A Deeper Meaning

Cassandra Tondro, "Too Much Information," coronavirus collage art

Greetings Friends,

I spent a good part of last week reading articles and listening to information about the coronavirus pandemic. You probably did, too! I don’t follow mainstream media, but I do search out information from some of the leading thinkers of our time.

My favorite article is a thoughtful and insightful essay written by Charles Eisenstein titled “The Coronation.” It’s long, but an interesting read, and I highly recommend that you take a look. Eisenstein explores the societal consequences of the pandemic and possible outcomes.

Consider this. The coronavirus is affecting everyone in the world, and this is the first time ever that all of humanity has come together to face a common enemy. Sadly we still have a war mentality, and we’re still fighting against something that we perceive as Other, but it’s a start, right?

One of the gifts of this pandemic is that we’re seeing that we’re all connected in a more visceral way than we’ve ever seen it before. If we can come together as one world for this, what else can we do together?

We’re at a crossroads, and we have an opportunity to rebuild our world based on love, or continue on as we have in fear. Which way will we go, and how will we get there? Who among you is up for this journey?

What good things have you seen come from this crisis? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,
Cassandra

Collage at top of page: “Too Much Information,” 16 x 20 inches, mixed media on canvas panel

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  1. Thanks Cassandra for the essay which I have just read. Lots of stuff to reflect on there. The terrain theory is fascinating. Our skys are clearing with so many planes grounded. As someone with chronic fatigue, I’ve felt more included in church and other groups running instead through zoom, and not requiring the effort of travel. That energy I’m putting instead to trying to grow and plant seedlings, something life affirming.
    Our country, Australia, has not had any rise to the basic jobseeker payment for decades, with much agreement it should rise, but no action. With this crisis, it was doubled overnight, not just for the newly unemployed but all needing it. The crisis where the health of one depends on the health of all, is democratising things. Aboriginal housing is being shown (again) to be manifestly crap, with some not having functioning ways to wash hands. Corona is exposing the cracks in our systems. And perhaps giving us opportunity to fix them.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jean. I also had chronic fatigue for many years, and that’s where my sensitiviies stem from. I’m very sensitive to everything.

      I heard that fish are returning to the Venice canals now that the boats aren’t running. Yes,the skies are much clearer, too. I don’t know what the answer is, but this pause is giving us time to reflect and consider what kind of world we want to return to.

  2. Hello Cassandra, I am not working my two jobs right now, only one but will be putting myself in quarantine for the next 14 days so will have more time to get to my art, my music, and my gardening preparation. I have been using the internet to connect with family and friends, and have been acting as a prayer leader for my nieces “Inspired Living” group, live on Tuesday night at 8:00 Central Time on FB. I have also been taking ukulele classes over the internet with a friend of mine, we were just getting started visiting a memory care facility when this all set in, so now we keep learning to move forward, she is taking lessons on the banjo too. For that is what life is about continuing to move forward no matter what the hurdles that are placed in front of you. My husband has some health issues which make him have very little immune system so we are very cautious, a major error could cost him his life. Stay well my friend and thank you for sharing your art!
    Your Friend from Iowa,
    Kim Moore

    1. Hi Kim. Glad to hear you’re finding inspiring things to do during this time, and I admire your positive attitude. I seem to vacillate between being OK with it and despair. Oh well. It is what it is, and we’re all doing the best that we can given the circumstances. Wishing you the best, too!

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