elegance of a good heart

After a while he returned. In his hands he had the A-B-C book for his son, but the old coat was gone. The poor fellow was in his shirt sleeves and the day was cold. “Where’s your coat, Father?” “I have sold it.” “Why did you sell your coat?” “It was too warm.” Pinocchio understood the answer in a twinkling, and, unable to restrain his tears, he jumped on his father’s neck and kissed him over and over.

~ Carlo Collodi: The Adventures of Pinocchio, CHAPTER 8

So often I read about people blaming politics, religion or even science for the problems in our world.

Guns, bombs, or kamikaze warriors. Conservative radicals or self-righteous scientists.

Yet I think the real problem is our conscience. When we rely on religion, politics, or science to tell us what our conscience should be, we need to realize it is not our true conscience that dictates our decisions to act this way or that. It is an established doctrine instead that tells us what our conscience must or should be.

I think a good conscience and consciousness go hand in hand. They hopefully evolve in us equally. Yet, both can be blocked by conditioning on our thinking.

Opinions of others can influence us. Righteous literalism can make us guilty and sternly accountable. Dogma can lead us to high hypocritical moral grounds.

What I am getting at is the concept, which I feel, that everything has consciousness. Out of all the living things I think modern human beings has lost this knowledge or elegance. The ability to see this.  I see that the cosmos has a higher consciousness. The cosmos is aware of us and has a good conscience.

Profoundly subtle and so precise.

“A conscience is that still small voice that people won’t listen to.” ~ Crickets advice to Pinocchio ― Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio

When You Wish Upon a Star” is a song written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney‘s 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio.[1] The original version was sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket,[1] and is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film.  Edwards recorded another version in 1940 for an American Decca Records “cover version” of the score of Pinocchio, conducted by Victor Young and featuring soprano Julietta Novis and The King’s Men. It was first released on a 4-record 78-RPM album set.


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