When I contemplate the horrific events of the suicidal crashing of Flight 9525, I can’t but help to see a tragic irony. In our attempt to protect ourselves from the “outside people” who can do us harm, we built a “super door” which instead of protecting the passengers on the flight from deliberate violence, led to their ultimate demise. Now airlines are rushing to implement 2-person cock pit rules to prevent future repeats of this incomprehensible event. In essence we are forced to find ways to protect ourselves from ourselves.
Every day, we see an increase of new ways in which we can ensure our personal survival and safety. We wear helmets while biking and eat non-fat/gluten free/low cholesterol/low sugar/organic/non-GMO foods. We wear seat belts. We vaccinate or don’t vaccinate. We use antibacterial soap. We install alarm systems and carry more guns. We take psych meds and endless vitamins and supplements. More and more legislation is being created to take away our rights to privacy, free speech and free movement.
The list of protective actions we take everyday are endless and lead me to wonder why we are feeling the increasing need to protect ourselves and how that correlates to the rise in depression and anxiety related to survival fear. Numbing is on the increase as well through the use of various forms of addictions and self soothing. We over eat, over exercise, drink, use drugs, shop, watch endless TV, stayed glued to Facebook…the list goes on and on. We use whatever we can to deny, hide and numb harsh realities.
The irony in all of this is that no matter how hard we try to protect ourselves and stay safe in our individual lives we are contributing to our own collective demise through the effects of climate change. Surely, the avoidance of this reality is unconscious for most of our planetary population and an oversight in an attempt to protect ourselves from facing such a horrific possibility. We avoid confronting this larger issue because of fear and because of the inconvenient reality that we would have to make dramatic, immediate changes in the way we live and make our livings in order to address such a massive predicament.
We watch as thousands of starving sea lion pups wash to shore in CA, we experience long term droughts, world temperatures increase as well as the occurrence of violent storms, flocks of birds fall from the sky, bees are dying off, 150-200 species go extinct every day and we watch as the Arctic Ice makes it’s disappearance in the coming year or so. New legislation is written to forbid the use of the phrase “climate change”.
Yet, we focus on the individual ways that we can stay safe and protect ourselves from life’s daily events all the while denying a larger reality.
How can we face our discomfort and fear in order to see the realities we don’t want to see?
How can we put aside our need to protect ourselves from something “out there” and acknowledge that maybe we need to go “within” to find ways to save ourselves from ourselves?
We can only do this through connection to and collaboration with each other as a planetary community.
My heart is heavy for anyone affected by the tragic events of the downing of Flight 9525…