“With privilege comes great responsibility” a friend put these words in my head recently, and they’ve been reverberating there for the past week. Initially, I thought “what privilege do I have?”
The thing about where we’re at in human history is that everything gets filtered through this money consciousness that we’re stuck on. So I was looking at privilege through that prism when I heard that. And privilege is relative. That makes it easy to say “yeah but I’m not as privileged as this person.” And the obvious next step is to deflect responsibility onto the more privileged people among us.
Traffic jam. Jig saw. Mix that with Ayn Rand, Alan Greenspan, Goldman Sachs and KABOOM! Dynamite. Farewell social contract. Responsibility in the rear view mirror.
But privilege is still sweet like honey. Nobody wants to give it up. So now we have a dangerous situation where we have, expect even, to have privilege without responsibility.
Ever see The Descendants with George Clooney? It’s set in Hawaii, and it shows what happens when privilege neglects responsibility, in a sweet Hawaiian way. Watch the trailer.
For the beholder, privilege has two sides: a shiny, beautifully molded exterior that when lifted exposes a dark, decaying underbelly.
So yesterday, I was thinking about privilege and going through my day in Tokyo. Listening to Common’s album The Dreamer/Believer from 2011 that I never heard about because I was under a rock called grad school. Walking down the street, I see a Reishi mushroom in a basket. Stopped immediately.
Earlier, I did a visualization where I put a giant reishi mushroom into my body. I’ve been looking for it in Japan, but haven’t come across it. I know that Japan is a leading producer of reishi, but I only saw it in one store near the mountains, away from Tokyo. Hence, I visualized reishi in order to attract it.
The mushroom has a spirit, or is a spirit. And it’s been calling me, appearing on hayhouse.com radio shows even. I enjoyed lots of reishi when I lived in LA. Took it almost everyday.
If you only take one herb in your life, take reishi! It works on multiple dimensions to heal you physically and spiritually.
So the visualization worked! I manifested reishi in my experience. I went into the store and asked if they had reishi. “Reishi arimaska?” That’s as good as my Japanese gets.
They had reishi mushrooms just laying around, but they didn’t sell them. They did sell this super-potent reishi extract that cost ¥27,000 for 300 ml. That’s $270 for for 10 oz in American lingo. I didn’t buy it this time, but they gave me a sample. What a privilege, I immediately felt better after taking it. It feels like it’s worth the price.
With no reishi in hand, but some in my belly I walk down the street. Still listening to the Dreamer. Enter BMW. Looking for electric cars. Downstairs, upstairs, I see none. Same old stuff, really good stuff, just not electric. Kept walking and I see a Tesla store across the street.
They offered me a test ride in a Model S, so I took it. First reishi, and now a ride in a model S! What a day. After a short wait, and friendly encounter with the hostess I got in the car. I’d been in the model S before in the Santa Monica store, but this was my first time riding in the Model S.
It’s super quiet and smooth. It’s like you’re riding on pure energy more so than riding in a car. Acceleration feels like the concept without the machine. Or the noise, which brings me back to George Clooney.
I remember him saying that it’s time for the electric car to gain traction, and so what if it doesn’t make that orgasmic rumble, it’s the car of the future.
Anyone who has the resources to buy an advanced electric car should buy it. We need more electric cars to mitigate the release of fossil fuel emissions. Luckily, Elon Musk just released all of Tesla’s patents. Talk about responsibility.
Right now, my biggest privilege is my ability to dream. Because I’m human. That’s what I realized yesterday.
Being human is a privilege. Shiny side, dark side, it’s all there. We are all descendants that inherited these beautiful gifts of language, imagination and creativity. It is our responsibility to use our gifts, responsibly. Earth, humanity and the biosphere are counting on us.
Love and Reishi Power to you!