First Scarcities

The first scarcity is not economic, but sensory. We cannot possibly know, which is to say, we cannot possibly “be conscious” of everything that comes our way.

Because we lack understanding we clothe ourselves in limitations. Our limitations become the reality of our lives, the circumscriptions of our thought.

A second scarcity, is a scarcity of direction, of knowing what to do with what we have. Essential to the growth process, our needs become fuller, more complex, until one day we find that less is more.

Some people believe we are fallen, that our limitations reflect upon a separation from an earlier, purer condition, that somehow the cause of this condition was an error committed in the infancy of the human race and for which we must continually atone.

I think not. I think rather, that we fail to rise to our full potential as sensory humans. Too often it seems that humanity prefers a shared story of failure to the solitary struggle in the present.

Life as Mystery

TAO Walker, a native American visionary who speaks and writes eloquently of the Tiyoshpaye Way and the Living Arrangement of our Mother Earth (and is a frequent contributor to the website Truth Dig ), in speaking about “jumping off a moving train with the doors welded shut” writes

…“speed” is relative, as Einstein “proved”, and [as we] free wild natural human beings have known all along.

Einstein may have proven mathematically what was already known to universal consciousness. And this knowledge may advance Man’s understanding of his condition, his environment and the universe. That however, does not and should not in any way diminish the poetic fact of universal consciousness.

As my father might have said, that and a nickle would get you on the Staten Island ferry. What could it possibly mean that “speed is relative”?

That this should be known to “universal consciousness” reminds me that “science” and “knowledge” are not objective things in themselves, but building blocks in a world view that embraces progress and perfectibility.