There is a right way and a wrong way to deal with the problems of the world.
The following article addresses those individuals who have identified a problem in society and wish to address that problem through activism.
Those who are awake enough, may be aware there are serious problems in modern civilisation or society. The problems are diverse and many: terrorism, to rights abuses to poverty… These problems are symptoms of a disease, and its inevitability will be the collapse of that which it infects. Like any disease, addressing the symptoms will not deal with the disease, for by its nature the disease will manifest in other symptoms, and return as strong as before in the symptom that was thought addressed.
Amongst the Celt there is a concept of a Wasteland, this is where the land becomes sick and ruined because the link between the land and the ruler has been separated by some infirmity in the ruler. The ruler is the bridge between the land and its people, and thus the disease is the effect of the cause of separation between the parts. If an individual becomes separated from their body, their people, their culture, their family, from nature, their spiritual or emotional side, the Wasteland arrives. I symbolise the Wasteland as an upside down oak tree: for where an oak symbolises strength, the Wasteland gives weakness; and where there is a tree of life, the Wasteland brings death; and where the tree represents the sum of all creation, the Wasteland is the separated broken parts.
Using force and trick against the Wasteland
I have seen many people, those that are aware of the problems in society, resort to force and trick to fight against the Wasteland. This is an error I have done myself, and it always fails. How can you fight with force and trick against the bitter cold of winter? Or against the black of night? Or against the inevitable conclusion of falling out of a plane with no parachute at 20,000 feet in the air?
There will always be someone stronger or smarter than you. The Wasteland is caused by separation, and ironically force and trick increases the separation, and thus the symptoms. Those that resort to violence, or harm to others to address a symptom, only need look at society as a whole, their activity is no different than what is going on everywhere, legally and illegally. The Wasteland is stronger than you, and you will always be beaten if you use force and trick against it.
Trying to separate yourself from the Wasteland
You are part of the universe, you are part of society and civilisation. No matter how you pretend otherwise, or try to create barriers, you remain a part of, and within the realms of the Wasteland. Just as cancer can spread from one part of the body to another part, so whatever you create, in secret or as a community, will be diseased and will fail, because you are bound to that which is diseased overall.
The Holy Grail
This is a powerful Celtic symbol, it means renewal or a new creation. The Holy Grail comes into being when the Wasteland exists. Finding and drinking from the Holy Grail wipes out the disease of the Wasteland, by restoring it to its original state, or changing it into another state. The Holy Grail symbolises the elimination of separation through wisdom. Just as the Wasteland infects nearly all people, and all the world, the Holy Grail must hit everywhere and everything. Winter is destroyed with the coming of the sun, and the black of night scatters in light, for both winter and darkness is a lack of a thing, the sun and of light, which for the Celt is wisdom, and the separation is the lack of wisdom.
Apollo the Celtic Belenus
Belenus is equivalent of Apollo amongst the Celt, and they commonly are patrons of Healers, Bards and Prophets. The Prophet can see beneath the surface of things, to see the cause and cure of the disease. The Bard can put into words and music what is seen by the Prophet. The Healer can restore anything back to its original state.
Those that wish to fight the Wasteland must think in terms like Apollo, to find the wisdom to see the disease rather than its symptoms, and thus know the cure, then to reveal that cure through creative ways like music and the arts. To think in terms of being a healer by bringing back the sun and the light, which is to bring forth wisdom.
Shining forth in darkness
When all is bitter cold, people will move towards the warmth of a fire. In total darkness, people will move towards the light. The inevitable outcome of the Wasteland is total winter and darkness. This is when the people will start to look for the fire and the light. This is when the standard bearer, the healer holds aloft the lighted flame, when people will see the flame and will move together towards it. The flaming torch becomes the Holy Grail, and everything will transform, the darkness and cold flees, and the Wasteland will fail totally.
The answer then is not to fight the Wasteland, nor to support it, but to stand upon a mountain and hold forth a torch, and wait. It is through wisdom that separation is bridged, but for the moment people are blind, they fight and scream, running from one sanctuary to another trying to escape the Wasteland, but always it arrives to embrace them.
Only when all is lost and the people are drowning, will people look up to the mountain; and there the standard bearers must be, ready with the lighted flame, then the people will move, and the Wasteland will end.