There are believers, and there are disbelievers. Open-mindedness is not an option to choose from. You’re either with us, or you’re with them. Pick your side, and let the animosity unfold exactly as intended.
I won’t sit here and tell you fairies are real, because I’ve never seen one. But when I hear descriptions of half-man/half-horse creatures, and witness structures such as the Great Pyramid, knowing our best modern architects can’t come close to recreating such a monument, or even move the impossibly heavy monoliths lying half-finished in quarries, despite access to the most cutting-edge cranes devised by genius engineers, it’s easy enough for my mind to consider the possibility of advanced races existing before us, ones with an unnatural penchant for genetic engineering to create Minotaurs and Mermaids, and the skill to move rocks with sound frequency or some other “magic.” The reach is rather effortless, but you’ll never find me running around decrying “I believe in centaurs.” Unless I’ve experienced it first hand, it’s theory to me — but always worthy of unbiased investigation.
But we’re getting off topic again.
Let’s look at some of the simpler solutions we can use to combat this “selfishness” scourge that wreaks havoc on our world.
There’s only one real idea necessary, and it’s pretty fucking simple.
Let’s start with a basic realization — we live in a biosphere. What’s a biosphere? Basically, a giant snow-globe floating in space — a self-contained, self-balancing, self-correcting container of life. When elements are thrown too far from balance, consequences ensue. Minor imbalances are easily adjusted for. Major ones can be catastrophic. But each ripple affects everything in the dome on some level, from the largest of earthquakes, to the smallest of clubbed seal-pups.
Believing individual choices are irrelevant to planetary cause and effect is a dangerous launch point for action. To have several billion creatures discounting self-serving conduct as being harmful in any way perhaps may shed some light on why Mother Earth is engaged in undesired “re-balancing.” Undesired by humans, that is…
We live in a bubble. It’s a closed system. There is NO possibility that any action you take will not produce an effect somewhere else within the system, small or grand.
Here’s a fun story to end this on…
The Parable of the Long Spoon
One day a man said to God:
“God, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”
God showed the man two doors. Inside the first one, in the middle of the room, was a large round table with a great big pot of stew. It smelled delicious, and made the man’s mouth water, but the people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles, and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
God said, “You have seen Hell.”
Behind the second door, the room appeared exactly the same — there was a large round table with the big pot of wonderful stew that made the man’s mouth water. The people had the same long-handled spoons, but they were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The man said, “I don’t understand.”
“It’s simple,” he said. “Love only requires one skill. These people learned early on to share and feed one another. The greedy think only of themselves…”
If you knew your very survival was based upon keeping someone else alive, would you care for that person every chance you got, or would you treat them like shit before jamming a knife into their back in order to snag their newer model of iPhone for your own?
I hate this cliché, but we are indeed One. We will always be dependent upon one another for survival. The better you make someone else’s life, the better yours will become. It’s the Golden Rule, my friends. Adopt that first and foremost, and all problems come to an end.
It really is that simple, despite what governments and bureaucrats want you to believe. But we all need to be on-board. One rotten apple really does spoil the bunch. And an entire planet of ‘em makes for some seriously skanky baby food.
You’re likely not going to significantly alter, within your lifetime, the centuries of brainwashing and propaganda that have twisted our species into ruthless, ignorant savages, but the example you set for yourself and the rest of the world, today, is the only true power you’ll always have at your disposal.
It’s up to you to make use of it.