The landscape shapes the stream, which shapes the landscape
The stream doesn’t make the landscape
We are creations, not creators of our situation
Knowing this brings humility, relieving us from feeling solely responsible — and so accepting undue credit, blame and shame — for what happens to us beyond our control
But it doesn’t remove our ability to attune receptively and responsively as best we can to the situation in which we find ourselves
It is only the peculiar arrogance of abstract human thought, which dislocates material figure from contextual ground, that gets us into needless trouble by making us believe otherwise and think that we are free to do as we please, regardless of what follows
Please bear this in mind whenever you glibly tell someone to ‘be objective’, ‘not take it personally’, ‘lose yourself’, ‘disregard ego’, ‘be your own boss’, ‘be independent’, ‘take control’, ‘stay positive’, ‘do anything you want’, ‘not let others affect you’, ‘be successful’ etc, etc.
It’s that kind of compassion-less, unreasonable, dishonest nonsense that resides at the root of our modern scientific, psychological, social and environmental crisis, preventing human understanding and flourishing.
It can be remedied by appreciating our natural self-inclusion within each others’ neighbourhood, which arises ultimately from the mutually inclusive, co-creative relationship between receptive spatial stillness and responsive energetic motion in all material bodies.