LukeyoutheU is a decidedly complex word which represents a complex idea. The individual parts of it, Luke, you, the U, are straightforward enough and discussed below. Putting the words together, however, moves them into a higher level of meaning. Dare I say: can, with awareness, move us into a higher level of being. One that you, and I, and most people, enter not infrequently but on an unconscious level. One that we rarely speak about.
Please allow me to explain. For all the current conversation in certain circles about the now and living in/ for the moment; for those who look back to what they think was, who want to take us back to some supposed golden age which, on closer inspection, was tarnished and not that golden at all; for all those who place their hope, and most of their attention, in envisioning what could be physically and/ or spiritually but only in the future, maybe only after death—to all of them, which may include some of you, I ask: is this your actual experience?
Most humans have remarkable, godlike powers. We can, and do, with a flick of our minds, zoom from the past to the future to the present in our minds and learn from them all. We can pick and choose (and do, if only on an unconscious level) from them all to make decisions and find meaning in a given situation. I think that most of us do this often, perhaps usually, and without conscious consideration of what we are doing.
Take an example from my life. When at the grocery store, I see an avocado. I remember how an avocado tasted in a guacamole dip I had five years ago, and also how quickly, I have noticed, they spoil. Bananas hang around for many days, avocados but a few. The one I now touch is firm which means it will be ready to eat and I will need to eat it in two or three days, before it goes rotten. I look at the price. It costs 99 cents today but I have bought them for as low as 89 cents. I have also seen them, and bought them when I really wanted one, for up to a dollar and nineteen cents. Maybe I should buy one today because I have the money, I consider. I project that I may indeed have a taste for it in three days. If I buy it, I am thinking I will. I convince myself about the good fats and nutrition an avocado has, and that it will be good for my future health. Besides, it may not be at this lower price the next time I am at the store.
I, and likely you, think about the present, the past, and forecast the future all the time. When we do, they are not usually as separate thoughts but mixed together like a soup, or a stew. We humans, most of us, have the power and responsibility of living in the present, past, and future all at what works out to be, in a practical sense, all at the same time.
If this is our state, our more natural and usual state (and I suggest it is, it is our default), if it is our evolutionary and God-shared ability, then trying to live only in the now, or trying to recreate cherry-picked parts of the past, or only with hope in the future that only then will we be saved and all righted, is paddling upstream against rapids. We can do it, but for how long? And why? Does it get us anywhere besides momentarily stronger but ultimately spent? Still the river flows and we are in it. Still time moves on, the universe expands, some of the old dies, new and often more is created and takes its place.
I believe we would be smart to be consciously aware of, but not live solely in, the constructs of now, the past, the future/ eternity.
If this makes sense to you, good on you! If it does not, please reread these paragraphs, and think about them again.
LukeyoutheU tries to bring the awareness that we have evolved into the most advanced form of life of which we are aware on this planet (despite some evidence to the contrary); that it is smarter and more true to consider ourselves created in the image of God, of Life, than as failed creations; that life, the continued expression and expansion of life, is the higher possible calling of Life.
Not just life, our lives but not just our lives, Life, is the point.
Want to hear more or not sure what you have just read? Either way, there is a LyU website to explore, a LyU podcast with multiple series to listen to, and LyU books to read.
Let us find out more about this life we now lead, its fullness and its riches. Are you coming along?
For the sake of ease of reference, the abbreviation LyU is often used throughout LukeyoutheU to represent LukeyoutheU.
For the sake of fun, I sometimes call LukeyoutheU Lukeyo.
Luke represents stories and, by implication, the past. My first thought when the name LukeyoutheU popped into my head was Luke from Star Wars. My second was Luke from the Bible. Both involve stories, the past, narratives of life.
It is my thinking/ observation/ belief that the narratives we pay attention to, the stories we read (see, hear, tell, resonate with), and those we create, form much of the experience of our lives. They are ways (the ways?) we tell ourselves what we believe. They give directions to, are the directions of, our lives.
If we choose choose wisely, choose consciously, lovingly, the stories (and therefore, as possible, our beliefs) that we invest in, we and those we come in contact with benefit. We make the stories we live and tell ones that help not only others but also ourselves. That honor not only the past and people from it but also help us to live now. That improve upon, and make more, Life.
you Whether you are aware of it or not, whether you like it or not, you are at the center of your world. You come born prepackaged with possibility and responsibility. Even if you try, even if you succeed at making someone else, or something else, you main reason for being, you are the one deciding and doing it. Luke is about narratives of life and its meaning(s) that others have made; you are the one, even now, writing your own narrative about yours.
the U Does any one of us know everything? Uh, no. Do humans, collectively, know everything about everything? No. It seems the more we discover/ create, the more there is to discover/ create.
Do we, in fact, know everything about anything? Probably not.
The phrase the U, an abbreviation of the Universe, is meant to indicate possibilities. What we do know, or do not yet know, or may never know about what could be. It is a reference to the unfolding of life: no one knows, not with exactitude, at least, the future. It is continuously changing and expanding. We are part of the unfolding.
Luke, you, the U connects into LukeyoutheU and in ways beyond linearly. Our ideas of what the past was and the future might be influence what we think and how we act now, and therefore the present; how we look at our past and plan for our future (or do not plan) affect how we see the past and what happens in the future.
One last thing: I also took care in deciding LyU's colors. Black stands for something decided and fixed; gray for the undetermined, the not yet formed, unclear, in process; sky blue for potentials ahead.
LukeyoutheU was created in California. I was born in Maryland.
about Jake Knight
San Francisco, c. 2009