Random Ramblings: Making the Paradigm Shift
From Solid, to Liquid, to Gas
For us to change as a whole, to save ourselves from a course of self-destruction, we have to re-balance and align our whole plan for existence. There are many different religions; all of them trend towards the same Golden Rule: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. Give an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Treat others right, and they will treat you right. What goes around comes around. What is it they are trying to say with these teachings? Something we obviously can't hear, because we insist on either being one way or the other. Left or Right. Why do we go so far off the deep or shallow end? What we so desperately need is the one thing no one ever seems willing to do.
The Hand We Are Dealt
Making Ripples on a Frozen Pond
Right now, we suffer from a great imbalance. Some are exceedingly wealthy. Some are exceedingly poor. Some seem to work very, very hard with very little return for their hard work. Others seem to breeze through life with everything handed to them on a plate. It’s discouraging. Why do some achieve so much fame, fortune and respect, while others who put in the same effort, or even double, triple the effort, are never recognized for their achievements? It makes people who aren’t born with a favorable hand of cards want to sit down and give up. And a lot of us do. The way our society is structured today, there is very little hope that an untrained, self taught person raised in a cabin in the woods would ever have the chance to achieve the role of President of the United States. Anyone can be President, if they meet certain criteria. In today’s world, for the normal man of normal wealth, this goal is almost unachievable as compared to when our founding fathers created the nation of the United States.
We also live in a world of instant gratification, here in these United States. Whether you are poor or wealthy, we have access to things we want instantly, without having to work hard to obtain them. There was a time when a University Degree meant eight years of well-rounded education. To obtain a degree, you needed to study math, science, history, art, as well as the major you had chosen. In today’s world, you can obtain a Master’s Degree on the Internet. The value of hard work has been de-valued, while the value of get rich quick has risen off the charts. Today, everyone sees the possibility of being equal to the wealthiest in our nation. If we just start the right on-line business, or sell the right thing on e-Bay; win the lottery, manage to land a role on a reality TV show, we would have it all. For a while, that promise seemed golden; people were actually living this dream. People in other countries also started living this dream, and the face of the world changed to embrace technology as quickly as it possibly could. Skyscrapers rose where villages had once been.
Then, something happened. Our economy plummeted around us, and it plummeted worldwide. And we all seemed shocked and dazed. What happened? We had been led by our noses to believing we could have it all for little or nothing. We went into serious debt and obtained material things we really didn’t need, just because we could. Look! I have a device the same as the wealthiest man among us! I live in a house I can’t afford, but was told I could. I was lead! I was given false promises! It’s all someone else’s fault we are where we are today.
But it isn’t. Because we all know, you can’t get something for nothing. If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is. The fact that a LOT of people were obtaining things that were too good to be true blinded us to the fact that it was, in fact, too good to be true. You cannot get something for nothing. There has to be balance.
I will not go into why the wealthy are wealthy, how their families worked very hard to obtain that wealth through their own ingenuity and innovation, how they grew that wealth into the ridiculous amounts they have today. We all know a little bit about the stock market, and how it crashes. The normal man isn’t able to play this game with the tiny amount of money he has available to invest, but he’s lead to believe he can. If you just invest in the right thing, bet on the right horse, you will become a millionaire overnight.
I will not go into why the poor are poor, how families have learned, generation after generation, how to live on a system that caters to them staying on that system; on not making a living for themselves. The system is set up so that people achieve benefits for being poor rather that for getting a job and obtaining the things they need for themselves. If you own a car or a home and need help, you are expected to sell the home and the car before anyone will help you. You are trained to have nothing in order to get something. If you apply yourself and attempt to get an education and a job, the rug is snatched out from under your feet before you can climb a single rung on the ladder. There is no point in trying, when you are poor. When you are poor, the check the government gives you is all you really need. In these United States, when you are poor, you can still have the devices the wealthy have, while living in a slum area.
And this seems to be okay, to some, and extremely unfair to others. Well, look! She has a smart phone! I can’t afford a smart phone, and I work 40 hours a week! How come she has a smart phone when she gets a government check? How come that celebrity has a garage filled with 70 sports cars he’s never going to see in person, let alone drive? Oh yes, he worked for it and he made the money fair and square, but does he really NEED to have all that?
Our world today is absolutely overloaded, flooded, with imbalances like that. We are ripping apart paradise to put in parking lots for malls that sell material things that we don’t really want or need – but if we have them, we feel we have value.
We have to; have to: Have to change this! We have seen where this path has lead us, we are reeling from the effects of it, and yet, we struggle to set up the same system because everyone dreams of the material rather than the true feeling of self-respect and satisfaction with the life they have now. Almost everyone in the United States has a cell phone. Almost no one feels respected for being themselves, nor satisfied with the life they have now. Are you satisfied with the life you have now? Are you respected for the work you do? Or do people constantly try to undermine you; are their people just waiting for you to fail, so they can take your place? Are you content and happy?
We have to change how we see value, and for a start; I don't understand the game of getting as much as possible for as little as possible. Why do we need to get so much for what we do? Why can't we just do because it's the right thing to do? Because of the feeling of happiness and satisfaction it gives us when we stand back and look together at a job well done? And if we have worked hard to build a thing together, shouldn’t the profit benefit all who put their backs into it, from the visionary to the plumbers and electricians? Shouldn’t the people who keep your office building spotless be paid just as much as the people who push the papers across their desks? What would the building look like, what kind of work environment would we be forced to live in 8 hours a day, if these things everyone seems to think are so valueless aren’t done?
Why do doctors need to get paid such a ridiculous amount of money? I know – mal-practice insurance, law suits, the price of an education – in today’s world, all these things need to be paid for, and the costs are exorbitant as well. Still, even with all that, we see our doctors and surgeons driving expensive cars while the nurses and other caretakers buy their scrubs at thrift shops in order to make ends meet. In a doctor’s office, why isn’t the profit for a day’s work divided up evenly for all the folks who work there? In a surgery, why isn’t the total profit for THAT surgery divided up between all the folks who participated in the surgery? When a patient is admitted to the hospital, why isn’t the profit divided up between all the folks who attended to that person? Why can't we just charge a reasonable price for what we do, and do the best we can just because we want to do the best we can? Because we want to leave a mark on the earth, that we had value, that we did good while we were here? Do you need to have a fancy car when you can stand back, as a group, a team, and look at a child playing and walking and smiling, a child that you all worked together to save? Do you need to have material possessions, when you can all look together with pride and satisfaction upon the cure you helped develop for cancer?
Is this really too simplistic? Not realistic? Is there really no motivation to work, doing it this way? Why bother to obtain a Master’s Degree, when you can make exactly the same amount taking out the trash? I’m amazed that I even need to ask this question. We all should want to live life to our fullest potential. We are here to change the face of All Life, make the world what we want All Life to live in. We are all born with natural inclinations. Some folks seem to be born with a desire to help others. Some are born with an analytical mind. Some are born with visionary ideas. Some are born with a lot of muscle and a need for physical activity. If it wasn’t a matter of money, would we not all follow the path that truly draws us to it? Wouldn’t you do the work that you love, if it didn’t cost the earth to obtain the necessary credentials?
Is there truly no motivation in knowing that you participated in the creation of a suspension bridge, that thousands of lives a day cross it and depend on you to have done the absolute best job you could to make it perfect, simply because you wanted to and not because you were paid to? Even if your job was only the clean up portion after the bridge was built? How long would that bridge last, if the clutter around it wasn’t cleaned up so that it didn’t collect water, would people admire it so greatly if it wasn’t painted and finished to the last detail? Is there no motivation to apply that very last detail, to do it simply for the desire to make it perfect, not because it has to be done?
What is Wealth, Really?
In today’s world, one could really wonder if a system such as this really were possible in anything other than theory, because in today’s world, no one is going to shift themselves to get up and do anything unless there is a good return on their investment. You don’t go to school unless there is money in it at the end. You don’t follow your dreams if your dreams don’t have a profit at the end. Once again; in today’s world, we have forgotten what we are, and what we are here for. We as energy are here for a short time, then we leave when our bodies are too worn to go on; then, we start again. Money and profit has no place – we can’t take it with us, but we can see what we have built here each time we return. Our legacy is what we leave behind for ourselves to continue in the future.
We are the Answer to Our Own Prayers
We don’t live at the mercy and whim of God, because we ARE God. The things we rail against, we created for ourselves because we don’t remember why we are here. When we finally, really, seriously remember what we are here for, we will work to repair all the things we rail against, all the unfairness and cruelties in the natural world, and we will do it because we, as God, want to. Not because there is money in it. We will be happy and content with all our physical needs fulfilled, we will be able to pursue physical happiness of various sorts. That will be our reward. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, for in God we Trust. That should be the American way. That should be the American religion. I cannot say if what I believe is right or wrong, because there is no way for any of us to know if the faith we follow is right or wrong. We follow it because it feels right and rings true in our hearts.
This is what pours forth when I ramble; it rings true to my heart. What is money, when compared to that?
Does no one get a sense of satisfaction from helping out a co-worker by making the job a bit easier when you have the time to do it? No, because the co-worker will start to expect it to be done for them all the time. No, because no one ever stops to do such things for me! No, because that's not my job, and besides, I didn't spend eight years in school just to help my assistant out by emptying their garbage can for them.
Then there are people who work at jobs they seem to resent doing. They do the least they possibly can, they don’t pay attention to detail because it’s far to boring and dull, and they take out their dissatisfaction on the people around them in petty, passive aggressive ways. When these people look back on the lives they lead, are they going to be satisfied with what they see? Is their life legacy going to be a bittersweet satisfaction that they managed to punish and set back everyone around them because their life was so miserably lead?
Life is too short to spend eight hours a day doing a job you hate. If it’s that miserable, you need to start looking! But maybe you really don’t need to. Maybe just a little change in perception, awakening to what it is you are really doing here, can change your feelings from resentment to realizing the value in the work you are already doing. Even the most boring, tedious jobs need to be done, and none of it is beneath anybody. No one is too good to do… anything. And a little physical labor is good for your health, and more productive than a gym membership.
People have more respect for a manager that will roll up his sleeves and jump down into the sewer hole with them to help out. The stink washes off, whether you are a University Graduate or a High School Graduate.
Everyone wants to be the leader and not the follower. Master and servant – someone must always be valued above another, and therefore has privileges his servants don’t. How about the master be valued and respected for his knowledge and expertise? How about the servant be valued the same? Is that really so impossible a concept? That both can stand side by side with their heads held high, regard each other and respect each other for the knowledge and expertise they have for the jobs they do, and know that without the boss, the job wouldn’t have vision and planning, and without the worker, the job wouldn’t get done at all? That the boss respects his worker so much that the worker would never even consider shirking, cutting corners, or disregarding the details. Both would have pride in themselves that anything worth doing is worth doing well, and they would go home, content and happy to a home filled with love and the comfort of the recreations they choose to enjoy in their free hours.
But first – we have to complete the paradigm shift. And it won’t be easy, because we are very, very possessive of our individuality. In today’s society, we are not all one. We are one; we each stand alone.
Right now, we rail at God for the unfairness of our world, and we treat each other with different levels of value. No one, NO ONE, is better than anyone else. Everyone was put on this earth where they are for some reason and it’s not for us to know or judge the reason – it’s for us to accept it, take the hand we are dealt, and play it to the best of our ability. The drunk person lying in the street in a puddle of vomit and urine is just as valuable and has just as much right to be here as the CEO of a large corporation, or a genius level scientist. Each of these people is following a path. It’s not for us to tell them how to live it, or judge how they live it – it is for THEM to live it and for them to make the ultimate decisions on how to move forward through it.
We can help each other – that is what we are all here for – but we can’t do it for each other. Sometimes others outside of ourselves can see obvious things that we cannot, and it’s helpful to get another point of view, get some advice from a different perspective. But what people don’t seem to understand is that advice can be taken or left. People who get angry that their advice wasn’t taken need to take a step back and breathe. Look in front of you – YOUR physical path is over HERE. You can pause and have a look down the physical path of another, give some thoughts about it, but it’s NOT your path. In other words, I can make my ideas and beliefs known, but I can’t be angry if other folks refuse to believe as I do, because the truth is, we don’t KNOW which of us is right or wrong. I have to follow what rings true to me, and so do they.
It rings true to me to follow a path of balance; not heaven or hell; not good or evil. More like white and black. Too much white, and you can’t see anything. Too much black, and you can’t see anything. Evil can be defined as going to extremes. These extremes can be seen as “good” or “bad”. You cannot have one without the other. They need to be balanced.
We know what the problem is. What's the solution?
To apply BALANCE.
All of these issues: Drugs, sex, rock and roll, alcohol, being gay or straight, abortion; every issue that falls into your path can be handled by balancing it rather than seeing it as bad, worthless, wrong, evil, or good, divine, saintly, right. All things need to be taken in moderation.
Seriously. That’s it.
People fear gays. Why? I think it's because it gets taken to extremes. Gays take it to the extremes; homophobes take it to the extremes. There needs to be balance. Choose a life mate and stick to that.
Disease is spread by promiscuity; too much sex with too many partners. AIDS isn’t spread by gays; it’s spread by promiscuity. So is syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea, etc. and so on. Very simply – choose a partner and stick to that partner. If it doesn’t work out, it’s okay to choose another, but don’t do it on a weekly basis! The partner you pick should be someone who you respect and value. Put some thought into it. That’s for any sexual orientation.
Drugs. Use them as prescribed. Don’t use them until you are lying around slobbering all over yourself. Alcohol too.
There is nothing wrong with using these things. No one needs to be celibate, or forsake the fun of being a physical entity. But no one should forsake all else for the sake of that fun.
Addiction is a factor, but it’s not an excuse. It’s a card you have been dealt. This is an obstacle put before you by the physical body you now inhabit. It is our job as the energy that manipulates it to figure out how to make All Life better by overcoming it, finding a way to evolve past addiction, to cure it. If you simply can’t handle these things, then abstinence is the best choice. Not fun, not fair, but this obstacle was presented to you for a reason, and it’s not for us to say it’s fair, it’s for us to accept it and tackle it. You can flail against it weakly, or you can stand on firm ground. You can look to medicine to see if there are ways it can be balanced. Often, you need people to support you through this, and you will find that support. It’s all around you. If you are willing to put forth the effort to overcome the obstacle and not succumb to it, people will be there, willing to help. If you just want them to give you money so you can buy more of… whatever… you will be able to find that too. We have forgotten what we are. If you have realized and remembered what you are, then there can be no more excuses. It’s your path.
The above gives some examples; real, working life examples, that will create the ripples necessary to work our way towards the paradigm shift. It’s not impossible. Once you are aware of what it is you are, then there is only one way to move forward. You are not here for you. You are here for All.