All roads lead to The Corporation

As I noted in my previous posts, there is quite a lot of activity in both the skies and on the ground.  It is clear to me that they seem to mirror one another in a strange way.  And with the continuum of people who seem A) either not to care in the slightest or B) are extremely interested in learning and doing more, it is also clear that “[i]nterpretations of crises are central, ideological aspects in class struggle.”

What kind of class struggle?  Well, from what I’ve learned there are essentially two classes of people: those with conscience and those without. There are shades in between of course, and the shades can be found throughout religions, societies, clubs, and you get the point (everywhere there are people). But in today’s society, with the focus of “money is evil,” and the ensuing romanticization of poverty along with the enormous stress of even having a heart, I am not surprised when I find that the most generous type of person is among the lower strata. Perhaps they are just hardwired to finish last. Or perhaps it’s because the higher one goes, the more compassion one must sacrifice.  Either way, it’s likely because we have unconsciously adapted to a world where liars win and good guys lose. Every road leads to a corporation, all of our lives are controlled by corporations, and their mandate is to lie, cheat and steal to maximize their returns. As a result we have not only lost our character. We have become character disturbed.

Many free societies have developed cultures of permissiveness and entitlement prompting far too many persons to enter adulthood not adequately socialized and evidencing profound deficiencies of character, sometimes well past their mid-life years…

We thought we had no power to stop what was happening.  While the sociopaths, psychopaths, and the personality disordered were following their lust for power into gangs, mafias, banks, churches and governments, the person with a spark of conscience remained glued to their home, some more and some less aware of the growing chaos. But few did anything. Why?  Because people needed them.  Many coming from narcissistic families, where they had to please everyone and deny their own needs, they give themselves away for free.  I am still not surprised at how much I and others are willing to give away for free.  Well it’s time to demand payment.  It’s time to stop showing love and tenderness to those who don’t really want it, but instead just suck our life force like leaches. It’s time to learn the difference between those who truly care and those who don’t. And to learn what is worth caring about.  I personally don’t care what time it is, or where we are as a society or as individuals, there’s always time to see the light.

“It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view.

When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether its been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades.

The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before.

Its never too late to take a moment to look.”

― Sharon Salzberg

But to take the risk of turning on that light means we have to banish our childhood fear.  That fear that, if we peak our head out from under the covers, we will see what was hiding there all along. That fear that we are potentially wrong about everything. And the false hope that ignorance will keep us safe. It hasn’t.  One thing I am almost certain we are almost universally wrong about: that we are the only ones going through this mess!

Turning on the light sounds so easy.  It’s just the flip of the switch.  But we are stumbling through the attic blind.  In fact, most of us don’t even know that we are stuck in the attic.  Insert the allegory of the cave here.  So we need someone who can tell us the truth. We need someone who can show us real, conscious love through their brutal honesty with us.  Without that  love is just the attraction through dopamine and various chemical triggers.  Without that love is just the movement of the hips or the broadness of the shoulders.

Real love doesn’t exist in most our lives.  It takes effort, knowledge, wisdom, awareness.  And that is why, during times of crisis, having a framework that one has created through reading, observing, thinking, and acting is an act of love towards the world. It could be the fundamental class struggle, especially consider long-term survival.  Just think what the world would be like if people could express their thoughts to one another without fear, without intimidation.  A world without fear, and communities of honesty and real courage.  And perhaps, besides the powerful potential an acknowledgment of truth has in developing our sense of conscience, love and community, we offer something back to the earth by making it a firm pillar of our internal, subjective, world.

“One of the main aims of this book is to see what it means for us that the Earth itself is a living being. Within a living organism everything that exists has a function, a role to play, in the whole of the life of which it is a part. Therefore, the meaning of human life is inseparable from the function that the human species is meant to serve as part of the living Earth. The central question of my book is: What, then, does the Earth really need from us?—far beyond the kind of efforts we are making to fix the environmental crisis  we have created.  Since everything human is part of the Earth, and is meant to play an essential role in the very evolution of the Earth—then everything human, including especially our inner and most inmost life, has an essential function within the life of the planet.”

-Jacob Needleman

And I think it begins with talking and listening sincerely.

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