Corona -- Individual Consciousness Coming to Our Rescue
To find yourself, think for yourself.
Individuals, Not Just Particles of the Human Mass
In most of my articles, in one way or another, I was trying to emphasize the importance of getting liberated from the hypnotic influences from society and the world.
Once more, this time in connection with public hysteria surrounding corona virus, I'd like to address this age long issue of our living collective, instead of individual consciousness, which we have been miserably neglecting.
Look, folks, no matter how much your heart is bleeding for the mankind these days, realistically speaking, you can only live your own life. Overly impressed by those numbers of infected people, you don't even think for a moment how you don't really know any of them.
Indeed, you were never invited to their big events like weddings, birthday parties, graduations -- and none of those people know you either. What do you know about them except that they got sick, or they died?
They could have died in an accident, from cancer, heart attacks, and no TV camera would be there to make it something of a public importance. Like, in 2016 in the US alone there were over 37,000 fatal road accidents. Another 100,000 deaths a year are ascribed to polluted air.
And you never heard of any of those, right? As the result of that lack of pushy news, which we are experiencing these days, people didn't go into panic to the extent of replacing their cars with bicycles.
That big number of 100,000 didn't keep bombarding you to the point that you started wearing a mask to protect yourself from pollution. Hey, deaths from corona are only half way from deaths from pollution, and yet corona makes you wear that mask.
Well, the power of the media is the strongest factor in our collective consciousness, and they are the only ones bringing the world into our homes -- even though that world, from a practical perspective is nothing but one big abstraction.
That's right, an abstraction. We call "world" that selectively picked image served to us by news media. Then we are also told how to think and feel about that abstraction.
And that composes our collective consciousness, my friend, while its bombastic "importance" is putting in shadow our individual consciousness, the source of our true and only life.
If you really want to escape things that harass you, what you need is not to be in a different place, but to be a different person.
-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Body Cells in Panic
I love people, but I can't love them more by worrying about their health. All I can really do is take care of my own immune system's health. I am perfectly aware that my body is invaded at all times by so called "opportunistic organisms", meaning all kinds of bugs waiting for an opportunity to make me sick.
And they can't succeed unless I allow my mind to interpret my environment -- also meaning the whole world -- as an unfriendly place. At that point I would start sending signals to my body cells via so called "hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis", that they should shift into defensive mode.
Cells only operate in these two modes -- growing and defending, never both at the same time. In the absence of stress they are repairing themselves, dividing themselves, doing their normal healthy activities.
The moment stress signals creep in, they close themselves, all the healthy operations are halted, and the stress hormones shut down the immune system, while all blood is leaving viscera, the site of metabolism, and rushing to muscles for fight or flight.
Blood in brain also leaves the frontal, thinking lobe, and gets accumulated in lower. primitive parts which are responsible for facing enemy. That's why we can't think straight when stressed out.
Why am I saying all this?
Because that's what is happening to your immune system every time you are watching news -- particularly news about corona. After being repeated a few times, that fear reaction gains an autonomy, becomes habitual, and now you are unconsciously scared even while not thinking directly about corona.
Stress does such an incredible number on our health that after 9/11 Big Pharma increased their sales by an enormous percentage. Check it out on Google if you wish to know the exact figures.
Staying present in your collective consciousness, "looking at the large picture" you are missing from sight your health, your capacity for happiness, your priorities tied to a normal life.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made the whole difference.
-- Robert Frost
My Shedding of Collectivistic Uniform
My personal big shift from collective to individual consciousness happened during my mandatory military service in ex-Yugoslavia. Stationed in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, my 1000 or so strong unit was only a fence separated from a huge gypsy settlement. Stories were told that at night gypsies would jump the guard, kill him, and steal his gun.
Well, that was not the only aspect of that not very friendly environment. We had no hot water to wash and shave in the morning, and only twice a month we had group showers in warm water.
During harsh winters we were yanked from our beds in the morning to do some running and push-ups in our t-shirts. Many got sick with lungs wanting to explode from icy air. Some ate snow by handfuls trying to get sick, to be spared from torturous drill. A couple of them hang themselves.
Well, we were individuals in uniforms which were supposed to make us forget about our individuality and make us one ready killing machine. I got promoted into a drill sergeant, and those stripes were additionally supposed to make me love that uniform.
The more I was pressured into forgetting myself, the more I got aware of it. Needless to say, there was nothing like "comfort zone" there, and I had to create it in my mind. I had a buddy who was good at hypnosis, and we both had some fun messing with minds of those collectivistic morons, which also included few officers. Nothing big or mean, but fun was there.
I started using self-suggestion. Started reading some smart books at the club. My captain didn't like me, didn't like my eyes looking straight into his, not blinking, not shifting, you know, like a cobra eyes. I hated army, and it hated me back, but it did help me to come out more of "me", than I was at the start.
I wanted to share this experience with you, because more than at any other time in my life was I fighting deprivation of my individuality -- one thing that I would never stop cherishing for the rest of my days.
Keep your vitality. Life without health is like river without water.
-- Maxime Lagace
May Awakening of Individual Consciousness Become Contagious
With my army story I didn't really deviate from the subject at hand. For I still see people in uniforms around. Some call themselves republicans, others democrats, still others are religiously engaged in fighting with evil.
They fight Russians, they fight Iranians, they fight each other, they fight themselves -- and now they are fighting one damn crazy virus.
Two subtitles back I was trying to describe, even using some fancy medical terminology, what fighting does to us. We fight for a cause, and that makes us collectivists.
On the other hand, we have individual consciousness which spells peace, composure, taking care of the Number One and his or her domain of effective action.
And above all, it means health and an inner environment suitable for nurture of happiness. Outside of the domain of your possible action the world doesn't exist for all practical purposes. I called it an abstraction, and that's what it is.
Being a collectivist means being stressed, because dealing with anything over which we don't have control creates frustration. You know, people refuse to agree with us, and then they are "enemies" -- and enemies translate to stress.
On the other hand, and thanks god there is always that "other hand" -- as individualists we are doing the doable in our lives.
So, what is doable about this virus? You are already doing it, and your health is only compromised at the moment when you start doing beyond the doable, which is worrying, watching news, and creating in your head scary scenarios which have nothing to do with the doable.
You can remove absolutely all concerns about your health if you keep your immune system in shape -- by simply focusing on feeling great. Let your body take care of any virus -- your job is to enable your body to do it.
Again, you are not all those people infected and dead -- you are you. Be aware of your own individuality, about your own sphere of action, your family, friends, your pet, your home.
You can only do what you can humanly do -- and that doesn't include saving this world from suffering. Remind yourself of the fact that people die from so many other causes, and you never think about it. Why now?
Just because news media are compelling you to be tuned into the collectivistic mode of mentality? The famous slogan goes: "Together we are strong". No, together we are weak -- we have to make that effort individually to keep our own immune system in good condition -- because collectively we are obviously messing it up.
A blind man doesn't see any better because he is in company of many other blind men. But on his own, he may work on empowering his other senses which will help him to safely maneuver around.
There is one thing though, that you, personally, can do for the others.
When you are awaken, help the next person to wake up, don't let them drag you into their nightmare. Then many awakened individuals may celebrate life together.
This article has been my modest attempt to do that.
© 2020 Vladimir Karas