The Choice of the Collective

Are we all part of a common effort to create change in this world, or are we all individual agents working only for our own vision, lives, choices, and desires?  It seems we are all caught up in the uncertainty, the very terror, of our times.  We can't make it on our own without others, but others are unwilling or unable to offer their support in a world entirely based upon profit and money.  Many continue to choose to sell out to a system that is a gamble from any point of view on their part.  Or perhaps they believe they are so special that the powers will raise them above their comrades to let them join the coalition of sharks on top.  In either case, the collective matters more than the individual, any individual.

And yet the power of ideas suggest otherwise.  A collective in a collision course with its own demise because of its collective choices is not stronger than an individual who has a chance to alter his or her own choice to walk way from the collective.  And yet, we are still left with the problem of the collective other deciding to destroy the very basis of life for the individual in the planet and its systems that sustain any hope of future survival for any one person or group by themselves.  So though the individual may know the right answers, may group with others who know the right answers, and even take actions towards the right answers, the collective other simply blinks its eyes and refuses to budge preventing any meaningful change for the eternity of the moment.

This rather disagreeable situation forces everyone into conflict because we can neither deny the collective will of humanity, nor can we truly control it.  A few may try to direct it because of their position, but even these rarely try and grab the reins that could potentially stir the beast of the collective in the right direction.  We simply cannot deny that we are very weak individually, weak in small groups, and quite ineffective in any large group without some kind of power at our back.  Can one person truly change his or her fate without the support of others?  Can one person truly change the outcome that so many have decided upon?  While history has shown this to be possible, the stakes now are so great that the whole of the world may perish based upon the decisions made by a relatively few individuals.

The collective will of the people of this world must make a choice which destiny they are going to follow.  One destiny involves the destruction of the planet and/or the enslavement of the whole of the humanity to an inhuman process of self destruction for pursuit of short term profits.  The other destiny is one in which humanity works collectively to create a future for itself that builds long term wealth through renewable energy and sees future generations living in an ecological and material paradise.  Between these two futures lies a choice that the collective must make.  It must decide that it deserves the future that is best or it must perish from its own self hatred.  Humanity has been taught to hate itself by history.  Humanity has a choice though, it could choose to believe in its abilities and see its possibilities through science, spirituality, and technology. 

The forces of cynicism are strong.  They would have us throw it all away and become slaves to our destruction.  And yet we still have a choice to change that right now.  We could choose to see what is possible and build a future for all of us together.  We have the tools.  We have the intelligence.  We have the power.  All we truly need to believe that is possible is the vision to see it all and know that it is not only possible, but inevitable. 

Every day the sky rains wealth in the form of sunlight.  This is the energetic equivalent of a rain of gold coins dropping down ready to be collected.  Every day the wind blows in many parts of the world with energy, once again, ready to be collected.  There has never been any shortage of work.  There is no need for unemployment as we understand the term.  If we cared we could reach out and mine the wealth of the sky or the geothermal energy of the Earth and still have plenty left over for any desire that a reasonable human being could imagine.  What is lacking is faith in the possibility that we can stand up to the ruling powers and tell them that this is the future of this planet.

And in truth, the world has no other future except to die.  So the choice is as clear as one could make it the collective.  It is a choice between everything and nothing.  It is a choice between riches and death.  It is a choice between happiness and non-existence.  It could not be any clearer.  If the collective has bought into self hatred, then it will destroy both itself and any individuals here that try to go down the light path by themselves. 

In other words, our fates are dependent upon choices made by others.  This has always been the case, but it is so much so now.  So much so that our attempts to make good our little island of sunshine are constantly being spoiled by others who are determined to have it there way.  Working against each other has become our way of justifying our poverty, of helping it spread.  Yet, there is plenty for all if everyone understood the need to work together, make choices, and act out those choices clearly. 

Will the collective choose to destroy itself?  Rationally, no one can honestly believe that people would choose this.  At every other crisis point in our recent history where this possibility came up, the leaders of the world stopped this option.  This time it is different, because it is up to the people.  They have gotten their way with democracy and having their say.  Now, will they choose to live or to act out their destructiveness against each other. 

If you had the choice to be rich or dead, which would you choose?  Many of those with great wealth in this world have chosen to die rather than to feel good about themselves.  Take a look at the celebrities who passed away early dealing with deep psychological and spiritual problems.  Collectively will we choose the celebrity disorder of being so attached to our feeling of being cursed that we fail to use the golden opportunity at our fingertips to create and build a life that is worth living?  The intelligent choice would be to choose to join together and agree to be rich together and get busy working towards that future.  The stupid choice would be to just throw it all away.  Do we know for sure what the collective will decide? 

I think the result must be inevitable, that reason will prevail over horror and stupidity.  Why?  Because people do think.  People do pay attention.  When the evidence is in, and the choices are clear, people always choose what is in their best interests.  When we are given bad evidence and faulty reasoning to attempt to coerce us into bad choices, it has been shown that those who must manipulate a result in this manner have to expend a tremendous amount of energy to maintain the illusion that they know better.  The costs of suppressing humanity attempting to preserve itself are not on the side of the fossil fuel industry.  The battle, in fact, is largely being found only in the United States.

The intelligent people of the world already recognize what is going on.  They have already decided for the collective that global warming is the greatest threat ever faced by humanity.  The only people who haven't gotten the message are the people who are too busy making money from this nonsense to let go long enough to realize they will destroy us all by ignoring the truth.  Eventually, the collective will be faced with weather disasters that even the United States will be impossible to cover up from a corporate propaganda point of view.  The days of the fossil fuel industry manipulating public opinion are numbered.  We are one major climate disaster way from a wholesale change in human attitudes.

This unknown climate disaster will force the collective to reevaluate the evidence being presented and the result will be a shift of power away from the centers of corporate authority that has enabled this poor outcome.  The reactions of these authorities will determine whether corporate capitalism itself survives as a viable system in the midst of climate crisis.  For instance, all that has to happen to force this change in the collective is for the Arctic Sea Ice to melt completely for one summer, something that has not happened for hundreds of thousands of years.  Once it melts, it will not likely return in summer.  Such a change would cause a huge climate shift as ocean patterns will adjust to compensate for the loss of the summer sea ice.  This event is between 3 to 20 years away and highly likely to occur before 2020. 

Other plausible events include droughts or large scale floods in any major country that causes mass loss of life.  Thailand recently had massive flooding on a scale not seen for decades, but this area is already fairly flood prone.  Critical mass to address climate change seriously is probably not far off.  Once it has been reached, the small scale human problems that have dominated our consciousness will very quickly be replaced with a collective will to survive.  What the intelligent members of the environmental movement and its allies can do is to put the pressure on when these events occur.  The opposition will probably already have plans to deny as usual.  Pressure can work.  If the media is forced to turn its attention to this issue in a manner that invites what I refer to as actionable intelligence, i.e. what our leaders can do now, it would be greatly help avoid disaster down the road.

Wealth is a great motivator in good times.  We could all gain wealth through a renewable energy economy that has no limits on its potential growth.  Death is a great motivator in bad times, when bad news come forward, so what is causing this threat?  We all know, we should all speak at once that we know because we understand climate science.  The more we believe in the message, the more powerful will that message become.  It is the message of our times for the collective.  It is the choice of the collective.  Once that choice has been made, everything we do afterwards will have a collective meaning.  We will have become one. 

I love this planet and its people.  We deserve to care.  We deserve to be cared about.  This planet deserves our love.  Isn't it time we all stopped pretending that anything else except Love matters?  The collective must realize that to be free it must see, it must know, and it must believe.  We are one species, one sentient collective.  We have the power to change our fate.  The future is not written.  It is ours to write.  There are no more gods to blame.  There are no more demons to point fingers at.  The days of superstition are gone.  We have the power to destroy or create.  We must choose which one matters more to us.

Desiring Desire

Why do we care?  What makes something worth doing?  What is that we truly want?  Power?  Money?  Fame?  Attention?  Or is it Love, knowledge, and a purpose that goes beyond ourselves?  For some people the answer seems easy, this world is about them and what they want and they will do anything to get it.  For others who care about others it is a much more difficult balancing act between personal desire for some fun and the desire to nurture someone else. 

We are all caught up in the trap of desire which Buddhists say causes the wheel of karma to turn.  And yet without desire, we surely would have nothing to do or believe in at all.  Why would anyone even bother to get up in the morning if they had lost all desire?  Is Nirvana then based on some sort of eternal state of giving up everything we desire to receive a nothingness that offers only the possibility of answers beyond what we wish to choose?  If we care, isn't it others that we care about instead of some quasi non-existent state of mindedness or absentmindedness?  What about Love?  When is that we truly desire to prove that we can Love in a way the fully satisfies everyone?

Perhaps passion is not of this world, but we keep getting up every day to try and seek a reason to keep going and believing in something that is not just "about me" and yet of this world.  After all, isn't that what desire and passion are all about?  And how little desire and passion are truly desired in a society that would prefer to practice indifference at every opportunity.  In truth, I believe people are frightened of their desires.  They are frightened of what would happen if they were true to what they really, really desired above all.  What would other people think?  What would other people say?

The world is full of reasons as to why we should repress ourselves.  What we are repressing isn't sexuality, but the very nature of our souls.  We would rather not look, rather not feel, and rather not know who or what we are and what we are truly capable of.  All that repressed desire has to go somewhere, so it goes into the dark side and people explore the dark with all the desire they really wanted to give to the light within themselves and others.  You have to fight with all your will just to make a difference in this world for this reason.  It takes the energy to move mountains sometimes just to get to somewhere on time because our desire within us is dead and buried.

If we have forgotten to care, because others have forgotten to care, is it any wonder why everyone is so alienated from reality?  We don't have answers for each other anymore.  I watch people make complete fools of  themselves knowing they are empty in themselves of any feeling at all except to follow the program without thinking.  Without a desire to grow, without a desire to think, without a desire to do, people become drifters who wander through life waiting for someone else to tell them what to do.  Sometimes, they even refuse that when they have been told too often to abuse themselves by people who had no desire to help them and only use them.  What could we expect of these people except to reject the world and all it represents? 

We come finally to indifference, caring about nothing and no one at all.  The drifting through an empty cold desire-less state of unreality is sometimes preferable to many than facing the truth of how utterly cold this world has become.  Others have grown tired of trying to help a world that so little cares for itself or anything truly good and beneficial.  It is wrapped in its shell and so are we.  Trapped together in the collective indifference, we struggle to find any reason to give a damn about anything.  Even the things we really do care about are often far outside our reach to directly help.  Think about the environment or abused children for instance.

Will we ever desire again enough to make a difference?  Will it even matter when no one else seems to care enough to try?  Or will the powers of corruption just take away everything that we have and everything we could potential have in our future?  The cold logic of indifference is completely unconcerned with the future.  Perhaps it is just tired of being ignored.  Perhaps it just wants to care about something besides itself too.  Will the world let it?  Or it too late to care?

The Political and Economic Pitfalls of Attachment to Money

When we look around the world we see the evils of attachment to money.  Money is a form of power which if it becomes the sole cause of your existence will utterly and completely destroy you.  Just like all forms of power, money can become an addiction for which you sell out everything that really matters in your life only to pursue the shallow ends that money often represents.

The purpose of money is to create something more just as the purpose any instrument of power is to allow for expansion.  When power becomes an end to itself, the personality becomes distorted in an effort to acquire more and more of it in order to fill a fundamental vacuum in personal psychology.  When money is used to increase well being, then it is being used for a greater good.

Our society has become extremely shallow and materialistic in its pursuit of the shortest end possible which is profit.  The very basis of money creation and life itself is being threatened by this obsession with short term gains.  Without a planet that sustains life, what good will any amount of money do anyone?

Part of this issue has to do with a lack of care for others that money has come to represent.  The nature of the money we use demonstrates how it is misused to steal and rob people of their wealth and power.  At the same time, the more important resource that money fundamentally represents, energy, is similarly being used to destructive ends polluting the planet and making life for future generations increasingly perilous and stressful with each passing year that the global warming crisis remains denied and ignored.

The utter laziness when it comes to thinking and acting for the long term is ingrained in conservative social, economic, and political institutions that do not wish to change.  Because the personal needs of wealthy and powerful are met in the moment, they have no personal interest in creating a energy system or a money system that works for everyone.  In addition, because all of these interests have to answer to a very few individuals who are making the majority of the decisions, advancing the cause of planetary development beyond profit at all costs comes at a price for any of the political leaders who stand up to the corporate power brokers.  Because it does not serve their individual interests in the moment, the short term thinking is outweighing the long term thinking on the most critical survival issue facing humanity.  The issue is truly a question of life and how much we truly value it and our selves.

While appealing to human selfishness oddly enough results in the same ultimate conclusion that renewable energy systems and a better monetary system would promote the long term survival of our species, the short term attachment to money and the existing system of doing things is the greatest hurdle to seeing the possibility of a better future develop for everyone.  This hurdle is what is currently being demonstrated daily in the struggle to overcome the short sighted and ultimately suicidal tendencies of the power brokers who simply don't care enough to make any changes out of fear of taking short term losses.  Because they are so addicted to the conservative element of the process, the failures of their policies are being ignored and denied in the media which they control.  In no way do they wish to make the fundamental changes they need to make to help humanity or even their own power base here on Earth.

Such utter stupidity offers them no long term hope of maintaining their own power except through drastic reactionary measures designed to send society back to what it was before the 20th century even began with power concentrated in the hands of a very few.  But with looming natural disasters approaching that can only be blamed on them, the costs of their attachment to money and short term results is very, very high.  The amount of control necessary to avoid being held responsible for the global warming nightmare is staggering.  The amount of corruption required to prevent natural political changes places democratic institutions in peril of being completely and utterly subverted.  This effect will likely be impossible to conceal from the public and the public will be impossible to totally control using current media processes which the established vested fossil fuel interests have used up to this point in time to prevent change.

As the costs of propaganda is likely to rise, the only logical near term solution for those that wish to see no changes take place in our addressing of the global warming issue (and its larger causes in the economic institutions of corporate capitalism and corporate ownership) is to use reactionary political mechanisms to turn back the clock to the days where external threats are created and invented to draw public attention from the long term issue.  This process is already evident in the conservative media institutions that use these mechanisms to scapegoat others for crises created by economic policy.

The attachment to money is thus the key psychological mechanism that explains why the individuals who run these economic institutions are so keen on preventing change.  Because modern corporate capitalism is based on short term profit making goals, the long term costs are being passed off to future generations in order for the present generation to enjoy a meager measure of convenience.  It is meager because only a small portion of the human population truly enjoys the conveniences created at the terrible cost to many others and to future generations. 

Returning to the issue of reactionary politics, it is in the self serving mindset to seek a cynical means of exploiting existing biases and hatreds to distract the people from the real issues.  The creation of imaginary opponents both abroad and at home is a logical extension of this mindset.  Because it is easier for the established order to avoid and dodge responsibility for its actions by spreading lies and disinformation about other groups rather than facing their own responsibility, the convenience of black sheep politics is likely to expand in the near to medium term future.  Such groups as minorities, immigrants, and other nations are likely to be blamed and accused of creating problems directly or indirectly to maintain the illusion of convenience that the population so craves. 

As such, the most rational possibilities are the continued expansion of the list of threats that people will be asked to identify as being hostile and imminently dangerous.  This mechanism of delay and distraction will allow the large industrial corporate powers to continue to exploit the existing planetary resources without fear of being held accountable as the people will be busy attacking themselves, and thus continue to follow the orders of the authorities which is their natural programming.

This long term strategy of subversion will ultimately lead to the downfall of the corporate system if it continues to be pursued.  This strategy is expensive to implement, difficult to contain, and highly unstable to manipulate.  The more violent the people are encouraged to be, the more likely they are to themselves to become uncontrollable.  In addition, intelligent people will not be fooled by this approach, and if they are they are likely not to be fooled long.  As such in order to maintain control the institutions of corporate power will have to introduce police state measure on a scale unseen in the Western World since World War II.  This will increase the costs of control, and create a permanent class of rebellion unless the corporate powers choose to use a policy of very large scale mass arrests and permanent incarceration.  Such a policy would fail almost at once due to the backlash it would generate.  People will not go quietly into the night, especially in the United States whose population is highly armed and already psychologically unstable.

As such, attachment to money will ultimately lead to the downfall of corporate capitalism if the leaders are unable to clean up their actions.  Global warming is likely to be halted under most conditions of long term analysis.  Large scale climate change impacts will force reconsideration of primary economic goals and energy dependency on climate destabilizing fossil fuels.  Fossil fuel companies cannot totally dominate all elements of the media.  Existing mass media institutions are already being diminished by web based media which is less beholden to corporate authority.  It is completely and utterly illogical and irrational to continue policies that will ultimately lead to the destruction of the very institution that the corporate leaders must ultimately protect to maintain their own position.  As such cooperation and clear action would be much more prudent, even from a purely selfish standpoint.

What can be said is that attachment to money may be such an overwhelming psychological addiction, that like any addiction such as drugs, sex, gambling, etc., it prevents the corporate leaders from being rational or intelligent about their long term best interests.  Do corporate leaders not even care about what kind of world their children grow up in?  Is infatuation with money and the addiction to short term power so overpowering that all thought and reason are thrown out the door?  It certainly seems so.  In addition most corporate leaders must answer to shareholders who are likely less directly involved in the business and are much more attached to short term financial gains as an expression of their egos.  This addictive cycle caused by attachment to money is likely to destroy the long term financial gains of these individuals as well, as catastrophic climate change will destroy the consumer economy upon which the entire system is based.

All of these processes favor more government power as irresponsible corporate leaders do not have the long term interests of themselves, the people, or the planet at heart.  Because of their lack of forethought and consideration, the ultimate result must end up being the diametric opposite of what they want, which is less government control.  And yet the government is the only institutions capable of managing the system once all faith in corporate responsibility is lost.  Corporate leaders should have long ago realized that they were destroying the foundations of their own power by choosing poorly in terms of long term development.  Even now, the consumer capitalist model is teetering on the verge of collapse from one of the other largest issues: income inequality and poverty.  The problem continues to be denied and the solution delayed by the media, once again under the hands of the very same corporate culture and leadership.

We see that the attachment to money creates a short term distortion of value that preserves the feeling that money gives the ego at the long term expense of planning for future development and sharing wealth and responsibility.  Each mistake made by the leaders based on this attachment weakens their long term power base.  Each distortion generated to prevent the loss of power costs more and more psychological and political resources.  Eventually, even with huge advantages of money and financial power, the ultimate negative perception generated by this manipulation of the public will divest the corporate leadership of the necessary good will that they need to maintain their domination over the process.  The end result must be the rise of a powerful political anti corporate movement which will seek to redistribute power to other institutions in order to safeguard the well being of the population, the planet, and the future.  Once this opposition has created a core party and ideology, all other elements of the equation will continually work against the economic leadership currently in place throughout the world.

The only possible means of preventing this is to address the framework for change within the current system and create the necessary solutions and begin implementing them now.  Further delay only increases the likelihood of the end of corporate capitalism as an effective economic institution.  Reform would help allow people to see that the system itself can work, but this would require a great deal of care and sacrifice on the part of the old guard economic leadership.  Henry Ford during the heyday of early capitalism in the early 1900s warned his compatriots that they had to pay their workers enough to afford their production.  Today, many responsible individuals who have benefited from the corporate system are trying to encourage the system to reform and deal with global warming and income inequality up front.  It is now in the hands of the conservative forces of the day to decide the fate of corporate capitalism.  The longer they wait to address the injustices of the system, the less likely it is that the system we have come to know as business itself risks perishing in the face of a crisis that it's leaders where unwilling and unable to acknowledge, address, and fix.

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