Man Of The People
Dark desires use energy
Counselor Troi partakes in a funeral ritual with the Ambassador who begins channeling all of his negative emotions into her. She becomes an entirely different person; possessive, jealous, envious, dependant, ego-centric. And then… she starts to age. Rapidly. This causes the crew to react and, ultimately, solve the mystery by performing an autopsy on the mother of the Ambassador (discovering it wasn’t his mother but BUM BUM BUM…another victim of his telepathic treachery. They kill Counselor Troi… and bring her back to life. Killing the the Ambassador in the process…who mysteriously takes on all the symptoms of aging that (probably) he had inflicted on his victims. A fun romp.
What I got from this episode was the inherit death we can attribute to “dark desires”. The counselor opened herself up, albeit unknowingly, to the “dark desires and thoughts” of the Ambassador. He channeled all of that through the counselor: resulting in unusually high “neural activity”. It’s assumed this leads to her rapid aging, and ultimate death.
We can interpret that as meaning:
The processing of “dark desires”; utilizes energy.
Continually running in the background; We may not notice the energy consumption in day to day life because they are our own “dark desires”. Since birth we have been allotting energy to these things and don’t recognize the demands they place on our system – in context of “life force”. The consequence of “living” in one’s “dark desires” is prolonged and exaggerated energy consumption.
In our tradition of loving wisdom, let’s get some quotes.
First, as usual, my main man:
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise
“it is a man own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways. ” Buddha
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates
It is wisdom that creates a clarification in my thinking. The “dark desires” I expend energy on, take away from the other areas it could be expended. By not examining my life, and pursuing the darkest of desires, I rob myself of the life I could be enjoying.
It’s interesting that the crew knows something is different, but it isn’t until Troi ages, that they become worried. The Ambassador justifies his proxy’ing’, by the good work it allows him to do. But it is his own hubris that eventually destroys his work. He desires something good, but the “dark desire” robs him of the energy to accomplish it.
If we are to become better people, in life and practice, it would seem that the first place to start is always at home. We can focus as much or as little energy on any area of our life, and it will bear its fruit. Our duty with this wisdom would appear to be:
- Reflect on ourselves through others, thereby discovering how we desire to be treated
- Examine ourselves for ideas and actions that fail to live up to our ideal treatment.
- Recognize the difference between the “dark desires” and their counterparts. “How is this action incongruent with what I really desire?”
- Stop expending energy on the thing.
- Continually grow in our recognition of ideal treatment.
The last one is the key. Confidence that you can recognize deficiencies and correct the action or thought. Instead of “killing others” by using them as proxies for your own unhealthy activities. Take ownership of your life and adjust the energy you’re putting into the “dark desires”. It might need to start small but take joy in your victories and learn from defeats. If you don’t, the dark desires of life will envelope you and steal everything.
Until next time :
LOVE long, and prosper.