unfinished temples


“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.” (Anon.)

Chapter 5 deals with “unfinished temples.” I managed to quite righteously screw up the last two lines and you can hear the Mad Kitten start to play with the cat-crack treat ball towards the end but…hey…

The whole point being that we throw away ideas and concepts because they have failed when they haven’t been proven failures at all as much as they have been abandoned because of the effort involved in them.

Which makes sense, you have no idea how many people I have come across that when you sit and discuss what it would take to change their lives, in the end, they pronounce it ‘too much work’ and go off seeking some grand and simple solution that requires little effort and the least amount of pain.

Do I even have to mention “The Secret?”

Just even the concept that there is some secret, some trick that will magically begin to open doors and allow you to achieve the things you want without effort on your part should be enough to make the suggestor suspect – but in this day and age what it does is get them a book contract and radio or TV show. Because everyone, no matter how advanced or self-aware has a part of them that always wants magic.

The easy way out.

The in-advertent way.

I am not sure if that is a part of human nature or human nurture that we tend that way – frankly I do not care. The issue is more that we evolve to become people who seek to engage with effort because it brings to us more than we ever imagined possible because when we imagine things – we do so from ignorance.

We do not know what Love will be like.
We do not know what Happiness will bring.
We do not know what it means to live in safety and security.

So we keep and nurture a part of ourselves that not only ensures that we stay with the known, but that prevents us from approaching the unknown because we dress it in fantasy.

What we are fantasical about we can never examine for attainable steps to realize because it destroys the fantasy.

To suggest that true and passionate Love that lasts and grows deeper and stronger requires choice, decision and effort is an…affront to many because they want to believe that such a Love happens without effort. It magically appears and then either is or isn’t.

We even separate out what we have learned to accept about the effort of Love into categories we have created called “partnership” or “domesticity.” So that the negotiations, compromise (act of promising) and effort never taint the mystical robes of Love.

I think if we saw that these things are a part of Love we would be more inclined to showing an interest in actually making a sustained effort to be in Love then is currently popular.

I digress…slightly…I am tired and distracted but in a good way. I plot and plan, I am unpacking the typewriter so I can flow and grow the city a bit offline and I plot and plan the next two videos.

and on and on and on

What is Wrong with the World
by GK Chesterton (as read by Cassandra Tribe)

Part 1: Chapter 5: The Unfinished Temple (audio)

available in the public domain


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About cassandratribe

"There are few artists that can do what Cassandra Tribe does. Whether with her poetry, her videos or her blog, Cassandra examines the truths that most of us can never come close to realizing and shows it for what it is, both beautiful and frightening at the same time. She exposes our inner-most workings like the cross-section of a powerful but flawed machine, our gears and springs, nuts and bolts removed and laid out before us. She is a true artist. Her new video, Requiem for a God, is the latest example of Cassandra's willingness to tear open and examine the very things that make us human. Shooting the film entirely by herself, she also eliminates all the little excuses we come up with to keep us from ourselves and our truth. You see, even when she's not trying to be, Cassandra Tribe is a beacon of truth and humanity in this darkest of worlds." (Michael E. Quigg, The Culture Network, June 2009)
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