Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Simplicity of Understanding

A lot of people seem to be offended by the thought that what they know to be true, is obvious and self-evident to everyone as well -- and not just the chosen few they think they are, who therefore deserve more than everybody else -- and even a special place in heaven or on earth, for just themselves.

There seems to be a “need” in people of a previous generation, to distinguish themselves above all the others -- in the assembly line mass culture of the last century, convinced as they were, that they were in fact merely cogs in a giant machine not of their own making.

But what makes everybody un-alike, is the understanding of the world we all live in. To those with a greater awareness of what is going on and possible, the world seems limitless; to those who think there is only one thing going on, and there are no other options and choices, the world seems like a death sentence -- until they actually die.

People don’t differ as greatly in material possessions and wealth anymore -- as they do in the appreciation and gratitude for what they have -- which really makes all the difference, once a person passes the marginal subsistence level and issues, which is most people, although many despite what they have, will try to convince everybody else that what they have, is far less than they feel they are entitled to and deserve in the world -- which is everybody else’s portion also.

For such people, whatever they have is not nearly enough, which is less and less about their actual possessions and needs, but what they have been convinced they are now “entitled” to. In a previous generation, that might have been simply a secure retirement and freedom from want; now, many people have been convinced (by their financial planners), that they have far less than they are entitled to if they do not have a vacation every month in whatever location they choose, with all the splendor and luxury they are now entitled to in retirement, even though while working, they could never provide that lifestyle for themselves.

But now, in retirement (or disability), they think it is their entitlement, that the rest of society must provide it for them -- or somehow they have been cheated. Of course those at the forefront at propagating such nonsense, want to be the leaders of this society, rather than rightly seen as merely the greatest con-artists of these times, who delight in their ability and power “to fool all the people all the time,” as though that were the penultimate of leadership in these times.

Thus such “leadership” interests fewer people now who recognize that the greatest impact in their lives are the individual choices they now make rather than the communal ones that are often imposed on them, for those who don’t want to think for themselves and make their own choices. But that is just their own choice -- and not the way it has to be for everybody, including even themselves.


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