“Consciousness has degrees. We can be wide awake or sound asleep. We can be anesthetized. He is not fully conscious who can speak lightly of such things as basic appreciations and general insights into the knowledge of a discipline. He wanders in the twilight sleep of knowing where insubstantial words, hazy and disembodied, have fled utterly from things and ideas. His is an attractive world, dreamy and undemanding, a Lotus-land of dozing addicts. They blow a little smoke our way. It smells good. Suddenly and happily we realize that our creative capacities and self-understanding yearn after basic appreciations and general insights. We nod, we drowse, we fall asleep.
I am trying to stay awake.”
“I am trying to stay awake” has become somewhat of a personal mantra for me. For years I have had this quote in its entirety typed on a piece of paper and taped on the wall above my thermostat so that I would see it at least twice every day.
As it turns out, it’s a good time to be awake, because there’s a lot going on here in this Universe we’ve found ourselves in. I will admit that there are a lot more questions than answers, but we know more now than we knew then, and hopefully I will know more tomorrow than I know today. That is, if tomorrow is even something within our reach….
You see, compared to the struggle of our species for survival at this incomparably monumental and most uncertain moment in our history, my own rambling journey towards an unseen truth pales in comparison. One person wanting to do the right thing is simply not enough.
But this blog is not just about me. This blog is also, and far more importantly, for YOU.
You see, I’m not just trying to stay awake. I want you to wake up too.
In that spirit I humbly dedicate this blog to each and every one of my future readers, whomever and however few you may be. Here I will share ideas, pose difficult questions, and discuss possible solutions with anyone who cares to join in on the conversation. Comments and feedback are devoutly encouraged and greatly appreciated, whether they be to commend, offend, or correct. When the solutions seem impossible or the answers hopelessly lost, I will do my best to interject a bit of humor–the only fit substitute for Salvation that I have ever been able to find.
So as I said before, there really is a lot going on here, and I really do think you’ll want to be awake for this. At least I hope so, because the entire world needs your help. I concede, however, that the Search for Truth, however immensely rewarding and life-altering it may be, can also be rather…exhausting.
I am trying to stay awake.
Thank you so much for your time and attention. And if you do happen to doze off from time to time, rest assured that I will be vigilant, and I will not hesitate to nudge you out of your peaceful slumber.