Perhaps, we haven't been asleep at all –maybe we are all just learning how to stand up.
"Separate yourself from the pack, and be number one...and win!"
In our culture, there are these foundational notions of our relationship to stuff, which are grounded on a truth and a lie.
The truth is, if your naked and cold outdoors, all alone in the forest, and it's raining; you are unhappy –we can all agree on that. If somebody opens the door and lets you in, and puts you in front of a fire, and gives you clothes, and a bowl of soup; suddenly you go from being unhappy to happy with very little stuff. But it's stuff that makes the difference; just like that.
"Wealth actually does not in of itself give you the contentment you thought you would have" –Rumi
"be suspicious of what you want." –Rumi
"You dig pits to trap others, and you fall in." –Rumi
"Plot to get what you want, and you end up in prison." –Rumi
"A ride after a deer I find myself chased by a hog." –Rumi
"in our language we have this word –Wetiko; which means cannibal –one who eats (not literally the flesh) the life of another. We very quickly realized when the Europeans came over, they were infected with Wetiko; it's a mental illness."A Cree term which refers to a diabolically wicked person or spirit who terrorizes others.
"Tragically, the history of the world for the past 2,000 years is, in great part, the story of the epidemiology of the wetiko disease." –Jack Forbes, Founder of the Native American Movement
We privileged the ideas of self interest with the idea of materialism is a pathway to happiness.
"All wars stem from the comforts of the body." –Plato
A couple of hundred years ago, people believed in dragons and monsters....but today we have another monster, and it's called the economy.
"Wait a minute now, the market isn't a natural force of nature we created the damn thing!"
"What is an economy for?"
"How much is enough?"
"Greed is all right, by the way. I want you to know that. I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself." –Ivan Boesky
Is this just who we are?
Are we basically just greedy aggressive and violent creatures reaping havoc on the planet with each other?
What about Love, Compassion, Kindness, Empathy?
What is humankind's basic nature?
Is the essential nature of humans to cooperate with the dominate?
Is the essential nature of the humans to have kingdom or to have democracy?
The world is both cooperative and competitive.
"Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature." –Darwin
How do people who follow that path behave?
How do they behave towards other humans?
How do they behave towards the earth?
How do they behave towards other living creatures?We need to look at the world in a new way, and trust that the future will have humanity arising from of the evils of the last five hundred years.
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