There seems to be so many things going on these days that need to be addressed. I compare the situation to a "healing crisis". You may have had a weakness in your body for years, and then at some point, it rises to the surface, and you become ill. The situation becomes acute, obvious, and unacceptable. Your body is having a healing crisis.
It is the same with the world around us. It seems that things have been going on for years without our paying much attention to them, because they were, perhaps, not glaringly obvious. Now they have come to a head -- somewhat like a pimple, ready to burst. Our world is having a healing crisis -- "illnesses" that were taking place beneath the surface have now come to the fore. We can no longer be blind to them. The canker is obvious and is oozing.
Lies that we were told, or that we told ourselves, no longer seem willing to remain hidden. Due to the internet's wide range, information comes to the surface and is spread throughout the world in an instant.
As I watch TV, I am amazed at the amount of "acceptable" lies that are told -- either in advertisements, TV programs, or news shows. Lying used to be unacceptable. As a child I remember hearing about the possibility of getting my mouth washed out with soap if I told a lie. These days, it seems, that not only children, but parents and pundits, are lying left and right.
Now please realize that I'm not advocating "the good old days". I know that some lying went on in those days too, but now it has become blatant, as if there is no longer any stigma about being caught lying. People (meaning individuals as well as businesses and the media) seem to lie with no concern about "being caught" in a lie. It's a perverted vision of living in the moment: "I lie now because it is expedient to do so... We'll deal with the repercussions, if there are any, later ."
Has our world become one where people can lie and say anything they want to attain their goal? We have come not only to expect, but also accept, lies from politicians, business, lovers, children, etc. It seems that we live in a world where we accept that being told a lie is common. We are lied to about the products we buy, the political platforms we vote for, the situation on the planet. It seems that lying has become part of the weave of our society.
Yet, a "bonus" to this blatant "corruption of morals" is that people are no longer bothering to do a very good job at hiding the fact that they are lying (our politicians are a good example of this -- and so is the advertising media). This makes it easier for us to spot the lies and the corruption.
If we believe that "the meek shall inherit the earth", we may think that it is not up to us to say anything. Yet if not us, then who?
If we are the ones who see the truth, we have the responsibility (response-ability) to speak up about it -- to shed the light on the situations around us. Whether it is a workmate or corporation who is mishandling funds, whether it is our government mishandling our "mandate" and using our hard-earned tax dollars for things we don't agree with (more oil drilling or fracking, rather than focusing on renewable resources; more exploitation of human rights rather than respect for them), whether it is our own hiding behind lies to make our lives more palatable.
There is a joke that I once saw that said something like "yes the meek shall inherit the earth, but there will be nothing left." If the vultures have sucked up all the life out of the earth, then what will be left for us and for our children? We will have stood by while our earth and our earthly neighbors were raped, pillaged, lied to, taken advantage of, bought off, etc. And we have been both the victim and the victimizer.
While most of us are "over-busy" with our lives -- between working, taking care of our families, and making ends meet -- we need to take responsibility for the world around us. If it is happening in our world, it is happening to us, and we are "responsible" (response-able). We need to stop being meek.
May we all walk together in a world of peace and love. Those concepts, peace and love, are not outdated at all! They did not "belong" to the sixties. They belong to each and everyone of us, starting in our hearts, our homes, and moving out into the world around us.
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Let there be love on earth and let it begin with me.
And so be it!
The Struggle for Your Mind: Conscious Evolution and the Battle to Control How We Think
by Kingsley L. Dennis.
A revolutionary call to overthrow society’s mental controls and expand consciousness for the greater good of humanity • Explores the tactics used to control consciousness, such as misinformation, debt systems, fear conditioning, and the distraction of entertainment and technology • Reveals the emerging mechanisms for neurogenetic evolution within our brains that will enable us to throw off the shackles of mental control • Explains how to break through the barriers inhibiting conscious evolution and restore our connection with Nature and the Divine.
Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.
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