Mon June 27 2022 Law_of_Clarity_South_Week Day 7
Day 545

Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.

Winston Churchill (1874–1965), British statesman, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during WWII and Nobel Prize winning author of several books including History of the English Speaking People (see biography The Last Lion (both volumes) by William Manchester)

Daily Guidance:

Think about some large project you have undertaken. What emotions were stirred up by the pressures? Did the experience give you some additonal Clarity about yourself and how to handle other people under stress?

Cynthia's Journal:

This morning I'm thinking about our tendency to assume those in authority have more Clarity than we do. We like to imagine heroes and leaders know more about the ways of the world, and can show us, guide us and protect us, but ultimately, we are responsible for the Clarity we need.

Most would say Clarity is a good thing, but it's often accompanied by great disillusionment. It comes at the expense of cherished notions, like the belief that your president, parent or priest has your best interests at heart. Both sides have their illusions. Churchill was uncermoniously dumped by British voters after they'd won the war. They didn't want any more Clarity or reminders) about those dark days, and their cost. They wanted to move on.

A witty man, Churchill was famous for his quips and one liners. The quote above demonstrates his skill with words and shares his hard won Clarity with his readers. He deflated the mystique. Writing is damned hard work, although some may prefer to fantasize about writers 'glamorous' lives, Churchill wanted to disabuse them of such notions.

He knew, from bitter experience what writing, and war were really about. There’s a vast difference between the level of Clarity one has after writing a book versus what's known from simply enjoying to read. As Churchill continued to write for the rest of his days, he took up drinking, to dull whatever pain he felt. The addiction to alcohol brings another set of problems for those who understand the tragedies of human existence.

Realizing the extent of self-delusion is the worst part of Clarity. You are left to pick up the shattered pieces of what you thought your life was about, and who you thought you were, and how you imagined the world worked. It takes another kind of less personal Clarity to figure out what insights are worth keeping, and how to put the pieces back together in a meaningful whole. Ask anyone who's been through a major life transition.

I took my pieces to the Wheel. It's a good frame, but it's not for those seeking fantasy. Wheel work is about genuine Clarity, not dreamy, wishful thinking that keeps you perpetually out of touch, beyond the test of daily reality. Fantasy never satisfies. It tantalizes and eludes. Ask any celebrity who maintains one and they’ll tell you, fantasy is a cannibal. Its lies cost you everything. Clarity is a fantasy killer that provides a real life.

Yesterday on the mainland, I met a fresh-faced, young man at the supermarket. It was obvious that he still believed in the razz matazz of the American Dream. He’s on the front end of the long Journey towards Clarity with all its necessary disillusioments. I watched him, eagerly offering samples of his brand new product, roasted pumpkin seeds in four flavors.

Needing to prove something, he seemed proud to start his own little company, fueled by the hunger for praise, customers and profits to pay the bank back with. I obliged him, taking one taste-sized portion of seeds, neatly measured into a throw-away paper cup. I wished him luck, but didn’t buy any. While walking away, I thought of my efforts, serving the Wisdom Wheel up, in daily, bite-sized morsels. If I merely wanted to entertain many more might be willing to buy.

Ten years along this winding path, increasing Clarity has altered what I believe about myself, other people and the world.

Churchill once said, Unless some effective world supergovernment for the purpose of preventing war can be set up, the prospects for peace and human progress are dark. If it is found possible to build a world organization of irresistible force and inviolable authority for the purpose of securing peace, there are no limits to the blessings which all men enjoy and share.

I wish I could believe this but Clarity tells me inviolable authority has never existed.

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