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| 10+ World Delusions
Delusion 1 - Reality as perceived by most humans is the real world
Delusion 6 - Vaccinations & Drugs & Medicine have saved the world and are the answer
Delusion 8 - Death is the end
Delusion 13 - Kids hate learning
NO! They may hate school and homework, but that is not true learning. Nature has designed kids to be avid learners. Daniel Quinn in The Unschooling Unmanual:
'It is part of the mythology of childhood itself that children hate learning and will avoid it at all costs. Of course, anyone who has had a child knows what an absurd lie this is. From infancy onward, children are the most fantastic learners in the world.'
So why can children hate the 'learning' that goes on at schools? It is because the natural way of learning has been crushed out of them. John Holt in The Unschooling Unmanual explains:
'Little children love the world. That is why they are so good at learning about it. For it is love, not tricks and techniques of thought, that lies at the heart of all true learning. Can we bring ourselves to let children learn and grow through that love?'
Delusion 14 - Socialisation comes from Schools
Delusion 17 - 'All calories are equal' and 'Fat is the bad guy'
This delusion includes the supposed brilliance of modern economics and that modern education lifted and lifts people out of poverty.
The list is long: Africans enslaved in USA by Europeans, Native American Indians, South American Indians, Māori, Himba, Bushmen, Aboriginal Australians, etc. They all fell into poverty, mental health crises, drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, etc.
Rich World must stop flaunting this delusion that they saved the rest of us from poverty (e.g. see here). Rich World created poverty. They are not Saviour but rather Enslaver.
What are they/we going to do to right their wrong?...
Delusion 21 - Whiteness - as a collective social identity - has a long history
No. Whiteness was only invented in the 17th century to justify African slavery.
Shortly before the 17C, people were likely to see themselves as their country or religion.
Colonialism and imperialism and the exploitation of Earth necessitated an imagined moral superiority. Originally this was as Christians educating 'savage primitives'.
But something had to replace the Christian/infidel system, as some Africans were becoming Christian and enslavers could not perpetrate their evils on a Christian.
So the 'exceptional' white race and the 'inferior' black race were created. There had to be racial contempt. Systemic racism had been created.
Since then whiteness has been weaponised by Authoritarianism and the Far Right to justify many evil policies, including: genocide, apartheid, capitalism, xenophobia, police brutality and the justification of hate.
However, there is no biological basis to either whiteness or races.
Although whiteness (or blackness or whatever) does not have to be cancelled, white privilege and white supremacy surely does? Reparations and equality are needed for the oppressed, like blacks and indigenous peoples.
Strive for Unity!
Delusion 22 - Conservation is best achieved by Big Conservation NGOs
NO! This is The Big Green Lie. World leaders plan to turn 30% of the Earth into protected areas. Sounds good, but it neo-colonialism. It is the world's biggest land grab at the brutal expense of indigenous people. Watch the short video, send an urgent email. Also see here, here, here, here.
In fact, Indigenous Peoples are by far the best at conservation - see here, here.
Delusion 23 - Humans are independent thinkers, inventive and creative
Yes and no! Humans take ideas and things and build new stuff and/or can see things clearly. This is the basis of copyright law and why universities hate plagiarism. There is truth to this, but it leans too much on the delusion of personal glory. It misses out on the deeper purpose of life, which is collaboration, unity and world peace, etc.
While it is important to think for yourself in the sense of questioning whether what everyone else is doing is right - and free yourself from delusion (what this page does!) - it is also important to realise that we stand on the shoulders of all those who have gone before, our ancestors. Spiritually, we also are rooted in the invisible, spiritual world, from whence can come inspiration.
Maybe it is like a computer which appears to calculate independently, but which relies on its programming to do so. Similarly, a human has animal-instinctive programming, human-cultural programming and angelic-goodness programming. It is the angelic which is most hidden from us and which we most need to access. In this way, just like the plant does not grow without the sun, humans are very dependent on God.
So, I would humbly suggest that we are co-creators with natural, cultural and spiritual building blocks. We research, collaborate and work for/with a high ideal. We must do so. This is not plagiarism or cheating, and it requires a copyright-free culture. This is the Solar Culture, where we are the plants that work with nature and the Sun to do the will of God/Goddess.
Delusion 24 - Addiction is genetic, or a choice - and restricted to only a few losers
No. Yet the legal system is based on this myth and punishes to deter.
Addiction is not a choice. It's a response to emotional pain (originating in the past).
There may be genetic predisposition but not predetermination.
See brilliant short (3m29s) video [also here] by addiction specialist Gabor Mate.
Addiction is not restricted to a few "losers".
Addiction is rife and rampant in our society, and evident in all areas of human activity.
So, do not ask "Why the addiction?", but rather "Why the pain?"
So, do not ask "What's wrong with you?", but rather "What happened to you?"
Delusion 25 - The Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) will be solved by targets and conferences. Or perhaps by treating it as trivial? Or by denial?
If your home is on fire, do you deny it? Or do you ignore it as inconsequential?
Or do you organise a family conference in the living room and set targets, discuss plans and allocate responsibilities?
No! You act NOW with great energy and decisiveness to end the emergency and save all that you can.
An existential emergency requires an immediate, powerful and truthful response.
Unfortunately, we sit around applying gradualism while our home planet burns down.
But there is no Planet B.
Instead the CEE needs us to: respect Nature; stop fossil fuels; set up a political and economic system based on love, cooperation and equality, not competition and greed.
"Then there is another cry. They say, "Why don’t you do it in a gradual manner?" Well, gradualism is little more than escapism and do-nothingism, which ends up in stand-still-ism." (Martin Luther King Jr.)
Delusion 26 - Governments have our best interests at heart
"One of the greatest illusions of modern times has been to trick millions of voters into believing that billionaires and multi-millionaires actually represent the interests of ordinary people - rather than becoming grotesquely wealthy from their exploitation." (Doc Russ Jackson, 6 January 2022 tweet)
Billionaires need to be abolished. If we are going to have money, there needs to be caps on maximum earnings and assets.
Delusion 28 - Democracy = Rulership by the People
Modern 'democracy' is based on presumed consent. You voted for us, so we can do what we like for the next five years. As George Monbiot queries, we would not accept this in sex, so why do we accept it in politics?
We urgently need Citizens' Assemblies, proportional representation, political rewilding, etc. Read more here. Then we will have democracy.
Delusion 29 - Hard Work = A Great Skill
However, modern societies tend to overemphasise the former as it is how the elite superrich create wealth by using the labour of the masses.
Meanwhile, tribal peoples tend to physically work only a few hours a day. They also spend many hours relaxing and building relationships and community.
Learn from Buddha who said, "Things to do today: exhale, inhale, exhale...ahhh."
Also, where do you direct your hard work? Is it for solely for personal gain or do you also work hard for the community, to save the world? Are you working hard to create emotional and spiritual harmony, not just financial gain? Working hard for evil ends is evil.
Delusion 30 - Hard Work = Wealth
Also see here, here.
Delusion 31 - Humans are Immortal
"The human species is trapped in an infallible collective delusion, an unconquerable belief in our own immortality and we are going to find out how immortal we in fact are not."
(First Dog on the Moon, The Guardian, posted and accessed 2 February 2022)
Delusion 32 - The USA is good, exceptional, advanced, free, etc.
No. Like many Rich World countries, it got rich and powerful from violently and mercilessly exploiting the Poor World, from the genocide of so many indigenous peoples. The land of the USA is stolen from Native Americans. The USA was built on African slavery. Time for shadow work, USA??
Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter in 2005 charged that the United States as having "supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War", leading to "hundreds of thousands of deaths." Meanwhile the pretence is that:
"It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis."
Public Being Tricked