Principle 1 Adaptation 4 – 2020

Last time: Can you tell dusk from dawn? 

This time: The weight of the future and a link to a short film.

Principle 1. The Principle of Adaptation. Fourth Week.
“To Go Against the Evolution of Things is to Go Against Oneself”

Illustration by Rafael Edwards

This Week:
In the previous three weeks we focused on the  general structure and implications of the principle, investigated how it played out (or didn’t) in our past, and how it might apply in the present. This week we turn to considering how I could apply it in the future. What are the problems, pressures, challenges, or difficulties that I think I will have to face? How might this principle apply? What light does it shed on these circumstances? How might it change things and so on? Equally I might consider what the consequences might be of misapplying or ignoring it. 

Personal Reflections:
Here’s some of my thoughts about all this. I hope you will find it useful, at least as raw material for your own reflections. 

The weight of the future:
Looking to the past for explanations of the present seems to be a reasonable approach. It certainly is a common one; whether it is the therapist trying help me find the roots of my current problems in my childhood, or the astronomer explaining the shape of the universe around us as the consequence of the big bang. Nothing seems more natural than to understand what we have around us (or what we are) from what has happened previously. 

Silo, however gave priority to the future, pointing out that what we believe will happen shapes us as much, or even more than what already occurred. Compare a person with a difficult past who believes that tomorrow will be great, and a person whose life has been wonderful who believes tomorrow is a disaster waiting to happen. Consider all the changes that could occur in someone who believes they are about to lose their livelihood – how they suffer even though the event hasn’t occurred. Compare that to the situation of a person who believes that they are about to get a great, high-paying job. Obviously their internal states are very different. In the second case their suffering recedes, their preoccupations vanish, they feel stronger and confident.  

However, in both cases nothing has really happened, the only thing that has changed is an image of the future – a future that may turn out very differently than imagined. No doubt what has happened in the past influences the present situation – that’s widely understood but in these examples what is producing changes in the present is the future. It is something that has not happened (and may never happen).

Back to our principle: 
This week rather than share more ramblings and reflections I am attaching a video courtesy of Rafael Edwards. I hope you enjoy it and find it as interesting as I did. 

If you speak Spanish you’ll find that the song that accompanies the silent drama  supplies a narrative. I think that those who don’t speak Spanish will have no problem following the story. The opening title is simply this month’s principle in Spanish.

Coming Up:
Next week we will continue focusing on the principle of adaptation.

Worth Repeating:
The point isn’t to conform to some external code, or set of rules. Rather our focus is on the register that is produced in me when I act. Am I moved towards greater unity, or toward contradiction? Has my action left me feeling more in agreement with myself, or more conflicted, more at war with myself?

To apply these principle you have to keep your eyes wide open while you dive deeply into life. That’s where you explore how to apply the principles, test your understanding of them, and gain raw material for your further meditations. 

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