Is it possible for any of us to completely understand why things happen the way they do?
Putting this larger thought aside, why do some millionaires and billionaires, and want-to-be millionaires and billionaires, hate paying taxes so much they’d rather spend their fortunes to destroy our social contracts and turn us against each other? Why not spend that money on taxes for the benefit of all? Or, why not spend it looking for caring solutions to problems like over-reproduction, resource management and runaway growth? Why choose to be part of the problem instead of the solution? Where’s the satisfaction in that?
(In spiritual terms, we all take turns being and doing everything we can imagine in the process of coming to know ourselves. A rich person today may have been a poor person at some other time and in some other place. At one point in our spiritual evolution, we may have all been atoms of one kind or another to know what it’s like to be an atom, and to learn how to create at the level of the atom.)
Do you remember the game of Monopoly? When one or two people own all the money and property, the game’s over. Doesn’t money, like blood, need to circulate for society to survive?
It’s great to be good at something, even making money but when it goes far beyond filling personal need, it becomes disruptive. It throws the system out of balance. This is even more true at a societal level. When one group of people, or a country, attempts to set itself above all others, war and destruction will ensue unless lessons are learned. The same goes for the individual. If we don’t learn from painful experiences and evolve beyond them, we continue to suffer from them.
Are there similarities between obsession for money and obsession for drugs? Some people get rich because they love what they do and they’re very creative. Others get rich by doing “whatever it takes”. Those who get rich at any expense, are fanatics (see Seth’s three-part series on this website. He defines the difference between idealism and fanaticism). When someone is willing to lie, cheat and steal to get rich. no matter how much others suffer and how much destruction they cause to the environment, how can they be anything but a fanatic? This kind of extremism is what we, as a society, need to control. As a society, we don’t hesitate to throw a poor person in jail for stealing a candy bar. Why do we hesitate to throw a rich person in jail when they destroy the environment and people’s lives? What are your thoughts on this imbalance?
Aren’t we turning against the world when we let emotions like anger, contempt and greed rule our thoughts and behavior? In response, does the world have any choice but to turn against us, or at least, help see the error of our ways?
It’s not the individual or the corporation that needs to be controlled so much as it is the emotional appetite for money, power and privilege that is so all-consuming, it would destroy everything in sight. It’s not that we’re bad, it’s our ideas about who we are and what reality is that are bad. The poor kid in the ghetto who was picked on because of his heritage, Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744–1812), has much to learn as a spiritual entity when he grows up harboring contempt so deep he would plan a multi-generational takeover of the world’s financial system to prove his worth (Google his name for more information).
Pete – http://realtalkworld.com/
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“How you define yourself and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth
In other words, we create our reality from what we believe about ourselves, and the world around us.
If we do not consciously choose our beliefs, we unconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.
If our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?
The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.
Blessings of love and understanding be to us all!
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!