I recently saw an advertisement for a t-shirt that had the slogan “Woke!” on the front. While I chuckled at the statement itself, it was the expression of the gentleman wearing the shirt that really struck me. Let’s just say the look on his face was incongruent with the vibe of the word. My initial thought was “Woke to what?!?” He looked angry and quite unaccommodating to any would-be new relations. Surely an awakened consciousness should result in some form of relational openness, if not outright bliss, right? Isn’t that the goal? Maybe the contradiction was the hook being used by the marketers to catch the eye of those who saw it. A cognitive dissonance kind of thing. As silly as it seemed at the time, it got me thinking. What is the goal of an awakened heart and mind? What’s so important about being ‘woke’? If I’m ‘woke’, so what? Further, would the answer for me be the same for anyone else?
Now, I wouldn’t have thought this would trouble me all that much, but it kind of did. Here I am, a seasoned mesa carrier, PMT practitioner, and Sanctioned Teacher, and I’m apparently still asking the “So what?” question. Seriously? I didn’t know whether to be embarrassed or surprised, or both. I had been so busy ‘doing’ my work that I had lost contact with the motive, a disconnect of which I should have been more wary.
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