QUESTION: In your poem “Mystics” you have a line, “man’s defaulting mind”. What does it mean?
ANSWER: Mankind, (or humankind to be up to date), thinks on the level of consciousness that is only physical, material, matter.
But deep in every human is what we could call the undeveloped soul. It only makes its presence felt in the rare humankind experience of the Silence.
That experience roils the stomach, softens the heart, stills existence with a joy beyond human understanding, gifts a deep personal sense of everything belonging, a knowing that is unperceived by the generality of mankind but stays with that human all its life in an evolution of individual, personal development that finally becomes something not fully human in this life and nothing at all after death. (This is the same problem we will see in ‘aliens’ when they arrive here or we arrive there – wherever and if they are anywhere …).
This still unrealised human part of a universal soul nevertheless prompts some humans into a life longing hunger and thirst for something without knowing what it is.
Others experience it in full however and are known as mystics – if they let themselves be known at all.
And then there are the majority of folk wherein their portion of the cosmic soul remains unborn. They live in default, just in their minds and emotions.
These are the innocent “defaulting minds” developed mystics feel suck the life out of existence. This emotional mind is at the heart of all evil here, intentional or otherwise.
On the historic evidence of mankind’s existence so far there seems little sign of any lasting effect of human attempts to change this primitive situation, certainly not by anything political for instance.
Perhaps mysticism, that becomes completely embedded in individuals so beyond any outer human intervention ie: political or religious, is what human evolution is all about? Some scholars in history, even to this day have already posed that very possibility in varying ways.
Few here of their kind,
No parents find.
Entombed in man’s mortality
And man’s defaulting mind,
Neither human, nor sublime:
Lost, yet Divine.