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The paramount requirement for Self-Awareness, Critical Thinking and Adaptability (GESET Part 1)

self-awarenessI find myself here, part of an unimaginably complex and beyond extraordinarily beautiful natural world which is slowly being annihilated by our ignorant society – proudly led by amoral, unethical and profit-driven individuals whose thirst for more conquest, domination and power seems to be insatiable. I find myself here, part of it all, powerless to change something significant to make a difference at a large scale, but nevertheless empowered to change myself, and to positively make a difference with what I’m capable of thinking/doing. Despite the odds against me (of which I’m perfectly aware of), I feel empowered to contribute in making a positive difference at a large scale by acting ethically at my small scale. I want to create and inspire ethical change and the first step in the right direction I think is in recognising the here, recognising the illusionary construct we’re living in. Neil Kramer’s video describes very well the boundaries and methodologies used in this illusionary construct to keep us here in it. Therefore given the gravity of the global risks I came across, I will instead focus on the paramount and immediate necessity for self-awareness, critical thinking and adaptability. Adaptability  is the quality of being able to change (or be changed) in order to deal successfully with new situations. And this capacity for adaptability is within our control – but in order to consciously adapt (i.e. not to be changed without our own will), we need self-awareness. While this post will detail my work on global risks, it is dedicated to self-awareness  for reasons which are completely obvious from the gravity of the threats to us uncovered by my research. For now lets start with the importance of self-awareness (or lack of it):

The Four Horsemen of Self-Awareness: Directionlessness, Detachment, Disassociation, Distraction.

Heraclitus wrote 2500 ago that “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”. While his statement holds true until today, and will most definitely continue to be true in the future, those of us who want to stay conscious and self-aware, need to take heed to his wise words and let go of our fear of change. IF we want to become self-aware, to adapt and make a positive difference, we need to be able to deal with fear of change. Otherwise we can continue embracing Brendon’s 4 horsemen of self-awareness as described in the video above and hope for the best.. However, if we choose to make a positive difference, we need to understand that our fear (of the change we don’t control), manipulates us into wanting the illusion to keep things the same, regardless of how bad they really are. And as you will find out from my personal research presented here, the real reality is much worse than the fragmented one presented in mass media and various other for-profit sources. For the record, nobody asked me to do this and I didn’t ask or received anything in return for the resources I spent on compiling this research. The only reason why I’ve done it and now I’m sharing it publicly, is because I believe that if we don’t take positive action and things do continue to stay on the same course, it will most probably be the end of our humanity. How I’ve reached this improbable conclusion can be deducted from my research. However, probability aside, I’m absolutely sure of one thing: the choice is ours on how we decide to use our most valuable resource to continue to stay ignorant/fearful, or to act ethically and make a positive difference.

But do we know what is the most valuable resource in our possession? Do we know what is the most valuable resource on this planet and maybe even in this multiverse (to the best of our knowledge)? Do we realise what is the absolute most important resource in our lives? Take a moment to think about the answer and before you read further, feel free to write down at least 3 potential answers to these questions…OK, so have you written down 3 answers to those questions? If the answer is yes, then lets move on. To give you a clue, the answer is the same resource, and this one most important resource can’t be created, or mined, minted, traded or bought. I’m about to give you the answer I learned to be the most valuable resource in our lives, but before you read it, please draw a vertical line after your own 3 answers and write my answer on the other side of your line, so you can compare your answers with mine: time. The individual time we all have while we are alive is the most valuable resource we have available during our spark of life here. Our time alive is our most valuable resource and implicitly is also humanity’s most valuable resource. But here is the catch: we don’t really realise that do we? We, the individual humans living together on this space rock, we don’t get that. We don’t individually have the self-awareness to collectively understand that our time is our most valuable resource, nor do we realise that we are living here together. And here is were it got us:

[by Spencer Cathcart (@Freshtastical), the creator of “The Questions We Never Ask”]

Our lack of self-awareness brought us here. It wasn’t just the emperors and their armies, or the religious fanatics and their terrors; or the ‘royal’ blooded families and their wealth, or the industrialists and their technology, or the for-profit corporations, or the deceitful politicians and their never-ending lies, or any other label-carrying entity or faction. No, it wasn’t just ‘them’. They are indeed the creators of this very mad world we’re living in, but they couldn’t haven done it without the rest of us. All of us. And for as long as we continue to lack self-awareness (in time and space), it will always be so because each one of us, individually, is responsible for the world we are living in every day. Thus I hope everybody can realise that regardless of the risks and challenges presented to you, change always starts within.

 

Now onto global threats. In November 2014 I randomly came across a piece of information which encouraged me to pursue my curiosity on a new and interesting path. I followed my curiosity down the proverbial rabbit hole and +500 hours of research later, I ended up with a large mind map containing a very large number of threats to our: mental health, emotional health, physical health and potentially spiritual health too. (I wrote “potentially” because I have no way to measure it objectively, but subjectively I sense it being influenced too).

However, a few minutes ago I realised that if I continue writing the global threats details in this post, it will turn out to be a very long read which may take away some value from the core point – taking ethical actions to mitigate mostly man-made global threats affecting us at species level and at a personal level. Therefore I decided to split the post in 2 parts and provide the core details on global threats in the 2nd part. If now I’m too tired to make sense of it and it turns out to be incoherent, I apologise and I promise I will re-edit both posts after they’re published. Also this is my first draft and feedback is most welcome as always.

PS: There is a lot more info in this post about self-awareness and critical thinking than meets the eye at first glance. If interested in finding out more, feel free to click on the highlighted words as they are hyperlinks to various supporting resources and inspiring videos like:

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Posted by on February 22, 2016 in Personal

 

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Any intelligent fool can make profit..and destroy the planet in the process

Any intelligent fool can make profit. But as Einstein said: “it takes a touch of genius & a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction!” Choose to be a courageous genius! 😉

Pursuing more money and material things than practically necessary is always very satisfying in short term. It’s a personal ‘win’ and makes one feel great in front of the mirror and his/her social circle. Such pursuits and ‘wins’ provide a continuous ego boost in long term and for those who don’t feel/know any better, these wins provide some superficial happiness in a vicious circle. However, regardless of the amount of money one has, if (s)he can’t find happiness in ways that actually matter to the whole of the human being (intellect, physical body, emotions, spirit and consciousness), all the more money, more profit, and the more material things will never ever provide peace and true happiness. -That’s unless one’s a narcissistic psychopath or sociopath which processes emotions through the ego and not the “heart”. In such a case, one is of course the exception, because such an individual (see if you recognise him in the attached image) is easily capable of manipulating and enslaving others through any and all possible means available, just so (s)he can get the much needed personal ‘win’.. Now why do these sick individuals matter?

Because they rule us and the human society. Our world may feel like its ran by C-grade students, but it only seems that way. The chaos, the inequality, the wars and the massacres that are happening in the world are not a coincidence, and they’re definitely not due to our politicians’ incompetence. On the contrary. People are not starving because there isn’t enough food for them or money to feed them…no! They’re starving because feeding them does not make profit. In multiple areas of our planet people are dying of countless trivial causes simply because its not profitable to build hospitals in the areas where they live or to ship first aid kits and qualified personnel there.. Worse of all, wars happen because of the greed of the sociopaths mentioned above which want more ‘wins’ through expansion/domination, and to achieve it they need land and resources. Wars don’t happen because of silly ideologies or the ego of some leader..Good people die in wars because they’ve been “programmed” with some manufactured propaganda that someone (or some nation) is the enemy of some current ideology, and they need to be eradicated though war because they’re a threat. In this process of peace destruction and common eradication, those who manufacture that propaganda and create the plans for expansion, domination and war, make huge profits from it. However, I will stop here with this subject and close the paragraph with one of my favourite quotes on the matter:

I don’t know about you, but I am thoroughly convinced that our profit-driven system of thinking/living/working is not just deeply unethical but completely unsustainable and inevitably suicidal. Why do I think so?  I could give many examples to support my statement, but I only have one night to write this and out of the sea of answers, I will pick the electricity scenario:

Do you ever think about the sources of our electricity? Have you ever imagined the path from your light bulb to its real source? Have you tried to follow (with your imagination) the electricity from the light bulb filament through its casing, house wiring, fuse box, building wiring, power meter, street wiring, regional amplification station, high voltage aerial and underground cabling which go all the way to the source power plant? And depending on the power plant, has your imagination reached the actual source of the energy powering your light bulb? If yes, then you already know what I’m talking about. If no, please let me explain:

  • If the source power plant is a hydro-power plant, you would then imagine the force of the water turning massive turbines as it falls from a height which helps the hydro-turbine create the electricity that powers your light bulb. Therefore the real source is gravity, water and a man-made conception which uses water and gravity in an innovative way to create power.
  • If the source power plant is an air farm, you would imagine the force of the air turning those massive wind turbines which in turn create electricity by harvesting one of the elements of nature: wind.
  • If the source power plant is a wave farm, you would imagine the waves of the ocean moving up and down those massive snake-like floating devices which harvest the free energy of the ocean/sea.
  • If the source power plant is a solar farm, you would imagine the heat of the Sun touching an army of solar panels which innovatively transfer that heat into electricity which eventually ends up in your light bulb.

Now fortunately, all of the above mentioned energy sources are sources of CLEAN renewable and sustainable energy, and the real power source is just “one level” beyond the power plant: Nature. Therefore the power plant is harvesting the force of Nature directly to create power for our..light bulbs.

However, due to the desire to make profit at all costs, we unfortunately only use such clean energy in very tiny amounts. As most people know, almost all our electricity is produced with coal, oil-based fuels, gas and worst of all, nuclear energy – all sources which are not just unsustainable but they also damage the environment beyond measure. For example, in nuclear power plants we still use plutonium (Pu) and uranium (U) despite the fact that Thorium is 1000x cleaner and it doesn’t damage the environment for 10000 years like Pu and U. The downside of Thorium is of course that it cannot be weaponized and therefore the powers to be can’t make nuclear bombs with it; so its not used to produce clean nuclear power around the globe.

Therefore knowing this, what we would actually need to imagine as our source of electricity in the power plant is: coal, oil-based fuels, natural gas and radioactive nuclear fuel. And here is the catch: the source of this unsustainable “dirty” electricity is not only “one level” beyond the power plant into Nature. Oh no no, the source is many many levels and layers beyond the power plant. The raw source of the dirty fuel needs to be mined/extracted from the Earth, processed, transported, processed, shipped to the power plant, processed, loaded into containers which eventually ship it to be..burnt into an oven. Just try to imagine all the people and the resources necessary to do all that just to keep a fire burning which lights up your light bulb. So what does this process remind you of? I don’t know about you but this makes me feel like a Neanderthal 2.0 where the only (relevant to the subject) difference between me and v1.0 is that I don’t need to make my own fire in my room because an army of men and countless resources keep it burning somewhere out of my reach so the owners of all that unnecessarily destructive process can charge me for it..

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But..but..we’re no Neanderthals, we’re in the XXI century and we also have nuclear power! Well here is the best part about that: the process I described above is countless times more complex in the case of nuclear energy, because apart from the fact that its extraction, manufacturing and handling needs a ridiculously complex process costing a fortune, the “best bit” about it is that it CANNOT be disposed of.  Nuclear fuel (Pu and U) is never “burnt” but “used”, and since we have no way to get rid of it safely, we store it very deep underground until we either run out of deep holes to hide it in, or we’ll have the tech to probably ship it into space/Sun/blackhole, and in that process contaminate/destroy other cosmic bodies not just our planet…

Therefore, would it not be easier, more efficient, more effective, cheaper and also actually ethical, healthier and sustainable (among many other positive things) to just use clean renewable energy from the Sun, wind, water and the Earth? Any person with a functional brain and some common sense would agree that sure it is.. However its not our lack of intelligence, innovation, technology or ….(fill in reason)… that’s stopping us from advancing the human race while also protecting ourselves, our children, future generations AND the planet. The answer is simple: what’s stopping us is…Pxxxxx..take a guess! What’s the 6 character English word which is created by greed and ignorance, and which starts with “P”? 🙂

And this is my nano-short answer to the original statement, provided with help from a bit of imagination, a bit of common sense and the bulb-powered energy journey as an example. Today we pay titanic amounts of money to energy corporations (and we will pay a lot more in the near future even under the pretext of switching to clean energy because for some irrational reason that costs more..), when our electricity could be almost free if not completely free. On the almost free argument I will only point to the plethora of tutorials online on how to create self-sustainable buildings and passive buildings. On the free electricity I will point to Nikola Tesla who wanted to offer free electricity to everyone on this Earth, but his “sponsors” pulled all the funding away from him and destroyed his Tesla towers arguing that “they can’t make profit from free electricity“.

My final conclusion on the matter is that the more we use a profit-oriented model of thinking/living/working, the deeper we are digging ourselves and our children into a very dark future. I am hopeful that we still have a fair chance to spiral out of the circle of destruction which is about to complete yet another cycle; however if we are to stand any chance, we need to do it now and we need to do it together through ethical decentralised collaboration efforts, not by using the existing corrupt models focused on profit. Same thinking produces same results. If we are to think the same way as in the last 100 years, and if we are to do the same thing over & over while expecting different results, then we are by definition…insane and I rest my case.

Almost all of us (hopefully) know that the world needs fixing. While one butterfly is unlikely to be able to fix it in one wing flap, a large amount of ethical individuals can. They can, by contributing with whatever they can think of and whatever they can do, as long as their actions are ethical. In my opinion fixing the world is as simply as willing to do so together: “many many very very small drops of water make an ocean, not a few big fish…

“I see such potential for our species. We could be so much more than we are”…

Takeaways and some homework:

We are consuming all #Life on #Earth and if we don’t stop, we will end up consuming ourselves.. Currently, the global population is cutting down trees faster than they regrow, catching fish faster than the oceans can restock, pumping water from rivers and aquifers faster than rainfall can replenish them and emitting more climate-warming carbon dioxide than oceans and forests can absorb.

Highly recommended reading:

  • 5 Ways To Unf##k The World:

“Here’s the thing: the Earth is not f##ked. The Earth will go on evolving with or without us. In fact, in many ways it is better off without us. No, it’s the human world that’s f##ked. Either we adapt and overcome by making cooperation primary and competition secondary, or we’re f##ked. It really is that simple.

Unf##king the world will not be a walk in the park. It will be a complete upheaval of what we think we know about how human beings are “supposed” to live on this planet. We’ll have to turn the tables on our egos, our so called leaders, and even our loved ones. We’ll have to outgrow being indifferent and get used to being different. We’ll have to awaken and clear outdated, multigenerational patterns that need interrogation and then integration at a higher vibration..Here are five ways to attempt unf##king an otherwise f##ked up world. Without further ado, let the unf##king begin!

1.) Unf##k Yourself…” Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-18/guest-post-5-ways-unfk-world

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PS: this was just a quick post as the thought crossed my mind last night and I wanted to write it over night and share it. However in the next few weeks I will share the comprehensive research I’m working on for the last few months. My independent work includes a map with global threats to humanity from 2015 onwards, some research on sustainability and my proposed practical project management framework (InoviPM) for implementing ethical projects, and maybe even a new sustainable decentralised collaborative economy.. Thanks for reading!

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Personal

 

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Ethical Human Education, Wisdom & Evolution

 “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”Aristotle. A hundred years before the birth of Aristotle, the pioneer of wisdom Heraclitus is credited for the following quotes: “Much learning does not teach understanding.” and “Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.”  Five years after the death of Heraclitus, in 470BC, the father of Ethics and Moral philosophy (and Western philosophy, and Plato‘s teacher among many other things) was born in Athens, and his name was Socrates. Among many of his inspiring wisdom quotes he is credited for saying: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” My post follows the direction recommended by Socrates and after presenting a frame of the world as I see it, it suggests a few ways to identify and overcome the old limiting ways with the purpose to build new ethical constructs which will help us move the world in an ethical direction.

Part 1: The bigger picture

 I think that everything we do is an indirect consequence of what we learn, or  what we deduct cognitively from what we analyse around us and then compare with the foundation of knowledge we have gathered up to that moment. Now, if our thoughts/words/actions do not bring balance in our inner/outer world, then a new education is required to shape a new ethical behaviour which will bring balance. And I don’t mean a college degree, or schooling in some private or public institution with standardized testing norms. I am referring to a new model of parental education, primary and secondary school education, higher education and public education. I personally disliked the education system ever since I was in secondary school and all the way till the end of college. Most of the time I found the information I was asked to memorise and regurgitate as useless and the whole competition on who has better memory bored the hell out of me. Nevertheless I went though it mainly because my parents really wanted me to get a degree and make the family proud, but it was a painful process where I constantly had to fool myself that what I’m doing in school will matter. Well I didn’t understand why I felt like that until I saw Sir Ken Robinson‘s 1st video on TED:

 This 20min video by SKR (best-selling author and world renown expert on education, creativity and innovation) convinced me that I am potentially one of the creative ones. There are a large number of other takeaways from this video and SKR’s talks, books and writings, but one of the most important things I learnt from SKR is the following: considering our education shapes our minds, therefore shapes our thoughts, our words, our actions and everything we create through our ideas and actions, then we need to make sure we learn what really matters so we can study all the right things which are necessary to bring positive change and balance in our micro-world and subsequently, in the macro-world.

 In the age of Star Trek and technological progress/bubble, I think we live in the past. No, unfortunately I’m not referring to the wisdom-abundant past of the extraordinary Greek philosophers like Aristotle, Heraclitus, Socrates and Plato, I am referring to the Dark Ages of the human thinking which dominated our species for the last 2 millennia. While for the last century we’ve had the privilege to learn from extraordinary individuals such as Sagan, Einstein, Gandhi, Picasso, Ali, Earhart, Ford, Fleming, King Jr, Beatles, Lennon, Turing, Guevara, Mandela, Lee, CurieChaplin, JoyceMalcolm XMother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Vujicic, Snowden, Pilger, Berners-Lee, Hawking, Musk and Tesla -who received infinitely small credit for literally powering our electrical world (among a multitude of inventions way ahead of their time), society has also given us Hitler, Bernays and truly unfortunately for us, the private owners of the world money supply – the unelected ones who don’t represent the interests of the +90% of the population, who through their financial power and political influence, kill more people than Hitler ever did and who harvest the world’s innovation for profit and power.

science-and-technology-carl-sagan  I want to state the following from the beginning:  I am no expert in anything, I am just an observer. I have no particular social/political/religious/etc affiliations, I am simply an individual who is pro Life and pro Ethics, and as such, I am not against any country or citizen or individual on Earth. I respect that everyone has the right to a choice and I only ask for vice-versa. To quote Socrates yet again: “I am but a citizen of the world” and one of my principles is “Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.” This statement is important due to what I’m about to write. Therefore please note that you might agree with what I write or not. I don’t mind either way but feel free to express your opinions as even if “I may not agree with what you have to say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it!”

 While I can find a few reasons to explain this, I feel that our systems of thinking at world level have never came out of the industrial age of the 19th century..The reason why I’m writing “I feel” and not “I think” is because I find it infuriatingly frustrating to be constrained by the tracks of a system set up by brilliant innovative thinkers of the 19th century for the 19th century society, but which is being perpetrated and used en-mass on the majority of the population by a very small percentage of individuals which have the power to turn things around and make a positive difference but they chose not to do so. These limiting industrial systems of thinking we have today and which most of us learnt in school, at home, from friends and peers, in public and from the media, need to be unlearnt, rejected and put into the history books where they belong because they have no place in a highly intelligent society.

 It took me my whole life to date to gain a nano fraction of understanding of the mechanics of my own life and it will take me the rest of my life to gain another nano fraction, but at the present moment I think I understand that the reason why we’re being held back from our true human potential is not lack of technology, lack of money, lack of appropriate geolocation, lack of temporal location or lack of any other reason/excuse. Just like all the plants, animals, birds, fish and all living creatures on this earth, Nature gave us everything we need to survive, flourish and evolve. What we really lack is an ethical educational model which is evil-proof, thoroughly documented on multiple medias (digital, analog and physical), and which is continuously improving in an ethical direction so it will never be dependent on human ego and greed. We need an educational [r]evolution to jump start our human potential!! If I’m not making much sense, then please allow me to share another Sir Ken Robinson talk and I’ll continue after the video:

 I agree entirely with Sir Ken Robinson and I consider him my virtual mentor (I’d love it if he would be my real mentor) and I believe that if our education engages and trains only small parts of our intellect (memory and in rare occasions logic) so we can compete at silly IQ and/or standardised tests, it is very limiting, misleading and disturbingly incomplete.. For our education to be complete, in my view it must encompass: 1.The whole Intellect, 2.The human Spirit, 3.The Physical body and 4.The Soul (the Emotional).  I call this “personal conclusion” my TrinityOne (3+1) system of human development and for my whole life I’ve tried to equally develop the 4 major areas of what I feel it makes me human. (“feel” because I’m referring to all my senses, not just the 5 standard ones identified by Aristotle, but the 18 ‘common’ human senses and my Intuitive sense).

Part 2: The problem

 Almost all negative/awful things happening in the world are due to one reason: money or lack of money. In my opinion, the individuals who sponsor and guide our industrial education (which is limited to those with money/resources anyway) and our manipulated economic system, are to blame for our handicaps in human development, not our parents or our teachers, or our lecturers, trainers or employers.

inequality_matters  I, like many others with similar views, keep talking about our economic system being deeply corrupt and flawed without a hope for a fix. Therefore it needs to be replaced. The current system is so unequal that not just educates only the ones who have money to pay for this industrial education, but it also fuels the 1%ers by programming the students with concepts like focus on economic growth , and: you must learn/know X to increase profits for you and your employer, and by the time you finish your secondary school or college if you’re lucky, then you are well aware of that fact that if you don’t make money for your employer, for your client, for yourself, for the society, then the society will either re-educate you or discard you and you end up in some hole or box. This system which keeps the 99% in check and under control is what’s considered fair in a society where after a global financial crisis, the number of billionaires in the world doubled. This sounds like a conspiracy and unfortunately for us, the increasing 99%ers, it is one. However, as I wrote in my previous blog post, “A country in debt is powerless but its people are not. We can make a difference together!”

 As the story goes, since late 2013, I started reading more news on many different channels and I tried my best to try and correlate and decode the information “puzzle” to find out what was really going on. I read and I am still reading a lot about: our Universe, ancient knowledge, current climate change, climate imbalance, sustainability, various IT and scientific topics, but also about the Ukraine conflict, since its so close to my country’s borders and it has the potential to start a major world war. However, this can only happen if the public is misinformed and ends up following the terrorist propaganda of unethical governments. Knowledge is our true power and Time is the real currency for us Humans so we need to focus on what’s actually important for each one of us.

 Now that being said, in the age of information,  ignorance is a choice (but due to mass surveillance and public information manipulation, this choice is an increasingly difficult one to make). However, if you want some actual news from massmedia, then read/listen the same story reported by news channels from multiple parts of the world and if possible in different languages, not just local or continental or same language (use translation websites).  Also, to help you find the truth, read articles written by investigative journalists (i.e. the Intercept team) who are fighting the unethical system and the media manipulation pressure: i.e. John Pilger in particular is an ethical investigative journalist from whom you can actually learn how to decode the news and not just absorb them without using Critical Thinking.

goering-quote  We need to understand that in imperialistic warmongering regimes (“democratic” or federal or whatever other brands are used for the eyes of the public and especially media followers), a very small group of highly unethical people rule over a very large number of good people, good citizens. This small group of unelected individuals (I conclude that most of the time the elite are not politicians in the public eye) use and will use any atrocity you can think of so they can gain more power and fulfil their sociopathic egotistical agendas. This is a fact and it is happening today in our “civilised and fair” world. Just observe carefully..

 And this brings me to my point which describes our current problem: our world is unfortunately led by highly intelligent and very dangerous sociopaths similar to Hermann Goering (see attached quote) and because of men like him, we, the free citizens are restricted from exercising our free will in a what-is-led-to-believe a free society. If the reader wants to find out how mass manipulation is taking place in our intelligent society ever since the beginning of the 20th century, and how we, the large majority of good people are puppeteered to fulfil certain agendas even when those agendas are unethical, and how the result of the actions of good people turns into the death of thousands of other good people, then please watch “The Century of the Self” documentary till the end.

 While researching the facts behind my statements in this blog post, I came across a very good neutral example of the unbelievable power of propaganda and public opinion manipulation of what I thought it was an unforgettable event in our history:  Which nation contributed most to defeating the Nazis in 1945? (Polls in France from 1945, 1994, 2004). OK, I need to correct that. The fact that the main contributor to defeating the genocidal Hitler in Europe only 70 years ago, is actually a not-so-unforgettable event is nothing to worry about, I’m sure there are more pressing matters today. Even if we see that such an important fact of our recent history can be “corrected” over such a short period of time, it must raise no questions like: is there any hope for the truth about what matters to come to light now or in the next century? Nvm, we have better things to do..

 Sarcasm aside, I found a very interesting post on Quora from which we can all learn a significant amount: a very large percentage of the transitions of our society’s structure throughout human history were done through the use of leadership/government force, aka tyranny and the main motive of action for public activation was fear of punishment, which allowed the leaders to implement their various agendas.  So a large majority of people apparently respond more to the emotion of fear than any other factor. They are unfortunately the cowards of the world who need to be scared into supporting an illegal war, taking a flu shot, or into serving a political figurehead/repressive government. Think medieval peasants, or massmedia/education brainwashed western citizens, or citizens of communist countries. Or simply religious cults. They all act out of fear of punishment. That is what triggers their motion to do what they do.

 The next motive of action is that of greed.  This type of individuals start off responding to bribes and graduate into power-lust. They are those who want all the power, money, and control, and stop at nothing to enact the kind of change that most benefits them. They seek to dominate the will of subservient fearful sheep to gain high positions of authority and to use such positions to play God. These people account for about a small minority of the population but they have very significant power to decide outcomes for the majority fearful type.

 The last and most noble of the three types is the self-contented man. This individual type probably makes up a very small percentage of society and represents a (wo)man who believes in equal liberty for all under the law and in self-responsibility. These individuals are willing to tolerate ignorance and stupidity so long as the reason is free to combat it. They do not need to be bribed to do something right or threatened to not do something wrong. They act out of clear conscience and ethics, not out of fear or greed. In short, their integrity is not for sale. Think of creators, thinkers, movers, and shakers. Think innovators, inventors, and pioneers. Think Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Nikola Tesla. Think Howard Roark(Fountainhead).

 So where am I going with this? If you are the fearful type, you are easily ruled. Society is designed to put you in your place and keep you safe and silent. If you are the greedy type, society has a place for you too ruling the fearful and manipulating them into serving your power. But if you are an intellectual without negative motive, otherwise known as a self-contented man, where do you fit? You refuse to be a servant so you are punished. You refuse to be a warlord so you are never respected or listened to. Instead you are just there, observing the world and wondering where and when you will find your place in it.

This is not because you are not great at many things, that society has no use for you, or even that you don’t want to engage, but that the societal structures that were designed by the average human being of master and servant do not normally permit you to shine within them. (source: Quora)

Part 3: The solution

When you make a choice you change the future.001-001 There are countless other examples on how good people are being “guided” by the unethical self-proclaimed puppeteers but I won’t expand further as I think I made my point above. In this final part of my post, I will simply remind the reader (&myself!) to watch “The Century of the Self” documentary and afterwards to actively exercise Critical Thinking (i.e. be assertive, question what you’re thinking, saying, doing and make your mind your own; don’t be an advocate of an agenda/dogma you’re not even aware of). Also if you don’t have time to read Aristotle’s Ethics or a book about ethics then I’m hoping that my own concise definition of how to apply ethics in real life will provide some value to those that want to follow this path:

 A  while ago a dear friend asked me what is my criteria for defining what is an ethical action and what is not? She asked me how do I personally define and discern what is right and what is wrong? My answer was, is, and most likely will continue to be:

An ethical action must respect two fundamental rules:

1. First rule: Respect human Life and act to protect Life, or act in a way which does not harm Life.

2. Second rule: Take positive action which is in favour of the individual, but only if:

  • 2A: it doesn’t violate the 1st rule,
  • 2B: it doesn’t hurt or disfavour other peer individuals,
  • 2C: it doesn’t damage the environment which the individual and his/her peers belong to. (The environment in our case is: room-building-estate-city-county-country-continent-Planet Earth and the impact must be considered at our maximum reach which now is global level, not just personal and local.)

what would the child you once were think of the adult you have become There is a desperate requirement in the world for men and women who’s integrity is not for sale. If we want to free and evolve the human race, we need to drop the ego-driven and profit-driven approaches to progress and learn from ourselves, from our virtuous children and from the knowledge of the ancients. As counter intuitive as this sounds, we need to observe our children and actually learn from them! We also need to give the ancient innovators credit for their discoveries and creations, and then pick up where they left off. Instead of rejecting the ancient knowledge and labelling it as myth, we need to merge our contemporary knowledge with theirs, with what they shared with us, with what they discovered and drive the human race forward. The dark ages and the unnecessarily long industrial era has held us back enough!

 In the end, this is not about good/evil/ethics/immoral concepts. It is about the quality of our education and the wisdom we gain from it so we can win the battle of consciousness within us and wake up. “Once the mind has been stretched by a new idea, it will never again return to its original size.” Therefore as anti-IP/patents as this sounds, the most important thing we can do in our life is share with the world what we learnt and detail on how we discovered our uniqueness. “The sole purpose of Life has been to pass on what was learnt..just like any cell going through Time.” And this, in my observer’s view, is the path to Transhumanism; but before we can be more tomorrow, we need to learn how we can be everything we can be, today!

PS: Since I’m posting this on the 1st of December, Happy Birthday / La Multi Ani Romania! 🙂

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