SOS BOOK - Chapter 2.1 What a world! What a mess!
The world is in a bad way! What a mess! Everything seems in CHAOS. This seems so apparent. Bad news is everywhere! We watch it on television, read it in the press, hear it on the radio and view it on our internet feed. If it’s not overt conflict & death, then it’s fear of more terror.
WE EXIST IN A STATE OF GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY & GREAT TURMOIL.
Political instability contributes to this uncertainty, triggering uprising or revolt. Each nation fears some other. One community resents another. Extremists of all types stir up even more anger & hate.
This global disorder & distress is superimposed on even deeper layers of poverty, inequality, discrimination and unfair distribution of resources. Added to this are occasional natural disasters or epidemics, as if the rest were not enough! WHAT A WORLD – WHAT A MESS!
There is even suffering & despair to be had even closer at hand. Almost every day our local news confronts us with more murder, rape, violence or conflict.
EVERYWHERE THERE IS UNCERTAINTY, MISTRUST & FEAR.
What a world! We seem to be in a bad way. We live in this turbid & toxic soup and call it our home - our World! We can’t help but be somewhat affected! We become tainted or contaminated by what goes on around us. It then gets transmitted to our families and even affects our personal relationships.
EACH OF US BEARS THE BURDEN OF THIS HEAVY VIBRATION. We cannot help but absorb & ingest it. It is always there, in the background. It’s so pervasive, so corrosive & so contagious as well. We then transmit this toxic vibration to all those around us.
Most want the world to be different and better in some way. Most agree the current situation is not optimal. Some really want to help change the situation and play some active part in this. They invite others to help.
There are many ways to help. For example, by saving an ecosystem, helping a community project or supporting deserving groups.
If we do this, we usually feel better, at least for a while. We can say to ourselves that we’ve tried something, contributed some help or donated. This reduces our feeling of complicity or guilt. It eases our sense of helplessness and hopelessness.
THERE ARE MANY USEFUL TEMPORARY OR STOP-GAP MEASURES.
But all these measures are only that - temporary! There is something far greater we could also be doing as well, which we will discuss this later. Perhaps ponder a while on what this might be.
WHEN WE SEE OTHERS SUFFER, WE FEEL SOME EMPATHY OR COMPASSION.
To some degree we can imagine the plight of others. The ‘mirror neurons’ that scientists have discovered in our brain, also reflect this feeling back to us. The closer or more relevant their situation is to our own experience, the more we feel empathize or ‘mirror’ their distress.
SOLUTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO HELP BOTH THE PROBLEM & OUR OWN MIRRORED SUFFERING.
Most people agree that donating or doing something to help others is better than doing nothing. They also hope or believe their favored charity or project will be of some long-term help. In this way, we shield ourselves from the brutal reality: an ongoing disaster, unfolding on a world scale.
Most of us appreciate these small, valiant efforts to save the world. Even if we understand they’re just a token. We give those dedicated activists & workers our admiration and our donations. These are however just flea-sized efforts when we have an elephant-herd type of problem! Inwardly, we know these are just temporary band-aid type solutions.
THE REAL PROBLEM IS LIKE ‘A RAGING EPIDEMIC’ ON A GLOBAL SCALE – A PANDEMIC!
But we don’t know what else to do. The permanent solution still eludes us! That’s because we don’t understand the mechanism of our demise.
WE ARE EXPERIENCING A BEHAVIOURAL EPIDEMIC! It’s a disorder that both infects and affects our psyche. We have slowly become desensitized & rendered numb to our own feelings and the distress of others.
WE ARE EXPERIENCING A ‘LEARNED-HELPLESSNESS’ SITUATION.
This is happening on a global scale! But it’s not unlike the laboratory situations that scientists can create with animals as an experiment. Like those caged animals, we begin to feel powerless through constant exposure to shock or trauma. Finally, we no longer strive to change or escape the situation. We no longer even protest or rebel!
WE EVENTUALLY DETUNE OURSELVES & JUST SUBMIT TO THE SUFFERING.
This is an induced state of hopelessness & submission. This submission also has another effect. We ourselves are not in a mental state conducive to thinking clearly, deeply or creatively. So, we become dependent on solutions offered by others, however flawed they might be. So, we become reliant on others for answers . However, in this altered mental state, we can’t see the flawed logic or traps involved in what’s offered.
WE THEN ACCEPT ALMOST ANYTHING THAT PROMISES A WAY OUT.
What are we usually offered? What should we demand instead? Ponder these answers and we continue this important discussion in the next blog post.