It is as if the tectonic plates of a global civilisation that has existed for thousands of years finally are coming apart, exposing fissures of discontent and a society at war with itself. Complacent assumptions of security and continuity have been exposed as illusory: home-grown aggression that cannot be foreseen or protected against could occur anywhere, as it did in Nice on Bastille Day. If the police, tasked to protect a nation, themselves become the targets of disturbed, alienated, well-armed assassins, how can the healing of an America divided by race and inequality occur?
The backdrop of Baton Rouge, Dallas, Nice, Paris and many other places is of dis-integration, cultural and social separation, and violence that for years has been emotional but now is demonstrating itself physically, as a last resort, a cry for help and a shout of defiance. Look anywhere in the world and it is there.
Meanwhile, the calm, unchanging and magnificent regularity of the world that exists beyond our petty squabbles continues, and I was reminded of this as I reflected on the Full Moon that graces us on Tuesday. The phases of the Moon, the equinoxes, the solstices, the movement of the stars and planets have, for me, a majesty that is uplifting and comforting as they assure me of the mysteries of the cosmic world and my place in it. Knowing this special, complex influential source of light and life is there always for all time tells me that whatever happens around me on Earth, all is well.
In the end it is about love. More love in our global society would bring an end to the wars and heartache, and it is love that is the secret of the greatness of the Universe. Find the love that is within you and use it; feel the love of nature for you; and know the love of God upon you. It is the future.