Now unless you’ve been living under a rock, I think it’s fair to say things have gotten interesting out there.
Putting it mildly, our financial system is a hot mess and disrupts our lives in more ways than one.
We don’t trust those who make decisions on our behalf (or at least I sure don’t) because we’re aware that they don’t care about our well-being in any way.
We also can’t help but notice the way we treat one another is less than humane. We’re expressing anger and violence toward each other. People (and animals) from all walks of life are the recipients of our collective frustrations.
And believe it or not, I have reason to feel that nature also feels the effects from our collective energy outputs as well.
I’ve been paying attention to all types of theories and perspectives over the years and I’ve felt the same uneasiness many of you undoubtedly have as well.
So I’ll share my thoughts with you about how I see things. See if any of this makes sense to you.
Navigating Through World Chaos
In order to somehow find a sense of peace as life becomes increasingly chaotic, it helps to try to see things from as clear of a perspective as possible.
How do you do this?
By observing your emotions, asking some useful questions, keeping an open mind and having a willingness to accept the possibility that things aren’t as they seem.
See folks, we’re experiencing the effects of a cause. The Law of Cause and Effect is always at work. Nothing is random.
Everything we’re seeing out there has been happening for a long time.
Systems are crumbling. Regardless of how we try to fix them, whether it’s the financial markets, the healthcare industry, politics or the school systems – it’s important to consider that these structures were never built on a solid foundation because the ones in charge – those who have the money, power and resources to run everything are in it for themselves.
And now, it’s blatantly obvious these structures (and the individuals who govern them – and us) are infected from within.
We looking at a severe case of psychopathy. The human psyche is at stake.
I don’t write these words and expect you to believe me. I’m well aware that I see things a bit differently.
I’m ok with that, though. I’m not here to convince anyone of anything.
But as long as I have a platform that allows me to warn humanity of what is – and what’s to come, I’ll do what I can.
Take it or leave it.
No love lost.
I’ll still care about your well-being, and I’ll still lovingly point this stuff out to those who are willing to see beyond the veil.
The World is Deconstructing
Everything is falling to shit. It’s scary, but in a way, it can a good thing, depending on how you look at it.
I say this is necessary because the systems we’ve depended on for so long aren’t built on a foundation designed for our benefit. They may have seemed helpful and benevolent at one time. Some of our systems have certainly helped us to create a civilized society.
But folks, I feel we’re beyond needing civilization. Let’s face it, even acting civilly toward one another these days is tough. People are angry, scared, confused and feeling downright helpless.
We rely on people who fight with one another to act as leaders. Smear campaigns are how grown adults rally to get our support. We place our faith and belief in these people – and of course, if they fail us (which they will – they already have), then we cast blame at one another for “voting” for whoever has been calling the shots for last 4-8 years.
Let me quickly snuff out that fire by saying this:
Your votes don’t count. Everything has been planned for a good, long time.
The “powers that (think they) be” want you to believe your ideas and opinions matter. Heck, they’ll even give in once in a while to give you the impression that you’ve made a difference.
But take a look around.
All you see is chaos.
No one is happy.
Things are getting worse.
And whoever it is that leads this country or any country doesn’t have the control you think they do.
It’s all fixed folks. I know that’s a buzzkill for those who believe in this shaky system, but it’s true.
And it’s obvious.
Plus, the notion that we need leaders to fix our world is a dangerous one because when we place the responsibility for our well-being in someone else’s hands, we have given our power away.
Now, if these so-called leaders were perhaps like Yoda, Obi-Wan or someone who exemplified genuine wisdom, maturity, and benevolence, then maybe we’d be onto something.
But even these archetypes wouldn’t want to lead us, own us or think for us. They’d want to help us elevate ourselves and one another to higher levels of consciousness through leading by example.
To be the change we’re looking for.
I believe someone made that observation already. But it seems we’d rather quote him than implement his sage advice.
Self-change is hard. Most people don’t want to admit they may have had it all wrong. It’s even more difficult to assume responsibility for ourselves, so we’d rather have someone else make those changes for us.
And the longer we go on this way, the more chaotic and destructive things get because we aren’t seeing the big picture.
That WE must change. Evolve. Wisen up.
It’s time. But the longer we put this off – the more time that goes by as we try to fix everything but ourselves, the destruction of everything we’ve relied on will continue.
We’re far too dependent on others. We’ve lost our way over the years. That’s the cold, hard truth.
So to build a new, honest, independent and moral way of life individually and therefore, collectively – often enough the deconstruction of what isn’t working has to occur. This is because it takes loud and dramatic events to wake us up.
While we’ve conditioned ourselves to react to what’s directly in front of us, rather than from all angles possible – especially with regard to personal responsibility – it’s no wonder we’re experiencing severe and catastrophic effects of the damage that’s been done to our trust, economy and planet over time.
A Practical Example
There’s a way to look at things from a practical perspective. Sometimes, using allegories is an effective way to gain insight into a situation.
So consider the following as a way to interpret what’s going on in the world – and in ourselves.
Let’s say you wanted a kitchen renovation. The one you have now no longer serves your best interests and on top of that, it’s dated. In order for you to replace the floor, cabinets, back splash and appliances, demolition would have to happen first.
You can’t exactly place a brand new stove on top of the one currently in place, now could you?
Of course not.
You’d have to remove what no longer works to make room for its replacement.
You also wouldn’t be able to install new cabinets until you removed the existing ones…and if you were to keep the ones you had and refurbish them instead, they would still have to come down, be stripped of old paint, sanded and then repainted before they could go back up to where they stood before.
The point is that in order to make room for the new, more efficient kitchen, the old one had to become obsolete enough to where change was warranted and desired.
Now let’s take this a step further.
Perhaps you’d waited until things had broken down or became too dangerous to use safely.
There are times when the renovation is cosmetic. But if there are problems you’ve overlooked throughout the years, you may find damage behind the walls, beneath the flooring, in the electrical systems, plumbing problems, and you might even the discover foundation itself is falling apart.
If this were the case, you could try the “lipstick and a purse” approach to make that kitchen look and function better, but eventually, the entire house would crumble – possibly with you (and your loved ones) still inside.
In this case, you’d have to tear the place down and start from scratch – preferably with a better (updated) set of blueprints, sturdier materials, and a well-qualified contractor who only hired respectable workers. Ones that listened to you, respected your wishes and stood by their work.
In other words, people who cared.
Do you see it?
The systems currently in place don’t work any longer – and in fact, are incredibly damaging from every angle possible.
And if these systems ever did have our best interests at heart, it certainly hasn’t been the case for many, many years.
None the less, in order for what doesn’t work to make room for what will, deconstruction has to take place.
And because most people don’t understand this concept, many of us are reacting to being shown JUST HOW MUCH OUR CURRENT SYSTEM ISN’T WORKING…rather than stepping back and being grateful that the truth – which has been hidden for so long – is finally being exposed.
We have an education system that focuses more on academics and testing than creative self-expression and useful life skills.
We have a healthcare system that encourages sickness, drugs and isn’t affordable to people. The ones who can pay are being overcharged while the ones who can’t afford to pay are taxed anyway, so nothing gets solved.
We have empty houses that sit and rot while people live on the streets.
We have a divide and conquer system of politics filled with people who make promises they don’t keep. Who don’t have the power you think they do – and who lie, cheat, steal and make decisions for us based on what they think is right – for themselves only.
We have a financial system that leaves most people broke and unable to care for themselves, even working 2-3 jobs while others get paid millions upon millions for making films, playing sports and endorsing the products of these big corporations that run everything. And I’m only touching on all of that.
We also suffer from the disease of consumerism. Yep, we’re worthy if we have bigger, better and more advanced versions of everything, even if what we already have works perfectly. And we buy these things with money we don’t have. Goods from countries that overwork, underpay and poison their employees – people who have no way out of the miserable lives they’re forced to live.
And then there’s the rest of us. Taking our frustrations out on one another as we desperately hope these liars we “elect” into office will have our best interests at heart.
They don’t. They can’t. Their job is to act as the puppets of their masters.
How do we not see all of this?
The answer is clear to me. It’s called willful ignorance.
How Does This Affect Us Personally?
I feel that what we see in the world is a reflection of what’s inside of us.
As we think, we believe and therefore, contribute to the environment.
I would love nothing more than to say that electing the right leader would fix our problems.
But I don’t. If this worked, it would have a long time ago. And things certainly wouldn’t appear the way they do now.
Chaotic, violent, unjust and inhumane.
Lipstick and a purse won’t cut it here, folks.
It’ll be up to us to step back and try to see clearly. This will include the aspects within ourselves that contribute to the whole.
The deconstruction of the false sense of self will be the way to freedom and a world where we’ll all thrive.
And I walk my talk. I own myself. Faults, flaws and all (and believe me, I’ve got plenty). Yet, I assume responsibility for the way I’ve operated in the world. But first, I had to question things, including myself. It’s been painful to see what lived inside of me, but I’d rather face this than disown any part of myself. Even the not so good qualities.
I ask myself things like:
~ Is what I believe true? Or are they concepts I’ve been taught throughout my life that until now, I had never bothered to question?
~ Is it possible I’m being lied to by the media?
~ Are things really as they appear?
~ What do I see in others that angers/ bothers me? Do I possess any of these traits? Am I willing to admit it to myself, without judgment, that I encompass some of these undesirable behaviors that contribute to the lives of others in damaging ways?
~ How much of my ego is in charge of my life? Do I even know what my ego is? What relevance does it serve?
~ Am I living my truth? Do I know what that even is?
~ What influence has society had on me throughout my life? Where does society get its concept of “truth?” And why have I believed it?
~ Do I act like the mature, compassionate, open-minded, curious and wise individual I would like to be? If not, what must I learn?
These are just a few of the many questions I’ve asked myself over the last several years. I can promise they’ve been revealing. But only because I was open to accepting full responsibility for what’s inside of me.
None of us have all the answers, but together, I feel if we understood that underneath it all, most of us want the same things – we would seek common ground instead of attacking one another.
I think we’d also see we’ve been duped by a system that claims to have our best interests at heart – as the individuals who control them continue to encourage humanity to devolve into the chaotic structure we see playing out in politics, the financial, education and healthcare systems, and in our neighborhoods.
With a loving heart, I say, we need to grow up.
Maybe it’s time we stop thinking we’re “right” about things we may not understand well enough to pass judgment on and instead, become seekers.
This will undoubtedly lead to a deconstruction of things, including our sense of self.
It sure did for me. It hurt like hell too. But eventually, it freed me. I’ll never stop being grateful for that.
But in time, I’m confident that once this happens, we’ll see we’re far more than the “little me” we accept ourselves to be in a world where these “powers that be” decide on our livelihood and make critical decisions for us.
None of us are “little me.” But we’ll continue to think so as long as we keep thinking and acting the way we do.
We’d be far better off recognizing our true selves, demolishing the false concepts we believe in and banding together in an effort to help everyone get what they want.
Which I feel is simply to live in peace, honesty, maturity, and freedom.
We carry the spark of the Divine within us. We are not helpless little creatures by nature. We are equipped with free will choice. This, and ONLY this, is what sets us humans apart from the other equally sentient beings in life.
But we’ll never use this inherent gift if we squander it away by not knowing how to use our ability to see, inquire, investigate life…
…and then be courageous enough to transcend our limited state of being by using our free will choice deliberately, consciously and intelligently.
And that, folks, will be up to us.
The antidote to chaos is clarity. Yet, clarity will always elude us if we continue to believe the lie.
I’ll end this with one of the most relevant short speeches of our time.
If you decide to comment, know that I always encourage freedom of speech. However, if you disagree with anything I’ve said here, I ask that you keep it respectful.
We may not see eye to eye, and that’s ok. We can agree to disagree.
But I’d encourage you to never stop seeking. We owe this to ourselves and one another.
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