Wake Up From Your Programmed State

Pink Floyd - The Wall comes to mind as an imagery of where we, the human race, is heading but Carl Sagan, prophesied exactly how it would happen in 1995.

I have a foreboding of an
America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the
United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
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The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance. As I write, the number one video cassette rental in America is the movie Dumb and Dumber. Beavis and Butthead remains popular (and influential) with young TV viewers. The plain lesson is that study and learning - not just of science, but of anything - are avoidable, even undesirable. 

The media has desensitized us to the pain and suffering of others and turned us into automated consumers, where the possession of things is far more important than common sense, empathy or compassion.

Consumer triggers our monthly events, filling the "emptiness" of our lives with things and pushing us to buy, buyBUY always buy more! 

  • January "Sales"
  • February - Valentine and Mardi-Gras
  • March - Step into Spring - Spring Specials /Easter
  • April - Easter
  • May - Mother's Day - End of Season Specials
  • June - Father's Day - Summer Specials
  • August - Fall Specials 
  • September - Back to School - More fall Specials - Halloween
  • October - Halloween - Christmas Early Bird Specials
  • November - Thanksgiving - Guy Fawkes - Black Friday???
  • December - Christmas - Boxing Day - Winter Specials

So all through the year, we wonder why we cannot save and the mind is occupied with collecting coupons, or looking for the next bargain that has been programmed into our minds via the media ads on TV, Billboards, Newspapers and the internet.

We have to have things, because there is no longer any real value in people is there? Let us keep buying until we can no longer fit in our own homes - Hoarding a mental disorder created by the program BUY!BUY!BUY! because it will make you happy. It will .... for the time it takes to get it into your home. The dopamine release, will make you happy for less and less time, and so you get addicted to getting new things, that you don't need. 

Fidget Spinners -
An example of Consumerism for Consumerism
Right now, without moving from your chair, think about all the things you have in one of the cluttered cupboards, closets or drawers in your home that you have not used or worn for more than 6 months. Will you use or wear it in the next 6 months? Do you really need it? The number of fidget spinners that will end up contributing to the pollution of our environment and our oceans is immeasurable. The people who have to make such items, are also impacted by the demands of our consumerism, and whilst they may benefit from being employed, under what conditions is that employment? Multiple fidget spinners by the number of other gadgets and items we do not need, and we start to understand the waste that we produce each day for the sake of consumerism.

It is time to review our value systems - is having that item really so important? Choose consciously why you purchase an item. What need does it fulfil and once you have it, how long will it fulfill that need for? 

We, humanity as a whole, are on the tipping edge of being unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true,  and in danger of sliding, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. Turning a blind eye to the plight of those who do not belong to our tribe/family, may serve us well today. Have we given much thought to when we are the one that becomes the other, the minority or "them"?  Remember, there will always be minority groups in society, surely we must belong to at least one of them!

It is time to wake up! Time to change behaviours. It is time to choose to behave like a conscious human being and believe it when our gut tells us that what is being done to another human being is wrong and unacceptable. We already know it is wrong because if it were done to us, our child or spouse we would defend them tooth and nail.  Is ignoring the suffering of others aligned with our values when we go to pray with our family or is our empathy and compassion conditional and exclusive?

Start making conscious choices that will positively influence and impact others. Stop endorsing people whose actions are incongruent with the values they are preaching.

Making a difference in another person's life begins with choosing to do the right thing, even if it may appear that we are letting down the fraternity or sorority. The majority of our peers also fear exclusion for speaking up, and the majority of our peers also want to speak up - let us be one of the minority voices that speak out against wrongful actions. Feel the freedom of actually saying no to sexual misconduct, overt or covert racism and inequality in schools or in the workplace.

Change begins with self. Choose to drop presumptions and assumptions about a person because of their skin colour, religious belief or sexual preferences.

Just for today - I see each person I meet simply as a human being. I acknowledge and greet them by simply saying "Good day maam/sir" and offer them a smile.

That is it. Have a great day. Good day to you all 😀💕


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