I remember when I was a preteen that I had many altercations with my elder sister. When these events would occur within ear-shot of my Grandmother and she got wind of our mutual disrespect, she would always caution us against “being ugly.” When this type of behavior is seen in this light, it is in the interest of the identified party to desist. Dignity is both preserved and encouraged.
As I learned from this teaching over the years I came to see that men and women are complex creations. We all share a basic foundation, however. It is from this ubiquitous base that we become more refined and individuated. It was intended to be thus. At the high-frequency range of our make-up lies the realm we dub “the spiritual.”
Like a constantly fluctuating river, life works with the tools of time and movement to deposit layers of various sediments. These harden to different degrees due to varied heat and pressure. Conglomerates form and as these in their turn wear away, their differing components erode at varying rates.
The softest rock is that which is formed of recent mud and without extreme heat or pressure. This material wears away first. Enduring longer are crystalline compounds and rock formed in response to heat and pressure. People are analogous to rocks in many ways.
The deepest human convictions endure, even as the softer parts of personality wear away quickly and are easily molded by forces that be. The greater percentage of a personality which was formed under the application of heat and pressure, the larger amount of that personality will endure.
There are those who perfectly understand this correlation between men and minerals. Among this group are those actively engaged in human prospecting and the mining of men. With an uncanny eye for promising ore, they stake their claims among the population.
Like wood-peckers, they chip away at the softer parts of their fellow men and by using their knowledge of solvents, they are able to accelerate the process of refinement faster than is natural. What is left in their crucible or on their screen in the end is something other than what they began tampering with.
If asked, all of these miners will adamantly exclaim that they are doing good. What used to be the best attributes of their fellow men and women, they now keep in a little bag like so many gems or flakes of gold dust. If asked, they are unlikely to want to part with their portion of the pay-dirt after handing over their own boss's share.
They can always argue that a chunk of iron ore is worthless compared to a steel sword. I would ask them, who gets to wield the finished sword? There are those who's motto is to make bad men good and good men better. I would point out that when a person submits to another person to be “made”, that the finished product will be employed as a tool. Men have never gone mining for fun. Those people engaged in spiritual and psychological mining are like walking wet-belt sanders. They crush, wash, cook, abrade, sift and smelt all those they come in contact with.
In the physical realm, it is the lower faculties within humans that reacts first to the approach of a soul miners. This is because this is our most ancient part and our first defenses are seated here. Call it intuition, call it a gut feeling but do heed it.
I believe that it is noble for any person to employ some of the techniques of human refinement upon themselves, their own offspring or upon a paying customer who is seeking such treatment. Outside of these three scenarios, I find the practitioners to be aggressive, intrusive, disruptive, despicable and absolutely loathsome due to the cloak of goodwill with which they cover their ugliness and the syrupy mantras by which they mesmerize.
The irony here is that life, time and movement are already performing the process of human refinement in a natural way. Since we must choose many things, we are co-authors of our own refinement via the pressures, heat and abrasives that we subject ourselves to. The finished product is supposed to be a unique sovereign creature. Not a brick in another mortal man's wall or a jewel in his crown. Beware of all middle-men for other men always stand behind them.
Any person can be broken down into “good” and “bad” components regardless of age, sex, race, religion or education. This is the complete person. No person has to be “ugly”, however. It is a choice and those who choose the road of ugliness shall live as vultures, welcome only in the presence of the dead.
Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.