This essay is a long and worthy read, and I agree with much of what is expressed here.
I have said that as far as this country is concerned, if it has the word ‘system’ after it, it is broken. This includes our political system, education system, healthcare system, financial system, and more.
No need to get defensive if you work in one of these industries, I am not criticizing or demonizing the individuals who comprise the ‘cogs’ that make up these societal machines. However, a good machine – and these systems are a type of machine made up of people – is supposed to serve its master – humanity, and not the other way around.
Perhaps these systems did an excellent job of serving humanity in the past? But I think most people who are somewhat awake can see these systems straining to keep up with where we are at the moment. And yet we keep trying to prop these old systems back up because we are afraid of change and the unknown.
So it appears mother nature has forced our hand. Perhaps the powers that be – the few whom the current systems benefit disproportionately -and the afraid – those who fear change and the unknown – will try and succeed to prop these lumbering dinosaurs up a few more times? However, I think their days are numbered.
Gandhi once said, “be the change you want to see in the world.” I, however, would encourage you to simply, be the change. Be the change and the space in which all change occurs. Then you will not fear the changes that are coming because how can you be afraid of yourself? The truth is we can be afraid of ourselves, but only if we do not know ourselves. And this is why the ancient Greek philosophers (lovers of wisdom) said: “know thyself.” So how do we get to know ourselves? Meditation.
-Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP