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Strangers in Paradise

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Paradise could exist for all of us today if we all knew what we meant by Paradise. Unfortunately most of us have been conditioned by our "betters' to regard Paradise as some future destination. Our ingrained cynicism, mostly gained from contact with our 'betters', has conditioned us to doubt that we would be welcomed into this future Paradise, and that even if it does exist, it would be reserved only for our 'betters' whilst we must queue for anything that is left over.

Odd though it sounds, another of our self-inflicted misfortunes was to apathetically allow civilization as a way of life to be foisted upon us. Yes we know that it happened back in the mists of time. But our belief in Reincarnation compels us to admit that we all were there and allowed it to happen, just as we always will allow things to happen until each of us boosts our value of self. But where would we be without civilizations you may ask? The most probable answer is that most of us would exist in caves or crude hand-made shanties, and would somehow survive (or not) by our individual efforts.

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This is noticeably similar to the existence of those, dumped by the system, and who now exist in cardboard cartons under cave-like railway arches. Many of this growing population of unfortunate people are neither winos, nor drug addicts, nor do they believe that the world owes them a living. In fact probably their sole contribution to their ongoing predicament was to trust a system that has little or no time for human beings.

The problem isn't the existence of civilizations; the problem is the herd-like fear-based apathy of civilization's billions of members. As a result we allow ourselves to be convinced that we need leaders to tell us what to do. We then blame our leaders when the long, ruthless scrabble of would-be leaders to gain and keep the leadership destroys most of the high principles the leaders may once have had. We again blame our leaders because once in power they realize that they in turn are helpless because they are led by national and international powerful vested interests.

These hidden leaders of leaders are remote businessmen and remote investors who no longer think just in terms of a decently earned yearly profit that keeps pace with inflation. Now business success means that the growth of profits must continuously accelerate, accelerate, and accelerate.

This same principle (?) applies whether the commodity happens to be luxury items or your basic supply of gas, electricity, water, or telephone service to your home, or a vehicle and fuel supply to get to work. All of these manipulative people that we have mentioned are trapped by a system that existed long before they were born. We are all trapped by the same fear-based system, and we all continuously go along to add our fears to the fears of the crowd.

Before we criticize others for their fear-filled greed, just think of how we all (including New-age enlightened folks!) react to the news of imminent industrial strike action by the bakers, or by the drivers of motor-fuel-delivery tankers. Suddenly the veneer of civilization falls apart as its individual members scrabble to strip the supermarket shelves of every trace of bread, flour, and yeast. Every service station is sucked dry as individuals impatiently queue to fill to the brim, fuel tanks, five-gallon jerry-cans and anything else that would hold some more motor fuel.

The first in the queues think, "Too bad about the rest, I've got a family to feed and support and a job to travel to." Only those who arrive too late think, "How selfish people are to hoard." But we all take it in turn to hoard or to complain because we were too late and must go without. From a child's first infant-school sports-day race he or she is taught to compete. This is the day when every child learns that no one is really interested in the many gallant losers, because it is the winner who receives the praise. More to the point, it is only the winner who receives the prize. This sets the pattern that will mould the child's determined usefulness to a long-established inhuman system. We describe it as inhuman because it is as if we all are compelled to exist and try to be, humans that care, whilst also we all try to fit inside a huge, intricate, mindless machine.

The machine is man-made, and has many parts that blindly and continuously move in every direction. If our ancestors were strong and fortunate they found and then received for self and their fortunate heirs, great benefits from the machine. But also they took and kept most of the spaces into which the machine parts never move. Any benefits and spaces that were left became the sought-after prizes in a ruthless competition to ride successfully on the parts that do move. If you are strong you will have a successful but hectic ride, until your strength wanes. Then the machine will cast you away because the machine didn't even realize or care that you were there.

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Why has a system been allowed to become blind and inhuman that was originally designed to benefit every human weak or strong? At least, for our benefit is what our leaders have always implied to us. The system has become blind and inhuman because we allow it to function without our human guidance. When we say "We" we mean everyone without exception.

In these latter years we all have read "New-Age' books that reveal the manipulative selfishness of the hidden and powerful few who manipulate and tightly circumscribe the powers of national leaders. Sadly no one seems to publish books about the billions of power-filled people that say nothing and allow the few to get away with it. Public opinion is a very powerful tool. It is a tool that up to now mostly is only used, or rather abused, by the system's professional manipulators. These cleverly manipulate the flocks of sheep-like minds that easily feel fear or comfort but seldom feel it is their own role to clearly think beyond their own personal and immediate needs.

As a result the media ensures that any protest group will be made to appear silly and odd until the growth of power of the group can no longer be ignored. Only then does it become fashionable and sound business policy to loudly give lip-service support to the protest group. Of whom does the original protest group consist? Mainly it consists of a few courageous individuals that refused to be led by their own early conditioning of fear-based selfishness that without exception we all receive. Instead these few used clear thought to empower themselves despite their personal fears and worries. This is no different to the hidden few, who use clear thought to manipulate the minds of others. The only differences are the motives behind the manipulations.

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I'm David Brittain, aged 76, English and living in Essex on the beautiful coast of East Anglia in the UK. I'm a low income retired pensioner with a selection of dreary ailments with which I definitely won't bore you, and a selection of opinions and (more...)

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