The Western World has her holy cow : the free market economy. GNP and welfare are its arteries. It is convinced that here, now and immediately, everything always has to go quicker and better, while its adage is one of ‘always more’. The average westerner is chasing his salary, from early morning till late at night. His holy cow has eaten every scrap of him in the meantime. As well as the soil that has produced the animal .
That is the problem.
We have reached the limit. It is not easy to admit that we have grown crooked towards ourselves, away from the other; alienated from the essential, away from our heart. We are collectively indulging in navel-staring at our individualism, while we are searching with our remaining energy, for new stimuli that have to give us a feeling that we are still alive. Essentially, we are squeezed dry. Empty. Exhausted. Notwithstanding all our knowledge and abilities, we are like a giant with feet of clay who screams from a deep nostalgia he cannot name.
Nostalgia: the sign of our times
“Homesick”, the English call it, “Sehnsucht” for the Germans. Our heart shouts that is ‘sick’ for its ‘ home’, wants to “come home” and “longs to see”. We are directed by a longing we cannot name, that drives us and of which Zen Master Hisamatsu says :
“it rises from the heart of existence itself”.
When we stop making a playground of our life and become aware of our emptiness and longing, a deeper force is released from within us. Against all odds it is experienced as ‘light’. Light without darkness, hope without despair, fullness without emptiness. This light is not only there, but essential. Small and humble, but beaming with life. He who stands in this light, no longer walks in the dark. Never again.
In this time of Christmas MWN wants to spread this light. We do this thanks to your support. Your contribution in this sensitive time is for people in need and for us of vital importance. We wish you and your family a Christmas full of light and life.
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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Wie straalt, loopt nooit in het donker