reply to post by openminded2011
I'm 52 years old, and since my first conscious thought, I've never thought
that human behavior made much sense. I've found much of it to be short-
sighted and self-destructive.
I guess it was the beatings and abuse from my parents that soured me.
What I've observed over the years, is that people attempt to make
sense of the world, just enough to comfort themselves. Some people
find comfort in religion, some in metaphysics, some in science, some
in the enhancement of personal power.
We've all seen the various cycles.
For a time, traditional religion and sticking together as family was a
shield against reality.
For a time, new-age thinking promised that everyone could be a god,
and could 'create their own reality'.
For some strapping a bomb on their chest and blowing up school
children is a 'holy act'.
For many years, the illusion of the 'American Dream' and that it
would be forever, was a substitute for religion.
Of course the PTB are a religion of the self.
These are just some examples that we are all aware of.
Now I could be wrong, I could be misperceiving this, but it seems
that many people are finally tired of all our BS excuses; all our
anities, ism's, an's, at's, and the rest.
There is really nothing new in human experience; there is little
that we have tried to find happiness and balance, that hasn't been
tried (and failed) many times before, by older cultures, that failed and died.
We are functionally caught in a time loop. We are on the merry-go-round
and want off. But we can't get off the dang thing. We want to hurl.
You know what? I've spent close to 50 years looking for a solution.
Other kids were playing ball; I was building gizmos in my lab (yes
I had a lab as a kid) and also trying to plumb the spiritual depths.
I wanted to save the human race.
How quaint I know.
I have suggestions. I have ideas. I have observations. I have 'gnosis'.
But I think the world is too jaded. I think that the computer (society)
would just refuse any input of any kind, unless that input was totally insane.
(aliens arriving in an armada to 'save us'; or a metaphysical 'shift' that nobody
has earned, deserves, or understands)
I think that many people are hoping for a handy-J from god, to put it crudely.
Is it ok to just admit that we are tired? That the most enthusiastic of us
are tired? That the brightest of us are tired?
The oceans are dying. The source of all life on earth, the root of the food
chain is dying. The source of 40% of all our oxygen is dying. (the plankton
in the ocean). This is one example out of 1,000+
I know that this kind of talk sounds awfully "Debby Downer". I get that.
I don't like thinking this way either.
But maybe we have earned the right to be tired and depressed.
Maybe we need to hit bottom, and that's all there is to it.
Now it is obvious that we are telling ourselves bad stories; that we can't
think of any good new stories that will work for us.
At one time in history, simple stories were working.. "have a big heart",
"work hard", etc. etc. Now we don't believe in those simple stories;
or so it seems.
Some people have more complex stories they are trying to tell.. but
one 'truth about humans' from an anthropological point of view,
(or from an evolutionary psychological point of view if you'd prefer)
is that only 1 in a thousand people (or more) are a true 'leader', and
all the rest of us just follow that person.
It's a bit doubtful that all of us can become leaders... if that could
happen, then maybe all of us would participate in government, and
lunacies like we are suffering right now wouldn't happen so much,
and we'd get something 'done'.
The problem with charismatic leaders, is that we need some with
a good new story, to get people moving in a better direction;
but one person's visionary is the next person's anti-Christ.
I'm 100% certain that if Buddha or Christ came back today, that
they'd be mugged or arrested for carrying 'myrrh' or in some other
way put in jail, killed, or marginalized, faster than they could say,
"I'm here to help you". Oh sure, if they could ride a cloud or throw
lightning bolts they'd get far less 'sass'. But a great many people
would marginalize them as 'satan' or an 'evil djinn' or whatever..
because they weren't a member of their local club.
Back in the very beginning, all you had to do to build cohesion
was to be able to bludgeon wildlife with a big stick, and thus
protect people.. that made you a 'chief'.
But now a days, everyone has this huge bloated imagination,
and infinite hungers and expectations. It's about impossible
to 'become someone's chief' nowdays.. unless you promise
them eternal life and handy-j's.
But even that meme, that mind virus, is wearing out,
at least in the West.
As another erudite poster here on ATS said recently,
'the West is falling' - the East is not. Well, I don't
know precisely how true that is, but the point seems
We ask for everything, we expect everything, we don't
think that we should suffer anymore, and we are too
good to work anymore. Or so it seems. And oh by the
way, we let nature die, and hardly pay attention.
I'm rambling now.. my apologies.