Brian’s Reflection: Wednesday, July 21, 2010
There are no passengers on
spaceship earth. We are all crew.
Marshall McLuhan, thinker,
born on this date, 1911, in Canada
McLuhan is correct. And the reason he is, is that there is no completely self-reliant pilot called “God” of Spaceship Earth or Spaceship Humanity who has no need of a crew.
If “God” is anything, “God” is a metaphor for each of us, who share in the Mystery called Life. We are unique, yes, but we are inextricably connected. The Spaceship of the Human Community cannot fly without all hands on deck. This is a reality we must learn or relearn if the Ship is to fly.
Fly? As in, Make it; Survive. And to do so, Religion as we know it these days must die. Religion must rediscover it’s Heart in the one great Myth. We are incarnate beings, body/material enlivened by the mystery of “spirit” – not making a bonded duality but a seamless Unity.
True Religion is a handmaid to this unity which enlivens each and all. Or, to be authentic, must be that.
The human community is about to collapse. It’s time for the crew to come together and (wo)man the ship on its Journey to Compassion.