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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.


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.


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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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