What two things are we doing all the time of which we are usually unconscious but can be sometimes conscious of, if we stop to think about it? The answer is breathing and finding comfort. Every moment we are making ourselves as comfortable as we can, usually without any thought, but if we are extremely uncomfortable, i.e. cold or hungry, or cannot breathe, we will become conscious enough to try to rectify the situation. These are examples of how easy for us to overlook the obvious or the habitual. And just as novelty wears thin with time and experience, so it so it can be so with consciousness.
With all the problems with the recent presidential election, something obvious has been overlooked imho. One is that our method of voting cannot be trusted, it really is subject to massive fraud, whether it happened or not. But perhaps even more important is the fact that in every presidential election we never have much of a choice, since both parties represent the corporatocracies that finance them.
So, it should be obvious that if the choices are so limited and skewed away from representing the best interests of the people, there is no real democracy, that it is only an illusion, propagated by the mass media which are controlled by the corporatocracies. This is what needs to be changed, not to look for better candidates. The systemic change we need is to restructure all governments from vertical to horizontal which is virtually incorruptible, decentralized, by and for the people (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wywMhg604W8&feature&fbclid=IwAR3HcZvrdRJvRNqMRZ3m6t3hvuac7bTXlxnQn-WjutSbWoWXOw7iW7AAEd4).
The same could be said about our economy. It is unjust and incentivizes destructive behavior, i.e disregard for the environment. The whole idea that each of us must fend for ourselves, compete against everyone, and find a way to be in the flow of money, to have an income, or face dire consequences such as homelessness, hunger, and lack of health services, or in other words, all of our basic needs for survival.
Why would we ever accept such a system when it is obvious that to thrive as a society we need to cooperate and collaborate? This current system is the breeding ground for corruption, crime, and war. Why do we continue with it? How is it that this is constantly overlooked?
Has anyone ever noted how in this current system, those with the most money have the most options, hence the most freedom and those with the least money have the least freedom, the least options. Has anyone ever noticed how unfair this is? I should hope so. Everyone needs to be equally free.
One could say that the current multiple crises that humanity faces is a result of these and other oversights, culminating in many very bad decisions. Good and bad, I define these terms as only having relevance when they are in reference to something, otherwise they become only judgements, which imho have no value. So, in this case, when I say "bad decisions" it is in reference to the health and welfare of our species.
I am watching a bird outside my window. He is constantly moving his head, observing or watching out for itself, constantly vigilant. It lives in a predator/prey world. Our world is similar, but it needn't be. It is only this way when we allow our animal nature to dominate. We, unlike all other animals, have the ability to live ethically. Yet we don't. We live in an unethical, unjust world, a world with many guarded hearts not fully open. We can change all of that when humans choose to be humane.
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