Excellent and interesting article SI.
I wonder if all humans practice this at a subconscious level, not knowing what they do.
Our lives consist of what we believe to be true. Much of what we believe to be true in born from the beliefs of what other people believe. Much of the time, without critical thinking, without a real examination of other facts or possibility's, we come to a firm belief that has not been fully substantiated. We then hold onto these beliefs with a death grip, so blinded to any other possibility that we refuse to allow ourselves to change.
Without a thought, we will discard anything that is in opposition to what we have come to believe. We refuse to examine within ourselves any other data that we receive, not with an open mind at least. Automatically biased, we do not believe it to be true so we make it not true no matter the fact that there are other viable possibility's.
Even when there are not only possibility's, but verifiable facts that absolutely prove our beliefs to be incorrect, we choose to ignore these fact's, lessen them to an inconsequential status, lest they shatter what we have come to believe.
This is the danger of both organized religion and politics. These two entity's are exactly the same in all aspects. Both are governing body's and both have the exact same pitfalls and both have experienced the same mistakes.
It is a shame that so many still feel the need to be governed by outside forces. It is a shame that so many refuse to govern themselves. It is a shame that we do not realize that it is only through ourselves that we can realize a higher potential and have a better world.
There are certain quality's that all of humanity recognize as being GOOD. Love, Hope, Acceptance of minor differences, Kindness, Compassion, Empathy, Peace, among others.
If there ever comes a day that all of humanity comes to realize that all of these good quality's can only be born from within us, THEN, and only then will we have a better world.
These things cannot come from any outside force. As soon as we put these GOOD traits that we desire into the hands of another we have attempted to relinquish responsibility for our own actions.
By willingly giving up these to those who would be our leaders, it is not only likely, it is inevitable that those would come along whom reside in the most base form of humanity.
These people are selfish, manipulative, dishonest, sly, self serving, egotistical, brutal, among many other vile things. These people desire that we bow them and their so called wisdom. If we do not bow to them then they lash out in rage. There is no low that they will not stoop, no harm that they will not bring, no evil that they will not commit, in order to bring us under the heel of their rule.
There IS a higher form of government and resides inside each and everyone of us. It is up to ourselves to not only recognize this, but to embody all the form's that we as humanity recognize as the higher potentials, the higher possibility's that we can achieve. Others cannot do this for us. It has to come from within.
It is this message that is lacking in today's society, it is this message that we have let slip. FIND IT WITHIN YOURSELF.
I wonder. Does it appear that I am preaching? In anything that I have written does it appear that I am trying to brainwash, to force acceptance of dogmatic principles, or to even listen to what I say?
We should not accept anything that another person says until we contemplate, minutely examine for any flaws what so ever, be able to recognize within ourselves what is truth and what is false. It is this that we must somehow teach each other to strive for. It is only through this way that humanity can possibly reach its highest potential.
Of course I am just rehashing what many others have said throughout the ages. I have come to accept what they have all said as the truth. I guess that I have been brainwashed. No, I have not lost my mind. I have thrown it away.
The war to end all wars can only be fought on the front-lines of the mind.
The greatest deception they have perpetrated is that we need them. Our greatest mistake is that we believe them.