At this time we are seeing an increase of social injustice and environmental destruction. What will be the eventual fate of human beings? One possibility is that runway feedback loops of entropy will occur and result in a downward spiral of increasing chaos and violence resulting in total system collapse. As entropy increases the natural wholeness of human community splits into two parts which seem to be at war with each other. We experience this phenomena on a human level as the relationship of the oppressor and the oppressed.
But there is another possibility. The other possibility is that the spiral can turn in the opposite direction towards more community, co-operation and towards humanity’s benevolent co-existence with the earth. We can decrease entropy by helping to restore human community to its natural wholeness. One way to do this is help the oppressor and oppressed communicate with each other.
To do this we need to perform the difficult maneuver of not just supporting one side in a conflict or disagreement but supporting both sides. We may need to not merely support the oppressor or support the oppressed but support both. We may somehow need to remember that both sides are afraid of each other and both sides feel like helpless victims. Both sides feel trapped by the nightmare of history. Both sides need help listening to each other and both sides need help expressing and listening to difficult feelings such as anger, fear, hopelessness and grief. As long as one person in a hundred is able to support the point of view of both sides in a situation of conflict there is hope that this conflict may resolve.
In a dream I had five years ago I was handed an object by a mysterious figure. He told me that this object was a ‘sacred talisman against all destruction.’ This ‘sacred talisman against all destruction’ is consciousness itself. Consciousness is negative entropy; it is the power which is capable of reversing entropy and repairing the broken world.
In a sense this propensity to support both sides is the essence of ‘consciousness.’ To be conscious means to remember our wholeness, to refuse to become one-sided and to refuse to relinquish our full humanity. Consciousness is the factor which allows us to support both sides in a conflict and which creates an upward spiral or feedback loop towards states of decreasing entropy. At the deepest level of our being, beyond our fear, beyond our grief, and beyond despair there is an indestructible part of us which is capable of loving and supporting both sides in a conflict.