What about pity?

This is a serious word and a heavy energy.
I often sit and ponder words, I let the sound roll around in my mouth and my mind…
I let go of all preconceptions and listen.

Empower Yourself!Because I have spent so much time in foreign countries, learning and speaking foreign languages on the street… not in formal institutions, I often feel the rules academia apply to words and their origins are unnecessarily formal — they express the patriarchal perception that we have been living with for the past few thousand years.

Words on the street are phonetic and emotive….

I remember when I first arrived in Bali, we drove past a hand written sign hanging outside a shop… it stated in bold hand painted print ABIS.

I read that sign, flying past in my jeep and knew what they were saying.
They were out of whatever their customers were looking for.
Abyss in our language means ‘the end’… ‘the dark unknown place, where there is nothing left!”…

In this culture the word had been spelled phonetically and described the absence of a type of food the locals love to eat!

Through common usage, words take on new meanings and their connotation changes with every day that passes.

A perfect example to explain this phenomenon is ‘gay’…

Not so long ago it described people having fun together… I have heard it used by news reporters in Australia from the 1950’s. Through slang usage, ‘gay’ has metamorphosed into the word that describes the entire subculture and political movement for one-sex partnerships!

That’s quite a journey of evolution; perhaps just as strange as a word used in the west to describe the nothingness just before purgatory… ‘the abyss’ … transferred by the Dutch to Indonesia and a few hundred years later it is used to describe the absence of soup!

There are a few words that make a strange family in our language of today… sympathy, empathy, pity, pathetic… they all have an element where you are asked to ‘feel sorry for’ …

In Latin ‘path’ (Pathetic…sympathetic… ) means “feeling”; from ‘pax’ which means peace…

I can see straight away these words are from a patriarchal culture because they are using the prefix ‘pa’ from ‘pater’… father,  (Pa triarchal) the church fathers (not the mother) made the rules and we agreed to make them ‘right’.

We are living in strange times.  The media has a huge hold on the conscious reality we all ‘enjoy’ or ‘endure’ on a daily basis… the media is owned and operated by the big five, so if you want an original thought you have to look outside the box. You and I are a child of our times… an enlightened time, when we can gather all this information together and make some sense of what’s going on…

So let’s look at the word ‘pity

We can tell it’s Anglo in origin.
Lots or pits in the UK… mostly coal and tar…

I feel in my bones that ‘pity’ describes something or someone ‘in the pits’ (which is still a term we use today to describe depression… or a low emotional condition).

Do we want to encourage ‘pitiful’ self-definition?

Should we have ‘pity’ on others?

‘Pity’ like it’s origins, describes a low energy, dark, deep and dirty like a coal pit.

It does not describe the object as much as it describes the mentality of the speaker…

I suggest you activate compassion (‘com’… together) for the world around you and give up all forms of ‘pity’ because by definition to feel ‘pity’ is to put yourself ABOVE the other…

Once you are ‘up there’ and the object of your attention is in their rightful place DOWN THERE then you are in control and your ego is in charge… probably planning an exhaustive emotional drama for the evening ahead, so it can feel alive and in control…

“Pity” is an arrogant, domineering, perspective, which it is best to leave at home, as it will get you into trouble.

Everyone is finally growing up and realizing we are indeed all worthy of equal opportunities and equal protection…
I mean… how did they get ‘in the pit’ to need ‘pity’ in the first place?

Blazing tales of wonder,
Remembering all we have ever been and are about to become
Your sister through chaos and comfort
Shankari the Alchemist

6 thoughts on “What about pity?”

  1. I personally have never liked the word ‘pity’ myself and have never allowed myself to feel that way for anyone. I prefer living in compassion than expressing or feeling pity for anyone, including myself. We all get depressed at times, but we should never, ever throw ourselves a ‘pity party’. Interesting reflection, thanks for sharing it.

    Ascending Butterfly

  2. Hi Tracy, thanks for reading and holding the light in your part of the world. There is nothing more boring than a “pity party” whether its for yourself or someone else. It’s a lonely world out there, it’s good to know like minded souls have a place to express themselves freely without being acussed of being “heartless”! Blessings on your journey.
    Blazing tales of wonder, remembering all we have ever been or are about to become…love always S xx

  3. I accept the pits in cherries as reality. In our now rapidly
    evolving world there is no time to waste on pity, at least of ourselves. Action to live the good we want to see in the world is
    what we have time for. I am pleased to be connected with you.

  4. It is a blessing to be connected with you through this way we can by-pass the illusions and get on with the job of saving our beautiful earth… Blazing tales…. S xxx

  5. Hi Shankari,
    Blessings on your birthday today of love, courage, peace, sweetness and joy. Yes, pity is a powerful teacher if we listen well to her wisdom. I have had many experiences of pity and know very well that it is just another way of being that can become familiar until our awareness and conscienceness gives us the opportunity to transform that into love.
    Love and Light Leonie* blessings to all the family in Bali

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