Paradigm for A Better World – Part 1: To the Point

We live in a world where we are told be get tough and move with the times or be left behind. Technology impacts our lives more every day and connecting with each other can be instantaneous. Yet I believe that we are more disconnected than ever.

We are supposed to be an advanced civilization yet there is more turmoil and discord in this day and age. To us, cave people seemed primitive and barbaric. Nowadays we have etiquette and political correctness (hence why I used the term “cave people”), yet at our core we are still primitive and barbaric.

Let me explain. Over generations we have learned how to behave so that we don’t appear like our fore-bearers (cave people). However, we haven’t really changed much. We may have changed outwardly but internally, in our hearts, we are still primitive. We even have what we call “primitive nature”. And instead of changing what is at our core (our nature), we have moved to force change with our minds. From the surface perspective it seems to work, but once again our core has not changed. Whenever we are placed into a situation where our lives are at threat or of those we care about, we will react through this primitive nature – it is an automatic response. That which is truly in our core will surface in times of trauma and threat. It’s times like this that our real motives become apparent.

So ultimately, we have not evolved as such, but rather created survival mechanisms to avoid our fears. Fear is the greatest threat on this planet, it has been for millennia – along with self-interest (what is in it for me?)  I will talk about fear more another time.

Now at this point you may be wondering, “what is wrong with wanting to protect oneself and those you care about?” Putting a few people above others causes separations and disconnection. That is why the concept of family (and culture) as we know it is actually harmful. We are all equal (or should be). We are all brothers and sisters on this world and until we realise this, in our hearts, we will have separation.

Primitive nature only exists because we have not evolved – progressed beyond it. We have no idea what is beyond it, as we don’t realise that we can evolve beyond it. We are too busy following our self-interest and “surviving”, that we don’t acknowledge our selfishness and look rather at how we can be more.

We are still looking at the mind as being the dominating factor in our lives, mental intelligence is looked up to and aspired to, and told emotions are weak. But our psyche is not mind dominated, it’s emotional. And it is our emotions/feelings that we are all running away from (by the way fear is emotional). It is what keeps us primal. We are an emotionally cold world – unless it meets our self-interest we really don’t care. By getting tougher and moving faster we move further away from progress and evolution.

The world is in chaos. Something needs to change. Using our minds alone, doesn’t work. It’s obvious! We still go to war; we deface the land and strip oceans. We damage everything and everyone at the same time through these actions. I don’t see that as progress. Our cleverness is destructive, not creative. Continuing this way is mere stupidity.

Progress involves connecting to our core, and this can only be done through the sub-conscious. Only by reconnecting to our inner emotional being can we become truly more loving, compassionate and creative, hence evolving beyond our primal urges.

But we won’t know this as scientific fact unless someone takes a leap of faith to prove it.

I’m willing to at least question the possibility, are you?

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A Planet in Crisis

Have you noticed of late that the whole planet seems to have taken a crazy-pill! Yep, the whole planet. It is true that storms, floods, famine and drought have been recorded throughout history, but have you observed that there are weather events happening in places that have never had such events before; the intensity and frequency of these out-of-place weather events is becoming more widespread. On top of that, millions of children around the world die every year – still. We cut down rainforests to put cattle on, killing several eco systems for the sake of supporting one. Animals, wild and domesticated now display behaviour that is out of character and strangely resembles the behaviour of the creatures at the top of the food chain (humans). Intolerance and violence amongst different cultures and even the sexes have exacerbated. Retaliation, victimisation and other abhorrent behaviour is recorded and placed on social media and viewed as comedy. And that is just to name a few.

So before asking the question, “What can we do about it?” we need to first acknowledge that there is a problem and see that we are all contributing to it. Yep, you heard me right. We build huge emotional castles to protect us from the big wide world and fill it with anything that helps us feel comfortable and secure. And if we believe in the law of attraction, it only stretches as far as our backyard and only see the good things it provides us and call it happiness. We ignore what is going on around us in the world and in the environment.

We either A) sit back and wonder why there are so many nut-jobs and wackos in this world or B) verbalise our opinions all over social media; it is easy to sprout our opinions all over the internet from the comfort of our castle-of-security. We think by doing that we are taking action. Sorry but that is not action, that is reaction! Action comes from breaking down the walls of the padded castle that we believe is protecting us: In reality it keeps us blind to the truth that we have all contributed to it in some way.

Hmm, what can we do about it? Let’s look at history. History dictates that we should use violence or force. Yes, let’s blow the crap out of all of the innocent people who are in the country or culture we have a discrepancy with. Then we say “We won the war.” Until someone else has an opinion different to our own. Let’s have another war and then another until there is no one else left to have war with.

When will we learn that violence begets violence! It starts with a smack to the face, then a punch in the head, a knife to the gut and a gun to the brain and if that doesn’t work go get your bazooka or missile launcher!

How did it all come to this? We fail to see the connection of what is going on ‘out-there’ to what is going on ‘in-here’ – in our hearts. We are so in our heads – thinking and thinking, that we have lost all sense of moral reasoning. Let’s think away our problems! We fail to realise that we have hardened our heart and closed our eyes to the bigger picture. The plant is in crisis!

So I ask you all how much worse does it all have to get before we say enough is enough, we need to try something different, something that we haven’t tried before – as same old, same old isn’t working – we have been doing it generation after generation.

So how do we fix it?

I am not here to tell you how I think or feel we should fix the problem, but I can offer a suggestion: It is simple: One person at a time! Bring back the focus from ‘out there’ to ‘in here’. If we all start taking responsibility for the turmoil and hatred that we harbour deep inside of us, we can begin to make a difference. When we choose to accept and to look deep within at how we all contributed to the creation of the nut-jobs and the wackos we begin a new phase of human evolution. And the easiest way to do that is by putting ourselves into someone else’s shoes to gain compassion and understanding that we are all human – all scared little children in a big person’s body, chucking tantrums, pretending to be adults.

At the end of the day, what I or anyone else says is irrelevant. It is up to us as individuals to choose to take a long hard look at ourselves. It is up to us to choose to change ourselves and thus change the world. To take our blinkers off – before removing our neighbours’.