Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Hallmarks and Limits of Miracles

The only question I've got is whether Obama will prove to be somewhat better or actually a whole lot better. I'm expecting somewhat better, maybe. I'm not expecting him to be some kind of Lightworker who will even make real progress improving things.
Let us get one thing very, very, very clear.

There. Is. No. Such. Thing.

There is no such thing, my darlings, my loves, as a Messiah who fixes everything and makes everything hunky-dory without input from you, except perhaps a vote, or a 'Yes, I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.' There are no such thing as a set of rules you may follow, or a political ideology you subscribe to, which makes you a Good Person, a Saved Person, who is thereafter free from all possibility of harm, or of things screwing up and causing you to reconsider.

Thinking that there is, is a clear sign of rigid infantilism, magical thinking, or wilful denial.

This does not mean that the world is not full of miracle workers; that miracles are not occurring by the thousands all around us every day. The function of a miracle worker is not to Fix Everything; it is to show us a glimmer of the light on the other side of this corrupt, confused and chaotic world, and inspire us to reach toward it. The function of a miracle worker is to inspire others to work miracles of their own.

Pretty Lady, in fact, has known dozens, if not hundreds, of miracle workers, and basked in the glory of their works on a daily basis. A few of the miracle workers she knows: k, DC, Chris, VD, Badger, Carol, Spatula, her best friend from high school, her whole family, various professors, the fat black guy who hugged her in the street one day in Noe Valley, the Head Librarian at the Geology Library, Hector the Block President, her Reiki master Uma, her friend Sara, the Dalai Lama, and about fifty other people she can think of off the top of her head.

These people have been Working Light for literally decades, and yet the world is still full of war, poverty, corruption, pain, suffering, strife, misunderstanding, and rampant apathy. That is the nature of the world. People who Work Light have no illusions about this; they do not think they can solve things, and they don't try. They just do what they do, without any agenda beyond doing it.


Anonymous said...

I've come across this term a few times in the past day... what is a Lightworker?

I mean, I googled it, and found various new age-y websites, but I'm curious as to your interpretation, if you'd be so kind.

Chris Rywalt said...

I didn't say anyone thought Obama was going to work miracles; I simply expressed my doubts that he'd even improve things very much. Jimmy Carter sure looked like a breath of fresh air after Nixon and Ford, and look how that turned out. The poor guy's a punchline, and he paved the way for Reagan and the last twenty years of disastrous politics in America.

Like I wrote, I expect Obama would be a little better than the Shrub. Of course, Genghis Khan would probably be more progressive and liberal than W. I don't expect he'd be awesome, if he even got elected, which at this point I sincerely doubt -- we've been electing old white guys for so long I don't think we know how to do anything else.

So don't worry; I know you're not expecting anything completely unrealistic from the guy. I just don't think you're going to get even that much.

Chris Rywalt said...

I should probably thank you for putting me on the list of miracle workers, but I don't think I deserve it. Not by a long shot. If I'm Working Light, it's one of the old bulb designs Thomas Edison tried and then abandoned for being too dim.