Submitted by BongChief420 on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 4:17am
We are only limited by what we can conceive of, by what we think it is possible to accomplish.
That statement might sound like some wishy-washy statement Mom said to you at bedtime when you were 8, but I'm serious. Essentially the human mind is a projection engine. It takes what you know and have experienced, and allows you to project what may be possibile based on the information you already have. Which is why adults are generally considered to be more knowledgable. Given their extended experience, there is a higher probability they understand how to navigate the game of life.
Unfortunately, most adults are enculturated to this system. And because many have realized the same thing I explained about our government themselves, they have decided that change is impossible. Maybe they buy green or try to do their part here and there, but ultimately they are defeated by their own projection engine (or lack thereof).
The idea of affecting a large, positive change hits one of two roadblocks generally. The first is that it is possible, but would take a seemingly impossible amount of effort for one reason or another. And the second is that the human psyche is not capable of creating the world in which I speak of, where human beings can inhabit a peaceful, collectively beneficial world that continues to better itself.
Then what inevitably follows when one feels like there is nothing they can do, despite their knowing that something needs to be done; is they settle. They accept what is. They set out to make the best lives for themselves they feel like they can under the conditions. It's better to play the game then to end it by trying to create an improved game... right?
This is where I disagree. The bottom line is that to change the way you think takes work. Think about your mind for a moment as a piece of self-programming software based on perceived reality, or more simply: Monkey see, monkey does and learns from the effects. Humankind is basically a giant run of our accumulated trial and error. So if our perceived reality at it's core is aggressive and selfish, we are going to adapt to excel in those conditions. That's what the human organism does.
So to change the way our society works, our culture works, and the way we affect the coming generations; we must work towards consciously examining our own minds and the programmed set of values we have already unconsciously allowed to take prescience.
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