I find it absurd
I don’t just find it absurd. I find it absurd, ironic, paradoxical, idiotic and somewhat disheartening.
A casual observer could look at humanity and conclude we have no idea what we are doing.
And, of course they would be right.
We are a relatively inexperienced species in the grand scheme of things.
We’ve never done what we’re doing before, so of course we’re going to make mistakes.
Still, it is disappointing that humanity continues to be so unaware of our negative impact on our environment. How can we be so unwilling to cooperate with and honor the miracle of life?
Our evolution as a species can be traced most easily by our destruction of other species and our own. We should probably classify the history of our species as one continual mass extinction.
We pretend we don’t even know it.
But we do.
But then, that’s the problem with awareness — it can’t be legislated, it can’t be taught, and it can’t be learned, but ultimately, it can’t be stopped.
Awareness emerges continually from itself if it survives. If it doesn’t survive, it will re-emerge from life in a different form that may or may not have more survival potential.
Have you ever wondered where awareness comes from? How does it happen? If you’re into musing, it’s a good one to ponder.
The Amazon Paradox is just one of many indicators that we are not as sophisticated as we give ourselves credit for being.
Perhaps it has to do with language and one-sided expectations. Since other species and the earth are not speaking up for themselves, and are not openly resisting our exploitation of them, we just assume it is our right to be the exploiter, and the exploited has no rights.000
Unfortunately, we apply this same thinking to our own species.
This kind of thinking has to change if we are to survive as a species. It has to change if any extant species is to have a reasonable chance of surviving.
Meanwhile, we are humans are chitter-chatting about cyber currencies, all wound up about virtue signaling, and relentlessly excited that the stock market went up again today.
We are capable of displaying so much more depth as human beings.
Pogo was right. We have seen the enemy and he is us.
We don’t have leaders. We have psychopaths who manipulate their way into positions of power. It isn’t just in high-tech software that the inmates are running the asylum.
Letting these people be in charge is a problem.
But then this points out a problem shared by all the problems we are creating for ourselves.
They don’t have solutions. And, that is a problem.
What that means is we are in a predicament. It means we will face a series of dilemmas — choices between two equally unpleasant outcomes. The dilemmas will escalate and increase in unpleasantness the longer we put them off.
The outcome of our choices will decide our fate as a species.
We are likely to find out how much unpleasantness we can endure. But that will happen at the individual level. It is individuals who always do the suffering.
Our reductionist approach to problem-solving isn’t going to work for us this time. That’s what makes our predicament seem so overwhelming. There are just too many dilemmas and they are all woven together. We have truly painted ourselves into a corner.
We have to change things on a fundamental level. We have to change the way we think. We have to stop shutting down our hearts.
We must change our minds. The way we’re doing things isn’t working. We have to stop doing the same things expecting different results.
We have to change our minds so we can liberate our hearts. We have to stop making our hearts do mind things. And we especially need to stop making them do mindless things. Liberate your heart and let it guide you. Reclaim your genius. Visit beginnersmind.xyz to learn how.
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