The Narrow Path – Encountering the other – In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
August 29, 2020
The tasks of every age differ, and it is only in retrospect that we can discern with certainty what had to be and what should not have been. (Jung & Bollingen Foundation Collection (Library of Congress), 1976, pp. 59, para 87)
The cobblestone road leads to and from a small village in India. It is wide enough for two people to pass each other, but if a wheeled cart comes along you must move to the side to let them pass. The pattern of hand-made bricks shows the impact of so many souls on it. I imagine listening carefully enough to hear the echoes of voices as they look into each other’s eyes and acknowledge the other as they pass on the road.
While in India, I noticed how evidence of history seems respected and cherished. It is quite different here in the United States where signs of aging (in the population as well as structures) are hidden. Perhaps I am romanticizing a simpler life, yet it does seem easier than how we live today.
The pollical conventions are over. Candidates are decided, and the campaign trails will be made. So many topics to take on those journeys: the pandemic, social justice, financial struggles, unemployment, and the protest movement across the country. When it is all over, and the election is decided, we too will retrospectively discern the should and should not of the outcome. It is our task as Jung described to compare history with the moment. The road of the future is being constructed today. It will be reflected upon when It arrives.
Imagine that you are walking on this narrow cobblestone path in this Indian village. There comes along another individual from the […]