June 19, 2011 in Anna's Process Blog
April 11, 2011 in World Exposed Blog
The Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire sounds like a place where people have a lot of money, or at least a lot of Ivory. That is however not the case, because the country is appropriately named after the thousands of elephants that were killed by man, for their tusk and their tusk alone- And in the Ivory Coast there is two men, two men who has made a lot of money on other people’s pain and who fight each other for the power of the people. It does not really matter who they are or even where they’re is from – because this takes place every day in all the countries of the world.
People are dying in the Ivory Coast.
This particular fight in the Ivory Coast is between two men and their followers and they are fighting because they both want to have power over the country and are killing people to get it.
“The violence in Duekoue happened last week, when Mr Outtara’s fighters moved south ousting Mr Gbagbo’s troops from large swathes of the country. Both sides have said the other was responsible.”
People have no choice or possible actions to take than to both fight and accept one of these two assholes as their leader, or to run from their homes, their crops and their animals to survive as refugees – which are what thousands have already done.
To say that it is a fight between political ideologies and that at least one of them has the people of the Ivory Coasts best interest at heart, is delusional. Because anyone that is willing to allow people to Die and starve, so that he can have all the power – does not do so with political motives. It seems like the word political and politician has become an accepted synonym with power-hungry psychopaths and dictators that, as long as they’re wearing suits and speaking the politician-lingo, are considered acceptable as leaders by the international community.
The UN that is one of the only International organizations licensed to act on behalf of humanity as the “international community” has “stepped in asking the internationally-backed president, to kindly investigate why hundreds of people are being killed by his supporters.
This shows how far the UN will go in setting an example and a standard for where and how far our ”humanity” as a whole reaches out to each other as neighbors, brothers and sisters in and of this world. It is all politics they say, as justification – the lobbyism and getting on a president’s good side to ensure access to the country for the UN troopers that “are there to help”. They are thus also standing guard for more than 40 thousand Ivory Coast citizens that has taken refugee at a church but that is the limit of the abilities or power of the UN – which is quite atrocious considering how much political power they are supposed to have and especially within how we leave the Responsibility to these organizations.
As citizens of each country we can thus with “good conscience” say that situations of crisis in countries like The Ivory Coast or Haiti or Japan is taken care of by the International Community and do not consider to actually look at and investigate for ourselves if the aid and work of the UN is sufficient, effective or relevant for what is going on in these countries. And obviously the UN would lose money, jobs and power, were they to admit that they’re not capable of being the world’s nanny, watchdog and peacemaker.
Meanwhile the citizens of the Ivory Coast are being massacred by their own neighbors and have to run for their lives into the forests and across borders into Liberia. In Liberia the citizens of the Ivory Coast are welcomed into the houses of the local Liberians, but with thousands still running from the gunfire, the Liberian people are having a hard time providing shelter for all these people.
Freeze the frame
Let’s stop Here for a moment – Take a Breath and look at this: The Liberians are inviting the citizens of the Ivory Coast into their own homes, giving them their own food and letting them sleep in their own beds. When have we seen the Italians doing that for the Albanians? Or the Spanish for the Angolans or the British for the refugees from all parts of the World? The Liberian people are not rich like the European’s, quite the contrary actually and still they’ve invited the citizens of a neighboring country in war, into their homes. Jesus said to Love thy Neighbor as thyself, but who is actually living these words and walking in the shoes of Jesus, even amongst those calling themselves Christians?
There is a clear inclination that the wealthier a country and the wealthier its citizens become, the more they tend to only take care of and care for- “their own”. France is for example sending troops to the Ivory Coast, but not to assist the citizens of the Ivory Coast, but specifically to protect French citizens that are in the country, many of them rich farmers, whose farms are being looted as a consequence of the civil war.
It seems as a part of the Human system that the more money we have, the more we fear to loose them and the more we’ll close ourselves off with our families in fortresses of private schools and planes and gated communities where we – if we have enough money – never will have to come face to face with any form of suffering.
Koulah Olivier Kouidé, an Ivorian who with his family has fled to Liberia, says:
“Despite all the difficulties, we have reached Liberia. But the families helping us cannot afford to feed us.
“There is no shelter, no clothing, no water and we are still mourning the deaths of two children. Now, I don’t know what to do. We are asking the international community to help us in any way that they can.”
Good Neighbors are hard to find
So far it has been their Liberian neighbors that have reached out and helped them, in spite of their own food and water running out. In other wars of other times, it has been the Liberians who have fled to the Ivory Coast, but now the food is running out and more than 100.000 has fled cross the border already.
It is time to wake ourselves up, shake ourselves up to see and realize that there is no effective International Community – There are no Christians that are truly living by the word of Jesus. And this is not gonna be solved by humanitarian organization coming to the aid or the people of the Ivory Coast – or by any of us feeling guilty or blaming each other for what is going on.
What is required is that we look at what the root of the situation is – which is quite simplistically that two men are fighting over the power of a country, because they’re both greedy and wants lots of money. This is not the first country or the first two men to be in this positions. As Human beings we do this all the time – compromise the wellbeing of the whole for our own Self-Interest. Here it is simply an extreme example.
The Ones that DID reach out to each other and treated their neighbors as themselves, were the people of the Ivory Coast and the Liberians. They do not have much money, food or water, but they share what they have.
Who’s responsible? – Don’t look at me!
Whether we believe in the second coming of Christ or a unified International Community, it is clear that by placing faith and responsibility in others, we are also saying that we can wait for the world to change by itself, that we are actually quite satisfied as we are living – and why? Because we have money.
This is only possible once if you have money. The people of the Ivory Coast are not in lack of money because they are lazy, unlucky, unblessed or because they have a bad corrupt government that creates war. Many rich countries also have bad, corrupt governments that create war.
So the actual root of the problem is not in the Ivory Coast itself or its political problems. The root is not in these two specific mean, who both wants the same power. On the contrary – these points are merely reflections of the entire big picture as well as of the constitution of every human’s mind.
We have manifested our greed, self-interest, fighting to survive through competing with others within and as an unequal money-system based on false hopes and promises that everyone equally participate in, because each have invested themselves in the game and hope to win. One of the problems is that those that is winning this game, of who has most money and thus most power in the world, are not doing a very good job at giving back to the world what they have won.
On the contrary: every oil hole is being sucked dry, every lobster is being caught in the net and every human being is left without dignity or worth – because we’re living in a world that is producing worthlessness and through the system of deception and its brutal justification of its own motive to survive at all costs, we accept to believe that what we do, what we eat and who we are is of worth, exactly because we too exists as that system of fighting to win at all costs.
The people in the Ivory Coast are our neighbors and so is everyone else and if we started treating them as we’d wanna be treated, the world would change more rapidly than we could have ever imagined.
But currently – we’re stuck with the fighting ego’s and the deception of a greater power taking responsibility that everything is gonna be alright if we just wait long enough. And we are stuck like this because this is who we’ve accepted ourselves as. It does not take many moments of Self-Honesty to see that we have ourselves too, participated in and created not only the division between people but equally wars with and inside ourselves.
To change the systems of the world to systems of Equality that is based on the Practical Solution of What is Best for All in fact, requires for us to change ourselves to even be able to accept and live in such a system. The self-compromise and deception has been our every day life for so long that we require a major remodeling and renovation of our inner and outer world, before we’re even able to change ourselves.
This is what we with an Equal Money System are here to Change.
This is the first economic system in the world that both supports life and at the same time provides the investor with a safe life, free of fears and worries due to the revolutionary ”Eco-system” structure – that ensures that all are cared for Equally.
The EMS is a completely new financial system that is based on entirely different rules than any system that currently exists. We are not required to print new money or utilize taxes – because the money is already Here – They are simply being channeled and distributed ineffectively in a way that is NOT best for all. So many industries are existing in spite of life – in abuse of life – only to make money – so what we gotta do is to invest in a real solution – a financial ECO-system that is sustainable and as perfect as nature in providing everyone with Equal Care – Investigate the Desteni I Process that is and you will that it is in fact practically applicable.
In the EMS we combine Financial Freedom with a Re-Education of Ourselves to Self-Empowerment and Self-Authority so that we never again will have to Compromise, Suppress and Enslave ourselves to Exist – So that we no more have to Live in Fear of Not having Money.
We are simply taking the principles of nature’s equilibrium as an eco-system, where there is always enough for everyone and re-create it as a financial system. How it works practically, is initially through the creation of a financial “eco-system” on a micro-scale, meaning with a small, yet stable amount of Humans – a group of people that through their investment and participation become able to exist and have their basic needs covered through the support of others that are Equally supporting. This is based on the same principle for everyone participating – of Equality and What is Best for all, until eventually and through political tools, everyone on Earth is able to agree and participate in an Equal Money System. The Process to get there, we call The Desteni I Process. The first step within this is for each of us to connect with each other as 1 + 1 + 1 +1 until we stand as a group that can work together towards financial freedom for all human beings. We do that through social networking on the internet, through blogging, vlogging and connecting to all the people that are willing and ready to stand and walk with us. Each thus becomes an investor in a free and safe future, in a free and save life, first by taking care of their own life – through investing in the Desteni I Process and become financially independent and from there supporting others to do the same – where we, as we walk – re-educate ourselves to become sovereign Beings that can be trusted with Life.
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Because We are IT
March 14, 2011 in World Exposed Blog
How does it feel to starve? Have anyone of us ever asked ourselves that question and if not: Why? This article investigates these questions. It investigates the silent and secret resistance that most of us experience when it comes to a subject like starvation – a condition that more than 1 billion people are born into without any possible way of ever getting out. It investigates the problem from different angles and offers a Solution that brings the Perspective back to a Common Sense Re-education of all of us to start Caring for Real and Participate in bringing about Changes that is in Fact Best for All.
So how does it feel to Starve?
Alouette Mayer writes: “What does it feel like to be hungry, really hungry, for many days? And many weeks? And longer. It’s easy to imagine the beginning symptoms like weakness, shakiness, irritability, fatigue. But what happens when those aren’t remedied by food? Is it painful when the organs begin shrinking as they do in starvation? It must be. And as the immune system loses force, how does one endure the cramping, combined with the weakness, combined with the lowering body temperature, combined with the overall bloating as the body retains fluid?”
Can you imagine yourself feeling that terrible? Now expand it to your family. Your daughter. Your tiny son whose tummy is distending and who cries with headaches. Your grandmother, coughing and scared and silent. What would it feel like to watch a toddler, your toddler, weaken and beg for what you can’t give? No running water, no toilets, huddled in refugee camps miles and miles long, And its getting cold. It’s going to get really, really cold and wet heavy snows are coming. And you’re so terribly hungry.
Imagine the stench and disgusting danger of raw sewage, of the infectious diarrhea that comes from that. And there are already dead bodies to be dragged away to be buried or burned by weak hungry men. How does a frail starving man dig a grave for his neighbor, his friend, or his tiny son? The nights must be endless, filled with prayers for a warm morning sun.”
All that Matters is food
That is unfathomable – except if you are one of those 1 billion people that actually are literally starving to death or one of the 2 billion living in extreme poverty. What I find when I look at it for myself is the word “desperation” – not even a single thought creeps into my mind because all I can think about is food. Maybe I don’t even know how much food actually exists in this world and believe that everyone lives the way I do, or I have seen food at the market, luxuriously prohibited and out of my reach. Maybe my village had food once, but a drought caused the animals and crops to die, so now we have no food. Or maybe I lost my parents to malaria and now have to live on the street begging for scraps and rotten food. Whatever the case: I am hungry.
All I know is that I am hungry. If I am able to, I drink water to fill the stomach and get some feeling of being full. I feel tired and drained, but I have to keep going and I look desperately everywhere for any sign of food anywhere. I look at the dogs running around and when we had a goat, it was difficult not to kill it, but we needed the milk more than we needed the meat. I keep looking for a way out, but there is no way out, so all I can do is survive.
In a documentary from Nigeria a woman talked about how it would be like to live in a Western country. What she said was: “that would be nice because then I would not want to die”. Another documentary about North Korea, two men in their twenties, who had escaped the regime and was living in Soul, said that even though they had lived there for over two years, still all they thought about was food. For those of us who have been used to plentiful and endless access to food, it is unimaginable to conceive how it must be like to live your entire life, only thinking about food.
The Good Intentions of The West
In our Western and 1.World countries, it has become fashion that young people travel to third world countries and for example work as aid workers for Humanitarian Organizations, maybe out of the goodness of their heart or because it looks well on a resume to show that you are someone that cares. One blogger wrote about people travelling to third world countries: “I saw so many hungry and starving kids. It was unbelievable!” This is a too common occurrence in the experience of people who visit Third World Countries and get shocked and in awe of the witnessing of Starving Children, and provides insight into how lucky the rest of us are to have high standards of living that are actually met.”
A question that brings itself to the forefront is whether we are actually lucky or if that is yet another word we have used to justify the fact that we are Equally Responsible for reproducing and recreating starvation and poverty? We know that people starve. We know the figures and the images of starving children. But do we see them as our neighbors, Equally Living Here on this planet or as spots of guilty conscience on our minds? Do people then go to third world countries, only to return with a feeling of relief that it is not them who are in the shoes of those that suffer?
If you Google the words: “How does it feel to starve?” you will be surprised to find that the first ten results are questions people have asked in regards to how it feels to starve to death – literally posed and categorized as “trivia questions” – as something people ask for fun or out of curiosity. There are articles about being anorexic or how to starve oneself to get the perfect looks. An example is an article called: “how can you starve yourself without slowing down your metabolism?” If we take Google as a representation of what we as people in the west are willing to consider and investigate in regards to starvation, this is what is revealed about us. We don’t care – even when we say we do, even when we sell and buy products with labels that say we do – we don’t care. Because otherwise we would do something about it. We don’t want to know what it feels like to Starve.
Starves Real Child to Feed Virtual Child
In 2008 there was an article in several newspapers about a Korean couple who starved their child to death, because they were busy raising a virtual child at the local internet café. The virtual child, called Anima in Latin ironically translates to: “A living Being”.
A police man later told the local media that: “The couple seemed to have lost their will to live a normal life because they didn’t have jobs and gave birth to a premature baby,” “They indulged themselves in the online game of raising a virtual character so as to escape from reality, which led to the death of their real baby.”
This situation is indicative for the current situation in this World, where people of the West are living in virtual realities of their Minds, while disregarding and neglecting the Physical entirely. And why? Because Reality is too hard to Face – because there is no hope anyway and so one might as well lose oneself in the endless layers of information and stimulation provided by The Mind as thought and feeling and manifested into Reality through games such as the one described above. Entertainment is nothing but the suppression of the Fear of not Surviving that is already dictating and directing our lives. We might read this story and be appalled, but who of us has not gotten lost within the entertaining of our Minds? What are people actually doing but watching television all night or being busy imagining their future lives? So many people live only for that which is created through and as the Mind, while the Physical is forced to tag along and live out our cravings, desires and nightmares. So this couple depict in brutal clarity the situation of what we have Allowed Ourselves to be and become: Consumed with fear and powerlessness, turning to virtual realities which we try to keep alive, while the Actual Physical Reality, as Who we are – Suffers.
In spite of the Fact that there is currently more than 1 billion people (every 6. Person on the planet) Starving – the world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day (FAO 2002, p.9). The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food. (worldhunger.org)
What is the problem? And is there a Solution?
As stated above, the main cause of hunger is poverty and the main cause of poverty is the lack of money. Poverty is furthermore re-created and reproduced through generations, which means that virtually no one born into a country with extreme poverty has any chance of every getting out of the living hell that they are born into. This is all do to an extreme income inequality, where half the world’s population are literally carrying the other half like dead weight on their shoulders – and I am not talking about the rich carrying the poor, quite the contrary.
Patrick Bond writes: “The question as to who and what is responsible for African underdevelopment can be answered at two levels. Firstly, the answer is that the operation of the imperialist system bears major responsibility for African economic retardation by draining African wealth and by making it impossible to develop more rapidly the resources of the continent.”
Looking at the world as a whole, with a 6. Of the world’s population living in poverty and starvation it is obvious that it is not what is Best for All. But too often do we see the world as separated in smaller units that have no influence on each other. Placed into perspective we can use the following metaphor: Imagine a body. Imagine that as you eat and drink, you pull all nutrition from one limb such as the leg or an arm and instead only disperse nutrition into the rest of the body and primarily the head. Imagine having a leg or an arm, completely starved and sucked dry, the muscle issue deteriorating, the skin becoming thin, sensitive and you cannot stand the feeling of pressure or clothes against it. Imagine you dragging your leg after you because it has lost all its muscle mass and are no longer able to function. Imagine the bones of your arm breaking as easily as glass and while the rest of your body is in better condition, this limb is constantly filled with excruciating pain. This is basically what we are doing at this planet, where a 6. Of us are starving to death having exactly these experiences as described above. Now imagine the body being all warped with a big fat head, legs so skinny that they cannot stand and arms and hands worn from working all day.
If the Earth was a single Human physical body
If Earth was a Human Physical body, this is basically what we would look like. Would we be able to stand, walk or move? Probably not. It is unacceptable that people suffer when there is in fact enough food in the world, it shouldn’t matter that it is someone else and not us and only something we care about when we place ourselves in another’s shoes – because when one suffers, all suffers consequently. It is not someone else, in some other world, separate from us that suffer – what we do and how we live is directly influencing what is happening in other parts of the world.
The people that are starving have no possible way of changing their situation. Their situation is caused by unequal distribution of resources and by our collective Acceptance of a money-system of inequality as the Directive Principle that is managing the world and everyone in it. How are we equally Participating in upholding and accepting these systems? By turning our backs on those Suffering, because we don’t Act. We either blame our governments, each other or ourselves, but that doesn’t in fact Change the situation – it only makes us feel powerless and from there we can again justify that we are not responsible. Imagine standing in front of a mother starving with a dying child. What do you think she will tell you? Do you think she will blame you or ask you to feel bad for her? Is the Solution to finish our meals or send our leftovers to Africa or Indonesia? No – none of this will change the situation, because the root of the problem is the entire world-system as a whole – a system that is based on our Acceptance of and daily participation in an unequal distribution of resources.
The systems with which we manage our world, determines the lives we live. The money-system does not exist by itself – it is managed and supported by Human Beings. This is why we propose an Equal Money System, because whether we can feel it or not, whether we can imagine ourselves in the shoes of those suffering or not: we are All Equally Here on this Earth and as such have an Equal Right to a Dignified Life.
It is imperative that each of us Face ourselves within Self-Honesty about how we are Participating in Allowing the world to exist the way it does – this is not easy as we have existed within separate mind-bubbles of Separation, Inferiority and Fear and in this not been able to See and Realize that we are Equally Responsible for what is Here.
Through The Desteni I Process we re-educate ourselves to Self-Honesty, Self-Responsibility and Self-Respect. We do this through some very simple tools that each can Apply for themselves, through Applying and Living the Common Sense of What is Best for All, bringing ourselves Back Here to Earth and out of the Separate Mind-Bubbles of Self-Interest, Denial and Fear. We do this through Supporting each other to keep it Real, To Realize Ourselves within and as the Whole – Standing together as All as One as Equals. Join The Process Towards World Equality – Support and Participate in bringing about an Equal Money System For The End of The Human Annihilation of Life – For The End of Suffering and Abuse and for Bringing Forth a Life that Cares for All Life Equally.
March 11, 2011 in Equal Money Blog
Recently the new Xbox 360 Kinect Kinectimals was released. The Kinectimals is a version of the new kincetics hype that is based on interaction similar to Wii and the new Playstation games. The product itself costs around 300 Euro or 400 dollars and the basic Principle of the game is that you get a virtual pet. As described by one blogger:
“Xbox 360 Kinect Kinectimals is designed for the entire family as a result kids as well as men and women will delight in building partnerships with exotic pets. If you or your children have always dreamed of having a tiger cub, then this particular game is right up your alley. You could listen to the Kinectimals purr with pleasure as you scratch him behind his ears; not an adventure you can expect to have in real life.”
So basically you get to play with a tiger as if it was real life, right at home in your living room, but without the risk of being killed or bitten by mosquito’s.
The blogger continues to describe how the game works:
“The game starts with the user adopting and then naming one of the different exotic animal friends, such as a tiger, cheetah, or lion. The Kinectimal will learn how to respond to the users tone of voice and commands. Eventually the Kinectimal learns to fetch, and will explore the on-screen island. Then there additional tricks to teach the Kinectimal for instance fetch, as well as other activities to participate in for example jump rope.”
What is striking is that these types of games that are becoming increasingly popular, where the plot is based on one not having to leave the comforts of ones living room and at the same time be able to play games that have a sense of connection, intimacy, relationship and “realness” about it. Obviously there are also those targeted for the adult players that will often be exercising games where one can play tennis or golf and become the image of one’s dreams
So basically one has all the pleasures and stimulation of a real life situation, without actually having to be Here. This brings associations to Science Fiction movies and novels such as Wall-E and Surrogates, where the virtual life has virtually taken over Living in the Physical.
So – Imagine for a moment if all the people who had purchased an Xbox and the Xbox Kinetics games would spend their money on for example making sure that the tigers don’t go extinct. Imagine the billions of dollars and resources that have been put into creating these games in the first place – All for What? For some human beings to make a buck and for others to buy a life of leisure in safe distance from everything that is Real. And meanwhile we are happily merchants of extinction of the Animals, the Earth and ourselves – but hey, we will always have Virtual Reality.
What could we do with 25 billion dollars?
In the first 60 days on the market, the Xbox Kincect broke the world record of being the “Fastest selling consumer electronics device” having sold devices for more that 25 billion dollars. The company had spend 500 million dollars on advertising alone – the slogan for the campaign appropriately being: You Are the Controller.
With 25 billion dollars we could change, if not the world, then at least feed the Starving for the next 10 years, while we figure out how to create a sustainable Solution so that no one will have to Starve ever again. Why create a virtual Reality, where there is a Real World Right Here. The sustainable Solutions have been created and invented. The scientists are skilled enough to create cars that can last 100 years. Meanwhile the headfund (pun intended) of Microsoft, the company that produces Xbox, Bill Gates is Promoted as the Angel of Mercy, a Modern day Mother Teresa of the Age of Knowledge, who supports the needy wherever he goes and stands as a beacon of charity and compassion.
What does this show about us Humanity? That we have become so warped into our imaginary bubbles of self-interest that we are shaping the world to fit our inner virtual Reality – Mind you that it is only a fraction of the world’s population that can even afford an Xbox. Surely there are also parents working two or three shifts only to be able to provide such a service for their precious young. Seriously humanity: Is this who we want to be?
Why do we rather live in a virtual reality?
People would rather live in a virtual reality, than fixing what is Here. It is tough Facing what is Here as this World with 2 billion people living in grim Poverty and so by living in a virtual Reality, we can push the Real World away and pretend for a moment that it is not as bad as it looks. But it IS as bad as it looks – and starving children are not images in the newspaper – they are Real and their Suffering is Real. We have gotten so used to seeing these images that we do not even consider that they are portraying Reality for millions of people in this World. We even believe that by being appalled, we have done at least something to state that this is unacceptable. But statements of intent are Lies if they are not Applied into Action. Principles only Apply if we Actually Live by them, not some of the time or when we want to, but in every moment of every Breath.
It feels safe and warm and comfy in there in the virtual realities of our minds and living rooms and often we don’t even realize the extend to which we will plan our lives according to fear. The fear of not surviving is not only for those who actually have to fear for their lives, who fear that they will not even be able to feed their child today or that they will be killed by soldiers if they go to the market. The reason behind purchasing and playing a game like Kinetics is also fear and so we can hide in our minds separate realities or even create virtual ones at a physical level. The only problem is that all bubbles burst eventually and so no matter how hard we try, we cannot keep Reality away and it will eventually creep up on us as thief in the night or when our fences are broken down by angry mobs, our houses burned down by forest fires or our water is contaminated to the point of poisoning and genetic mutation.
Citizens of Facebook – Unite
Measured in population, Facebook is currently the world’s largest country in the World. That means that we as citizens of Facebook have a Direct vote in this World, that is currently being wasted on virtual realities where all that matters is the next moments entertainment, and the next… Why not join together and each of us decide for Ourselves that we would rather Live in the Real World and fix it so that we can Actually Enjoying being Here for Real.
Instead of spending 3oo Euro or 400 dollars on a virtual Reality that will only postpone the Moment of Facing what is Here – Join the Equal Money Movement and Start Participating Actively in Bringing about Real Change. Practivism is Activism with Common Sense Consideration of What is Best For All, at a Real, Practical and Physical Level. We have the skills, the resources, the money to Change the World – All we need is each other. That means – all we need is Ourselves. To Decide for Ourselves, each and every One – that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – TILL HERE NO FURTHER and that we would rather Live in a World where Tigers run Free, than to be looked up in a room petting imaginary friends.
Join the World Equality Process – The Equal Life Foundation where we work towards Creating an Equal Money System that guarantees Everyone an Equal Right to a Dignified Life with Clean Water, Food, Shelter and Education. Where no one has to Fear for their Survival or Live only to Survive.
Join the Re-Education of Ourselves from Organic Robots Living in Virtual Realities as Slaves to Fears and Personal Desires to Beings Standing up for Life, Equal and One, In Self-Honesty and Self-Respect.
September 21, 2010 in World Exposed Blog
In Europe we have traditionally seen and defined ourselves as The Cultural Elite of World – tracing back to the age known in Europe as ‘The enlightenment’, the age of apparent ‘reason’ and ‘logic’, where science (as a new religion none the less) was taking over from the ‘dark ages’, where ‘God’ ruled the Earth, bringing ‘sanity’ and ‘sanitation’ to a dirty and unsorted world. But even prior to this, in various times of colonization, religious reformations and general ‘imperialism’, the Europeans considered themselves intellectual and moral superiors, high above the ‘savages’ of the world – as overlords and rightful conquers of land, people and resources. As far back as Plato, ancient Greece and Rome, Europe was the center of the development of the systems of the world, in philosophy as well as technology and business – At least, that is the history we learn in European and probably also American and Australian schools, as those countries along with us are the proud decedents and living proof of the prosperous evolution of the European people – Essentially and more precisely known as ‘The White Man’. This is the basic mentality that lays the ground for all people born in these parts of the world – and is what we take for granted as universal truths of the development of the world through history, as well as the current situation on Earth. In this article, we will disprove this position of ‘The white man’ as the ‘overlords’ and intellectual and cultural superiors of the world – we will even claim that we have failed grimly at the task of evolving and developing the world, to a higher state of life and suggest that a final score is settled between the white man and himself.
As those born in industrialized, developed countries having the luxuries of taking welfare for granted, we tend to view those in ‘undeveloped’ countries as unintelligent, lazy and largely that their misfortune and suffering is self-inflicted and thus can be written off as people who have yet to be ‘enlightened’ with the wonders of our cultural heritage and rise above their primitive lives. There are variables of this opinion, ranging from spiritual perspectives involving karma and the soul’s journey towards enlightenment (borrowed to pop-culture from the East), to rationalized evolution theories claiming that those who have worked hard and studied, thus have the fortune of living in functional societies that prosper and grow exponentially accordingly. For those of us who are born, especially after 1960 in Western Europe, Australia and the United states, our very existence is founded upon this immanent or inherent belief – and we are thus the proud heritage of the overlords, the conquers of the past, and can therefore rightfully take our position of wealth, knowledge and might in the world. There are several aspects of why this is taken for granted. Depending on the level of welfare and economic infrastructure in the specific country, one does not even have to be born into a household of wealth to be granted with the luxuries of welfare and money – simply being born with the nationality, having the right to a passport and a identity as such, gives you the right to study, live and to be supported financially. Thus we do not have to physically be with money, to be apart of the riches it provides. Therefore it is often not even seen in these countries, how ‘fortunate’ we actually are, and can thus easily be taken for granted or dismissed as a ‘perk’ of living in a developed society. Another aspect of this, is that the intellectual heritage provides us with a view of the world, where we see ourselves as the cultural elite, meaning that we better than anyone else, understands the world, thus having the overview and the mental capacity to analyze other countries and cultures from above – This is apparent in the European culture as well as in the American, which both are products of the same world view, although taking different shapes, where the Americans tend to see America as the navel of the world, while the Europeans tend to claim to have the intellectual and civilized upper hand, thus the right to judge other cultures as barbaric and uncivilized, based on long traditions of philosophy, science and art. Long forgotten is that the numeric system was developed by the Arabs, that the Aborigines had mapped the stars with their eyes long before the astronomers build telescopes, or that the Chinese were far more developed than the Europeans a thousand years ago. Not taken into account is how African or Amazonian tribes view the world entirely different and often see the world as a whole –and not as segmented parts in war with each other over lines on a map. All of this is our heritage that we, knowingly or unknowingly take for granted as universal laws of the world. Obviously there is the dark side of history where we through colonization, extermination and exploitation of the rest of the world, gained access to the natural resources that placed us in the abundant position we are in now – but that is seldom taken into account, as it is seen as a natural consequence of the development of the world, where some were simply stronger and more intelligent than others and thereby rightfully claimed ownership of land, crops, minerals, oil, wood and people, along side shoving our culture down the throat of those ‘uncivilized’ and ‘barbaric’ nations. Seldom is it taken into account that those areas of the world that has been exploited the most, are also the areas of most natural resources, and how the situation of the world would look, had we not colonized and murdered our way to wealth and power.
From this history and development, we live our separate lives, taking part in the comforts, pleasures and entertainment that is provided by our rich and civilized societies. The rest of the world, those born in misfortune and poverty are left to rot as they apparently brought it on themselves and what we seek to do, is instead assist them to develop themselves to get to the level of comfort that we are at, by implementing the capitalistic structure of free markets and trade (that which we call democracy) and providing ‘development aid’. We go to war in the name of freedom of speech and build oil rigs and factories in those countries, under the guise of aiding them to prosper. But we do not see ourselves in any way Responsible for their misfortune and seek thus not to share our wealth. Thus being born in a western country, you learn in school that you are lucky to be born where you are – in ‘The free world’. You learn that this is a result of a proud and glorious history, where your ancestors provided you with the land that you can now rightfully call your own. You do not learn that the welfare and comfort that you take for granted, is riding on the backs of those that suffer. This is not only true seen in the light of the historic development from the imperialistic era, but also down to the pair of sneakers on your feet or the chicken that you stuff your belly with. Suffering and poverty in undeveloped countries exists directly and solely because of how we live our lives in the west. It exists because of the lives that we take for granted as our rightful heritage.
The following story, taken from an article in the Danish newspaper Politikken (Sun Sep. 12) is an example of how much we take our position for granted and how devastating this attitude is, not only for those countries that are being exploited, but for all of us. In Malaysia a Danish company called united plantations was created in 1985. The company has been awarded and appraised as a company that provided healthcare and education for it’s Malaysian workers and that has thus supported the social and economic development of a poor and ‘savage’ country in a ‘team-spirit’ seldom seen in the corporate world. Last year they had a profit of almost 90 million dollars. The company has 5000 workers and besides growing bananas and coconuts, uses most of the land to grow palm fruits that are used to make palm oil. By pressing the fruits, oil is extracted and the oil is used in many foods and in cosmetics. (So when you bite into a mars bar or rub lotion on your skin, remember to send a thought of gratitude to the Malaysian workers, who have risked their lives working for your comfort and satisfaction.) The company has recently been exposed and criticized for providing poor and dangerous work conditions for the workers who work every day harvesting the fruits. United plantations uses pesticides called paraquat and monocrotoophos, both extremely dangerous, causing respiratory problems, damage to the lungs, cause nausea and severe skin rashes. The workers explain that they suffer with rashes on their hands, feet, and chests and even on their genitals. The consequences of working with the palm fruits sprayed with these pesticides are, besides back pain, nails falling off and pain when peeing or having sex. The normal work day is eight hours, but often the workers are forced to work longer to ensure a stable income as the wages are extremely low. They also only get the full pay if they collect a minimum of 16 bags of fruits, of 50 kg. Each. The work starts at 6.30 where it is already getting excruciatingly hot in the Malaysian jungle. The workers bring food and water, but have to leave it where they start harvesting fruits and only after four hours are they allowed going back to where they started and thus they go without water for up to four hours in the boiling heat. One worker has explained that she is forced to sit down and pee, where she works to not have to walk too far away and that she can smell the metallic smell of pesticides dripping from the plants. She explains that this has caused the skin on her vaginal area to tear and bleed. When the workers go the health Clinique, they are told that this is normal and sometimes given pills that has no effect. Working with these pesticides requires equipment such as gumboots, gloves and masks, but the heat is too unbearable for the workers, so they take it off. They are also not able to works as fast as they have to, if they wear the equipment. This is but one example out of thousands, even millions, where the glorious heritage of colonization and intellectual superiority shows its true face. The suffering of the Malaysian workers is not caused by their country being undeveloped or the people being savage or unintelligent - It is caused by a country and people being exploited brutally by western companies, all justified in the name of free will and market forces. ‘We are stronger, so we can do as we please’ – seems to be the mantra. The Malaysians are placed in a position where they have No choice but to obey. The worst part of it is that we can go on living as though this was not happening. We have pushed the world far enough from us, so that we are out of its reach and it is out of ours. But the food we eat, the shoes we wear, the lotion we put on our skin, is all coming from this world. One thing is that it is justified by our deliberate ignorance and unwillingness to see that we are Responsible, but what is even worse is when we justify the abuse by claiming our superiority as a natural birth-given right. This clearly shows that we are not intelligent or developed or in any other way above anyone else. With our apparent superior intellectual and technological skills, we could have solved this in a way, where these workers did not have to Suffer. But we didn’t – because it would have been bad for business and it would have send a signal to the slave workers of the world, that they are worth something, and we didn’t because we did not have to do it – because ‘the folks at home’ didn’t care – they didn’t see it either, because it was strategically placed out of their sight – serving only one purpose: to make the rich even richer. We are all caught in the same mess – and thus a Solution is required that first of all takes these people into consideration and account as Equals on this Earth. This Solution is an Equal Money System – not as an ideological utopian dream, but as a Practical, Livable Principled Solution, where we each and All take a Stand, deciding to Stop the atrocities and Change this world, so that we can Live together and Breathe together and share Everything that is Here. The European Cultural Elite is a figment of imagination, but it is also who we have tacitly accepted ourselves as, often in taking our position for granted, forgetting the process with which our riches is provided, how it is provided and who has suffered to provide it. The final proof is the condition of the Earth at large – and who each of us Accept ourselves to be.