It’s funny how things work…serendipity that is.
I’d been debating what I wanted to write about today, because I had a lot of ideas, but nothing that stood out like I needed it to.
So, I checked my email and saw that the awesome LifeBlazing (Erika) subscribed to my YouTube channel. Naturally, I went and checked out her profile, at which point I saw a video by Terence McKenna, whom I happen to love listening to (Rest in Peace my man).
Within minutes of playing the video, I knew what I was going to write about today, and now my debate is over. Funny how that works isn’t it?
We Have the Power
Editor’s note: Many of the topics in this commentary are lifted from Terence’s speech. I’m not claiming them as my own, but merely wishing to expound upon them.
We have so much money, yet there are so many without it.
We have so much food, yet people die of starvation.
We have so much amazing technology, but some countries don’t even have electricity.
We have so much potential, but for some reason, it’s squandered potential.
I’m going to put aside my Ayn Rand’ish and capitalist opinions aside for a moment and as you to think about this with me…
“Why aren’t we better?”
We have the potential to build, as Terrence put it quite succinctly, a Utopian paradise here on Earth, but for some reason we continue to sabotage it.
Is it because we’re flawed? Possibly, but I don’t buy that.
Is it because we’re selfish? Could be, but I’d argue that many of the richest people in this world seek to make this world a better place. Yes, innovation is not always grounded in morality, but in many cases it is.
Of course, the dark side of innovation is things such as animal experimentation, human trials, hope and failure, and much more that stays behind the curtain, but still…I’d argue that man wants to innovate because he needs to.
We must contribute…we must have meaning.
So why then, are we not living in paradise?
Let’s look at the opposite side of the coin for a minute. Not the poor, but the poor in spirit. The people who lack not money, but satisfaction, motivation, and desire.
In Terrence’s discussion, he spoke of religion as the source for unhappiness, and although I agree with him on some level, I think we can get there without throwing religion under the bus.
When you look at much of the destructive behavior in the world, you’ll find that one of the common trends is short-sighted thinking.
Rob a bank because you need money now and aren’t thinking about jail.
Kill someone out of rage instead of taking a minute to think it over.
Sell crappy CPA offers online because it’s easy to get addicted to making quick money.
Wage war because of religion (must convert now), power (must dominate now), and/or greed (must own it all now).
There are a lot of unhappy people in the world that stay that way not because they don’t have a choice, but because it’s easier to sit and be unhappy than it is to strive for something greater.
Why make a utopia when someone else can do it for me?
And so it is now as it always was…one step forward, two steps back (sing it Paula). Potential improves, but desire remains stagnant.
Atlas can’t hold the world forever…someone has to pitch in.
Yes…I’m arguing that the people responsible for our failure, as a society, to fulfill our utopian capabilities, are those that are too weak to stand up and claim their lives for their own.
Too desperate to think past now.
Too lonely to make new friends.
Too tired to try something new.
It’s not that we’re flawed as a society, or even as a race, but that we’re always thinking about right now instead of 5 minutes from now.
If you examine the literature of any of the modern day Kings of motivation, you’ll find that many of them talk about finding triggers that motivate us towards action.
This is necessary because in most cases, the pain of losing something now, be it time, money, comfort, etc., is enough to keep us from taking action. Unless the future gain is more powerful than the current loss, nothing happens…and people stay miserable.
Problem A: Inability to Overcome “Now” Syndrome
We’ve all heard the phrase, “misery loves company,” and for the most part, know it to be true.
This gets us into the more deadly of the two utopian destroying factions, which are the people that not only can’t overcome “now syndrome,” but also can’t stand the fact that you have.
Some forms of this are:
That’s just getting started.
“All marketers are scammers.”
“The rich should give their money to the poor.”
Inequality, abuse, human rights violations, destruction, and sabotage.
These are the dark roads that lead away from a future in which we all have what we want.
It isn’t that the rich have money…it’s that they are tired of it being taken away by force.
It isn’t that technology can’t save us, but that skeptics are in power.
It isn’t that people don’t want peace, it’s that others want war.
Problem B: The Quest to Destroy What Other People Have
So what do we do?
Well for starters, if you’re reading this, and you are miserable, then get out of your prison. See your negative attitude and negative emotions as what they are and quit lying to yourself.
Don’t blame other people first…first look in the mirror.
If you’re reading this and you aren’t a member of one of the two deadly utopian destroying factions, then you need to step up and become more powerful than you ever have before.
I know…the ring is damn heavy, but you’ve got to get tham damn ring to the mountain. Throw that puppy in, and then help someone else get their ring to the fire too.
If the 2 factions are powerful, then we’ve got to become bigger, better, stronger, faster, and hungrier than ever before.
We’ve got to become crusaders.
Lastly, we’ve got to unite, and focus our energy on shifting the balance of power.
The most powerful entity on earth is not the government, an Army, or a nation, but the entrepreneur.
Everything is in place. We’ve got the web, social media, and our passion…now we just need a banner and a battle cry.
I say it often, but I’ll say it again…let’s build an empire together.
Who’s with me?
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