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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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My Top200 RSS info sources for ethical activism and global research

bizarroworldThis post is for all divergent thinkers, critical thinkers, researchers, writers, ethical activists, ‘curious cats’ and pretty much anyone else interested in trying to find out what’s actually going on in this profitdriven Bizarro World we live in…I’m writing this as part of my “how-to” practical tutorial series and it focuses on the Top200 RSS information sources I’m actively using to keep up to date with the global agenda and with local developments in Roumania, Europe and the world. Please note that unless you’re a researcher, you most likely don’t need all of these sources for a “normal” periodical update, therefore feel free to select only the sources you like/require. The reason why I’m using so many sources is because for the last 5 months I’ve been working on/off on an independent (secondary) research project. Since “all the easy problems have already been solved”, I decided to try and compile a map and a report on: Highly Dangerous Global Trends & Risks to humanity. I self-started this personal project in 2014 and my goal was (and is) to:

  1. Analyse public data & media info which may be related to major threats to the well-being of people living on Earth, with a focus on Europe, particularly Roumania and Eastern Europe;
  2. Identify dangerous trends, sort and rank the main threats in the following categories: Environment, Human Society, Economy, Geo-politics and Technology;
  3. Attempt to produce accurate ethical insights which reflect the real truth, and not some profit-driven agenda (e.g. corporate/academic/governmental/private-driven agenda);
  4. Suggest viable ethical solutions using my existing and newly gained knowledge.

Therefore, in the last 5 months I read a fair amount of info from multiple sources (many of them didn’t actually make this list because of their too strong bias), and what you see below is my curated list of balanced-bias information sources. While my self-driven purpose is to find as much factual information as possible about what’s really going on, I’m well aware that the complexity is enormous and I can only cover a tiny percentage. However, based on my progress to date, I think I’m on the right track, so with a bit of luck I’m hoping to publish my first draft with my findings in the next couple of weeks.

Now to get to the “how-to” part, please note that all the web-links below are for an RSS news aggregator. (i.e. Firefox’s Live Bookmarks or Thunderbird or Liferea). For a comparison between the available RSS news aggregators please see this Wiki page. And if you’ve never used RSS feeds, then you may want to see this short tutorial for Thunderbird. (the principle is the same for all aggregators). So why am I using RSS? At first because RSS is the most efficient way to quickly go through 100s of articles per hour, and considering my goal and scope, time is of the essence. For those who are not familiar with news aggregators, please see the RSS benefits listed below (and for more info visit tutorialspoint):

  • Save time by not visiting each site individually.
  • Control the flow and quality of information you receive.
  • View and scan multiple content streams simultaneously.
  • Ensure your privacy by preventing the need to join each site’s e-mail newsletter.
  • Obtain fresh content automatically, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Avoid missing information if you forget to check a certain site.
  • No ads (a well-configured hosts file helps. alt1; alt2).
  • All news sources in one place. For example:

Liferea_ovi So now without further ado, my Top200 RSS info sources for ethical activism and global research are:

==== RSS ROMANIA ====

(all in Roumanian, for English sources just scroll down)

Surse Principale

Mass Media Romania

Economia Romana

==== RSS EUROPE (All in English) ====

EU info sources

==== RSS WORLD ====

Earth and Environment

Essential Sources

Human Rights

Independent Info Sources

Economy and Business

Research Centres

Global Mass Media

Tech and Science

Health and Nutrition

Knowledge and Development

Prepping and Survival

Fun stuff

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Aye! arrr.. 😀

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2015 in Academic, IT stuff, Personal, Romana

 

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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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