Have you ever paused to observe the mesmerizing dance of water as it flows down the drain after a shower or bath? It turns out, this seemingly mundane spectacle holds a profound metaphor for the workings of the human mind.
As water cascades toward the drain, an astute observer will note the gradual formation of a water pool. This is where the mind’s parallel begins. The rivulets of water, converging towards the drain, gradually form a swirling spiral, twirling either to the left or right, depending on your hemisphere. The speed of this water spectacle intensifies as it nears the drain’s narrow opening, culminating in a crescendo of weight and intensity.
Drawing a parallel to our mental processes, we are urged to watch our minds keenly when faced with intensifying situations. The emotional quality of our minds, akin to the whirlpool effect in the drain, increases in tandem with the escalating circumstances surrounding us. As time’s perceptible weight grows, so does the intensity of potential outcomes.
This emotional undertow is particularly poignant in the current epoch, emblematic of the 21st Century. Picture our world as water spiraling down a drain, hurtling faster and faster into an ominous abyss. This rapid descent generates an energy of distrust among us and instills a pervasive fear of collective and individual extinction.
Welcome to the 21st Century, the Age of the Unknown, manifesting itself in political, economic, and military dimensions. As the world shrinks, the struggle for survival intensifies. Long-held beliefs and boundaries face relentless challenges, compelling those who cling to them to fight for their very existence.
No specialized expertise is needed to discern the signs of change writ large. We find ourselves in a moment akin to that recognized by ancient civilizations as the culmination of a cycle. Interestingly, these predecessors did not perceive time as a linear journey with a clear beginning and end. While they acknowledged this perspective in the short term, their long-term view was more cyclical—an insight we must now embrace.
Why? Because we, as a collective force, are becoming the architects of existence—the plumbers and executioners of our own fate, akin to water swirling down the drain. In this critical juncture, understanding the ancient understanding of the Long View becomes paramount as we navigate the uncharted waters of our time.