The Egyptian Goddess Maat, the personification of truth, justice and balance.
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This is Part 4 of a series. Here is Part 1
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To give my brain the clarity and inner-spaciousness to consider a more holistic solutions-based perspective on global problems, such as the Paris attacks, I made a more concerted effort to ignore the-fuck-out-of all the mass-media’s blaring rhetorical gob-shite and focus very squarely on the gestures of transcendent global-scale compassion evoked by the incidents: the out-pourings of love, support, cooperation, solidarity and peaceful determination.
YEAH, BEAUTIFUL HUMANITY, YOU ROCK!
Spurred by a deep need to figure out better ways of thinking, feeling and responding to such tragedies, I decided to try to educate myself more deeply about global issues than I ever had before. I soon developed a sense that humanity is really starting to wake up and get the bigger picture. Amidst all the doom and gloom there was a very distinct sense that the altruism of our technologically integrated global humanity, is becoming motivated far less by the rapidly disintegrating rhetorical insanity of our failing Western cultural paradigm, and more by the transcendent qualities of awareness needed to tackle many of the very solvable root causes of crises such as the Paris attacks.
By very solvable, I mean that the more I bothered to read between the lines, the more I came to the conclusion (and yes I am coming again to this broken old record of a conclusion, but in a new way here – because I am always testing and retesting the truth of my convictions.)
“That it’s not for lack of the technological or intellectual means that prevents these problems from getting solved, the problem is one of lack of political will…”
Or is it? This statement above would seem to suggest that appealing to the old elite political institutions has been the only way to EVER get something done. Odd, considering that most social progress has been won in spite of the obstacles placed before it by so many of those rotten old top-down political, economic and ideological institutions, which have generally served as mechanisms for keeping the interests of a privileged few in place, at the expense of the many.
I emphasize AT THIS POINT. However, it is also becoming abundantly clear, that because of the way technology is shaping our global interactions at the individual level, the traditional limitations of having to waste truckloads of creative problem solving energy to harangue the living bejesus out of your political representatives just to make some kind of token, trickle down change from the top of the false Darwinian pyramid, is becoming less relevant.
What if there was an election and nobody turned up?
People are falling less and less for that old smoke and mirrors crap and getting the fuck out there and just getting shit done themselves across the new frontiers of collective consciousness opened up by cyberspace. And with good reason too, because they are finally coming to accept the truth of what politics has all too frequently amounted to: an unrelenting source of highly-engineered obstacles and distractions; part of what the ancient roman elites referred to as “bread and circuses,” mass gladiatorial spectacles (sporting and consumer competition) – those events into which our frustrations are coercively channeled in order stop us from building up the self-realized creative momentum to resist that rotten carrot that keeps us striving ever forward on that treadmill of materially obsessed illusory change.
Because we can now read around, behind and in-between the issues from an incredible variety of non-institutionalized viewpoints, and produce and contribute news-media content of our very own and share it with potential audiences of millions, even the average internet user can develop a savvy for the cat and mouse linguistic and visual turns of phrase used by modern media propaganda.
We are becoming increasingly empowered at the individual level to access and share the information needed to directly make informed decisions about shaping our reality in real-time, across global boundaries, and without all the traditional gatekeeping institutions, like academia, publishing or mass-media getting their tentacles in the way. In this context, political will, or lack thereof, is becoming less and less of an obstacle to manifesting positive global change of the sort that could steer us toward a more holistic and sustainable global paradigm.
WTF is a holistic and sustainable global paradigm I hear you ask. Well I’m not entirely sure myself yet. It seems to mean many things to many different people, but I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeves. I know one thing for sure, it sounds a shitload healthier than “business as usual.” Namely because it is beginning to decentralize big capital and dismantle the old hierarchical ideological, economic and political chains of command which have wrought so much rapacious ecological destruction and suffering upon humanity.
I’m keen to explore this shifting paradigm in much greater depth. I would love for you to share this journey with me.
Let me close this post with one of my all-time favourite time quotes from a deeply self-realized pioneer of both inner and outer space, former Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell.
Stay Tuned for Part 5…
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