One of the most interesting articles I read in a long time. Thanks CE and Arjun for this.
When I came across this discussion triggered by Josh Jones, a writer and musician based in Durham, NC, from filmsforaction.org, I couldn’t help but ponder just how many people out there feel the same way about “work” and what we do in exchange for food on the table and a roof over our heads, among other things.
This sentiment reminds me of a video published by The School of Life (click link to see), which brings to light the fact that no matter how little sleep we get or what problems we are having at home, mental blockages and other things that can arise during the human experience, we are and always have been told that we must be at work on time, ready to go without excuses.
This doesn’t seem normal or near natural, yet it’s something we are forced into.
Mental illness is on the rise, take depression for example, an issue that’s now affecting more than 15 million adults, and that’s just in America alone. Could the current human experience be one that’s contributing to this rise? Are there more miserable people now because we basically spend our lives doing what we can to survive while ignoring what our hearts want? Are we not giving enough time to our wants and desires beyond the material world, and do we even have time to do so?
Josh sums it up quite well in his first paragraph:
“Why must we all work long hours to earn the right to live? Why must only the wealthy have access to leisure, aesthetic pleasure, self-actualization…? Everyone seems to have an answer, according to their political or theological bent. One economic bogeyman, so-called ‘trickle-down’ economics, or ‘Reaganomics,’ actually pre-dates our 40th president by a few hundred years at least. The notion that we must better ourselves – or simply survive – by toiling to increase the wealth and property of already wealthy men was perhaps first comprehensively articulated in the 18th century doctrine of ‘improvement.’ In order to justify privatizing common land and forcing the peasantry into jobbing for them.”
My favourite part of that excerpt is the fact that he calls attention to the fact that all of us are simply working for a small group of elite people that, through the corporations they run, basically control almost all aspects of our lives. Their idea of “globalisation” or a “New World Order” is one that requires our participation, and our consent. This type of system, one in which basically all of us are economic slaves, is one that we’ve become accustomed to.
A great quote comes to mind here:
“Humans are so strange. We can climb mountains, explore the deepest oceans and travel to space. But for some reason we can’t move past this idea that we need political overlords who tell us what we can and can’t do with our own lives.” –Unknown
While we blindly continue to follow others, the world has experienced something it has never really experienced before. A massive paradigm shift is happening, a shift in the way we view, feel, and perceive our world and the current human experience. Not everybody is happy, and how could they be? When living on a planet where you die if you cannot pay for your life, our passions and heart’s desires slowly drift out of sight, unless we do something about it.
While we’ve remained complacent, and simply accepted the human experience for what it is, those that created our current economic model continue to destroy our planet and have absolutely no regard for preserving the integrity of the planet and all life on it. At the same time, large amounts of information are kept from us, all we know of our world is what’s given to us by the same people who designed this life for us: the corporate mainstream media.
Information alone is a threat to so many corporate interests.
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This shift has come as a result of new information that’s now hitting the eyes and minds of millions, if not billions. This became evident when alternative media sites that cover global corporate corruption, as well as new discoveries in various fields that are ignored by the mainstream, like new energy, started to receive up to a billion views per year. Furthermore, whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and organizations like Wikileaks have also helped out hugely.
That all stopped when some of these sites, like CE, were labelled as “fake news.” An ironic title from mainstream media, isn’t it? They even appointed who they felt just to determine what’s real and what isn’t, as well as started a massive campaign to censor information that does not come from mainstream media news networks.
There is a lot more to the world than what we are presented with. Being so busy with our 9-5 and trying to survive, many people still can’t be bothered about it. When presented with information that’s outside the box, it’s common for cognitive dissonance to sink in.
What’s most frustrating about the current human experience is that it doesn’t have to be this way. This is where Buckminister Fuller comes in. Fuller, one of the most creative and interesting minds in modern history once said that “One in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a wage.”
This is something we at CE are well aware of. We’ve personally come across technologies that can revolutionize the planet. Although it depends what consciousness is operating behind that technology, it exists. Our entire planet could be, in a modern way, completely off the grid. There are so many wonderful creations and ideas out there that make a utopian society possible, it’s so simple that most people have a hard time believing it. The idea that we don’t really have to work to live on this planet and live a good live is still impossible to imagine for most, and that’s because we’ve been indoctrinated to believe that the current world economic model and globalization are the only way for humanity to move forward, when it’s doing the exact opposite. In my opinion, food, clothing, shelter and more should not require little pieces of paper along with a bits of our soul to receive it, a human experience that utilizes all of our developments instead of concealing them, one in which our leaders look out for humanity and the best interests of our planet instead of following the orders of their financial masters is desperately needed. Michael Jackson’s famous line, “they don’t really care about us,” rings true, but it’s not true for everyone.
Along with this consciousness shift, this realization that the wool has been pulled over our eyes, is the fact that consciousness interacts with our physical material world in ways that are not yet understood, and that is an encouraging thought given humanity’s change in thinking with regard to concepts that might not have fit the frame approximately a decade ago.
I won’t go into any specific examples. I’ll let you ponder how a utopian society would work, or how all of our needs could easily be provided for. Scarcity is something that doesn’t have to exist, neither does supply and demand. These were all creations by what’s known today as “the 1 percent.” The system was designed to benefit them, not us. Something new needs to be created, a new way of life that requires the complete shut down and change of our current economic model. Just as Fuller said:
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Fuller did not believe that we need to have wage earning jobs to live, and that if we do, we are not able to pursue our passions and interests unless they are for monetary gain. That’s an interesting thought, since when we grow up there are several “careers” to choose from. Is this simply the illusion of free will? We already have set paths chosen, there are only so many options, and our entire purpose of being “educated” or, as I like to call it, indoctrinated, is to make money. Do we really love what we do? Or do we just tell ourselves that? Can we even determine or identify our passions, wants, and needs in this world? Or are all of our wants, needs, desires, and passions given to us from the corporate world in the form of mass media, advertising, and marketing? Why is it that so many of us are all into the same material things, acquiring the same material things, yet never questioning the human experience? Have we become too comfortable? Change is never easy, and always greeted by ridicule. This is exactly what the human race is going through: we are recognizing the need to change currently on that path.
In a New York Times column on Russell’s 1932 essay “In Praise of Idleness,” Gary Gutting writes, “For most of us, a paying job is still utterly essential — as masses of unemployed people know all too well. But in our economic system, most of us inevitably see our work as a means to something else: it makes a living, but it doesn’t make a life.” Bertrand Russell, a prominent British philosopher, mathematician, historian, writer and political activist agreed, stating that “Immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous.”
Jones puts it well:
“In far too many cases in fact, the work we must do to survive robs us of the ability to live by ruining our health, consuming all our previous time, and degrading our environment. In his essay, Russell argues that “there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different from what has always been preached.”
I agree. We do tend to glorify the idea of “hard work” as something to be proud of, without ever really taking a step back and looking at this human experience through an observer’s lens.
Russell referred to this type of an existence as a “slave state” operated by “those who give orders.” He calls it politics, which he elaborates on as having no real “knowledge of the subjects as to which advice is given, but only to manipulate: the art of persuasive speaking and writing.” This reminds me of the Sophists in ancient Greece, who used their intelligence and their ways with words to make life difficult for people.
“What is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid…in a world where no one is compelled to work more than four hours a day, every person possessed of scientific curiosity will be able to indulge it, and every painter will be able to paint without starving, however excellent his pictures may be. Young writers will not be obliged to draw attention to themselves by sensational pot-boilers, with a view to acquiring the economic independence for monumental works, for which, when the time at last comes, they will have lost the taste and capacity.” (source)
His stuff has been talked about for decades:
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays (“the father of public relations”), Propaganda, 1928
So, you see? Our lack of questioning and/or complacency has led to an interesting experience, one in which many are desiring change.
Can We Really Do What We Love In This Type of Human Experience?
So, is it possible to do what we love? Well, it might be a task to even figure that out when we are given our choices and paths in life. Furthermore, we have to pay rent, put food in our stomachs, and provide ourselves with the basic necessities. Even individuals with full time jobs are struggling to do this. These jobs take up to 8-10 hours of our lives every single day, so if you come from the belief that you cannot pursue your passions, you are in the company of many, including the two brilliant minds listed in this title.
To pursue something you love in this world, and are extremely passionate about it, it won’t be for monetary gain all the time. But we still have time to pursue the things we love as opposed to spending that time going to bars, or partying with friends. No matter how many excuses you have, if you love something there is always time to pursue it, but tell that to someone who just came home from a hard day’s work and has no mental/physical energy.
I am a big believer in the power of manifestation, meaning that one can manifest experiences into their lives with a shift in consciousness. Sure, the current human experience is a very hard one. It’s not easy, and for a soul to thrive here means they are very strong, especially if they will not quit in their pursuit to follow the call of their heart. That being said, what happens if you let the fear go and just start doing what you love, as much as you can? What if you take that road, and if you do so without worry, things workout for you? I believe if we want something badly enough, through the power of consciousness, we can manifest our own human experience, especially if it is something that’s rooted in the desire to do good for all. Based on all the science, history, philosophy and most of all, my intuition, this is something I firmly believe.
I’ve been able to be part of the CE team for several years now, and prior to it, it’s what I dreamed about. Being part of a team and having a platform to share information that we’ll never see in the mainstream media and to be in a position to bring new ideas and information to the world is all I wanted to do. I wanted it so bad that it’s what I did during school and when I had to work another job. I was always engaged in my passions, yet always heartbroken that I could not go through life solely pursuing what my heart beats for. But look at me now – I’m doing it.
I had a tough experience waking up to facts I was once unaware of, and on top of that was the normal human experience that just wasn’t resonating with me. What helped me manifest my experience?
The first thing was changing my perspective of the human experience. Instead of seeing it as a slave-like system, and labelling it as that, I chose to view it as an experience. I believe that this short lifetime is not our only one, and that this is my opportunity to “play” within the human experience. I looked at it as a challenge, and an opportunity to overcome many obstacles.
This helped my outlook on life big time, and instead of taking on a victim role where I felt hopeless and unable to change anything, the very perception of me looking at life as an opportunity is what helped me.
Life is too short to not put forth the effort into pursuing what your heart beats for. Yeah, it’s not easy I know, and it’s not hard to see why so many people believe it’s downright impossible when we have so many other duties to tend to.
Personally, I never perceived it as impossible. I was willing to die, go homeless, or whatever. There was no fear in me. We even have modern day science conforming that factors associated with consciousness, like thoughts, feelings and emotions, can actually affect our physical material world.
If you believe it’s possible, it is. If you don’t, it isn’t. The last thing I would say to you is that it’s not going to be easy, and will provide your life with a number of challenges/opportunities for growth. The joy lies within the journey itself, not within the ends.
Just imagine, if human beings created an experience where all of our needs were provided for. As mentioned above, we have more than enough potential to do so…What would we do with our time? It’s simple, we would explore, contemplate and discover. After all, that’s our natural state from birth, until we are told how the world works and what we are to do in it.
We’ve been brainwashed for so long and taken out of our natural state that it’s really time to create a human experience that resonates with all of us, and what we and all life are meat to do, and that’s thrive.