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True value emerges from simple lives

jus' thinkin' 'bout stuff - 03-07-2022 - by steve rigell -
What compromises do we make to live in complex societies?

The values of complex societies are contrived. They are compromises derived from personal agendas. They are aggregations of approximations of lessons learned in the past that may or may not have application in the future.

The values of a life is not the wealth amassed. It is not derived from the places traveled or the people you know.

The value of a life is its impact on other lives, on life. The impact of a life can be measured by its impact on life.

Once a society becomes so complex that life is not valued or, in our case, when profits are valued more than, not just human life, but any life, it is by default in a state of overreach.

But complex societies come with comforts and conveniences. With beguiling entertainment and seductive distractions.

So we overlook the shortcomings and ignore the compromises we make in the name of necessity because we know we can’t trust the people we are living with.

In complex societies we can live next door to our neighbors and never even know their names.

This could not happen in a place where people live simple lives and care for each other.

We lose something when we agree to live the way we are living.

We must change the way we do things.

The lifestyles we accept are not sustainable.

We must change our minds because we must change the way we do the things we do.

If you really think about it, the only way this can be accomplished on the scale and in a timeframe that can make a difference is magic. It’s the only logical choice. If we don’t use magic, it won’t happen in time. It won’t happen in mind, either.

We must change our minds. The way we’re behaving, the choices we are making, is not working. We have to stop doing the same things expecting different results.

It will take changing our minds so we can find the reasons to make better choices. It will take changing our minds so we can see consequences and their causes.
It will take changing our minds so our minds are willing to work with our hearts instead of ignoring the wisdom inherent in them.

We must change on a fundamental level.

We must change on a massive scale.

We must change before we can no longer do it.

Obviously we need a miracle. If you want to attribute that miracle to God or to magic or to people working with the laws of nature, it doesn’t matter. We all still need to do our part.

It’s the least we can do.

Lend Your Light.

Spread the word.

Let’s dream together.

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