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Is there a root cause to our human crisis?

We need to sit back for a moment and actually take a look at the trajectory of our collective society, and the future we are going to create. I can assure you it is not a pleasant one. Our impact upon the planet, upon other creatures, upon the habitat, upon other societies, upon other political systems and anything that we consider to be the “other”, is devastating.

We have witnessed, since the start of the new millennium, a new war that has cost Trillions of dollars, destroyed countless lives, orphaned innumerable children, alienated societies and created more divisive hatred upon this planet than we have ever had before. It really is a sorry state of affairs.

Our motivation for this War is that we are under attack and so must defend ourselves. The enemy is multiple bands of “Terrorists” that can attack anywhere, at any time and we need not only global preparedness for these threats, but to go and exhume these terror groups in their own Countries in order to “convert” them to our belief in “freedom”, else they should be “terminated”.

These are all strong words, but they are descriptive of our state of affairs. When our Leaders decide to launch an offensive against a Country, are we aware of the amount of damage we are going to do to the lives of people? Our attacks are against people; against men, women and children, whom we will label as a Country or a Geographical location or as a group of extremists so that we don’t actually have to face the fact of who we are killing. We don’t want to know or believe that we are actually murdering humans, all we want to know is that we have protected “ourselves” by launching an offensive against “others”.

So we use the “otherness” of our “Leaders” launching an “offensive” against some “others”.

We are in denial of our own actions and motivations. We have to be in this denial, because, if we actually accepted and admitted what we are guilty of, then we couldn’t really live the way we currently are.

And this denial is a sign of our sickness as a society, as a population, as inhabitants of this planet.

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In order for us to carry on “protecting” ourselves against this global threat, we need to keep spending countless sums of money to fuel the industries, which keep this war alive.

Just to put some perspective on our global spend on defence. It is US$ 1.78 Trillion annually on a global basis, of which the bulk is spent by the U.S.

If we reprioritized ourselves as humanity, we could end global poverty in 20 years by spending US$ 175 Billion per annum. That is about 10% annually of our global military expenditure.

How much would it cost to end poverty in the World?

Further to this, there are some claims that Defense spending is much greater than we think. For instance, it is estimated that the U.S alone spends over a Trillion dollars annually.

Defense Spending Is Much Greater than You Think: more than $1Trillion a year

More expenditure means more industry means more false economic return which leads to more “progress”, more environmental damage and ultimately more unrest on our planet.

It’s a sad state of affairs and points directly to our sickness as a society. We are so driven by fear, that we will allow any atrocity to feel secure. We will allow the expenditure of this sum of money to provide a false sense of security whilst the same money is killing innocent “others” somewhere that is “not here”.

Do we ever think of who benefits from this sort of expenditure? Well, it’s the global Banking system and it’s key wealthy elite of course, the 1% who are on course to control 99% of the World’s wealth, and hence are in control of our media, our industry and our governments.

It is of obviously of immense benefit to the World’s economic elite that the War on Terror continue, but what is more subtle, and sinister, is that it is possible that the War on terror may have been “created” in order to drive the World economy in this manner.

There is a large amount of evidence supporting the “collapse” theory of the World Trade Centre. Have terrorists been “created” by our media. Are we being sold a story about Islam being the problem, whereas the problem is really the extreme reaction to our own attacks and violence towards innocent “others” abroad? Is our own Worldview the problem? Are we ourselves victims of a scheme to brainwash us into believing in an enemy that requires us to live in a poverty stricken World so that we are not attacked in our homes by grenade-wielding extremist assassins?

Something is not quite right here.

The U.S defense budget is, of course, the World’s largest corporation and control of the same drives trillions of dollars into the hands of the controlling Elite.

If the Elite gave up 0.5% of their wealth we could end global poverty.

Could it be that we are being fed a life of fear so that a few people, through their control of wealth and corporations, can get richer? Are we being sacrificed at the altar of their greed?

Is this the destiny of humans, to be driven to destruction by by fear and greed? Our buy in to fear is so strong that we will do anything to escape the discomfort of the feeling of fear, and we are prepared to murder to protect ourselves. The greed in this World is so powerful that the ones benefitting from keeping us in fear have a free for all at our expense.

We are all part of the momentum of this enormous machine that we have created, and now we must bear the consequences of it.

Look carefully and see you will see the hands of these two forces at work – fear to keep us pliable and agreeable; greed to drive more and more resources out of the Earth for consumption, so as to stockpile wealth.

These same motivational forces drive our stock market cycle, which goes up during times of greed and down during times of fear.

It is interesting to note that greed is, at its core, a derivative of fear. Greed comes about through the fear of not having enough, or of giving up what one has already acquired in wealth or stature or power. Both fear and greed become self-sustaining monsters when left unchecked, feeding off themselves to greater and greater heights. The results of these forces work through us in our societies and economies, and our current state of affairs is a testament their ability to cause havoc.

The problem with the World, is at its core a problem of fear.

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Issues of defense spending, the loss of freedom, terrorism, protection, war and all these are symptomatic of the real root cause, the real sickness in our society – and this is FEAR.

Anything created by man, be it bridges, airplanes, skyscrapers, computers, the Internet, the banking and economic systems, roads, electricity generators and so on, are all created within the mind of a human, or a team of humans. The World as humankind is creating it, is a projection of our thoughts into our society and onto our planet.

The problem with our collective trajectory is that we are not in control of our thoughts. Our minds are riddled with fear. We can then be brainwashed into believing, and therefore succumbing to, an agenda of greed. The start of all if this is in our individual thought, and in order to understand HOW we can change the destiny of humankind upon our Earth, we first have to learn HOW we can change what we are thinking.

We need to fully witness the consequences of our fear, how it projects outwards through actions and to realize, without a shadow of a doubt, that the mechanism of fear is what keeps us on our current trajectory.

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It may be difficult to accept that something so tiny as a human quality called fear can snowball into such a catastrophic destiny for humankind. However, if you look into the situation deeply enough, the root causes show through. After all, what is man made on this Earth is, by definition, made by man. And anything that is man made has its root in the human mind.

So to sum up:

  1. We are more driven by fear than we realise and perhaps even care to admit.
  2. It is easy to manipulate a fearful society into allowing “questionable” policies and actions to protect itself.
  3. Through our fear, we are feeding a huge and expensive machine, which is making the rich richer and the poor poorer.
  4. The start of the “War on Terror” was the collapse of the World Trade Centre. This collapse may not really have been caused by Terrorists, but rather in order to introduce a state of panic into the West and allow an economic military agenda to proceed.
  5. The state of the World is a result of our thinking, and our thinking is riddled with fear.  In order to try and gain an understanding of a solution, we need a solution to fear – the root cause. All other solutions would treat the symptom, not the cause.

This is where we will pick up next time, through an understanding of the residence of fear inside our minds.

In closing, there is nobody more succinct in his description of the human condition than Jiddu Krishnamurti, and here one of his many pearls of wisdom:

“Our minds are conditioned – that is an obvious fact – conditioned by a particular culture or society, influenced by various impressions, by the strains and stresses of relationships, by economic, climatic, educational factors, by religious conformity and so on. Our minds are trained to accept fear and to escape, if we can, from that fear, never being able to resolve, totally and completely, the whole nature and structure of fear. So our first question is: can the mind, so heavily burdened, resolve completely, not only its conditioning, but also its fears? Because it is fear that makes us accept conditioning.”