The sky exploded again.

A Mr. Mike Wall from Yahoo Canada recently commented that the world would have to live with continued meteorites crashing into the earth for “a while” since methods for tracking smaller objects, which can obviously do tons of damage (in Russia 20 Hiroshimas exploded), are simply not up to the task.  Yes you heard that right, we do not have methods for tracking meteorites exploding with the power of 20 Hiroshimas:

Russia’s reacting in a relatively healthy way by creating a meteor shield which will take 7 years to get up and running. But the  world watching from the safety of Youtube risks slipping into the normalcy bias:

The normalcy bias, or normality bias, refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations.

The normalcy bias is something of a daydream, a dissociation from reality.  It’s completely automatic and the only thing that keeps us from falling into it is actively seeking information while forcing ourselves to contemplate things that stress us out.  Our brain doesn’t like pain, it likes things to be “normal”.

But things aren’t normal.  Fireballs are falling in Floridasouthern Italy,  and  Saudi Arabia, and those are just in the past couple of days.  And people are freaking out.  Perhaps it’s best to simply listen to how they react to know the awfulness of seeing these dis-asters come in from above:

So like I pointed out before in my last few posts, we don’t have a lot of help from the governments in our world.  Most of them would remain hush hush even if they knew specifics, simply because they’re in the power business.  They’re not in the business of saving lives.  So am I saying we should be afraid? Again, absolutely not.  I’m saying we should be aware and commit ourselves to our “future selves,” accepting a little discomfort today to prepare ourselves for tomorrow:

Would you prefer $120 today or $154 in one year? Your answer may depend on how powerful you feel, according to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Many people tend to forego the larger reward and opt for the $120 now, a phenomenon known as temporal discounting. But research conducted by Priyanka Joshi and Nathanael Fast of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business suggests that people who feel powerful are more likely to wait for the bigger reward, in part because they feel a stronger connection with their future selves.

So maybe it’s time to swallow some pride and talk to people you trust about what’s going on in the world.  Just talk.  Start a book club.  Do something you’ve been putting off for a long, long time.  It could be big or it could be small.  But most of all don’t fall into the trap of thinking that everything’s hunky dory.  If you have, it isn’t too late to sit down and “re-parent” yourself.  Because it ain’t hunky dory, it hasn’t been for a long time, and knowing that in a deep way allows the fresh spring of truth and forgotten feelings to bubble up from the deep.

If those feelings don’t come, or if they have been forced down for too long, I highly recommend using a program like Eiriu Eolas, a breathing and meditation program that works to refresh, revitalize and detoxify these forgotten parts of ourselves. But in the final analysis it’s what we do with these feelings and our knowledge that counts.  We can choose not to be helpless.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

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