Forget the Herd

What will save us?  Certainly not ‘herd immunity’.  Nor vaccines.  SARS CoV-2 rarely kills healthy individuals.  The reason that’s a controversial statement is that practically no one in the West is a healthy individual (while nearly everyone thinks they are), or knows what a healthy individual is, how to become healthy, or maintain that edge. Our limited and confused understanding of such basic concepts in the West are currently driven by a relatively recent (70 year) total immersion in mass media, as the pharmaceutical cartel controls both conventional medicine and mass media, while none of the three have ever embodied or possessed the perspective of a mature form of medicine.

The hope of ‘herd immunity’ is a misconception birthed from a Western scientific train of thought, specifically, that if enough of us are exposed to an external pathogenic factor (EPF), the population at large will magically be graced with ‘immunity’ and be spared the ravages of the EPF.  

I understand the science, but that’s what is known as the illusion of ‘second cause’, meaning a core belief that something outside ourselves is responsible for our experience.  In this case, that our present state of health is not the direct result of our moment by moment choices throughout lifetimes.  ‘First cause’ is knowing that all experience is consciously self-created, and inherently encompasses the acceptance of responsibility for the creation, and—if what we’ve created turns out to be unwanted or outgrown—demonstrating the willingness, intention, and wisdom to recreate from a higher vantage point, transcending the previous cause set in motion.

Second cause is karma, illusion, and bondage.  First cause is truth and freedom.  Both are attitudes.


From the vantage point of the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine, healthy individuals prove to be the exception—even in China, but especially in the West.  Individuals who know how to effectively improve and maintain health are more rare yet.

Good health is not a static state, an achievement somewhat like a doctor’s degree we can hang on the wall and call it good.  Good health is something we either contribute to or detract from, every moment of every day, year after year.  With our awareness, with our thoughts, where we place our attention, and each action we consciously—or unconsciously—put in motion.

The threat of a virus such as SARS CoV-2 is present because the herd being referenced is as unhealthy as American forests.  Oh, they’re standing, yeah.  Some think they’re beautiful.  But we’re witnessing a time when the health of our mismanaged forests, too, is being revealed as one more system about to collapse—due to our own, cumulative, poorly thought-out causes.  If you want to quickly respond, “Oh, but how about global warming?  Isn’t that the cause of all these fires?”

Yes, and no.  Of course, climate change is contributing to wildfires.  But is it first cause?  No.  It’s another second cause, created in the exact same way as our first example.

While the public regards wildfires in California, for instance, and CoV-2 as separate, isolated catastrophes, in truth, they are precisely the same phenomenon being played out on the fields of human ignorance.  And if we can’t see this, respond intelligently, and start viewing from first cause, we, the trees, and all else under the umbrella of our ‘climate’ will suffer the consequences of our ignorance.

It’s a perfect and just system, which doesn’t play favorites.

Only consciousness will ‘save us’.  And that’s something the ‘herd’ will never have.  Consciousness resides only in the present moment of an awakened soul.





Most Recent Contemplation: Requiem

Top ↑

Scroll down to subscribe,
comment, search, and find archived posts.

6 thoughts on “Forget the Herd

  1. beautifully and simply stated thank you

    1. When, in its last mini-chapter, Appreciation, I acknowledged you as being my biggest cheerleader for finishing Breakfast Like an Emperor, it was a genuine expression of gratitude for our friendship—and so much more. Thank you for your persistence and generous love, Ann!

  2. “Good health is not a static state, an achievement somewhat like a doctor’s degree we can hang on the wall and call it good. Good health is something we either contribute to or detract from, every moment of every day, year after year.”

    A parallel naive notion is that of a “cure” for a given ailment. We look to consensus medicine to provide a “cure” for cancer, diabetes, pick-an-ailment, as if it is able to confer upon us the stamp “Cured”, another “static state”, which is non-existent in the dualistic and dynamic universe in which our physical (and mental and spiritual) self resides.

    1. Right you are, Stu. I don’t look forward to things getting any less strange, though.

      Good to hear from you!

  3. Love this canyon shot! Quite vertiginous.

    1. “Vertiginous”. That’s an interesting description of the image, Will!

      Being an old climber, I can’t say it makes me dizzy, or disoriented. It actually draws my attention inward, rather than outward. But there is another direction involved—equally important—and that’s ‘upward’. In and up is where it takes me. And given that, I can see a Latin derivative connection with vertiginous.

      It’s an image I never tire of. Good thing, since it’s on nearly every page/post. I have a weak spot for the deep American desert. Spent quite a few days photographing this image at incremental intervals over a twenty-four hour period—destined to be an animation illustrating the twenty-four hour cycle of yin and yang’s interplay within a single day.

      More discussion on long vistas you might enjoy on a couple of other recent posts: Mosca’s Summit Pyramid and Slices of Sky.

      Thanks for visiting!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close