YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE ATROCITIES OF THE WORLD! Now that I have your attention I can elaborate this message. Lately I have been writing about topics which I have carefully studied and then presented through the filter of my consciousness. Now I will write about what has been on my mind lately. I reflected on my own thoughts and actions, this is a kind of therapy and way to express myself as others might do through music, painting, physical exercise or other form of self-expression. The result is a rant about the human condition and global perspective on how fucked up the world is.
*Heavy breathing* Where to begin…maybe from myself. I have noticed that my level of empathy and compassion towards the world and all living beings is fluctuating radically between apathy and anxiety to make the world a better place for all. Faced with the colossal wave of issues in the world one can feel quite helpless and insignificant, throwing one to wonder what can I do to improve the situation. This is the core of those issues, when one is faced with overwhelming flood of information about the suffering in the world, it is quite easy to feel apathetic and ignore the facts. Humans have astonishing ability to filter out negative things and rationalize one´s behaviour, this has been seen over and over again in history. Race and civil wars, genocides in Ruanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, Germany, witch hunts, colonization, destruction and enslavement of technically less evolved culture, crusades and the list goes on all the way to the beginning of recorded history. These acts were not committed by emperors, kings, presidents, cult or religious leaders, CEOs, Illuminati, Freemasons or the one percent. These were done by ordinary citizens, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, elderly and even in some cases by children, they were responsible for those massacres, as are you and I to all the issues in the world today.
People are group animals who are easily led to they own destruction (or killing of other human beings) by an alpha monkey which in modern terms is authority figure of some sort. Blindly following orders, laws and lack of scepticism towards the system makes you a sheep that can be controlled by manipulating your emotions and fears. This was proven in Milgram´s study where regular people were asked to shock people to death by a person wearing a white lab coat. Before the experiment it was evaluated that only a few percentage of those people would deliver the killing shock, surprisingly 65% (26/40 people) did it. More recent example of power of the uniform was when Anders Breivik visited the island of Utøya wearing a police uniform and gaining the trust of people before slaughtering them. Other things that radiate trust are titles such as doctor or expert. Would you take my words more seriously if I had PhD in psychology or I would be an expert in social interaction of the masses?
There might not be such thing as an optimal system for human beings, however, by questioning things and thinking outside the box we might get closer to it. So what is going on in the world today? Well there is clearly one dominant empire, USA, which has had over 20 years to act as the world morale police bombarding democracy, one shell at the time, to countries which are strategically important or have natural resources which are needed to feed the ever increasing consumption of predatory capitalism.
While we are on that subject let´s not forget the slaves who make those cheap prices and increasing consumption possible! You might think slavery was abolished and banned hundreds of years ago, it was, and still today we have approximately 27 000 000 slaves in the world. That is more than double the number of enslaved Africans transported across the Atlantic Ocean during the entire history of the trade. AND the slaves are cheaper than ever! Once I was walking by a jewelry shop and saw some people who were enthrallingly staring the pieces in the street window. I almost could read what they were thinking: “OOOH SHINY! ME WANT! PRETTY!” I think the last thing on their mind was the slave in some dark hole digging up those materials. Now I hear someone thinking something like this: “Well we can´t think like that all the time can we?” We should. If you don´t understand the consequences of your own actions you ought to reconsider if you are fully sentient human being or just might not give a flying fuck? Besides forced labor there are of course women, children, and occasional men, sex slaves and those house slaves doing the menial tasks at homes around the globe. I have an advice for those people working in banks, marketing, stock market or investment sector etc. Why do you bother exploiting the world and humans in so minor way? There is more profit in human trafficking, fast growing area of business with early revenue of about 32 billion dollars, 2/3 of them are women bound to be sex slaves so they are quite fragile and won´t put up much of fight. Same smuggling routes are used for people, drugs and guns, you could combine all of those but human trafficking is less controlled by governments making it more easy and safe. Don´t you also miss those days when advertisements were more honest?
*SIGH* So what practical things one can do here in the West to manifest change from thought to reality. Here we have the opportunity to live in such luxury where we can ponder this question and focus on developing oneself to fullest potential. Even though we are bombarded daily with messages of fear and inadequacy, financial crisis due to the need for ever increasing growth (ridiculous idea by itself) or that there is some things YOU MUST BUY to so you would complete, better looking, or other crap fed by advertisements. You should RECONSIDER do you really need all that crap to impress people you don´t like by doing a job you hate? Do you really need your own apartment, cars, tools or other things? Why not share with or borrow them from your neighbors or even crazier, to live without them. I have covered our economic system in a previous post but to remind you it is not based on the real world or is in any way sustainable in the long run, economic crisis is not a real thing. By participating to this madness of consumption, you are enabling its existence.
Another thing you can do is civil disobedience. Stand behind your values and ideas, if you don´t believe in god or other concepts that comes with the religion, part from the church. If you don´t do it, it´s like having gym card and not going there. Quit all systems and institutions that do not reflect your believes, next thing I am going to do is stop being part of the army reserve. I went to the army when I was young (it is mandatory in Finland), I could have gone to do civil service but at that time (about eight years ago) I was not brave enough to do it so I did what was expected from me. Now I am correcting this by going to a one week course and after that no one can tell me to go kill other people in case there would be a war here. It is a quite unlikely scenario but this is something I have to do to be able stand behind the things I say here. If there are laws, social obligations or commands that you think are not right, do not take part in them. Simple way to send a message to the society.
Even if you are not faced directly with war, oppression, death penalty or other forms of cruelty you should make yourself heard, question existing reality and views, and try to challenge other to re-evaluate their worldview. The world is changed one mind at the time and it is literally a painfully slow process. Menial mundane chitchat has its place, however, try to bring up topics that are in some ways questioning yourself, others and the system. The power of change is within all of us and only you can shape the world to the way you want it to be. Go outside, online and do something or even reflect these ideas within your own mind. That is the beginning of shifting the global consciousness which might lead one day to a better world.
Lisa Kristine: Photos that bear witness to modern slavery