We shouldn’t assume that everything we know and sense is everything that we consciously know and sense. We are constantly absorbing far more information and stimuli than we can focus on with our thinking brains. But it’s all stored and processed somewhere: subconsciously, intuitively, or in dreams, etc. From there, realizations can pop out unexpectedly and we call such moments inspiration, insight or epiphany. Artists, scientists and spiritualists alike attest to this reality.
All this is to say that we are both smarter and sharper than we believe we are, or than we let ourselves be. This is one of the great challenges of contemporary life: collectively, we are continually short-changing ourselves, hobbling our own abilities, and holding ourselves back. To move beyond our destructive ways—ecocide, war, etc.—we must rediscover our own deep abilities and relearn how to exercise them deliberately. Once, in the past—before we civilized ourselves—this was simply our everyday reality.
It is long past time that we return. Not necessarily to a specific set of logistical circumstances, but to our own natural and inherent ways of relating to life. From that place, everything else will change.