reply to post by Aislin
What we would have to do is first, recognize that what we have is the natural result of our own choices, rather than something being forced upon us.
When we make these invisible enemies, (like the Illuminati) we cant fight them. We cant find them to fight them. If we realize that it has been us
all along selecting for these types of leaders, we can make an effort to select differently.
We can choose not to accept benefits to ourselves if those benefits are unethical. (ie; not buying the cheapest thing if it has been manufactured by
companies with policies we dont approve of, or are harmful to us) We can choose to elect someone from a third party, rather than from the two
entrenched and virtually indistinguishable parties we currently alternate between. We can choose not to take jobs or work in fields, or support
industries that destroy the environment, cultures, people, and economies.
What we would have to do isnt hard. And it could be accomplished within a generation with no war. No violence. But it likely wont. Not everyone
will come on board at the same time. Humans tend not to work that way. What will make it seem hard is that there would be a long period of time
between when we began choosing differently, and when we began to benefit from those choices. The people who began choosing differently first would
probably suffer economically in the short run for doing so.
But we didnt create this mess over night. What we have has evolved out of thousands of years of selfish choices made by individuals. And it is highly
unlikely we will sort it overnight. The solution will also be the cumulative result of decades (at least) of different, less selfish, choices made
by individuals. The good thing is that we can derive benefit even by incremental change. It isnt an all or nothing proposition. We can make our
lives incrementally better by consciously choosing to select against the sociopathic. By not voting for them, by not fighting their wars, by not
supporting their companies by purchasing from them. If there are no truly unethical comanies to purchase from or work for then by choosing
consistently the least unethical product, the least unethical job. But to do that, we ourselves have to be willing to have a bit less. It is more
expensive to not to buy from companies exploiting cheap labor. The most ethical jobs dont always pay as well. It is disheartening to vote third party
and watch your candidate lose. But the more people who are willing to act this way, the more likely it is that the herd will shift course. Over
time, the companies that are more ethical will out perform the most unethical ones. And we will have a race to the top rather than a race to the
bottom in terms of ethics.
We cannot win a war against phantom groups we cannot even identify. And even if we could, if our own choices are what made them powerful, we would,
(like we have historically time and again) find ourselves with another group of sociopaths in charge after we deposed the first group. What we need
to change are our choices. Not in one magnificent coup, but in our day to day very mundane lives. We need to individually begin to embody the ethics
we wish to see in our leaders.
They say you cannot cheat (or con) an honest person. My observation supports that. People who are conned, are often conned by being promised more
than they know they should get. By thinking that they will be taking advantage of the con artist. Of course, the con artist knows this and is using
it to their advantage. It is OUR individual greed that leads us to support greedy leaders. And the solution is painfully simple. We need to be less
[edit on 23-2-2009 by Illusionsaregrander]