Why Doesn’t Our World Work…What Can We Do?

The human race is an egotistical bunch.  If you are trying to depute that…it’s not you…it’s your ego arguing with me.

I say this not to stir up dissent; I say this because our massive egos have been holding us back from creating a world that works everyone.

It’s really strange to think that we have been putting up with this bullshit for this long.  Living in an abundant world by its very nature, we still have managed to deplete the earth of many vital resources and uphold a separatist attitude which allows inequality and poverty to perpetuate.

When you put it like that, it’s a bit weird to think.

Even weirder is that we support this type of “weirdness” in all we do.  Just take me and my life for example:

  • I strive to be known be others (with only a few good reasons why).
  • Much of my attention is on myself rather than others.
  • A good amount of  my focus is put on making money.  I actually believe I am different from many people as my earnings has come as a product of creating valuable things that I am passionate about–which has not yet equated to much monetary success, instead a simple living.
  • I have no true need for about 50% of the things I buy.

Well…it looks like my life consists of a bunch of selfish wastefulness when you look at it in this context.

It’s easy to see that our priorities are completely out of wack.  Much of this is culturally and structurally embedded while being upheld by a lack of inquiry into these system flaws (I will not say apathy because I feel that people truly care…even if some don’t know it).  The media fuels massive distractions and an indoctrination of collective belief systems.

Before you see this as some crazy stuff I just decided to post on a random Monday…take a look at our lives:

We work to make a living (structural)…how important our work is to you is based on many cultural factors (as well as others).  Because we work 8-10 hours a day it’s hard to give much attention to anything else.  All else that falls within our small scope of attention typically relates to friends, family, entertainment and others interests that typically are a reflections of our friends, family, entertainment and work.

Therein lies the problem…the cultural and structural (social, political, monetary) forces help create our beliefs and actions.  Money and status are the drivers behind those forces.  Which brings us full circle back to our ego driven world.

Woahhh…what a rant.

Forget that…it would be denigrating to call this a rant.  This is a call for awareness and consciousness.  It’s a call to transcend the cultural and structural boundaries that are inflicted upon us.   It’s a call to put contribution before status.

It may be too overwhelming to take on the system flaws of this world…still…we can all do our part to collectively create social change.  Be aware, look beyond yourself, and start contributing to others!!

I would love to hear your thoughts on how we can collectively create a world that works for everyone.

If you are interested in joining a community that is looking to do just that…signup for early access to the Be Social Change website on besocialchange.com!

-Nothing but <3

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6 Responses

09.26.11

Wow,

This was refreshing to hear! Someone else out there who thinks we may just be chasing the wrong things after all.

I think it’s very encouraging to hear another person say “I’m impressed and proud by what you DO, and not as much of what you earn.”

Am I alone in thinking that material incentives of certain careers sometimes distract and lure people away from the careers that they maybe would have enjoyed more? – Maybe even one that they would have been more productive or contributive at?

Thanks for the piece, Brenton
-G

09.26.11

Thanks for the awesome comment Greg…it’s hard to see the wrong things as the wrong things and rightfully so.

I completely agree about your point on careers and compensation…it often masks our full potential…and because much of our world is based on self preservation many people opt into careers like that. However I think we’re seeing a movement away from this. People like us are starting it :)

09.26.11

Love it.

It’s nice to hear this sort of insight and consciousness through the social media world. This post is precisely why I chose to become an educator: there is more to life than living for ourselves, and I choose to live it for our future generations. It’s made me pretty happy so far. Those little buggers are adorable, and even more so when they melt your heart with how aware and conscious they can be.

I like that you pointed out in your comment reply that our world is so focused on self-preservation. So focused, in fact, that we’ve all become hoarders: we hoard money, resources, etc. all so that our inner circles don’t run out of resources. We aren’t trusting in the rest of humanity to share the abundance of resources that are available to us. It’s the scarcity mindset that has made us all so selfish, and it’s gotta stop.

09.26.11

Massive props to you Miss Karen! I think the more you look at what’s going on now…the more we will recongnize that Gen-Y won’t solve the massive problems of our world…I think we will lay the foundation for future generations!

On your other note, scarcity does rule the world and it’s perpetuated by some of the biggest companies in the world doing what they do really simply for self preservation rather than adding value to our society. We need more like you Karen :)

09.26.11

Great post! I absolutely agree with every point you had to make about how fraud and twisted our society is. I mostly focus on educational system and consumerism on my research, but I believe they are all related to each other. As an entrepreneur I understand how most startups focus on creating “hit” social platform contributing to wasting human resources. But to be honest, this whole problem is just too big of a scale that it is literally impossible to fix. Tradition and culture isn’t something that can be changed over night with some brilliant idea. You can call me a coward or pessimist, but I don’t think this problem can be solved solely by a startup or two. Give me a feed back, I would love to hear from you :D

09.26.11

Thanks alot for the comment Justin. I agree with you…the system cannot be fixed…it must be transformed. Fixing implies we’re still working under the same paradyms that created the system in the first place, just adding some tweaks to make it better. Because of its breadth and scale the system would need to collapse in some way.

What I am talking about is more on a personal and interpersonal level. What if everyone thought of contribution before status…shifts would start to happen. It can’t happen with just the work of one person or startup…but they can be a spark or catalyst for it.

Love the discussion…would love to discuss this again at some point :)

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