I was imagining a world that existed like this:
Each person’s wealth – that has been gained from ‘earning a living’ – is converted into tokens redeemable only by the ‘earner’, in an attempt to demonstrate who has what in this world. You carry around a bag with your tokens in it, showing how ‘valuable’ you are as a community asset. Then – surprise, surprise – the air you breathe becomes costly. You have to insert tokens into a local ‘breathing machine’ in order to have fresh air pumped – in a puff – into the atmosphere so that all living things can draw breath. At first there are communal machines – anyone can put tokens in to make sure that we can all breathe. Everyone does so with enthusiasm. We all have tokens, well, hopefully we have all earned a few, and we use them as is necessary. Those with tokens put them willingly in – in a fairly democratic fashion, no doubt. I put one – you put one. Etc.
Then the majority starts to run short of tokens. The air is getting tight, difficult to breathe. Like molasses. Those with big bags of tokens begin to become selfish. They resent putting extra tokens into the ‘breathing machine’ – despite the fact that they have plenty extra – when there are others that no longer ‘contribute’ to the air everyone breathes. The ones with tokens believe the ones without tokens should suffocate. They should die because they did not earn enough tokens to keep them alive. They believe this, despite the fact that they – and those ‘lazy time-wasters’ – share the same breathing space. The point is: without the ‘time-wasters’ – the dreamers, the believers, the lovers – the elite and their breathing would not even be a problem that needed contemplating on this planet.
Then – considering all – I came to the conclusion that human beings, being what they are, would never have condoned the manufacture of communal ‘breathing machines’. The capitalist mindset that manipulates the actions of the too-wealthy elite – those ‘with’ money – would have ensured at the outset that only individual ‘breathing machines’ were made, those that were built to the individual’s specifications. I am quite certain that those with enough tokens and their bespoke ‘breathing machines’ would be quite happy to watch with a ‘dejected’ sigh those without tokens who fall by the roadside and expire. I mean – if you are wealthy and well-connected you cannot be expected to save every piece of crap lying around on the planet, can you?
In order for military force to be eradicated from this world, all the countries on the planet would need to be trustworthy. They are not. Can you imagine North Korea ever opening up and becoming trusting of the rest of the world? You cannot trust them to be open for one minute. They are paranoid. Scared of watermelons. And that is dangerous; it makes for reactionary, trigger-happy. Certainly they are not the only ones who do not trust in this world. In fact I do not think any leader trusts any other leader, really. I am not surprised. Each has their agenda to try and squeeze into the Universal schedule and it would seem that when time is measured, as it is, there is no space in the calendar for charity.
The best loyalty is that which develops through ongoing mutual trust. You cannot force loyalty. You cannot employ fear and expect to be shown loyalty. Ever. Fear may force allegiance, but it cannot force loyalty. At base-level, loyalty is what you want. It is what you need in this life. When it comes to loyalty, tread gently, respectfully. You are working with heart. You cannot force your heart. It should be said that a forced hand is not a happy hand. It may do your bidding, but it will not move to save you when the tables are turned. And believe me, the tables are always turned.
A forceful spirit is not what to aspire to. Please remember, spirit is gentle. Unless it gets extremely angry. Let’s keep the collective spirit, calm. Understand that because of the way we have all built Earth, force is occasionally necessary – to explain in this day and age to a mindset warped by violence – that violence is not acceptable. After countless experiments it has been established that this is the only effective measure (with the majority, the masses) in getting a violent mindset to stand down.
Do you know that children learn ambition from their fathers? Perhaps it is because the father role is traditionally one of working parent. Bread-winner. The need to be the provider is inherent in many men. It drives them to do extraordinary things. It makes a difference if a father is absent from a family. It just does. A single mother can try as hard as she likes, she cannot role-model as dad and mom. For one thing, she is not a man. There are a lot of children without fathers. There are a lot of children whose mothers lie to them about their parentage. This is a sad state of affairs. Each child deserves to know who its mother is and who its father is. How else will they ever establish a concrete sense of identity? We are of our forebears. You cannot escape that reality.
There are a lot of children being bred that will not stand out as remarkable because they have not been taught about competition, ambition. If you do not stand out as remarkable in this world you will find that your career options are few. There are too many of us on this planet. Competition is fierce. Ambition is important. So is competition. Both will take you far on the path towards realising your full potential. If you are not striving for something, you are not going to learn just how magical you are as a human being. You need to push yourself to get the best from yourself. There are too many people sitting down wondering what is going wrong in this world. It is time people stood up and gave the best of themselves to benefit the rest of humankind. By giving your best to the world – in your unique way – you are nurturing yourself and growing your soul. That is the best news about giving of yourself. It is an investment in your future. To do that, though, you need first to find the best in yourself. That is not a one-minute job. You will spend your entire life finding your best if you are bothered to look properly.
It is irresponsible to cultivate children who do not understand competitive sports, for example. It is short-sighted to ask children to learn that it’s okay to be part of the majority. If they blend in with the rest of their peers then who is going to be doing the independent thinking for these children? Competition stimulates children. It encourages them to achieve. To feel pride. It is the mismanagement of pride that serves as a problem in so many lives. If you take pride in context – and have the understanding that it is a formidable part of the ego – it is useful. Just take pride in the right things. You know what the right things are.