Only conscious creativity and cooperation will advance us as a species.
If we relinquish our humanity in order to guarantee or own isolated survival, our evolutionary edge as existing beings begins to vanish and we start to slowly sink back into the bestial pits from whence we rose. Consciousness will begin to disappear if we continue to focus on the barbaric urges noted above. Barbaric urges deliberately supported by the status quo who seek only to elevate and maintain their own power and control. Consciousness can be extinguished if we are not careful.
It is already happening.
Our ability to be truly conscious is fading, diminishing. We cannot read, we cannot write, we cannot solve the simplest problems of logic or thought. We have lost intuition and the quest for authentic knowledge. Violence, hate, fear, lust and greed are not just our new idols, they are the mantra that the media, our education system, and our politics is foisting upon us. Our free will is being replaced by a senseless obedience to values which have been externally represented as our “true” human nature. We are being turned into zombies. Into beasts with no self-reflection.
Where are our truly great thinkers? Where is the reverence for thought, ideas, for humanity and Life itself? Instead, we worship at the altar of manufactured celebrity, where people are held aloft for the how they look rather than how they think. It is more about the content of the characters we pretend to be than the content of our true nature.
Who has seen love? Where is compassion? What has happened to honor and integrity?
The world does not end with a bang or a whimper. It ends with a snarl – the snarl of animal fury escaping from the lips of people who have lost their humanity.
We cannot live in human society because we are not adjusting to the strains and demands that technology and increasing human reproduction are placing on us. Our minds are not employed in thinking, but in reacting. We are not active; we are passive, always responding to the next crisis – real or manufactured. We are not creative, but sensual. We feel, but we do not understand. And, saddest of all, many of us do not wish to understand. We prefer the cool and comforting security of the State’s womb.
Violence has increased beyond all rational levels, and no theory can adequately account for it. Awareness – increased consciousness achieved through introspection and projection – envisions an optimal world-structure, but then encounters actuality which is imposed by external powers. The hopelessness that the individual experiences when making futile attempts to change things – to stop the spread of the cancer – yields nothing but frustration, anger, rebellion, violence and, ultimately, resignation.
And in today’s world what is it that we encounter in our experience with the “actuality” of the world that so disheartens and tears at our soul?
The cancer of Nothingness. Nihilism. Nãda. That is to say –
…the rejection of all religious, ethical and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless.
Isn’t this what the modern world offers us? God is dead. The State rules. The individual can accomplish nothing on their own – and yet all we do is pursue the hedonistic and narcissistic celebration of the Self. We are offered nothing in return for our faith but empty promises. Only ignorance brings bliss. The ignorance of the animal.
Perhaps not to think at all is best.
It is the cancer of Nothingness. We lash out at this cancer, to crush it, slash it, slay it, kill it. To no avail — so let me have drugs to ease my mind, to allow me to forget and permit me to embrace the Nothingness and not to think. Madness, violence, hate – we wish to be animals, roaming mindless through the world, feeling, feeling, sensual – but not thinking.
And as far from understanding as the ruling elite desires.
This, then, is our cancer. I do not need to elaborate on the many facets of its true being – simply open your eyes and look around. See its roots, its virulence. The cancer has the same sad desire to consume the host – and in the process, die.
There is no understanding of the future consequences of present actions. That is a cancer.
We are faced with a choice – those of us that are still human – we must move forward as humans, yes, but we must focus on increased awareness and consciousness. To bring into reality a world where potential really does equal actualization. Where we see the hope of that potential and not the false and often manipulated inequity of circumstance.
We must not allow ourselves to slip back growling and whining into the twilight — to once again gather in packs and herds — to crawl insensate before our masters with the slavish peace of the beast reflected in our mindless gaze.
Don’t just be – become.