“For post-modern people, the universe in not inherently enchanted, as it once was for the ancients. We all have to do all the “enchanting” ourselves. This leaves us alone, confused, and doubtful. There is no meaning already in place for our discovery and enjoyment. We all have to create all meaning by ourselves in such an inert and empty world, and most of us do not seem to succeed very well.”
~ Richard Rohr ~
The world has never ceased to be “enchanted”, it is simply that we can no longer “see” the “wonders” that abound in it. We have been distracted by the bright and shiny objects of technology. With science working so hard to remove the “magic” of being alive is it any wonder why so many of us have become so jaded and cynical about our lives?
Having more stuff is a sign of success. Productivity needs to be quantifiable and measurable. We are told that we must work all the time to be productive even though it was proven many years ago that getting more rest made people more productive in the long run. We have been sold a bill of goods.
We have gotten ourselves too busy to truly connect with everything and everyone around us. Our family units are breaking apart and we no longer know our children because we have stopped spending time with them. We only are with them 140 characters at a time.
We are essentially forgetting to live our lives.
No one gathers around the campfire let alone the supper table anymore. Technology has given us the illusion of being “connected” yet the reality is that we are even further apart than we once were. We are lulled into believing that people care about us because they “like” one of our posts and that our “friendships” and popularity equate to the number provided to us by a social media website. Most strive to bring those “likes” up yet fail to truly be a friend.
There is a solution to this madness.
It requires all of us to pause for a moment, take a deep breath and reflect.
As artists, creativity requires us to slow down and even stop. This is one reason why I have been encouraging everyone to find a quiet place and to start sketching. Turn off your mobile phone for several hours. Turn off social media. Just be in the moment. Everyone of us needs to take the time to regenerate and to find our “self” again. We may need to shut everything down for a long period of time to find our “self” again.
We need to take a moment to ascertain what truly is important to us.
I’ve done this exercise many times and have come to the conclusion that love is the most important ingredient of life. A life is not lived fully without it.
Love is the most important part in the “enchantment” of living.