I had an epiphany the other day when the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty was presented in the context of a paradigm shift. I can only explain my epihany like the enlightenment that is experienced by a Zen novice after years of reciting the koan that was tasked to him by his Zen Master.
“All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again”
This nursery rhyme revealed 3 things amongst many other:
1. Its survival is a testament to the valuable message it reveals.
2. That the inevitable change in paradigm has been seen by the sages for many centuries
3. And that paradigm shifts are a natural process of our evolution.
The Humpty Dumpty phenomenon speaks loudly to our current state of evolution, and our geo-political state. It is in the manner that we continue to approach problems. Einstein cautioned that we cannot solve a problem in the same consciousness that created it. A militaristic approach to problem solving has run its course. Recognition of the changing Age and its evolving new consciousness would prove favorable to our continued existence.
The Humpty Dumpty phenomenon is heard through the lyrics of Bob Dylan in his song, The Groom Still Waiting at the Altar:
In the chorus:
West of the Jordan, East of the Rock of Gibraltar
I’ve seen the turning of the page, curtain rising on a new age
See the groom still waiting at the altar
The geographical reference is to the Middle East, present day Iraq, and to the entrance to Europe, the Rock of Gibraltar. From these regions are spawned Judaism, Islam and Christianity and are culturally morphed in the region just past the crossing into Europe. The Iberian region is a testament to the cultural blend. This is evident in the music, art, dance, food and architect.
It’s in the lands, West of the Jordan, and East of the Rock of Gibraltar, that our current institutions were concieved, morphed into separate religions, rivaled eachother and breathed its life to the developed nations of today.
Mr. Dylan also sees that the dawning of a New Age is here, the turning of the page, the curtain rising on a new age, and the groom, symbolic of the old institutions that have lost relevance to new paradigm, is left alone at the altar.