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originally posted by: planetyeck
I know, I know..nobody wants to hear this yet putting our fingers in our ears while simultaneously mumbling "Lalalalalalala" is the reason nothing changes.
Let's face it folks, humans are galactic morons and earth is the universe's highest rating reality show. I have no doubt that we are observed by aliens on a regular basis and I'm also pretty certain that observation is quite hilarious for those doing the observing.
I mean how entertaining is it to watch a species, who is dependent on oxygen to survive, willingly pollute it? The same goes with water and the environment. We do this without thought of consequence and worse, it's done so that people can possess a wad of paper and ink called money. How wonderfully exciting is that?
To top it off we also entertain our alien voyeurs with this awesome feat called "war". We kill each other over what we "believe". 99% of what we "believe" is based on what someone else told us so these acts of terror and violence aren't even our own original thought. We are a brainwashed cancer that spreads death and destruction, pollution and greed, misery and suffering wherever we are present.
The intelligence of our race (especially America) has slumped to a level equal to that of the caveman. We believe what ever the internet, magazines, television etc. tells us. We put morons like the Kardashian's on some kind of pedestal and pay athletes hundreds of millions of dollars while our teachers barely make enough to survive.
We are ass backwards and no one is doing a damn thing about it. We are too complacent as a society. We are too comfortable in our lounge chairs with a laptop propped on our over sized gut, a beer in one hand and a remote in the other.
We smile and nod as our civil liberties are slowly stripped on a daily basis.
We see global warming happening right before our eyes but make no effort to change our lifestyle to assist in ceasing that. Our excuse? "It doesn't matter, I'm just one person." If everyone who said or though that took action then our world would be completely different.
I don't see things changing. I don't see things getting better. I don't see a difference coming and frankly I'm done. We are a self destructive species that has absolutely no purpose.
Greed is our guiding light and we don't care what happens as long as we have our internet, gaming systems, air conditioning etc.
Just take a look and the Internal Combustible Engine. The basis for this engine hasn't changed in 200 years. 200 years! i can't think of anything that hasn't progressed in 200 years. Hell in 50 years we went from a 2mb computer that took up a whole building to a 128gb computer that fits in your pocket. How is it that so many devices and products have evolved over the years except for the Internal Combustible Engine?
Because the oil companies run everything and they don't give a rat's ass about the environment or the effects of their products; all for money. Of course we don't give it a second thought while filling up our cars at the gas station. hell makes no difference to us as long as we can get where we're going. our fear of inconvenience is going to be the death of our race.
That said, we deserve to annihilate ourselves and we are well on our way to doing just that. If we all stood up and said "Enough", things would change. If we all rose together and said "No more" things would change; but we won't, because we're humans.
I guarantee you that if the internet went down people would flood the streets rioting, demanding their service be restored. But hell, what else could you possibly expect? Human Nature is anything but natural. I'll STFU now.
Why should you not be bitter when you and all of those you love will surely suffer and eventually die? Why not be bitter when you believe you are powerless? How difficult it is to believe that you need not change the world but only yourself. How difficult to imagine that htis one change could bring ab out all the changers you would imagine that even an army of angels could not bring about. While such a thought remains inconceivable to you it will not come to be.
...has not a part of you always known that suffering does not have to be even while you have accepted that it is? Let us now put an end to this acceptance through the birth of a new idea. It is an idea that says "only that which come from love is real." It is an idea that says "only that which fits within the laws of love is reality." It is an idea that say "all that love would not create does not exist."
The collective disease of humanity is that people are so engrossed in what happens, so hypnotized by the world of fluctuating forms, so absorbed in the content of their lives, they have forgotten the essence, that which is beyond content, beyond form, beyond thought. They are so consumed by time that they have forgotten eternity, which is their origin, their home, their destiny. Eternity is the living reality of who you are.
Some years ago when visiting China, I came upon a stupa on a mountaintop near Guilin. It had writing embossed in gold on it, and asked my Chinese host what it meant.
"It means 'Buddha.' " he said.
"Why are there two Characters rather than one?" I asked.
"One," he explained, means 'man.' The other mens 'no.' And the two together means 'Buddha.' "
I stood there in awe. The character for Buddha, already contained the whole teaching of the Buddha, and for those who have eyes to see, the secret of life,. Here are the two dimensions that make up reality, thingness and non-thingness, form and the denial of form, which is the recongintion that form is not who you are.