When a person is raised within a system or culture of any kind, they tend to believe that it is the natural way to be, and possibly even the only way to be. In other words, we don’t question it, even when it fails to work.
Not everyone in the global economy is suffering, but many people are. In the west, we hear lots of talk about “austerity measures” and “tightening our belt,” as if we as nations suffered from overeating and needed to go on a diet. It is a natural outgrowth of the dominant Protestant philosophy that historically has said that we must be very severe with ourselves, or God will punish us. And if God does punish us, then we no doubt did something to deserve it. So if we are suffering from lack or poverty, then surely we have displeased God.
There can be no doubt that we as a society have overindulged in many things: energy, cheaply made material goods that are readily discarded (out of sight; out of mind), land development, the very trees themselves, and, last but not least, human life, spent in our many wars and military actions, or lost through suffering, neglect, or corporate greed (unsafe working conditions, exposure to toxic substances, etc). Our current society has been formed by the view that the Earth was gifted to us by an external God who said, “Here you go. Use it all up.” And we nearly have.
Yet, even as we have overindulged in these things, we have an astonishing lack of the things that we truly need as nations and societies: healthy, clean food and water; decent housing; healthcare; quality education; human dignity and worth; the true opportunity to pursue happiness without economic enslavement; and a healthy, unpolluted environment and planet. And yet our fear of going without the things we have overindulged in has driven us to create even less of these things that we truly need as a single human race.
Ponder for a moment an entire subset of the human race, invested in something called “the economy,” which is run entirely on Monopoly money. That is all that our currency is. It’s a game. We have collectively agreed that currency has a value, and that certain work and goods have a value, and that if you want to avoid this thing called “lack” or poverty, then you have to have a pretty good stash of this Monopoly money. It’s ridiculous when you stop to think about it. Think of all the lives that are either exalted or ruined by the amount of these pieces of paper, most of which don’t actually exist anywhere except as numbers in a variety of computer programs. People actually commit suicide because they end up on the losing side of the game board.
Now imagine that the things that truly make life worth living do not have a value in this Monopoly game. You cannot put a price on love, friendship, or a healthy ecosystem. But you can put a price on the destruction of these things, so those things take on more importance. And they have. And here we are. Monopoly money has ended up in the hands of a relative few, while millions starve or are virtually enslaved in third-world countries which supply something we call “the middle class” with cheap gadgets. And now this middle class is hurting, too. Why?
With all of this austerity and belt-tightening, we have begun to agree collectively that there is a lack (not enough Monopoly money), and that we cannot afford the things we truly need any more (education, healthcare, feeding or housing our neighbors), so there must be suffering. Is this really the world we want? Apparently, because many people now believe in it, and belief will make it so.
Unfortunately, this belief is causing us to eat our future. Consider: we have cut public education back so severely that the next few generations will pay for it. Society will pay for it. We will have less knowledgeable citizens with fewer skills to solve our problems, which are grave. We have cut back on programs that help pregnant women and children to eat. Children who are malnourished will pay for it the rest of their lives with lower aptitude and opportunity. It is a vicious cycle. What we are doing is eating our seed corn.
Now, this is a bleak picture, and I do not want to leave you with that. There is hope. There is always hope. What is required is for humanity to wake up to this and to see the illusion—and their power—for what it is. This is happening. No, it will not happen to everyone. It doesn’t have to. It only has to happen for enough people. I believe we are there.
All of our systems are in a state of failure. Be glad. They need to fail. In their failing, we will collectively create a new way, a better way. Many are laying the groundwork for this. Consider Greece, that paragon of profligate shame. The Greek people are suffering from what is basically bank-mandated austerity; the bank wants their money, and the people must pay the price. But in this process, the Greek people are reinventing themselves. Watch it closely. Many have already returned to the land. They are simplifying because they must. They are rediscovering what is truly valuable (and it’s not the Monopoly money).
We are an amazing species, and we are undergoing an amazing shift in consciousness. Many already see the illusion for what it is. Do not be afraid to let it go. Spirit will provide. Abundance is your natural state. Trust in that. Do not trust in what is corrupt and failing. Instead, open your mind and heart to new possibilities. We can have paradise on Earth, if we really want it. If we really understand that it can be shared. If we really understand that the Earth itself and our brothers and sisters who live upon it must share in it, too. The Earth is not ours to use; it is ours to share, love, and respect. Everyone can have what they need. The trick is to understand that you do not need to take more than that to have value, or to be happy.
Here is a great video from Bashar, as channeled by Darryl Anka, on this subject. He explains it well: