Bottom Up Communities Rise Up!

I read somewhere that, at some point, you begin to be conscious of the Earth through time and in its totality, you see how little things have changed – and you pause. Such is happening to me now, and intensely. I am unable to cry anymore, but I feel an outpouring of the heart intensify and the pain.

The media emphasizes certain stories of human suffering, but this suffering is ongoing for centuries in various corners of the world. Poverty, hunger, disease, infant death, murder, rape, war, growing up parentless or with abusive parents, having fewer natural resources and  wildlife, losing everything to natural disasters, slavery, being of the “wrong” sex, color, race, nationality, or belief system. Even our crops and food is losing nutrition.

Many people barely remember what happened last week, and the media plays on people’s short term memory and emotional reactions with each “Breaking Story.” However, the story broke eons ago and continues across the world. None of this is news, but simple lack of knowledge about our history – or the lack of time to think about it in context. Most of the Earth is in survival mode.

Once I felt the totality of the situation through time in a glimpse of insight, my head dropped. My heart aches for the ones suffering.

Humanity is a honeycomb of echochambers, each preaching to its own choir and each reinforcing the sound of a particular rhetoric – whether true and tested by time, or not. But, as the old adage goes, talk is cheap and rarely sensitive to the big picture. People can argue with each other all day long on social media, but that never moves anything forward.

Children are growing up with increased anxiety and suicides are on the rise. In fact, more and more people are having a hard time just getting out of bed to go to their jobs and take care of responsibilities. Chronic pain conditions, autoimmune diseases, mental illness, and obesity are on the rise and have been  a way of life for many, and in different cultures. Not all cultures view human pain the same way, and some ostracize and punish those in need of help.

So, no breaking news here – only Earth as usual, with small oasis pockets. And yet, our population is growing, the income gap is widening, and our resources are dwindling. Powerful nations are becoming extremely competitive because they know they will fight for resources eventually. Weaker nations are banding together and appealing to humanitarianism.

Unlike the bees in the honeycombs, we do not stand as one for all and all for one. Instead, we characterize others as idiots, deplorable, ignorant, selfish, and go on our merry way as if we are the ones carrying the torch. However, inside, there is fear and insecurity – just as in most others. We fail to see that we are all the same – not on the outside, but as the sparks of One Life that lives us all. That’s not New Age bullshit – this is a core truth that does not require you to buy anything, just learn to meditate proper.

But so few are interested in transceding the illusion of separation – probably because it’s a tough thing to do. And what does it mean anyway? Many just need to live out their lives and balance their karma and reincarnate (these word and concepts existed for a lot longer than any current spiritual thought and are worth thorough study). Unfortunately, karma and reincarnation become clear and cease to evoke fear when you transcend your personality and no longer get emotional.

So, what do we do in the meantime? How do we live our days with the knowledge that war rages in the hearts of men, masking fear. How do we give of ourselves to change the way we value each other and life?

First, more people have to educate themselves about how changing something always changes something else. We can’t just cheer when taxes are lower, we have to ask what programs will be cut. We can’t just cheer that coal miners may start working again, we need to ask at the expense of what – specifically? We can’t just look at other countries and refugees as “others,” but we do need to have untarnished information how our lives will change if we help and what we can do.

We live in a complex world, and the US (aka Divided States) elects presidents based on one-line promises. However, few ask “What will that change affect? Who will it affect?” It is clear that the US is not a democracy because few stop to think about the long-term consequences of any decision, let alone define our role of global responsibility. “America First” = “America Alone” in an increasingly larger and competitive world. 

We need to go back into our local communities and get involved. Offer basic services for trade to help with children, infrastructure, food, medical care, mental health professionals, and other basic living arrangements. Local communities need honest people with integrity to support one another. People need to start making goid decisions about how many children they can support (2 is personally my max). 

Sure, we can just take care of what we have on our plates, but that mindset will eventually lead to further degradation of our society and crash. We must learn to setup networks of help for one another and engage in them with a generous heart. 

Our plight will not get fixed from the top down. Isn’t that clear by now? We must start gathering ourselves, organizing ourselves – one town at a time, and growing into a powerful network that eventually will affect the bottom line of large corporations who truly run our countries. When we refuse to support and buy certain products, we make a statements that hits their bottom line while taking care if each other.

There are atrocities in other nations, but there are also atrocities here. Next time you see a child being hit in public, for example, band together and step in to let the parent know that he or she is done with that – peacefully.

Let’s forget enlightenment for a bit, and just practice opening our hearts. There are a number of Apps to exchange goods and services. For example, the 5 Apps here help others give ir trade stuff so that we cut down on waste. 

Trading services is a bit trickier. Apps do exist, and my next step is to research them thoroughly. I used to manage large scale projects in the software industry and have experienced with this sort of thing. Of course, vetting people and services for safety and quality is key. Maybe I can start a nonprofit that will do bavkground checks and interviews… Who’s up to get this process moving? Does anyone want to try this? Leave a comment if you are into the possibility! 😀

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