This article is in response to an excerpt from Carroll Quigley’s book, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time.
His book describes the different forms of capitalism as they have evolved, how to control the levers of capitalism to maintain balance, and how capitalism has been used by a handful of individuals to amass enough money and power to control business and government. In effect, only a few people control the world, at least in their own minds and in the minds of those directly under their control. It’s a report of what has and is happening with capitalism, who’s responsible for what and how it can be remedied by mechanisms already in place, if they can be made to work properly.
Quigley’s history of money and banking is excellent as far as it goes but, like most observation, news or reporting, it doesn’t go far enough. Instead of acknowledging the role of beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations in the creation of reality, it, like all news reporting, treats people and behavior as mechanical forces that must be controlled by external means, mechanisms that promise reward or threaten punishment.
External value judgment systems that define behavior as “right or wrong, good or bad” unwittingly treat us as blank slates that must be written on, empty sponges that must be filled or clever robots that must programmed. Little do we realize that it is our beliefs themselves that serve as invisible blueprints for the expression of our behavior. As we think, we create. Change what we think, and we change what we create!
Until we understand that we’re not only products of creation but creation itself, that it is our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations (Consciousness) that create reality, we’ll continue to report on events and try to control them through mechanical forces that reward and punish. And we’ll continue to create a world where individuals feel the need to escape life instead of embrace it. An addiction to extreme wealth, power and privilege can be as much an escape from life as an addiction to drugs. We can choose to live for the love of being and creation or mindlessly run from the fear of suffering and death. The choice is always ours to make.
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 choose to believe about ourselves, and the world around us.
If we don’t 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.
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!