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Humanity really doesn’t want to change

jus' thinkin' 'bout stuff - 03-28-2022 - by steve rigell - https://steverigell.com/humanity-really-doesnt-want-to-change/

Gotta get mine while the getting is good has always been one of the default attitudes for humans. We’re opportunists. Predators. Parasites. Exploiters of advantage.

We humans have to admit we don’t care about each other.

We don’t care about other species. We don’t care about the systems and processes that support life. We think the rules don’t apply to us.

But just to make sure, we’re going to push things to the brink before we stop pushing.

Truth is, if you don’t know somebody, they simply don’t exist. They are rumors, beings you’ve heard about but never met. ‘Everybody else’ is an abstract concept that really doesn’t mean anything to most people.

They see it as a category that does not include them.

Even more abstract is future generations. We don’t care about them either.

We construct our realities within the smallest context possible, and filter-out everything else as much as possible.

This methodology has been in play for a long time. It has been passed on from generation to generation for many millennia. You could say it’s a tradition.

But this methodology is no longer sustainable. That’s assuming it ever was.

It wasn’t.

Our ancestors just didn’t really understand the message they were passing on to the next generation. The mindsets that were seen as most successful and desirable in the past have always turned out to be toxic, prejudiced, and selfish.

Mostly. There have been a few exceptions over the centuries.

But not caring about all those other people is no longer an option.

For one thing, you and I are in the group of ‘all those other people’ for most people. As it turns out, what’s best for everyone is what’s best for everyone.

But we’re a long way from that point-of-view.

Thing is, we have to get to this point of view pretty damn quick if we want to survive as a species without enduring major discomfort for a few millennia.

But we really don’t want to change.

So we probably won’t unless we have to.

That would mean having to change the way we do things.

But that’s the point. We do have to. And those of us who recognize this have to go ahead and show the way.

And that means we have to change our minds. Literally.

We have to change our minds. Rewire them. Change our assumptions. Get new mindsets and adopt another set of attitudes.

We have to change our minds in order to change our behavior. Behavior is based upon what you think you know is true. Thing is, a lot of what we think we know is true just isn’t true at all.

That’s a problem. A big one. That’s why we have to change our minds.

So we can stop ourselves from doing things the way we’re doing them today as a species.

We have to start working together, but things aren’t set up to do that successfully. That’s because our minds aren’t set up for cooperation.

So, we have to change our minds.

Somehow, we have to change our thinking, change our minds.

We have to find a way to keep people who do shit like this from getting power.

I don’t know what the answer is.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t do something about it.

When I don’t know what the answer is, when I can’t solve the problem outright or contribute directly to the resolution of a predicament, I Lend My Light.

Give it a try. Lend Your Light

It’s something we can all do.

Together.

It’s a beginning. The first step of a epic journey for our species.

Originally published @ steverigell.com

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