We humans are constantly getting ahead of ourselves
Continually in a hurry to make progress. Always pushing the limits of what is possible.
That’s the way we humans are.
We adapt to situations and then try to find an advantage that can be leveraged for personal benefit. We try to make the best of things, even if it means making things worse for someone else.
We want to expand our locus of control and create a sphere of certainty, stability, and security for ourselves and then expand it for greater control and potential advantage within our context.
It’s a primitive mindset that has been passed on from generation to generation since humans activated the urge to compete instead of cooperate. To look down on others instead of seeing everyone as equal. To think more highly of ourselves instead of thinking of the common good.
These choices are conscious choices we make because of our environment, the context in which we find ourselves.
We’re naturally competitive, and that’s why we get ahead of ourselves—it’s because we want to be ahead of somebody else. To have them know we are superior to them.
The main thing that matters for this mindset is having an advantage. We claw-out an advantage for ourselves so we can exploit it. We don’t even look at consequences. We figure we’ll deal with them later if we think about them at all.
Our egos are what cause us to get ahead of ourselves.
We’re addicted to our egos, because our egos are addicted to competition. Cooperation doesn’t satisfy the ego.
Cooperation is a behavior of the heart. It is a skill of the heart.
Like all skills, it has to be practiced regularly if you want to get good at it.
This isn’t a message we get from our society.
The society we live in tells us it is better to listen to the mind and ignore the heart, because the heart does not compete or gain an advantage.
Our society is doing us no favors.
The way we’re going about building our society broken. We need to change the ways we do things. To do that we have to change our minds. Change our society.
We have to cooperate more and compete less. We have to stop getting ahead of ourselves. We have to stop getting in our own way.
We have to cooperate with our planet instead of continually exploiting it.
In order to change our behavior, we have to change our thinking.
In order to change our thinking, we have to change our minds.
We have to change our minds. It applies to everyone equally.
We can’t let this continue. We’re getting in our own way.
We know how this story ends. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy that perpetually profits from misery.
We have to change our minds.
Why should we continue to perpetuate systems and societies that exploit people, the earth and future generations?
We’ve got to change the way we do things. To do that, we’ve got to change our minds. We’ve got to liberate our hearts.
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 we can see how we get in our own way.
It will take changing our minds so our minds are willing to work with our hearts instead of ignoring the wisdom inherent in our heart.
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.
Spread the word.
Let’s dream together.
Originally published @steverigell.com