The point of this talk (if there is a point) is how we give away our power, how we give away our identity, and how we lose our Spot, like the bull loses his spot to the matador in the bull ring. When we belong to an identity group (religion, party, family, gang, cult, or in relationship, it only take two to create the Other who steals my center), we give our center of power, the axis of our wheel to another, and then our individual wheel without the group wheel falls over, so we have to stay hitched to the group wagon in order to have the feeling of power and center. Center is power.
When we feel powerless, without center, without job or purpose, or function, when we feel unworthy…we look to join some group that restores our power. Now, how does the group create its power? The group must have an enemy to marshal its forces and call up its power to defeat the invader. This enemy doesn’t have to be physical enemy; just an Idea will do. The Idea of invading immigrants will get the herd to the polls to keep the lion out.
Our biggest concern is power, power to be, power to live, power to choose ourselves. That’s what America is all about. Power to be free. And yet with all this freedom we feel the victim, powerless…in the midst of the most comforts any civilization has ever know, we feel impoverished. What’s wrong?
Immigrants come here and they can’t believe the freedom. We natives are bored, deprived, and angry. What’s wrong?
Is there something about our society that has corroded us, that has rusted the finished steel, the has tarnished the silver. What is that?
We have lost out individual center. America was created by explorers who carried their center within into unknown lands without a map. We are helpless without a map, and out maps don’t help us when we are confronted with change, and change is the unknown land. We have no guides when the world changes.
The only guide when your world changes is your inner center, your inner GPS. We have trusted our external maps for so long we can’t move without one. Everything has to be familiar. Every shopping mall the copy of another one. Every house the reproduction of another one, with a little different paint so we can say we are unique. We have become the herd animal. We need to become the lion.