Here is something which I have no need to introduce, nor talk about. It’s here and we haven’t noticed, and for many, few care.
What do you dream about? What do you want in life? Let’s take this to the basic’s of life. How would you like to live?
Although I live in a rural area of Mexico City, I still find myself dreaming of a life of peace and tranquility – a life where I… we can live from what we grow and trade for; where community not only allows for individuality, but encourages it. Where we know we belong, and have purpose other than “blending in”, or as we say, “Conforming to” the ways of someone who has convinced you – us, their ways are better. Where making mistakes are seen as avenues of growth, not failure.
Also, where our work is ours and what we earn (not money) is not “taxed”. A place where greed is non-existent. Where competition is only seen as, “Can I be better?”
Yes, I’m a dreamer. I can not say this is a choice any more than breathing is a choice, but I do long for a way of life in which not only I, but everyone can be free and open; a place where we don’t have to deal with the epigenetic‘s of horrible experiences visited upon a family member long ago. A place where everyone knows our origin, and there is no need to argue or debate who is correct.
A place where we owe no person to live – we know where we live is a a gift and a responsibility – therefore, no man-made pollution. A place where we know that no one is better than another: even better, this place wouldn’t have to consider such a possibility.
I dream, not only for the hope of a better future, but at times, just to keep my sanity.
Recently, I was standing in my garden after walking our dog. I was looking at our house, the many fruit bearing trees… and I felt trapped.
As humans, we spend our lives gathering:
- things to fill the houses
- communication devices – usually the ones we don’t need, we just want the latest and greatest
- things to entertain us
- experiences which may be self-gratifying, but hurtful, if not harmful to others (including places), whether directly or indirectly
- education, usually to gain more money so we can gather more stuff
- or education which can alter life as we’ve known it for countless ages
- and much more.
These are reasons I say that I’m a dreamer. I want a much more simpler life, where magic is not a word, or a strange concept; where the word and concept of being spiritual is not a subject of debate, but a way of life.
At one point in our history, this was what we had, but we lost it. The wonderful, but odd thing about life is, in every moment, we’re given a chance to make our existence better, to re-create, or possibly better said, to create with what we have, a better world. The really sad part is, someone has put into our minds – and we accept this thought – that this is the world we should accept. Those who have placed that thought and all the supporting thoughts as redundancies – just in case you should wonder about one or more of the reasons why you accept this way of living, are relying upon your blind acceptance of this way of life. Heaven forbid you understand that each of us has the ability to change the falsehood we accept as reality.
Another reality is, we don’t have to be violent to make our changes – just stop accepting the lies presented you, and I do mean all of the lies.
As history has shown us countless times, we usually have two choices once we see the life we’ve accepted is a lie:
- Cease to accept the lie and those who persist in forcing your conformity;
- Peacefully refuse to conform to anything which takes you away from the peace you desire and is rightfully yours;
So, once again I ask, “How would you like to live?”
Dare you dream?
I must be one of the stupid people of the world. I just don’t understand racial prejudices – I never have.
As a child, it took me a long time to understand it enough just to function in this world, but I still really do not get it. I’ve heard many explanations for this, but that isn’t what this entry is about today.
I see mankind as having all the same root… the same forefathers… the same ancestry – no matter how yousee our common ancestry, I see it having the same origin. Yet, because of skin color, hair texture, differences in culture, religion, even how we relate to the world around us… and who knows what other differences we have come up with, we always seem to find something that separates us, rather than what joins us… so is it true, “We Like War?“
In the grand scheme of things, all of us have the same goal in mind →
Does it really matter to you that this quote came from a brown-skinned man? Is his culture a problem for you? His religion? What?
His desires to live as a Free Man… a Free Person is what all of us strive for – but none of us can or will have the freedom we seek as long as we oppress others – no matter who they are, how they live, what their religion is, how their culture is different from… yours. If you truly want freedom to live as you choose, then allow others to live as they choose – in peace and love.
- A Very Personal Message To You (liftingyouup.wordpress.com)
- Prejudice Can Cause Depression at the Societal, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal Levels (psychologicalscience.org)
As a race of beings – the human race – from birth to death we are taught daily what someone wants us to know. We are not encouraged to think our own thoughts, nor are we taught how to think. It’s a strange paradigm: we celebrate the free thinkers such as Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Ernest Hemingway, Galileo Galilei and others, but few encourage us to be free thinkers. Why is that?
I like to include artwork with my posts, whether drawings or photos, to help with the thinking process, and of course, for those that won’t read anything without pictures, but all humor aside: while I was searching for some pictures to include in this post, I noticed that there were many photos making fun of the “self-taught.” This has been a paradox for me since I was very young. Why do our societies belittle the self-taught? Somewhere, somehow, someone had a thought and made it become reality. We have computers today because someone thought of them, how to make them and how to make the existing electronic components do what they had in mind. Once they’ve been created, that same self-taught person had to teach someone so they could teach others. In religions, it was the same way; some people made some observations of their times, came to some conclusions and in their own ways, found God (or gods depending on the religion) in a way that makes sense for that person – then he/she taught others.
The harm I see in all of this is, in a question, why do we seek to narrow our thoughts, our views of life, our experiences in a way that separates us from others? Do we as humans deny ourselves the independence as individuals for the safety and comfort of like-minded thinkers? Is conformity worth the sacrifice of who you really are? Please don’t misunderstand this line of questions… of course we need to have social norms for each others safety, but beyond that?
"Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom." BERTRAND RUSSELL, An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish
As a student, I was always uneasy with being taught fear (product of being made to go to religious schools). Now as an adult and having been a teacher not only in the U.S., but in Mexico and short stints in other countries, I still see others that exhibit the need to be followers – yes, followers! People seem to be comfortable when they’re in the company like-minded people. These are the people who are easily led, and will justify the beliefs of the whole, not their own. Is fear of being alone in their beliefs and thoughts so horrific that they’d rather relinquish their sovereignty to “belong”?
"Father, O father! what do we hereIn this land of unbelief and fear?" WILLIAM BLAKE, The Land of Dreams
Sovereignty? Sure! Let’s think of another issue, your inherited sovereignty. I’m willing to bet that you never thought of your life in this respect before. What do I mean by “inherited sovereignty”? In simple form, you were born on planet earth; no matter your belief to how we as a race of beings got here, this planet is our home. Who do we own for our existence?
"The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear." EDMUND BURKE, speech on conciliation with America
We pay someone, some company to live, eat, drink… but this is OUR home. Why do we continually give our rights to others to exist? Companies seek to privatize everything we have – and given time, they’ll try to privatize the air we breathe. Companies have already tried to privatize water in the country of Bolivia – wonderfully, they lost that battle. In the U.S., there are few places that one can drink water from a stream, but I wouldn’t try to drink straight from any river these days. We pollute our water supplies so now the only way to get clean drinking water is through a company (State or private company) that has cleaned what they have either polluted or allowed to become polluted.
"The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." NELSON MANDELA, Autobiography
I have one more thought for you, in the way of a question: why do we seek to repair a system of life that has shown us how it DOESN’T work? Just a thought I may explore in my next post.
- A Beautiful Mind (talesfromthespectrum.com)
- Galileo to Turing: The Historical Persecution of Scientists (wired.com)
- Quotes by Albert Einstein on Creative Thinking, Innovation, Problem-solving and Entrepreneurship (compassioninpolitics.wordpress.com)
With this in mind, it’s not too surprising to get this bit of information shown to us from this news article:
So, we have no one to blame but ourselves for the lives we now… lead?