My YouTube comment before visiting the “Free to Choose Network” Facebook page:
I appreciate the importance of your discussion about ideas, what they are and how they work so, what I am about to say is not a criticism or judgment; it’s meant to expand the conversation. How does the mercantilism of the military-political-industrial, for profit, combine fit into your model of business as peace-creating? War for profit is an old game that is a large part of the reality we create.
If nothing else, this exception to the rule points out how challenging it is to work with more than just a few ideas in our mind at the same time and how critical curiosity and patience are to understanding what ideas are and how they work. It may also serve as a reason for why we tend to break up and compartmentalize so much of our thinking and doing.
I love what you’re doing, and I’ll follow you on Facebook and Twitter. It’s my belief that the value of an idea is in the experience it creates and what we can learn from it. Cheers!
My YouTube comment after visiting the “Free to Choose Network” Facebook page (some different, isn’t it?):
Wow, when I clicked on the link to your Facebook page, I discovered that the “Free to Choose” website is related to the Cato Institute and free-market, anything goes, capitalism. Is this entire discussion a ploy to win converts to a conservative worldview, which is based on service to self alone and maybe just a few other birds of a feather?
It’s obvious from reviewing the first few posts on this website that it’s meant to serve advocates of free-market capitalism or “capitalism without conscience.” Where are the questions? Where is the curiosity? Where is the interest in discovering what works best and makes us all happiest when it comes to the business of exchanging goods, services and caring for the environment? Why is there no mention of the business of war and killing for profit and control? Selective perception and false representation is not an option if we’re interested in the long-term human survival or, at least, it doesn’t seem to be.
Maybe it’s time to recognize that when we choose values like money, power, and privilege as our primary measures of success, our thinking tends to narrow and become earthbound. When the fear of suffering and death moves us in the direction of material obsession alone, we must resist. Without moral principles that take all factors into account, our judgment becomes impaired. Common sense tells us that when we choose to believe that “enough is never enough,” and “the ends justify the means,” it creates an imbalance.
We cannot ignore the fact that, as Beings of Aware Energy, we are all connected as well as separate. If we choose to ignore our oneness with and separation from All That Is, we do so at the risk of perpetuating ideological conflict. If we continue to limit awareness to the material side of Being and Creation, how can we maintain our balance long-term? What do we want most for our children, ourselves and the world?
Roger/ Pete Peterson – https://realtalkworld.com
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Instead of money, power and privilege, would love, truth and joy be a better measure of success? One set of values isolates us in the material world of separation, scarcity, and competition when we use it as our primary measure of success. The other establishes our oneness as well as our individuality and acknowledges our role in creation itself. Values like love, truth, and joy encourage us to live for the love of Being and Creation, instead of running from the fear of suffering and death. They inspire us to find and express what we like most about ourselves and ALL That Is, instead of justifying ruthlessness, cruelty, and manipulation for the sake of short-term, personal survival.
In life and business, how often do we ask: is what I’m doing worthy of my highest ideals? Do my actions improve the quality of life or undermine it? Do they improve humanity’s chances of survival or threaten it?
How we define ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which, in turn, creates our reality. If we don’t take responsibility for choosing our beliefs, we unconsciously absorb those around us. In other words, we create reality from what we believe, whether by fault or default, intentionally or unintentionally. How can we afford not to question all beliefs?
Should a meaningful “education” include developing the audacity to do for ourselves what others will not or cannot do for us?
What do we want most for our children, ourselves and the world?
What can we do today for the selves we’ll be tomorrow?
What works best and makes us happiest?
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of our experience. Look for them!
Affirm what you believe!