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Where to Find Truth in a World Gone Mad

In a world gone mad, the only remaining truth is that the advocates of this insanity are heralded as visionaries while the true visionaries languish as madmen. If we are to find any semblance of sanity and save ourselves from this grim state of affairs, we need to acknowledge that in order to be functioning and successful at the highest levels of an insane world, one has to in fact be insane - psychopathic, greedy, shallow and uncaring - all of the things that prevent us from having equality and fairness in the world, all of the things that prevent us from having a world of lasting peace and compassion.

If we are to examine the stories that our past civilizations have shown us as they rose and they fell, we will soon come to the conclusion that we have not been well for a very long time. All of the great civilizations, rising to power and dominating, and inevitably falling and crumbling, have all followed a pattern and have all paved the way for new ones to rise in their ashes. But after careful consideration of the facts, after examining the barbarism displayed by humanity throughout the ages, we can only come to the conclusion that it is now time for us to wake up and get it right, once and for all, before it's too late. And this time, the hour grows late indeed, for the stakes are higher than they have ever been - they encompass our very survival as a species. And all the while we continue to collectively focus on things irrelevant or minute - things that really won't matter in a thousand years. But so many of the choices that we should make, so many of the things that we should be paying attention to, things that will matter in a thousand years, continue to be swept under the rug of our collective consciousness. The biggest tragedy of all is that we already know how to create a better world, one in which we will thrive and continue to do so for thousands of years, yet we simply chose otherwise.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results - Albert Einstein

The state of the world is grim my friends, and if we continue upon the path we have made for ourselves, the future will prove to be much more so - it unfolds like this before our eyes with every passing day, and we all know it. No matter what our information bias may be, when you look at the facts, on the face of it today was not very good at all for the vast majority of souls on this planet, nothing that we should be proud of. And unfortunately, tomorrow is not to the extent to which we allow terrible things to happen, we are without soul, without humanitylooking all that much better if the past is anything to go on. The atrocities that we allow to endure - and in fact create - continue to amplify themselves as we grow colder and colder to their effects on our conscience, as our humanity slips away from us bit by bit. To the extent to which we allow terrible things to happen, we are without soul, without humanity. The state of the world is grim my friends, that much we can and should agree upon, I truly hope. I hope we can agree upon the fact of the grimness and pallor of our modern world, and if we cannot agree then you had best look toward the Bible, the Koran, the stories of our modern mainstream media or some other work of fiction to get you through the night.

The state of the world is beyond grim, if truth be told. There has been a common degradation of the infrastructures and systems that sustain our life and well-being on this planet for many, many decades now, and we are just starting to see some of the most poignant and gruesome consequences of this decline in these last few years in particular. Unprecedented poverty, war, despair and desperation are currently plaguing our poor planet more now than ever, and she is speaking back, more violently and with a louder roar than ever before. More violent, viscous and frequent storms pummel our shores, more rising sea levels threaten our coastal cities, more smog chokes our air, more record-breaking heatwaves, some killing thousands, more mysterious gigantic masses of corpses of various species appearing slumped on beaches and floating in bays across the world, with science unable to explain these phenomena other than through the obvious answers that we already know. More, more and still more, day after day, week after week, year after pathetic year. And still we do nothing; we lay like dogs in the sun while our masters feed us table scraps and occasionally let us run free in the yard for a time as they pat us on the head and tell us we are good doggies.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading - Lao Tzu

With our collective lack of empathy at an all-time high, with our health and spirits at an all-time low, with our wealth gap ever-widening and with our list of victims growing ever larger, there simply cannot be any other time than now to do something meaningful, for things are clearly not going to get any better if we remain like this. Things are going to continue on this path, things are going to fester and die, so there really is no logic in waiting further. And there is no sanity at all in propagating this current, sick system that hurts us all except for the precious few elite. All we have to do is make a choice, between love and fear:

It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace. - Bill Hicks

If they would have you believe their lies, then you would feel, like so many millions and billions, that you are powerless to make any meaningful change in the world; but you would be wrong. The status quo relies upon that very guarantee - that you will never think that you are powerful and that you will never, ever act. But there is another way. We don't have to live like this. And we should never have had to in the first place.

If we travel back in time 12,000 years, to Mesopotamia at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, we would witness the birth of modern civilization with the advent of one simple idea - the idea of agriculture. Once we started to tame the land, grow and harvest food and store it for the future, we catapulted ourselves the result of this thinking is evidenced in our modern world, in its inequality and injustice, in its wars and conflicts, in its opposing religions and ideologies, in its iniquitieson a path that we could not turn back from. And since that time, we have also slipped down a path of mental illness that we have not even identified, as some men wanted to hold power over others, as some men wanted more. The result of this thinking is evidenced in our modern world, in its inequality and injustice, in its wars and conflicts, in its opposing religions and ideologies, in its iniquities. Why do we continue to pursue the same way of thinking when science and technology continue to show us that we are making the wrong choices - wrong for our sustained survival and wrong for a just and moral world? Should we consider for a moment that we could be on the precipice of a revolution of thought, a revolution in our way of life, where war, poverty and injustice simply do not and cannot exist because they are immoral? Why do we continue to do the same thing and expect different results, after so many civilizations have fallen, again and again?

So then it follows, where does the truth lie in all this abysmal mess? How can we even begin to sift through the lies, the deception and bias that skews us, that binds us to a collective insanity? Indoctrinated with our very minds shaped since birth, how can we begin to see the light and shun the dark, to remove ourselves from ourselves for a moment and see ourselves for what we are - greedy, selfish, amoral and despicable? How can we open our eyes, and even if we could, where do we go from there?

While the temptation to avoid all of this is strong, and while denial is a powerful force, we can overcome these things, and we can prevail. We can rise above and we can find a way, once and for all, for all humanity. When does a reasonably intelligent population begin to rebel and reject the foolishness and agree upon solutions? When is it time to take back some of what's so desperately needed for so, so many around this collective home we share? What exists now for us to do is not only to begin to listen and accept, but to go beyond that and then get angry, and become informed and educated, and then create a plan of action and join the side of right, the decentralized, anti-figurehead, pro-humanity movement of thoughtful individuals around our beautiful planet.

The struggle towards an enlightened future begins with the search for truth, and that is a personal journey that begins by accepting our insanity and acknowledging that we need another way. That leads to questions, and objectively asking questions leads to knowledge, which leads to truth. While all of our paths in our quest for truth may vary, they all will lead to a brighter and happier future for all of humanity, and you can take part in this if you choose. Choose wisely, for our future hangs in the balance.
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