I believe in humankind.
Compared to many sullen, damp, hopeless, terrified, and I’ll be honest, plain boring (‘just because you’re cynical, doesn’t mean you’re cool’, says Tom Robbins, through a poem I taught my seven year old sister once) projections for our society’s future, I see us going places.
Platinum places. Science fiction magnet lipstick on the high rise dance floor places. Robot licked bonsai kissed dreamboat garden places. Places that skydive tandem with the planet and all of creation places. Places where humanity has developed deeper and more intricate understandings of our mysterious infinite connections to all that exists. And lives them out loud. Those kinds of places. Rainbow galactic odyssies through space. I see a universe built on stories. And I see us writing a lot of new ones. Future places… to believe in (:p). There isn’t a shortage of these visions. They’re endless.
But regardless of the places we’ll go, or the people we can and will become, or the people we want to become but don’t believe we can yet become, I believe there is so much perfection and wonder happening in us and around us, right now. You might think I’m mad or being inappropriate for suggesting this *now*, in this period of turbulence. How is it relevant to discuss how we are already the best, right now?
But, I do mean right now. It is SO relevant. It’s just there, in every damn human, a hidden glow, that Buddha good; whether we like it or not. In spite of the things happening on Earth right now, or perhaps because of what we have been facing, it’s this love I’ve been tracking that I know we’ve got going for us. And perhaps now is the best time to begin paying attention to not only what is happening all around us, but within us. (But also all around us).
Being amazing is not only something to feel good about temporarily; the awareness of it isn’t meant to be just a buzz that gets us high at the expense of others who are ‘less than as amazing’ as we are. This is the kind of majestic that is nearly a responsibility. I’m talking species wide amazing. I’m saying we are lights.
I know what people say, and I value the criticisms about our species too, because we need that. We are in a chrysalis, slime oozing and ancient walls being sung down each day. We are caterpillars who are not yet friends with the butterflies. But we’re almost ready to be. It simply helps to feel approved of about what we’re doing right already. About who we are being that is good, perfect, already. It can make the change process easier. All the evolution, now with less madness and urgency.
(*An interesting note before getting into this thing: I wrote this article in 2014 and tried to get it published, once, before giving up and forgetting about it for over a year. It was to be some sort of Internet writing debut for me until I sort of froze when it wasn’t responded to on its first pitch. I suspect the act of declaring us humans incredible sent me through a needle’s eye. I have always thought I was super optimistic about people and our future, but I have begun to wonder about how much of this optimism is projection; avoiding the acknowledgement that I, too, am magnificent. That I am valuable. That my own personal future has hope. Changing deeply rooted beliefs, really doing it, is a process that I can say I have at least succeeded at enough by now to be sharing this article and intending to get it published. Writing is vulnerable and takes everything out of me. In a good way of course, but also a horrifying and identity dissolving way. Anyway, now that I’ve properly scared future potential writers away from this calling forever*, I will carry on.)
What make us in-cred-i-ble (etymology):
1) We Can Dance
No matter how subtle or how loud. If we’re in a business meeting, we can dance. It might not go down well (though I don’t see why not), in which case we can leave our employers behind and hide in a bathroom stall (or just plain quit, yeah). And dance! And start companies where dancing in meetings is not only allowed; it’s encouraged. Boom. If we’re waiting at a bus stop and it’s winter and it’s cold, we can dance. We can dance with and become warm friends. If we’re shopping for a shirt in some dreary cauldron of mass production, we can dance. We can dance the processed music on repeat off our back (or into it, in power). If we’re making lunch for our 4 kids at 4 am, we can dance. We can dance high, and slow. And we can dance dark, and low. In the shower, on a boat, near a lake, in the bank teller line. At the protest. Down the government hall of records. For our future. For ourselves. For our ancestors. For our children. Always and forever, we can dance. And will.
2) Our Bodies are planets all their own
Teeming life forms unseen. I don’t quite see them with my physical eyes, but the microbiome is busy. Do you know their numbers? (One called me bae, I hear weird things, my life is sort of wild to be honest anyway). So, you don’t wanna dance? Something already is. My words try.Anyway. The human organism functions like some sort of festival ship (planet) for more than a hundred trillion microbes, some of which are intricately a part of our own bodies, though they don’t share our genome. We house far more little critters than human cells on these primordial cruise ships; the ratio is about 10:1 for microbial to human cells. And they do more than primal groove: these lil bacteria assist with many functions in our bodies. They are known for their influence on digestion and have been found to play a part in immunomodulation. They serve as alchemists too: friendly gut flora have been found to produce many B vitamins including the controversial B12, and vitamin K2 (study on vitamin synthesis by bacteria, studies, studies)
3) Our imaginations are limitless
No matter how far it’s already ventured, it can go further. If we close our eyes*, our inner vision can traipse endless horizons. In one second, the human mind can wander further than the amount of revealed digits of pi. In this current time, we are a thought away from boarding a thought train of love, joy or insight. Or a cranial dip from some grimier swamplands of thinking. A mind don’t care what’s possible, if it can think it, well then it’s been thunk (you can make a baseball cap with the words THUNK on it. You can give it to your English tutor). Want to slap on an anti-gravity machine and soar? Fantasize about one during that infomercial your employer secretly watches about motorcycle baskets. Or to listen to the bacterial soundtrack in you/r friends/ womb? You can! You ‘ve got access to 1001+ free Ms. Frizzle approved adventures on a bookshelf behind the vague list of things you’ve been meaning to do at some point.
4) We are magic
We are conjurers. More news on the Imagination Front: Our bodies literally respond to our minds like that girl from 50 Shades Of Grey responds to that dude from the same book. It responds to the infinite mind as though each thought is actually… real. Scientific and anecdotal (and less documented) studies show that muscles can form from purely imaginary (though consistent) workouts. There is also documentation of vivid visualization influencing the conditions of chronic or acute health disorders. However, there is not yet documentation of the effect that telling one’s liver to ‘release your toxins’, with dominating but sexy tone, holds. Yet. (I didn’t read this book, hopefully this was an accurate reference).
5) Really we are so deep
Something runs deeper within us humans than can be seen or always felt. It might strike in the midnight hours, in a quiet communion with trees (or as etchings in cigarette holders or on the backs of Greyhound bus seats), and it knows what’s up. Always a mystery, always boundless, always exactly what makes sense whenever it gets tapped, who we are is not quite certain. But it is certainly profound, transcendent
6) We can light each other up, we can help each other fly
By allowing our deeper energies (or deeper selves, higher selves, source stars, core desires, inner pirates, inner ninjas, inner children or Deep Hot Dogs of Love or what eveeeeer we call dem inner flows) to move through us and join forces, well.
We can bring joy to a world in crisis. Our love can wiggle itself towards unsuspecting strangers in unsuspecting moments, and can have us buying coffee for a homeless person, hugging a secretly depressed lady, or incidentally saying the right few words that will pick somebody up or set them free. An innocent compliment can turn somebody’s whole day around. We can be courageous, to tell the girl she has nice hair, the man his voice (or laptop stickers) are awesome. We can sing angel choirs down the Boulevard.
7) Our emotions are incredible
Ask anybody and they’ll probably tell you they prefer certain emotions over others. The thing is, all emotions are valuable. The human body is a special place. Emotions are like meters of the mind and thought. They are heavily felt responses to the way we are perceiving. We are not victims of our emotions, and though some emotions can be hard to straddle and get a hold of, to fully process, they are always teaching us something about ourselves, and if we pay attention, we can learn and evolve and begin to feel as incredible as we are. Emotions are also paint colors, we can use them to create tapestries of love and attract into our life reflections of who we are inside.
Same for our sexualité
8);Really we can do anything. We can put on banana suits, and DANCE. In the middle of the street. We can even bring loudspeakers and announce our candidacy as Official Banana Peel for the Slippery Slope Governmental Party For Corporate Lobbied Policies. Depending on the satirical tastes of the moment. We can sing happy birthday to everybody no matter what, just, the whole day. We can climb the mountain and howl. We can also sing heartbreaking love songs about racial injustice and class warfare in the metro am the courtyard and on thr mall roof. We can start a spaceship company. We can ditch this joint. We can build a new one. Do you realize how flowers bloom? Imagine how boring a rainbow at war with itself would be, how wonderful it is when the rainbow finally meets itself?
9) We are wildly creative
We might not always feel powerful, whether it concerns health, relationships, silly but unjust laws, the attainment of earthly resources, the presence of harmful discrimination or group think, but I straddle this fantastic idea is that we are as powerful as we believe ourselves to be. With our imaginations, our creativity knows no limit. We are as powerful as we are unified. If something bothers us, we can understand why we made it to be that way, and recycle the energy we put into an old dynamic. If something is unfair, creates harm; we can go deep, into ourselves, to see the truth. We need not be afraid to make dents or shake things up, but first, we can honor our participation in the current movie. We are not at the whim of others, because we *are* others. those things weren’t quite alive yet anyway. The heart’s desires run deep; deeper, mysterious, stranger-friendly, midnight cravin’, beauty-feastin’ energies, already knows how to do this. We cannot doubt, when we choose to believe that love trumps all. If we want, we can banana suit dance our way up to the roof of corporate America and have a dance party on the pretend bridge that exists between heaven and hell, where angels and demons play RPGs and have tea. t
We are incredible because we are the deep and mysterious universe, squeezed into human form, dancing out impossible dreams from nebulae through bone. We are incredible because the world doesn’t happen to us. We create it, out of what is, out of what we understand, what we dare to desire.
And that makes us pretty damn incredible.