An undelivered message/Nedoručená zpráva

December 18, 2011

Today, one of the biggest man of modern Czech history has passed away. In the morning of 18th December 2011, Vaclav Havel’s time in this world has ended. President, artist, philosopher, dreamer, noble human and a symbol of hope. There is much to be grateful for, this man has changed lives of millions forever…

About a year ago, I had a chance to write a letter that might have been delivered straight to his hands. I wrote several drafts but never sent it. Defeated by my own feelings of inadequacy I have missed my chance. Ever since, I longed that maybe one day, I will have a chance to speak to him, to meet him to spend few moments with him. Our meeting will never happen.

Through his presidency, plays, actions, values, consistency and dreams, he has earned respect of many in Czech Republic and perhaps even more abroad. Many of the things he believed were beyond his time, which perhaps made the last few years of his life difficult for him as he had hoped for his country to be much, much further along the journey he saw possible…

What would I have told him had I had the chance? “Thank you for all you brought to our country and to the world. And do not worry, we will continue what you have started…”

Havel’s own story perhaps fished today, but his dreams will continue to unfold way into the future…

May you rest in peace dear mr. President and may truth and love prevail over lies and hate…

 

Dnes 18. Prosince ráno,  Václav Havel, jeden z nejvýznamnějších mužů novodobé české historie odešel z tohoto světa. Prezident, umělec, filozof, muž s velkými sny a velkým srdcem, symbol naděje. Je mnohé za co mu můžeme být vděčni, svým životem ovlivnil životy miliónů lidí, doma a po celém světě.

Je to zruba rok, co jsem měl možnost napsat panu Havlovi dopis, který by se možná i dostal do jeho rukou. Napsal jsem několik zkušebních pokusů ale nakonec jsem jej nikdy neposlal. Poražen mými vlastním pochybami jsem propásl tuto jedinečnou šanci. Vždy jsem ale toužil že možná, jednoho dne se mi to podaři a budu moci se s panem Havlem setkat a strávit s mužem kterého obdivuji pár chvil. Naše setkání se ale bohužel již nikdy neuskuteční.

Během jeho prezidentského období, skrze jeho hry, činy, konzistentní hodnoty a jeho sny si Havel získal respekt a přízeň mnoha lidí, v České Republice a možná ještě více za hranicemi. Mnoho věcí ve které věřil nebylo dosaženo za jeho života což mu jistě posledních pár let ztrpčilo. Doufal že země kterou měl tolik rád a obětoval jí mnoho bude dále na cestě za niž bojoval.

Co bych mu řekl kdybych tu šanci přeci jen měl? “Děkuji Vám za vše jež jste přinesl naší zemi a celému světu. A nebojte se, ve Vašich myšlenkách budeme pokračovat.”

Havlův vlastní příběh možná dnes končí ale já věřím že jeho sny budou pokračovat dlouho do budoucna…

Odpočívejte v pokoji pane Prezidente a Ať pravda a láska nakonec zvítězí nad lží a nenávistí…

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Conscious evolution

September 28, 2009

“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” – Charles Darwin on Evolution, The Origin of Species, 1859

In a recently released movie Creation Charles Darwin undergoes a determined struggle on his journey to publish his theory of evolution which has quickly become a scientifically transformational piece of writing that laid foundations of still presently recognized outlook on how life came to be on this planet and how humanity has reached its current point in history. “What will happen if I can prove that god has no plan for us?” was running in Darwin’s head as the dominant religious paradigm and prevailing struggle between religion and science was making it difficult to be able to fully express what he has discovered. We have continued to develop as humanity and to an extent science and religion have learned to co-exist alongside each other despite coming from radically different paradigm about the world…

While theory of evolution is generally applied to living organisms, can it also be applied towards our ways of thinking, towards consciousness itself? Are there differing ways to see and explain the world that correspond to changing life-conditions and represent developing alternatives with a progressive tendency towards higher-order/increasingly complex ways of explaining the world?

Why are we here? Let’s take purpose of life for example, how did one of the oldest question of humanity evolved over time?

To dominate/exercise power. To serve god. To compete and calculate. To serve others. To follow own purpose in life. To serve nature/environment.

The answer to this question was developing over time, often co-existing and overlapping in the same time yet providing very different direction for representatives of the respective ways of living and being. In today’s world, you are likely to find strong advocates of all these different paradigms of existence, it is therefore clear that different evolutionary paradigms do not dissapear over time.

Now let us consider a possibility that we could commit to evolution itself as the purpose of life. That we are able to see evolution of our consciousness as a path, as a road that we are walking on, as a river that flows endlessly towards the horizon. We could then see clearly that we are on a journey and that all its parts are valid for they brought us to where we are as well as can inform where we go next. We would then be able to distill which ways of being on this planet are helpful and which unhelpful for the awaiting parts of our journey. We could also see that the road ahead is full of possibility and excitement and that it is a road that we have been brought here to walk…

Find below an extract from Evolutionary Manifesto by John Stewart who describes the possible next step on our evolutionary journey…

“Individuals will begin to emerge who see that evolution will progress further only if they commit to working consciously to advance the process; they will realize that this realization is itself an important step in the transition to conscious evolution; as part of this transition they will develop in themselves the capacity to free themselves from the dictates of their evolutionary past, becoming self-evolving beings, able to evolve in whatever directions are necessary to contribute positively to the future evolution of life in the universe; a unified and cooperative organization will emerge that comprises all the living processes that arose with them and all the technology, matter, energy and other resources available to them, eventually developing the capacity to adapt as a whole, transcending the particularities of its evolutionary past, becoming a self-evolving being in its own right, expanding in scale, linking up with other organizations of living processes that arose elsewhere, expanding in scale again and again, moving forever onwards and upwards, without end.” – John Stewart, Evolutionary Manifesto, 2008

What if we commit to evolution as our purpose? What if we commit to evolutionary energies that flow through us ever since we became conscious and that pull us upwards on the spiral of development? What if we become free from our evolutionary past by acknowledging its role in our evolutionary process and in illuminating helpful/unhelpful ways of existing on this planet? What if we embrace that possibilities for our future our endless as long as we keep evolving in harmony with all life and maintain the sustainable balance for everything we do? What if this is all just a beginning of a magnificient journey?

What if ?


Evolutionary moments

September 21, 2009

I have just seen a very fascinating movie called Quest for Fire that is situated approximately 80,000 years ago and describes a journey of few Homo neanderthalensis that are desperately trying to recover lost fire for their herd. On their travels, they encounter numerous dangers as well as other tribes and adventures. What was fascinating for me was the central role of fire in the lives of humans at that stage. Fire was something magical, a great mystery and a central point of existence. It enabled warmth, safety and divided those who had it and those who did not.

The most powerful part of the movie was when one of the main characters watches a member of the Ivaka tribe (homo sapiens) make fire in front of his eyes. You can see the amazement, wonder and nearly palpable paradigm shift that goes on during these few minutes. Just imagine that you spend all your life not being able to understand the mystery of fire, you nearly die several times while travelling all over the place to find it, you go through numerous fights to be able to acquire it and suddenly you see that it is possible to make it yourself… The tears in the main character’s eyes when the fire is lit speak for everything…

Being able to make fire anytime and anywhere was one of the key evolutionary moments for humanity. Many others came on the journey ever since. The shift from gathering food to growing food and the invention of agriculture. The constant invention of better and better tools to help us on our journey. The emergence of language and self-consciousness. Development of early spirituality and later conflict with spreading religious beliefs. The formation of science and its constant battle with religion. Steam engine, printing, map making, flight, cities, electricity, photography and filmmaking, internet and…

There are many evolutionary moments such as this on humanity’s journey. The last century gave birth to many of them, we realized for the first time our ability to destroy in a massive scale, we have seen the world shrink and became deeply connected across nations and divisions. We experimented with alternative ways of living on empathy, love and compassion. We have realized the limits of money-based economy and its unhealthy effects and for the first time in our history we have realized that our existence on this planet is not sustainable without re-learning how to weave our further evolution with species/nature/environment around us.

All of these are a part of our journey. Although looking back, some of the choices we made seem ignorant, stupid and destructive, it is important to realize that it is our current level of consciousness that allows for this judgment to happen. We got where we got and that is given, I believe it is a better use of our creative energy to look forward rather than trying to complain about our past. It will be our future choices not our past regrets that will determine our further evolution and existence on this planet…

One can only speculate what key evolutionary moments are waiting for us in the future… Emergence of authenticity and people organizing their lives around things they deeply believe in. Marriage between modern technology and nature. Healthy human presence on the planet in balance with other species and the Earth. Development of artificial intelligence, mainstream spirituality and heightened attention to what goes inside and outside of us. Or many others that did not make it to this paragraph… All part of our journey, all playing a crucial role for our existence…

What will be the most important evolutionary moment in the next 100 years according to you?