LukeyoutheU is the idea that what is useful and good can be found in the present and the past, decided on, and applied now, in the expectation of, planning for, and acting toward a better future.
Executive summary: life is good. It can, quite possibly, become better if we work toward making it so.
I want to talk about the parts of the word LukeyoutheU first, and then the whole.
The name Luke suggests two heroic figures: Luke Skywalker of Star Wars, and Luke from the Bible. Story, history, and myth intermingle and play overlapping roles in our lives.
Luke is a reference to the past. We think of the past as definite and done and, in most ways, it is. But what the events of the past mean, what we decide the events of the past mean to us today, is largely up to us. Really, it is! Up to us individually and up to us corporately.
The pronoun you, dear reader, is about you, you now reading this. You are at the center of your own story. You are the centerpoint of your own life. You are the focal point of your own experience no matter how much people may try to make you only an object in theirs. No matter how much you may want others to take control of your life, you are responsible for your conscious and unconscious responses to circumstances. This is true even as you can never be the sole cause of your circumstances, whether you consider those circumstances good or bad.
It is your life, by and large, in other words, and yours to choose what you make with it. When is the time to think, rest, and/ or act? Now. There is no other. You have your own time frame: the present. The now. It's good and smart to learn from the past, yes; and to plan and act for the future, yes. But the only time you can be and do is in the now.
The U is my shorthand for "the Universe." By "the Universe" I mean everything. All of it, the physical and the nonphysical. All of life. This world experience, all of its smaller parts (quantum particles, cells, bacteria, small organisms, ants, etc.) and bigger ones, too (mountains, oceans, the earth, other planets, solar systems, galaxies). All that happens in it. Everything. Let us be clear: life is not only about you, or me, it is not about only humanity. We humans are currently part of the equation of life on this planet but we are, by no means, necessary for life on this planet. Or in the universe.
Implicit in the term the U is the future. The majesty and opportunity for new creation. Possibilities.
These three concepts, the past (Luke), the present (you), and the future (the U), combine and, in combining, transform. They transform from Luke, you, and the U to become LukeyoutheU. The caterpillar crawling along the branch becomes the butterfly who can fly and see the world in which it lives from new perspectives.
Tremendous, and tremendously good possibilities lie before us.
We can, individually and/ or corporately, whittle our lives, humanity away; we could, literally, blow ourselves, and everything else, up.
Or we could choose to grow up, grow greater, and fly.
I think we will decide on the latter.
LukeyoutheU was created in California.
I was born in Maryland.
more about Jake Knight
All page header photos were taken by me, Jake Knight. This photo is of Boney Mountain in Ventura County, CA. The twilight hours there can be magical, with pinks, and purples, and golds.
A photo from my later San Francisco days.