Breakfast with Socrates: Its Our Nature to Need One Another
I had a conversation this morning with Socrates, who is a real person but I’ve changed the name for privacy reasons. We spoke of the nature of peace as I am preparing for an interview with the author of Becoming Nature, Tamarack Song.
Tamarack made the point that nature is not peaceful in the way we perceive it. That, while animals can relax, they are constantly on alert for signs of danger or opportunities for food, making peace an impossibility.
As I shared this with ‘Socrates’ he stated that he believed there is indeed peace in the essence of nature, that ‘“Nature itself is eternally peaceful. She is peaceful, because she is ultimately connected. It is in her wisdom to be connected and only connected. All her life processes are interdependent….In the spirit of life, as in Nature, there is no outside threat, because there is no ‘outside.’ Everything is bound, connected in a very intimate way. Entities in the web of life can only experience threat and lack of peace as they disconnect from larger co-creative spiritual connection and disconnect from one another.”
I made the point that people, on the other hand, seek peace through separating out from the whole, preferring independence and isolation. ‘Socrates’ went on to say, “When we attempt to gain ‘peace’ by removing ourselves from the ‘threat’ of change, challenge, and transformation which is inherent to life, we become the self-wounded walking dead….We need to come back into connection. There is no other way to peace. We need to ‘learn into’ the tensions and contradictions of our lives, rather than retreat from them, and we need to do this collaboratively, rather than individually. ”
To remain alone, apart and independent only leads to more disconnection with the nature of life and THAT’S the only real threat to peace. I see it as an invitation to allow ourselves to become entangled once again with one another, which draws upon deep compassion for our differences but opens up a world of peace where we can express love once again. That’s where the healing begins.