Aren't we mature enough as a species, to face the really big bogeymen? You know, the ones hidden under the cloak of protection the early bullies (elite) donned back when the god/kings/queens had ultimate power? I am thinking we just went along assuming they had the right stuff to go with it, gods will and all that.
Then when abusive power became intolerable, the masses (people) would revolt and a new leader stepped up and life went on. Only not much really changed.
EX: Napoleon called himself an emperor because he was not a king, The king was like bad -right?
For revolts were merely adaptive measures, the ideology was/is merely massaged, but so far has not been ripped apart to analyze the whole from multiple perspectives, until now.
When seen in the realm of personal development, our culture appears to have maintained an early ego construct. The facade is crumbling. Throughout written history, through the rise and fall of power elites in religious, political, social, and corporate clusters there is a common thread and that is the idea of hierarchy. This is a competitive notion swathed in limited access "regulations and rules," making it lossy. It strangles innovation other than that which suits its own purposes!
The ladder of rewards is used to create that "something to lose" sweet spot (Howard Zinn, The People's History of the United States) that stops the lower steppers from getting too close to the "top" as then the middle protects the higher uppers. This protective device, this middle ground, middle class wall is a barricade. But it is also a cage!
So when the "winner take all" extremism is touted and rewarded, it is as acting against our better interests. At the end of the day the one winner with the whole of everything actually has nothing at all. When no one is left to cheer, to reflect back the glory that "winner" self disappears. Our culture is therefore suicidal.
I suspect these silly, archaic and limiting notions of who "we " are taught to believe ourselves to be, come attached to the myths, stories and ideas woven into our personal and cultural narratives. They are difficult to extract without focused effort. No matter, we need to go inand investigate, to keep that which supports our best of selves and let go of that which is blocking our true and healthy growth.
What made the mess will not solve it. Even as we speak about community, connectivity and relationships we have a huge gap in understanding. Our emotional shadow world has not been explored. This was tossed behind the barricade of "DON"T" and "SIN."
Problem here is that it is also part of the "who" we are. We need to understand wholeness. We need to understand our dark sides as well as that which shows up as light.
Consider that our classic run from fear (pain) is why we are now stricken by the consequences of our ways. Global warming, toxic newborns, dehumanization ramp up, mechanical walls that steal full sensory input/output, more dis-ease etc. We have ignored our wholeness and our responsibility to the whole.
We have made a hellish mess of many things. Instead of being at war with life, we can decide to be at peace with the whole of life.
Under the circumstances it looks like we all could do with a makeover. What about getting a new emotional, logical, mindful handle on our personal selfs so that when magnified in the context of the cultural psyche, the result is a manifest of truth, love, peace, happiness, health, abundance and creative curiosity? What about that?
It is time to enter stage eyes open. It is time to learn to accept and understand this simply vast and marvelous wholeness. It is time to accept responsibility, to stop the justification and face saving- it is time to put on our grown up pants. It is time to work together in the process of the doing, for this is how we can all learn the new ways fast enough to save our lives.
What if we decide to help each other reach maximal potentials? What if we really get how the sum of the parts are interrelated, are interactive and expansive -for this creates the more. This then becomes the "more" in the whole of all that is possible. (Gaiad Theory)
Embracing, accepting and respecting the whole of life, dissolves the power of the bogeyman. I suspect that deep down inside, we all know this..
deborah j barnes