We all know how hard it is to nudge anyone in a new direction. Even those close to us resist change and to be honest, we all resist change. Even those of us who champion change resist. Bibles were created to freeze us into the past so they are not about change. Politics is not about change, no matter how loud they shout, it is about protecting the status quo. Most of us will be sitting ducks to change, especially violent change that we are not prepared for.
Misplaced trust can cost us everything, as those poor souls in India are after being shut out of their bank accounts. Trusting the banking system is what most of us do as a matter of habit. It is probably a habit we should have eliminated yesterday. All the signs are on the wall for the next banking crisis, however for most, not even a megaphone shouting in one’s ear will have us running out to withdraw our funds from the banks.
USA Today warns: “Chances are good that you haven’t thought much about the safety of your bank deposits lately. Most of the time, like now, it’s just business as usual for financial institutions. But when banks get into massive trouble, lots of bad things happen. Just think back to the last recession, when hundreds of financial institutions failed and depositors worried about the safety of their money. That’s why it’s good to review the basics of deposit insurance now and then — just in case.” They then spend much of the rest of their essay trying to convince you to relax, its not a problem.
It really is a neck and neck race between what will smack us hard first, a financial crisis or a climate one that will take food off our plates. Both crises are looming like a tidal wave that is sucking up the water from the beach before it strikes. And of course we are racing our way to war, which is always a dangerous affair, to say the least, in the nuclear age, and we are killing ourselves off with pharmaceuticals, a host of chemicals, continued mercury and radiation pollution and an alien invasion of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and antibiotics, which are getting heavily into water supplies.
Politics is not changing. We mostly have a bunch of sold their souls idiots running around being idiots. One thing all politicians have in common is they love to spend other people’s money and to spend money that does not exist. Some things never change.
People are not happy with what is going on and are actively protesting in Hong Kong, Iraq and the farmers in Belgium. That’s the short list and authorities are not happy but they are prepared having known for years where the world was heading and how unhappy people were going to be about it.
Martenson implies we’re fractured and divided on just about everything and will have an impossible time especially on a gigantic change away from hydrocarbons through a massively expensive energy transition, especially in a world out of money.
He is correct of course for we are having trouble trying to agree on which gender(s) should use a particular bathroom.
Spiritual Psychology of Change
All relationships begin a rapid death when people resist growth and change because that is when communication breaks down. Love gets destroyed when communication breaks down, and communications breaks down because people are not interested in real change. Our willingness to change is the only way we can convince ourselves and others that we are in fact absolutely committed to love.
Communication Psychology is the psychology of change because it recognizes that communication itself heals by leading us into a deep process of growth and change. It recognizes that communication taken to the therapeutic level leads a person into a confrontation with the ego, that part of us that hates change. Not only do we need to fall in love with love. We need to fall in love with change.
If there is no will, no love to change, how can we change? Many people hang on to concepts that close them off from real change. The first step in the process of change comes with the openness to realize that our concepts are not reality. Concepts are only mental models of reality. All change on the being level happens beyond the world of concepts. Concepts are designed to prevent us from getting enlightened. Concepts are obstacles to change.
Change and Our Health
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Most of us know from experience that making lifestyle changes can be difficult. Sometimes years go by and we just don’t seem to be able to make the changes we desperately need to make such as quitting smoking, losing weight, getting back in shape, or kicking bad habits such as unhealthy eating. Then one day we walk out of the doctor’s office with a cancer diagnosis and we wonder why.
Our health is impacted by the lifestyle we live though many of us get away with bloody murder (or think we do) in terms of how much abuse we can administer to ourselves without obvious consequences. It’s a story that does not end well for many people. When finally faced with rapidly declining health, we just somehow cannot muster the discipline to make those dietary and lifestyle changes.
Love is the heavenly force that binds all as one, two as one, three as one and so on. Love is the power that closes the circuit between beings. There is nothing more beautiful than true love, nothing more needed, nothing more hoped for. And unfortunately, nothing more lacking in the world as true love.
That’s how I say it but feel Martenson says it even better. “Given the enormity of the challenge, and the fractured, divisive social and political landscape, you really need to plan for nothing happening. That no vision is coming along, no savior will appear, and that we’re going to merrily continue along until we run out of time and resources to do anything more than regret our mistakes. Odds are we’re going to keep heading straight along our current trajectory. Until — clunk! — we go right over the edge.” What he does not say is that there are many ways we are pushing ourselves or being pushed by forces beyond our control (Nature) over the edge.
So maybe an alien race will finally appear and save us from ourselves or just try to get rid of us like they do in all of the movies.