Friday, 10.25 pm .. a new death of a 3-year-old refugee was just announced. A heartless smuggler decided to throw the child to the sea in order to escape from the local authorities. Saturday, 00.45 am .. a new terror is rising, terrorists attack Paris. This diary is written to investigate if there is a holistic action after such an atrocity? I don’t imply action of authorities, politicians.. i say about you and me, the whole humanity that looks dazed, numb after this shock.
To be honest, i have no idea what is a holistic action, an action that doesn’t perpetuate the whole drama, the whole insanity and brutality, an action that doesn’t divide us. So true answer is i don’t know if there is such an action but i want to explore, to find out. To recognize this which is absolute, an absolute, holistic action, seems rather impossible by means of conscious investigation (because consciousness is partial naturally, so how can the partial touch the absolute?). But it seems possible to investigate what I shouldn’t do, to spot all these conscious movements/reactions that rather continue the whole mess than solving the issue. I’ve noticed a multitude of such reactions, all born of emotional stress.
So many people pray. They pray for France, they pray for Paris.. what exactly does it mean to pray? To pray so as my God or your God will help French people? Isn’t it a super easy excuse to get rid of my responsibilities, of my remorse? Isn’t an escape from a situation that is not convenient at all? And can escaping bring about a holistic, absolute action, or it just shrouds the problem? I won’t give answers, everyone should find for oneself.
Others demand to punish the vicious, completely insane victimizers. The first words about the smuggler that brought about the death of this innocent baby were that he should be punished, tortured, executed. Now is such approach a continuation of the smuggler’s cruelty? He was cruel and we demand the same cruel behavior against him.. isn’t it obvious that this perpetuates the craziness?
Many of us choose to symbolically support the victims.. a few months ago people were publishing photos of another child that died.. now many people take advantage of a new facebook app to change their profile photo and add the french flag into it, showing thus symbolically their support.. isn’t it irrelevant? Will the world change by just adding a flag (a symbol of nationalism – which nationalism, like each other ideology is divisive entity which is among the roots of the chaos)? But we just do this and we feel a bit more convenient, don’t we?
Others try hard, spend tones of energy, to justify their innocence, to get rid off this feeling that they are responsible for what happens. First we need to seriously ask “are we responsible for all this”.. some will say “i have a very limited responsibility on the whole madness – the ones that are truly guilt for this dramatic situation are the politicians, religions, capitalism, racism etc”. So these people find another convenient escape.. they condemn, threaten, protest against all these structures and divide themselves from the problem, which brings a temporary relief. I question whether this is a holistic action.
And others simply sink into the sorrow.. they say “oh my god, what a tragedy” or “i can’t believe how cruel the world is” or “its coming to us now and i am so afraid about that”.. so sorrow, terror. And being a part of sorrow, living in sorrow, accepting sorrow as inevitable, justifying sorrow brings idleness. But it’s another thing to be part of sorrow, to be identified with sorrow and another thing to be able to watch sorrow as it is.. to observe it, with passion, to feel its quality, its colors.. if you actually observe sorrow a fresh, intense passion arises.. a passion that probably will bring a holistic action naturally.
So having said all these, probably the positive (a holistic action) will arise by negating all these irrational reactions that seem to perpetuate the actual causes of this mess.. everybody needs to find on one’s own.