“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”
― Lao Tzu
If you are a curious individual looking to learn; to better understand the flow of life, and are not very familiar with the Chinese philosophy of Taoism, I would encourage you to spend a little time reading Lao Tzu’s work on the Tao Te Ching. I believe it’s important to search for and value different perspectives on the way life moves along. Exposure to different explanations allows us to build-up our own understanding; allows us to break-down the contradictions which riddle our lives.
With Lao Tzu aside, I wanted to briefly touch upon a thought that was presented to me last night. I briefly spoke with a friend who mentioned the state of societal fear in which we live in; how the mainstream media is instilling anxiety into our lives by constant conditioning, and how it’s bringing her down.
With the recent San Bernardino “mass-shooting” taking over the news; clever timing it was after Russia provides satellite imagery that Turkey is harboring oil sales from ISIS… OH SHIT, WE BETTER CHANGE THE SUBJECT… *calls for “Wag The Dog” media spin-doctor* … #SanBernadino #SanBernadino #SanBernardino… I’m sorry, but this is another sad attempt at chipping away our second amendment rights… “Come on Beau, but this is the 21st century, we shouldn’t need guns…” Maybe in an alternative universe within an Utopian society we could live a life without guns, violence, hate, and psychopaths seeking control; blinded by greed and the abuse they received from their upbringing… but that’s simply a fantasy in today’s world. You want to know what really blows my mind? Watch the following video:
With Lao Tzu aside, and now putting all this terror propaganda aside as well, let’s get to the heart of this topic: what can we do?
Last week I was speaking with a couple of students about current events, and one of them mentioned to me, “What can we do when the 1% controls everything?” This statement is somewhat saddening; a loaded psychological gun of defeatism. Like I mentioned in my Baby Boomer Generation article, the study of psychology has become a weapon. We must never accept defeat and we must continuously educate ourselves; to be able to point out the slivering snake when we see it approaching.
There’s much we can do. I won’t be able to highlight everything in this article, but I want this to be a starting point for a continuous conversation that I will keep coming back to. We need to seek out solutions, rather than rolling back over and falling asleep.
Much of everything we need to do starts local. My first ambition was to take control of my mind and my body (as local as you can get). I started to understand that my state of health had a huge impact on how complacent I was; bringing myself to a higher state of consciousness allowed for me to break through various anxieties that kept me from achieving the things I wanted to do. I then wanted to seek out clean sources for food and water. These are also issues we can tackle locally; figuring out ways we can provide locally grown sustainable foods to individuals of our communities. This was my gateway into solution-thinking.
There’s a whole movement that’s going on which is looking to promote volunteer association with community building. The next step is to change local ordinances, nullification, to promote local currencies and various local programs to achieve desired community goals, home schooling, apprenticeships/work programs, increase appreciation for local arts and culture, create club activities for all ages, create a platform for digital communication within the community…