Heraclitus the Ephesian was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who lived in the 6th to 5th BC. century and is known for the idea of constant change that governs the universe as a law. He believed in the world being created by "fire", opposition and war between opposites.
His is the phrase "No one can step into the same river twice». Because even if it enters the same river, the water will never be the same. Because of this, the movement of the water that flows continuously in the river bed, but also the environment, the geomorphology, the climatic conditions that play their own role in this movement that takes place. This idea of movement sums it up a uniqueness that is unrepeatable, just like life itself after all.
Apart from the finding that “everything flows, nothing is left behind…” we can also observe that most of this flow is disturbed.
Disruptive situations in a person, a relationship or a group of people can cause it mixing ideas, thoughts and opinions, which otherwise would never be combined. Such situations can help shed limiting beliefs and lead people to discard perceptions that do not serve them. They can be the occasion for an inner search or the bells for making decisions about drastic changes in a person's life. In some cases, when someone ignores the bells, the whole bell tower comes to him...
We will understand this better by remembering Harry Lime's famous speech in the motion picture The Third Man: “For thirty years, the Borgias ruled Italy by imposing a regime of war, terror, murder, and bloodshed. However, this period has Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance on display. In Switzerland they had brotherhood and five hundred years of democracy and peace and what do they have to show for it? The cuckoo clocks.”
We are fortunate to live in a moment in history where the established order of power is beginning to change and the new face of the world, the new forces that exist in the world, are beginning to take shape. And these are - and we have seen this very clearly today - almost always very turbulent times, very difficult times, and quite often very bloody times. This happens about once a century.
Today in the modern world, because of the internet everything is connected to everything, we are interdependent and we connect with each other, as nations and as individuals, in a way that has never been done before. It used to be that if my tribe was stronger than theirs, I was safe; if my country was stronger than theirs, I was safe. This is no longer the case. The advent of interdependence and weapons of mass destruction means that increasingly, I share a destiny with my 'enemy'.
There is a great poem by John Dunne called "No man is an island." And he says: "Each man's death diminishes me myself because I am one with Humanity, so you never send to ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for you." The bell therefore tolls for all of us and for each one of us, not just for our survival but also for our progress.
For each of us there is a responsibility and it comes from the heart and the mind. Kazantzakis shares it with us: "Say I will save the world. If he doesn't get saved, it's my fault." Let me take responsibility for my life, my success, my humanity, my personal development and then I will be able to bring other people along with me and all of us together to co-create a world of Love!
The text was published on epixeiro.gr here: www.epixeiro.gr/article/90943