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5 Reasons Why We Need to Keep Social Media in Perspective (and How to Do This!)

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Social media has sure evolved since I was in high school fifteen years ago. Back then there was email, but there wasn’t the strong presence of online communities like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. My main experience was waiting for those high-pitched AOL dial-up noises to pass and having awkward chat room discussions with random strangers.

Fast-forward to the present day and social media seems to be an integral part of our identities, facilitating our daily interactions, feeding us information, dominating a lot of our screen time and energy, entertaining us, inspiring us, and sometimes, frustrating the crap out of us. Some people believe that social media is the greatest thing ever to happen to the human race, while others argue that social media is creating a more fragmented, disconnected society.

I try to see the light and dark in everything, and so I can appreciate the benefits and the harms of social media. It connects us in profound ways, building communities and spreading unprecedented messages of unity. But it can also waste our time and energy like never before, and worse, expose us to a level of conflict and abuse that would probably never happen in regular daily life.

I’m not here to judge social media or tell you that it is good or bad for humanity; that is really up to you to decide for yourself. I’m writing this article because I think social media and the way we interact with it can be strange and ridiculous, and many of us (myself included!) have fallen into the trap of taking it WAY TOO SERIOUSLY.

SOCIAL MEDIA IS JUST A TOOL

No matter your usage of social media, please remember that it is only a TOOL. It is a tool for communicating with people; a tool for promoting yourself; a tool for learning; a tool for finding things to do; a tool for watching entertaining videos or reading inspiring articles; a tool to further your career, and so on.

Social media offers us a vastly different reality than we are used in ‘normal life’ and this can become problematic if we start to take it too seriously, or if we think of it as more than just a tool. There are 5 reasons why we need to not take social media so seriously: People’s lack of inhibitions, the prevalence of trolls, how addictive it can become, the potential for FOMO and loneliness, and the increased likelihood of conflict to which it exposes us.

1) People’s Inhibitions are Way Lower Online Than in Real Life

Perhaps the most obvious reason why we can’t take social media too seriously is that people have fewer inhibitions and tend to be way more open online than in face-to-face interaction. In other words, we are dealing with an artificially created virtual world and so the communication we experience will be fundamentally different and challenging to deal with. Called Online Disinhibition by psychologist Dr. John Suler, here are some of the mechanisms that reduce people’s inhibitions in social media interaction:

  • Dissociative anonymity: It is easy to hide and be anonymous in social media, indeed, many Twitter and Facebook users do not use their real name (although this is changing now on Facebook) and users who post comments on YouTube, Reddit and such are also under no obligation to use their real names. This anonymity is dissociative because when posting comments or interacting online, users often do not have to take personal responsibility for their comments. This can lead to more extreme and intense conversations than people would be willing to engage in when face-to-face.
  • Invisibility: It is literally possible to be invisible in certain social media environments: Whether you are viewing someone’s profile or page, watching videos or reading the comments on a thread, you don’t have to worry about how you look, how you sound, how people perceive your body language. Often there is a level of passive participation, when you can be viewing someone’s page, pictures or comments… and this person does not even know that you are there!
  • Asynchronicity: Unlike in real life, social media interactions do not necessarily happen in real time- often there can be a delay of hours or days in between comments, giving people plenty of time to come up with witty responses, or worse, leave you hanging. People can put ideas or hurtful comments out there in a type of ‘emotional hit and run’ where they can just make these remarks, and then run away and ignore your response. This definitely wouldn’t fly in real life!

2)    Social Media Can Expose You to Nasty, Nasty People

It might sound a bit extreme, but you really can’t take social media too seriously because by using it, you are opening yourself up to some really nasty people. They hide behind the anonymity, invisibility and asycnhronicity of the web will the sole purpose of making hurtful comments, often purely with the intention of instigating arguments and conflict, also known as ‘trolling.’ Trolls will lie and exaggerate purely to get reactions and upset people.

A September 2014 survey of 1200 social media users published in Personality and Individual Differences showed that scores on the dark tetrad personality measures (sadism, narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy) were extremely high only among people who said that trolling was their favorite online activity. According to the researchers, “online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.” They went further, saying that, “both trolls and sadists feel sadistic glee at the distress of others. Sadists just want to have fun… and the Internet is their playground.”

So if you are making any public posts or comments, there is a possibility you might get trolled, and if you are being trolled, it is most likely by sadists intending to hurt you for their own amusement. (Ever since I started writing online articles, this has happened to me more times that I care to acknowledge). Because these sadistic trolls gain pleasure from upsetting you, the best thing you can do is IGNORE their comments, do not take it personally and do not give them a reaction!

3)   Social Media May Be The New Addictive Drug of Choice

It is also important to keep social media in perspective because if you don’t, it might turn into a full-on obsession or addiction. According to Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, psychiatrist at Imperial College London, about 5-10% of internet users are addicted, meaning they are unable to control their usage . Other statistics indicate that anywhere from 3-13% of people in the US express “symptoms of inappropriate internet use” although there is no clinical definition yet for social media addiction, or specific statistics on it at this time.

The ‘addictiveness’ of social media seems to come from the immediate gratifications and boosts to self-esteem that we receive from likes, shares, re-tweets and so on. Is our self-worth becoming intrinsically linked to these little bubbles that pop on the screen when we get a like, a follower or a message? It seems that way. According to one study, 62% of adults world-wide DO feel better about themselves after having positive interactions on social media.

But if social media is truly addictive, then we should see addictive brain and behavior patterns associated with it. And preliminary research shows that we do. A 2012 study in China used MRI scans to conclude that the brains of adolescents with “internet addiction disorder” closely resembled the brains of alcohol and cocaine addicts, both sharing disrupted pathways related to emotions, decision-making, and self-control.

Perhaps even more startling is the behavioral data related to compulsiveness and withdrawal. In a 2011 survey of almost 1000 college students across 10 countries, 4 out 5 reported “significant mental and physical distress, panic, confusion and extreme isolation” when they were asked to unplug from technology for an ‘entire’ day. To describe their experiences turning off social media, they used analogies like “going cold turkey” and “itching like a crackhead,” and even reported physical symptoms like panic attacks and heart palpitations. Plain and simple, fiending for Facebook like it’s cocaine is NOT healthy behavior.

4)   Thanks to FOMO, Social Media Can Make you Feel Lonely and Dissatisfied

FOMO (the fear of missing out) has become a very real and often very painful phenomenon thanks to social media. Now every time you cannot make it out to a concert, or you don’t get invited to a party, you get bombarded with reminders of how much fun everyone else is having while you’re sitting at home in your PJs watching Netflix. (When I decided not to go to Burning Man this year, for weeks my Facebook feed was absolutely inundated with posts, pictures, comments and the like reminding me what I was missing. I became so annoyed with it, I finally just unfollowed a bunch of pages and people to clear the space and cull the reminders).

FOMO makes us question our decisions about how we spend our time, it makes us question how we are living our lives, and it can make us feel lonely, bored and unfulfilled. Perhaps this is why so many people feel bad about their lives after using social media. German researchers have found that 1 in 3 Facebook users feel dissatisfied with their lives after visiting the site, prompting feelings of loneliness, jealousy and frustration. The most common trigger was feelings of jealousy from seeing vacation photos, followed by people who compared their number of social interactions (Why did SHE did get more happy birthday posts than I did!?)

So what is going on here? Are we masochists, to be so obsessed with something that can repeatedly make us feel so bad? Perhaps we continue using social media because we so desperately want to feel connected. But, as Dr. Sherry Turkle brilliantly argues in her book Alone Together, social media gives us the illusion of being connected, of being fulfilled by relationships and having so many ‘friends’ and conversations. Yet the true psychological depth and closeness of these relationships is often lacking, which ironically can actually make us feel even more alone.

5)   Social Media Use Tends to Create Conflict

Finally, we can’t take social media too seriously because conflict can arise so easily, sometimes out of nowhere, from nothing, for no reason! Internet trolling aside, all you have to do to end up in an argument is express an opinion and then wait for someone to respond! I believe it points back to online disinhibition and people’s openness to say things online that they wouldn’t say in person, and the fact that many of the people you encounter online are either feeling depressed, frustrated or jealous, or they are narcissists trying to make themselves feel better (there is after all a strong positive correlation between narcissism and social media use). Plus, online communication lacks the social cues, the body language and the subtle nuances of in-person communication, meaning people can often get confused or take things the wrong way.

Things that happen on social media can also bleed into our real-life relationships, creating conflict and destruction. I have seen couples arguing because someone accepted a friend request from a member of the opposite sex, and friends getting jealous of one another because one friend got more likes on a similar status update. I have even seen people break up or end relationships because of events that happened on social media. The list goes on. Suffice it to say, if social media is wreaking havoc in your actual relationships, you are probably taking it too seriously!

KEEPING IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE

Because many of us spend so much time attached to our social media (one study shows as many as 40% of young people check Facebook at least every hour!) sometimes we need a little push in the right direction to help keep things in perspective. Here are some of my suggestions, as a psychologist and avid social media user:

  • Remember, You are so much MORE than all of this!

We can all use social media as a tool, but you don’t have to be a slave to it. Your moods don’t have to run high and low depending on what happens on social media. Your relationships in real-life don’t have to be impacted in extreme ways because of social media. Your self-esteem can actually come from INSIDE you, not from your numbers of likes, fans, or comments. Please be mindful that your social media presence does NOT speak to your awesomeness as a human being – Your true awesomeness is yours and it is REAL, no matter if two people or two thousand people get to see it. Human interaction flourished long before social media and it will continue to thrive long after it is gone. Just remember this.

  • If it Becomes too Much… Take a Break.

If you feel like you can’t gain perspective, or you just can’t put down the smartphone, it is time to step away and take a break. Try to allot yourself a specific time frame or window for social media use and stick to it. So maybe for a little while you will only login between 7-9pm. Think of all free time you will have! Or you can build up to taking a day off every week from social media, or even a week off every month. If you really want to just go for it, deactivate your accounts for a little while to gain some breathing room. You may be amazed to find that the world keeps spinning, and that your good friends still remain in contact with you. (If this is becoming compulsive and you just can’t stop logging in, you can install an APP like “Cold Turkey” that will block you from accessing certain social media sites. But I think you are strong enough to do it on your own.)

  • Do Something Mindful Away from the Computer.

Many of us have jobs and careers that keep us tethered to our computers, making social media a welcome distraction and only a click away! If you are spending a lot of time in front of a screen, then I strongly recommend you get up, stretch and go do something that reintegrates your mind back into the real world. There are so many activities you can partake in which are rewarding, will make you feel good and that will have nothing to do with social media. These can include cooking, crafting, dancing, yoga, running, making art, playing music, swimming, having sex, nature walks, meditation, hiking and so on. Instead of obsessively flicking through the page and reading updates, put down the phone, ground yourself, and find gratitude in the present moment. When you pull your face away from the screen you will realize that life is beautiful and it is happening all around us, always. Being mindful and appreciating the present moment will help you release the attachment to the instant gratifications of social media and bring you into a more peaceful, content place.

  • Spend time with people in REAL LIFE!

Perhaps the most important way to keep social media in perspective is to spend time interacting with people in real life, either by conversing in person, or speaking on the phone. Enjoy the nuances of the tone of voice and body language that you miss when using social media. Enjoy the fact that you get to connect in a truly deep meaningful way with someone. You can really show them you mean business about being present and sharing space with them by LEAVING YOUR PHONE AT HOME (or at least in the car). So many times in this life our interpersonal connections are interrupted by technology, it’s like we neglect the real people in our lives in favor of the icons buzzing on a screen. Please, recognize and value the actual people in your life who are right in front of you. Show them the respect they deserve by putting away the phone and shutting off the screen when you are spending time together. Amazing things can happen when people spend less time staring at their phones while in public and more time connecting to each other.

  • If you really have a problem, please SEEK HELP.

If you feel like you cannot control your social media usage, or if you think social media might be ruining your life or making you feel anxious or depressed, please seek help. Help can come by way of speaking to your friends, family, a school counselor, or in more extreme cases, enrolling in an intervention like this Teen Social Media Addiction program.  Please do not be afraid to talk about what is happening. Being addicted to social media is nothing to be ashamed of and you are not alone! In fact, there might be thousands and thousands of people compulsively addicted to social media (we really do not know for sure). If you suspect a friend or loved one might be addicted to social media, and this may be harming their life or making them depressed, please talk to them, and let them know (in real-life, not online) that you love and support them!

What other tips might you add to help people keep social media in perspective? Are you or is someone you know addicted to social media? Please message me or share your thoughts in the comments. Blessings and Love <3

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Kelly Neff is a social psychologist, author and educator who has helped thousands of people learn about healthy relationships, love and sexuality. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown and M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. A professor of psychology since 2007, she has become an innovator in the field of online teaching with her book, Teaching Psychology Online and her YouTube lectures. Her articles on love, sex, spirituality and wellbeing have been featured by wellness websites like MindBodyGreen, The Mind Unleashed and more. Dr. Neff also gives workshops, lectures and integrative healing services that combine psychological techniques, empowerment training, Reiki, and other alternative therapies. When she isn’t writing, teaching or doing healing work from her home in Boulder, CO, Dr. Neff travels the globe researching transformational festivals for her upcoming book for the Festival Research Project. You can find her daily doses of inspiration and positivity on Facebook and Twitter. Light and Love!

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UK Queen’s Statues Torn Down Amid Anger Over Mass Graves for Indigenous Children

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This year may have had one of the most muted Canada Day celebrations, but this didn’t stop Indigenous protesters from making their anger felt – especially in the wake of the discovery of over 1,000 children’s bodies near the residential schools run by the Canadian state and church authorities.

And with churches being likely targeted by arsonists for the crimes of Catholic clergy, protesters are now attacking the symbols of Anglo colonialism – namely, statues of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

More than 200 children’s bodies were discovered buried in a mass grave in May, with several hundreds more being discovered in June at unmarked gravesites near Indian residential schools in June.

About 150,000 First Nations children were forcibly separated from their families and communities and forced to attend the religious schools which were established in the 19th century to assimilate Indigenous children into the Anglo settler-colonial culture of Canada.

Former students have testified to the horrific sexual, mental and physical abuse they suffered while enrolled at the schools. Myriad children died from preventable diseases, as well as in accidents and fires. Others disappeared when trying to escape. The Commission has denounced the schools for institutionalizing child neglect and for being organs of “cultural genocide.”

The discoveries have churned up deep-seated anguish and memories of the suffering visited upon First Nations peoples, with many lashing out at the symbols of colonialism.

At least seven churches, all but one of which were Catholic, have also come under apparent arson attacks throughout Canada in recent weeks.

In June, a statue of the late Pope John Paul II at a Catholic church in Edmonton was splattered with red paint and red handprints.

On Thursday, July 1, residents in Canada also held organized protests and pulled down the statues of the top figurehead of British colonialism: Queen Elizabeth II, as well as that of her great grandmother, Queen Victoria. Sky News reports that the toppling of the statues was accompanied by the chant, “No Pride in Genocide!”

In Ottawa, protestors gathered en masse at Parliament Hill chanting ”Cancel Canada Day” and ”shame on Canada,” urging an end to the national holiday over the deaths of Indigenous people.

Indigenous groups and Canadian politicians are demanding an apology from the Catholic Church – specifically Pope Francis. The event could take place by year’s end, according to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

However, it remains unlikely that the British crown will offer the same amends to Canada’s Indigenous nations who, like many across the globe, suffered greatly in British Colonialism’s worldwide search for riches and glory.

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3 Reasons Why Introverts Are Undervalued in Today’s Society

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It’s undeniable that our society favors assertive extroverted personalities with strong communication skills and underestimates the quiet ones. If you are an introvert, you have probably learned it the hard way.

It could be that you felt unseen in the classroom as a child or teen. Or you may have watched your less competent co-workers get a promotion thanks to their social skills.

It feels unfair, but if you think about our society, it makes perfect sense. The consumerist mindset that has become our second nature inevitably affects the way we treat other people. It seems that everything, including our personal qualities and worth as human beings, is translated into some kind of market value.

In other words, to make other people see your worth in personal or professional life, you need to be able to ‘sell yourself’. Yes, this expression alone tells it all.

You need to know how to make a good first impression, say the right things, and be assertive. If you can’t do it, you are perceived as incapable and uninteresting – whether we are talking about a job interview or an informal social gathering.

But it’s not the only reason why introverts are undervalued in our society. Here are a few more:

1. They are less efficient in teamwork

Communication and teamwork skills are required for all kinds of jobs. It seems that without being able to work in a team, it’s impossible to do your job even if your duties don’t involve interaction with clients.

Introverts are much more efficient when they work on their own and are given a certain extent of independence. They thrive in quiet environments with few distractions and interactions. This is when a quiet person gets the chance to unleash their creative self and make good use of their analytical skills.

Most office jobs don’t give employees this opportunity. Office meetings, group projects, phone calls and all the other attributes of a 9-to-5 job make it almost impossible for an introvert to be productive.

2. They don’t like to be in the spotlight

Sometimes it feels like we are living in a society of attention seekers. Today, you are expected to go public about the most personal matters, such as your relationship and family life.

People share their most intimate thoughts and feelings on social media, post updates about the most trivial events, such as what they had for dinner, and upload countless selfies.

Introverts are among those who still value privacy. They are less likely to showcase their lives online or share the details of their personal affairs with the whole world.

At the same time, the quiet ones don’t like to be in the spotlight at social events. An introvert will never interrupt you. They will listen to you and talk only when they have something important to say. This tendency to avoid attention can be mistaken for insecurity and even a lack of intelligence.

3. They prefer to be real than to be ‘nice’

If you want to make a good impression on others, you are expected to be nice. But what does it mean to be ‘nice’ anyway?

In an introvert’s mind, it equals saying things you don’t mean. Quiet personalities will never bombard you with compliments or say meaningless social pleasantries just to win your fondness. But if an introvert said something nice to you, then be sure that they truly meant it.

Small talk is another component of social relationships most introverts struggle with. To them, it embodies utterly dull, uncomfortable, and pointless conversations they can perfectly do without. For this reason, introverts are often mistakenly believed to hate people.

The truth is that they don’t – they just crave stimulating, meaningful conversations and choose their social circle more carefully than extroverts.

In my book, The Power of Misfits: How to Find Your Place in a World You Don’t Fit In, I write about the reasons why so many introverts feel inadequate and alienated from other people in today’s society. It all goes down to social expectations this personality type has to deal with from a very early age.

But the good news is that every introvert can overcome the negative effects of these expectations and find the right path in this loud, extroverted world.

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The Esoteric Meaning Behind Neo’s Interrogation Scene in The Matrix

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More than 20 years old now, The Matrix is recognized by fans across the world as being one of the most brilliant films in history, most notably for its deeper meaning and esoteric philosophy.

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One scene that is particularly intriguing, considering the social climate of today, is Neo’s interrogation by the Agents of the Matrix.

Now, before we dig into the potential hidden meaning here, as I perceive it, and how Neo found himself in this uncomfortable position to begin with, let’s first establish some key points in relation to the overall story line that will help us to appreciate the implications behind this scene a little bit more.

What Does The Character Neo Represent in the Matrix?

Neo in ancient Greek (νέος) means new/young one. This is an important piece of the puzzle to help us understand what the directors of the film are trying to communicate to us. With that said, when we assess Neo’s character in the first film, we find that he is a solitary individual that keeps to himself and is struggling to find deeper meaning in this world by constantly searching the internet.

What Does The Character Morpheus Represent in the Matrix?

Morpheus in Greek mythology is a messenger of the gods. He appears to humans through dreams with the intention of delivering divine Knowledge and Truth. In the Greek mythos, he can appear in almost any form in people’s dreams, which could be because anyone, regardless of race, gender, or outward appearance, can be a messenger of enlightenment and Truth.

The First Matrix Film is About The Beginning of the Journey to Awakening

With the understanding of the deeper meaning behind what Neo and Morpheus’ characters represent in the film, we can now appreciate the intro scene of Neo sleeping (whilst searching for Morpheus) through a different lens of perception and awareness.

You see, Neo sleeping whilst searching online for Morpheus represents the early stages of the Truth seekers journey — “asleep” but still searching for deeper meaning in life — and hoping to find that meaning by seeking out a “messenger” of higher Knowledge and Truth.

Truth is Terrorism in the Empire of Lies

Through his incessant efforts, Neo begins to get closer and closer to finding the elusive Morpheus. This, however, also attracts the unwanted attention of the Agents in the Matrix, which represent the enforcers of the shadow government of this system. Their job is to ensure that no one exposes what the Matrix really is, and how it turns unsuspecting every day human beings into useful resources that it can use and exploit.

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The Agents proceed to apprehend Neo and interrogate him, where they make it very clear that they’ve been spying on him and keeping meticulous records of his activities, both online and offline, for quite some time now. As we all know very well today, all around the world intelligence agencies are doing exactly that — tracking what we view online and keeping meticulous records on many of our movements.

The agents, however, do not see Neo as being a major threat to the Matrix system, as he is still in the early stages of his awakening and does not know enough to be a major threat. Instead, they offer him a deal where they will be willing to “wipe the slate clean” on his illegal activities online, if Neo will simply help them track down the man they call Morpheus, who they claim is “a known terrorist” that is “considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive”.

This represents that the single greatest threat to this manipulative system — which is overwhelmingly ruled by deception and exploitation — is any messenger of higher Knowledge and Truth that can potentially awaken those who are still “asleep” to what the proverbial Matrix really is. In fact, one could argue this sort of power struggle has been going on for thousands of years, and is possibly why Socrates was accused of “corrupting the youth” by the ruling class more than 2,000 years ago and subsequently sentenced to death; or why Fred Hampton was assassinated by government authorities in 1969; or, in more recent history, why civilians that were peacefully protesting against Wall Street and the bankers for their part in destroying the world economy in 2008, were targeted by the FBI and even labelled as potential “domestic terrorists“.

Simply put, Truth is terrorism in the empire of lies.

Imaginary Rights

Neo, still being somewhat naïve and unbegun in his journey, rejects the Agent’s offer and demands he get a phone call because “I know my rights!”

To this, Agent Smith retorts, “tell me Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re unable to speak?”, which results in Neo’s mouth warping in the most eerie of ways.

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This scene represents a lesson that all genuine Truth seekers eventually come to learn — this system is not concerned with human rights nor is it concerned with upholding authentic justice. Instead, it inculcates these beliefs and misperceptions into our minds from a very young age, because it serves to help legitimize its unnecessary existence in the eyes of the unsuspecting public and indoctrinate us as to why we think we need it. But in reality, our government guaranteed “rights” can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye.

In relation to current events, for example, many thousands of people worldwide have been arrested for violating curfew orders; In one Indian state, civilians were told they must take selfies every hour and send it to the authorities to prove that they are staying indoors; in South Africa, some have been fined for not wearing masks while driving their cars; In Boston in the United States, people have even been told that they will be fined if they walk “the wrong direction” down the street; Homeless people in France have reportedly been fined for not staying indoors; Some people have been arrested for attending funerals of loved ones because it violated lockdown orders; Others (including doctors and scientists) have had their right to freedom of speech censored online; In Australia, a pregnant woman was actually arrested in her home for facebook posts that encouraged protesting against the lockdown; According to the International Labor Organization, tens of millions are being pushed into unemployment; and travel all around the world has been severely restricted by these authorities who have taken it upon themselves to be the rulers of this planet by dictating what the rest of us can and cannot do. Whether you agree with these policies or not, these things cannot logically be called “rights” since they are so very easily violated and taken away from us.

We Must Start With the Imagination

There are many other examples that demonstrate how our government given “rights” are more of a comforting illusion than an actual reality, such as the CIA’s secretive Black Site torture programs, which have been done in cooperation with other intelligence agencies and authorities throughout the world. In these programs, people have been kidnapped — without any legal criminal charge or trial — and then taken to undisclosed secret locations where many of them are tortured for many months on end, in ways that are considered to be in violation of international law and basic human rights. The CIA, of course, simply claims they are suspected terrorists. In 2014, however, a Senate Intelligence Committee Report found that at least 26 of the people that were kidnapped and tortured were actually “wrongfully detained”.

Wake Up Neo — You Are the One

Fortunately, Neo manages to escape this unthinkable situation without any serious injury or harm. Soon after, he is contacted by Morpheus, where he is told that he was very lucky that the Agents underestimated his great potential and spared him, because if the Agents had known the great secret that Morpheus knows, then Neo would probably be dead.

Confused by the obvious strangeness of everything taking place, Neo asks Morpheus what the hell is going on, and what exactly is he talking about?? Without hesitation, Morpheus replies to him, “You are the one Neo — You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I have spent my entire life looking for you.”

This is perhaps the most important lesson the new Truth seeker must eventually come to learn — We are the ones we have been waiting for to change this corrupt world my friends; and we must stop looking for heroes and human leaders to absolve us of this very serious responsibility. Instead, we must all take on the role of Morpheus — which is to awaken as many Neo’s (new minds) as we possibly can, whilst also taking on the role that represents the journey of Neo, by challenging ourselves to become the best version of who we authentically are.

By doing this, we will help to awaken and unleash the unique creative forces of each individual’s problem solving imagination; and we will also find unity in our shared struggle against the injustices, and corruption, of this inhumane system which invariably exploits us all.

If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?

Written by Gavin Nascimento, Founder of aNewKindOfHuman.com

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