Beliefs, avoidance, destruction and blame
We have come to think of progress as having more comforts, more technology and
greater security for our long-term survival. This is what our ancestors worked
for and we have led to believe that by following the directions of industrial
leaders that our wealth and security are steadily improving. You should be stand
back and look critically at this idea there are many flaws.
Progress in the modern sense is all about capitalism and market forces driving
inventiveness and productivity. Thanks to our modern communications we can now
perceive on a global scale the environmental destruction and increasing scarcity
of resources with which to make things or even produce our food. The small lead
to dictate the nature of humanity's evolution are unconcerned because they think
we will simply become more technologically integrated (cyborgs) which will mean
a phasing out of human nature and the world of the machine.
Of course as far back as anyone can remember, our ancestors all works for peace
and harmony without the benefit of the global view and as we look back from our
technologically advanced global viewpoint, we can see that most of our ancestors
going back for several thousand years were slaves to capitalism, building other
people's dreams and struggling to provide the basics for themselves and their
The socialism that evolved after World War II worked wonderfully for a while and
the developed countries at least enjoyed a period of free education and health
care although luxuries tended to be expensive although public transport was very
affordable. But I think anyone reading this will remember their parents and
grandparents becoming frustrated by some of our modern changes such as women
having to go to work and instead of being the centre of the family.
Who really destroyed my country?
You may not think your country has been destroyed, but if we take the tiny
island nation of Nauru as an example, it was once a paradise on earth producing
ample food to feed its population but things from outside were expensive. But
the island was rich in phosphate, a product that the Western world wanted to use
in agriculture so Nauru opened itself up to mining and over a short space of
years, this phosphate had all gone and the island no means of income. Many of
the population had to leave or starve because with the phosphate gone, there are
no nutrients left in what remains of the soil to produce food and all food today
must be imported.
Few countries have been as badly destroyed that when you consider New Zealand,
it has lost over 90% of its native forests and ecosystem and the agricultural
lands are rapidly being depleted through over irrigation and chemical based
agribusiness which destroys the soil. Most western countries are in this
situation now and there is a prediction that much of the agricultural land in
the Western world will become completely non-productive in the very near future
leaving the citizens in the same situation as Nauru. This will leave everyone in
a position where they have to beg, steal or borrow.
Of course today when we point to a problem the authorities first deny there is a
problem and when there is a problem they can no longer deny, it is always
someone else's fault. Unfortunately this is an endemic problem throughout all
levels of society and as a consequence of capitalism that has virtually enslaved
the world's population. Our parents couldn't see this because they didn't have
the technology to view the entire world and to see the landsstat photographs and
videos taken from space.
While the damage to our planet caused in part by our over population but more so
by our stupidity, it is still repairable that we were to awaken ourselves to our
humanity and begin taking more appropriate action by boycotting all the
corporation's with harmful environmental practices and supporting local
environmentally friendly industries that serve life as opposed to profits.
We are slaves to the system
The system is capitalism, a grand game of winner take all and it's a form of
gambling yet those who control the world have shaped technology to their own
ends to the point where they can now pry into the personal lives of every
individual who uses the Internet and mobile phone technology. This is all about
population control and thought control to keep populations enslaved and so
confused the don't even know they are slaves.
Am I free or am I a slave? Think about this in context from moment, as a soul we
are bound to the body and our physical body is bound to our environment so first
we are slaves to our bodies and to our environment because we simply cannot fly
off to another planet, we don't have that much freedom. But our recent ancestors
thought that we should have some basic rights and freedoms which led to the
formulation of the United Nations and the Convention on human rights that
produce the outcome that every human being should have free access to water,
food and shelter.
This is a really noble idea that worked well when the world was less populated.
The hole in the human rights declaration now is that all the land is owned
(possessed) by someone or some entity and therefore there is no access to free
food and everyone is bound to work not just for food and water but for shelter.
This could be put down to overpopulation and our tendency to be territorial.
That is that tendency to be territorial that we form tribes, communities and
So there is no freedom, but we do have a choice about who we are slaves to stop
you can subscribe to one of many corporate communities and by selling your
services or your skills you gain remuneration which enables you to live with
some sense of dignity except that the corporations also want to possess that.
The underlying psychology
Those who rule the world suffer from a fear of doing without and they also
suffer a fear of anyone thinking differently to them. As an example, all the
religious sects want you to believe as they do to give them the reassurance that
their beliefss have some status although they don't seem to really care whether
or not those beliefss are true. Even recently the Pope has been quoted as saying
that even paedophiles and petty criminals can go to heaven.
The first aspect therefore is fear, fear of going without, fear of others who
may be different and those fears generate a desire to be in control which has
given rise to the grand game of capitalism where the eventual winner will be
able to dictate how everyone else thinks and behaves. This game is so well
advanced, so devious and pervasive many people do not know they are caught up in
it and in a sense their own ignorance is the cause of their own suffering.
Of course we cannot go back to the original charter of human rights as the world
stands, we need a revolution. This is not a revolution where leaders lose their
heads, this is a revolution where the citizens of the world again to awaken and
become more responsible and more in tune with life.
What does self responsibility and tuning into life look like?
We all have some choices left in this world and here is interesting to look at
the Skiripal poisoning case in the UK or the weapons of mass destruction in
Iraq. In Iraq was George W Bush who accused the Iraq use and the collective
tribes of the West jumped in behind him without proof because they acted as one
to show strength and leadership. The same thing is happening in the Skiripal
case, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon without knowing the truth. These are
classical examples of responsibility and reaction which flows on down through
society and as we have seen the majority of television news personalities have
joined in the activity of Russia bashing because they are not interested in the
truth, they just want to be seen to be on the same team and conform because they
are afraid to be different, to actually have their own opinion.
Then the citizens tend to believe what's on the news and what their leaders say
and this has been the case behind all war. This shows that to a certain extent
there is no true freedom of thought and has actually led to the death of
Self responsibility is about knowing who you are as a human being, knowing that
you are a soul with the body living in this limited plan three environment that
you share billions of other fellow humans and exactly the same situation as you.
Not everyone tends to recognise this, they tend to see themselves as being the
centre of the universe around which life evolves. This is the most grandiose of
all delusions yet it pervades humanity like a disease and breeds selfishness
which leads to isolation and various levels of suffering.
The path to self responsibility is also a path to wisdom stop throughout our
history there have been wise women and men who have had the freedom and in some
cases created the freedom through the power of their own personalities to ponder
the nature of human existence and our relationship with our environment. It is
from this ancient wisdom that religions and philosophies were born as people
tried to understand what cannot be understood.
All over the world capitalism has slowly eroded away our intellectual freedom,
the freedom to enquire into the nature of existence and we have become a world
of believers subscribing to ideologies proposed by charismatic individuals who
within themselves are deeply deluded and their lives ruled by ignorance and
To be self responsible in today's world you must recognise that firstly you are
a prisoner to your body, to your environment, to the economic and political
ideologies you must live within. You are simply one person and you cannot change
these things, you must accept them and think okay, I live here and for the
moment this is where I am stuck but this is not where you must remain.
As most of us live within some kind of political democracy, we have a certain
degree of social freedom and freedom to think. One of the first steps towards
personal freedom is to begin divorcing oneself from ideologies and simply coming
to recognise that when asking the truth of life saying to yourself "I do not
From the position of I do not know, you can then begin looking at what is valid
in your life and what is not. We know life is temporary, you have perhaps 50, 70
or even 100 years so we should not be obsessed about fearing death. If you look
at ancient traditions particularly from India, they have many practices to not
only help overcome this fear but to dissolve ignorance and ease suffering.
As you begin to become more self responsible, you will understand that everyone
is a product of their social and political evolution which has given rise to
what they believe and how they react to life or choose to act.
As you become more responsible you become less reactive and more consciously
As you become more responsible you become more fully human.
As you become more responsible you become aware of your choices and the very
nature of existence which helps you to refine your decision-making processes.
Good luck and God bless but know you are not alone, for thousands of years men
and women have been aware and from India there is a long tradition of wisdom
teachings out of which all human knowledge has evolved but unfortunately been
taken out of context.
When you know you don't know and fully understand that, you will better know
life and how to live harmoniously in the world. ॐ
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