Is it Capitalism?

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You see a good amount of information on the problems and viability of capitalism. That is the best that we can do, it appears, as far as finding a root cause problem of the existence we are creating. If you subscribe to the ideas that people need food, shelter, and clothing then there is a desire to figure out why some have so, so much and others barely are able to feed and clothe themselves.

A ‘rational’ conclusion would then be the economics or the methodology of the “social science concerned with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services” of our created existence.

The two main players in political economics are capitalism and socialism. Some even want to bring them together. They kind of already are.

But why is this piece of our created existence determined to be the “root cause” of our problems and issues? You look at the entire picture from a system perspective. Our created existence is one large system. Systems thinking “. . .often involves moving from observing events or data, to identifying patterns of behavior overtime, to surfacing the underlying structures that drive those events and patterns. “. So we see our ‘economic system’ as a pattern of behavior and seek to find the ‘root cause’ from the underlying structures that create our economic problem. I might be a little loose with the terms “root cause” and “systems thinking” here, but you get the idea.

So the conclusion of this little analysis is that our problem of people not having enough is caused by our economic system. Simple right? Too simple?

We are defining the problem base on an assumption. An assumption that might actually be the ‘root cause’ of the problem.

The assumption is that an ‘economic’ system is required for the existence we are creating. True, it was required for the existence we created yesterday. But we need to remember that it was not needed for hundreds of thousands of years prior to ‘civilization’ creating the need.

Bam! Right of the bat, new readers will run for cover. Any criticism of ‘civilization’ gets a “so what” or “you’re crazy” or a roll of the eyes. ‘Civilization’ has created the means to discredit criticism through the mechanism of its own creation. Rationality.

So most humans are stuck with “What else are we going to do?”. “How are we going to live without technology?”, “That is just ridiculous.”.

Humans can only imagine being without things.

Viewpoints of what will be missing. Human’s poor imagination from the Cartesian world view is unable to connect to wonder. Wonder drives the imagination. Human can only imagine being without things.

Until that changes, humans will continue to kill themselves in large and small ways.

Glimpses

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You have only one “You” to give. “You” are not your life. Your heart reveals life is “You”. The many and the one.

We can’t accept it. For mind has grown and sees no way out of the box we have called ‘life’. Light still shines dimly from the heart cause we were taught to keep it quiet. We’re afraid to open it cause of the riot, but that’s just more of the training that’s been going on. Babylon, Persia, Maya, Aztec, China, Rome, England, USA, it goes on and on.

It’s the one thing we haven’t learned. What happens when you see so much and you see no way out? Can it be we haven’t gotten to the truth? That we create the dialog for the dialogs’ sake cause it don’t work when you deconstruct?

We missed applying evolution to ourselves. We can comprehend the concept of oneness with god. We can comprehend when someone says that they are ‘god’. We understand what is meant by that in the realm of understanding oneself. We understand that there may be an evolutionary advantage for us as our brains evolved this concept. We understand that ‘god’ can be a concept. We understand that ‘god’ can be ‘real’.

We don’t understand that we took responsibility for ‘life’ when we started civilization: that we took responsibility for our own evolution. We went from accepting what is provided to “I can do it better”.

That part of us that gives us rational thought just took off for the last, I don’t know, 30,000 years. It required that the information coming from our heart center be turned down. We did. Now we’re here wondering what it means to take responsibility for oneself. Glimpses of the heart can be blinding.

If we turn the heart center back on and integrate with our now super powerful egos we might be able to really take a leap in existence.

But it is kind of weird because to turn the heart on means surrendering. Super powerful ego doesn’t know what to do with that. That’s why we keep replaying this ‘civilization’ game.

Surrender to what, you might ask. Well that depends on your spiritual flavor classification, but what is important is the cognitive awareness you bring to the surrender. And that is that civilization is a human created system of existence that is destructive to all forms of existence. Yeah, all of it. Hierarchy, patriarchy, electricity, running water, all the “technology” and concepts of civilization. (We have mistaken our observations of lifeform interactions to be a hierarchy of life that has smarter life forms at the top. Well, not so much mistaken as a path taken in the directed evolution of ourselves. Since we can do so much, and pro-create so successfully, we think that we are at the top of existence. Therefore a hierarchy exists which then gets extended to other social concepts of existence.)

Progress or Atrocity

The quotes below come from the article found in the above link. The example here is just one of the most recent of numerous incidents over the years. Other examples are easy enough to find.

“Civilized” people like to think of themselves as ‘refined’ and ‘above the fray’ right? Or at the very least, developed and polite and ‘not an animal’. So what does it say about a ‘civilized’ people who destroy a group of people’s way of life in order to establish a WWF park?

For nearly a decade, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been working with the Congolese government to set up the Messok Dja National Park with the help of funding bodies like the European Commission (EC), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

During this time, WWF-funded park rangers have actively patrolled the area. The Baka, who are vehemently opposed to the national park, have routinely denounced the rangers, whom they accuse of violence, discrimination and torture.

One Baka woman described how “The wildlife guards just want to kill us. Once, I had just gone to do some dam-fishing. I was coming back with some fish to grill in packages made of leaves, to eat with my husband and children. I’m coming back with the pot of fish, I put it down. Just like that, the ecoguards grab me: Bam, bam, bam. For no reason. I hadn’t provoked them, I didn’t owe them anything. They just beat me and I don’t even know what for.”

Another man reported, “We just suffer these terrible beatings here for nothing. If they see us, they just beat us with machetes. Bam, bam, bam [on your body].”

This is the face of “Civilized Colonialism”. Civilization encroaching upon the remaining lands of indigenous people little by little until they create some “legal” means of legitimizing and rationalizing their disregard for life. In this case, a National Park is being created that encompasses the land where the Baka people live.

So what does this mean for the Baka?

Confronted with an alien way of life outside of the forest, the Baka face the very real possibility of food scarcity. “We live from the Lipolo forest: wild mangoes, fish, meat, wild honey and yams, everything… but it’s now blocked off and we’re left to suffer. We don’t know how we can live.”

How can this type of ‘progress’ and ‘development’ be condoned by anyone with a regard for life? Where are those groups and agents of morality and spirituality that ‘civilization’ is so proud of?

Why are they quiet? Could it be because they arose from the very foundation that created ‘civilization’? The thinking that is required to continue the spread of ‘civilization’ is the same thinking that allows you not to feel the repercussions of your behavior.

To make matters worse, the Baka communities have never given their consent for the national park, with one local Baka chief explaining, “We can’t agree to it. Everything is there: food, life, health all come from that forest. If we were to give up the forest, we’d be sacrificing our children’s lives, our parents’ lives, our own lives. It would be as if someone were committing suicide.”

The Baka remain resolute in their opposition to the project. The forest is not only key to their survival, it lies at the heart of their sense of community and identity. Life outside it is simply inconceivable to them.

Why is ‘civilized’ human so blind to his/her atrocities performed in the name of his ‘tribe’ – Civilization. Is it because if we looked, it would require us to acknowledge that it is the same path we took to now be where we are?

What is difference between what is happening to the Baka people and what happened to Native Americans? I’m not talking about the level or degree of harm to the peoples. I am talking about the process of civilization. So instead of going in and committing genocide through violence, civilized human now uses controlled violence and international law to get what it wants.

So I ask all ‘Civilized’ people – This is what you call progress?