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We always seem to be at a crossroads, a Dilbert strip from 1996:
I like the video, but it does contain an inherent contradiction. It preaches love and hope over fear, but the fast pace and sense of urgency evokes more panic and fear than love.
Also I find it simplifies the issue of individuality verses collectivism in a way that could play into the hands of anti-individual authoritarians (such as communists, fascists, nationalists and religious fundamentalists).
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@anton I think maybe spending a century or so at a cross roads is nothing in aeonic terms. A cross roads implies four choices:
1. Back the way we came, the undoing of civilisation.
2. Forwards in the same direction.
3. and 4. Two different new directions.
To go back is the path of fear and a kind of traditionalism.
To blindly go forwards is a different kind of fear and traditionalism.
To me, it seems clear it is time to try something new. But what?
Very interesting video, I found it really inspiring
@ Anton- as regards the feeling of urgency created in the film: Recently I have read and followed some mental exercises described in the book titled the “Tools” (by Stutz and Michels). I have mixed feelings about the book although I found it very helpful. In one chapter the authors discuss common phenomena they observed on their patients over the years. (Both authors work as psychotherapists). They have treated and observed paths of people who got inspired and motivated to change their lives. Usually for the first couple of months their patients worked hard on improvement of their personalities, they have succeeded in achieving some great changes in life and then… they stopped and retreated back to were they came from. I have observed this tendency on myself too.
Why does it happen? According to the authors this happens because first of all we all hope that once we have achieved something our struggles will end and from there on we will be able to do things effortlessly. But there is also another reason- our natural tendency to avoid difficulties. We don’t like feeling pressurised and we don’t like facing challenges. The authors say that the only way to break out of this tendency is by creating a feeling of urgency. The best way to do it is by realising that we are all going to die eventually. The exercise they recommend is imagining yourself laying on your death bed and looking back at your life. Then imagine your future self feeling they have run out of time. In this moment of terror look back to your present and allow your future self bring you a message. The massage is that you have to change “this” or “that” and you have to do it now otherwise it will be too late. Apparently this helps you to realise that if yo want things to get better you can’t just wait and see what happens, you’ve got to act. I guess that this is what they try to tell us in this video
You’re right it’s time to try something new and you’re also right that it’s hard to know what. I have often argued about this with my husband. He says that you can not change the old order until you have a vision of what new order should be. I disagree. I believe that since we all grew up in the world ruled by inequalities where desire for power is glorified we simply can not imagine anything different. I believe that only after the global shift of values takes place we begin to see the outlines of the new order. At this point we are like these “imaginative” cells withing the metaphorical caterpillar, we don’t know what the butterfly looks like yet.
Main message i got from the video is that every single one of us counts and that if we start to change ourselves the world around us will react. I could write a lot more about that but trying to keep it short for now. Last year I experienced something like that on a small scale. For few weeks last year I was feeling extremely happy and energised. It was partially due to the frequent yoga practice but also I was feeling very hopefull about life in general. During that time when I was walking through the streets I looked at faces of passers by and many of them smiled to me. I never experienced anything like that before, it was as though my happiness was infectious. later on when my insecurities creeped back to me and i lost that “high” things came back to normal.
@agentm I understand what you mean, but we needn’t take the crossroads analogy too literally. Or perhaps I mean to point out that going left or right out of fear of going forwards or back might prove just as bad options. Perhaps we should take a moment to reflect calmly on where we want to go, maybe check the map, landmarks and signposts to see where the different roads might head? Maybe going forwards is the answer, but we won’t know if we do so blindly. Perhaps in the end it doesn’t matter where we go, so long as we don’t go there out of fear…
@hippi and @anton Interesting thoughts on urgency, but could there be a difference between when someone else tries to inspire a sense of urgency in you to when you try to inspire it in yourself? To me the former sounds like manipulation through fear, whereas the latter sounds motivational towards our True Will.
@hippi Perhaps the vision of a world without leaders, and a society free to emerge from bottom up interactions is a valid vision for a new world order?
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