SOS BOOK Chapter 35: What a world! What a mess!



THERE IS MUCH GLOBAL TURMOIL & CONFLICT!

Let's briefly pause the assessment of our personal situation, to take on a broader, global perspective. Observe that the world as a whole is also in crisis or despair. Understanding this global perspective may help us to better see our personal situation. This global view might allow a more detached or higher perspective on ourselves as individuals.


The world seems to be in a bad way. What a crisis! What a mess! There is so much conflict & chaos. We see it everywhere. We watch it on television or the news. We discuss it on social media.


THE WORLD IS IN CRISIS & DESPAIR!

Is our world undergoing a life crisis, as well? Political instability contributes to this turmoil, triggering an uprising or revolt. Each nation fears some other group, or some faction of its own population. Each community seems to resent another. Or so it seems from the mainstream media. Extremists & agitators stir up even more anger & hate.


Just like we have layers of prior conditioning & trauma, so does the world. Our global distress is built upon layers of poverty, inequality & discrimination. Added to this are natural disasters or epidemics, as if the rest were not enough! What a crisis! What a mess!

There is even more suffering & despair to be had closer at hand. Almost every day, the local news confronts us with more murder, rape, violence or conflict. We are in overload from all this emotional content. This is impacting our well-being too!

GLOBAL DISTRESS IS A CONTAGIOUS EPIDEMIC.

What a world crisis! Collectively, we seem to be in big trouble. We live in this turbid & toxic soup, and we call it our home. It's our world. And we have done it to ourselves. We have soiled our own nest! We can’t help but be somewhat affected. We become contaminated by the unsettling events around us. This is transmitted to our families and can affect our personal relationships.

Each of us bears the responsibility & burden of this heavy global vibration. We contributed to it! We can’t help but absorb & ingest it. The toxicity is always there, in the background. It’s pervasive, corrosive and contagious as well. We then transmit this heavy or toxic vibe to those around us unless we are very careful.

INWARDLY WE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

When we see others suffer, we usually feel some empathy or compassion. To some degree, we can imagine the plight of others. The ‘mirror neurons’ that scientists have discovered in our brain, help reflect this feeling back to us.


Most want the world to be different and better in some way. Most agree the current situation is not optimal. Some want to actively change the situation and play some part in this. They invite others to help. For example, by saving an ecosystem, helping in a community project, or supporting deserving groups. These are well intentioned but still ‘band-aid measures’. It’s not sufficient!

…Can you think of what the world really needs instead?

GLOBAL STOP-GAP MEASURES HAVE FAILED.

If we donate to some cause, we usually feel better, at least for a while. We can say to ourselves that we have tried something. We have contributed our help in some way. This reduces our feeling of complicity or guilt. It eases our sense of helplessness and hopelessness.

But all these measures are only temporary or partial! It's not the real answer. There is something far greater we could be doing as well.

…Have you realized what these solutions might be?

WE NEED SOLUTIONS, NOT BAND-AID MEASURES.

Most people agree that donating to a good charity is better than doing nothing. They hope their favored charity will be of some long-term help. In this way we ease the brutal reality of our world. We distract ourselves from the ongoing crisis that is unfolding on a global scale.

We give dedicated activists & volunteer workers our admiration and our donations. But is this sufficient? We have a major global crisis to deal with! Inwardly, we know that this requires more than temporary stop-gap measures.


A CRISIS IS UNFOLDING ON A GLOBAL SCALE.

Fixing the global crisis is much like managing our personal crisis. At first, we didn't know what else to do. The permanent solution eluded us! Similarly, we don’t understand the mechanism of our planetary demise.

We are experiencing a global crisis of epidemic proportions. It’s a disorder that affects our collective psyche. There is so much distress and planetary degradation. We have slowly become desensitized or rendered numb to the distress of others.

WE ARE EXPERIENCING A LEARNED HELPLESSNESS.

Our distress is evident on a global scale! It’s like a laboratory situation that scientists create with experimental animals. Through repetitive exposure to shock or trauma, those caged animals begin to feel powerless. Finally, they no longer strive to change or escape the situation.

…Do you feel helpless to help the global situation?

WILL WE SIMPLY DETUNE OURSELVES & SUFFER?

Constant suffering can induce a state of learned helplessness & submission. This submission involves a detuning of our conscious awareness. This detuned mental state is not conducive to clear thinking. It doesn't allow deep or creative thought.


So, we become dependent on others for solutions. We become reliant on others for our answers & help. While in this detuned mental state, we are more easily led. We can’t see the flawed logic or traps in what’s offered to us. We will accept almost anything that promises a temporary way out!

…Do you rely on others for leadership on global issues?


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