Humanity has come to significant point in its history. We are on the precipice of a serious economic disaster, a system-blowing transformation, or both. Even if a fiat-debt implosion occurred of an unprecedented magnitude, we do have the solutions and capacity to respond in a way that will minimize the impacts and transform our reality into something better. It will take some serious people power though, so, will we choose to act before this happens, or will we wait until the masses are subject to further suffering?
Not that this isn’t happening already. The middle class is eroding, millions can’t afford to feed themselves, many people are underemployed or working multiple part-time jobs and barely scraping through, and those subject to poverty, homelessness and other disadvantage is increasing.
Social unrest is manifesting as a result. More and more people are being inflicted with this pain which has propelled the wave of support for the far left US representative, Sanders, and the far right representative, Trump. On the other hand, Clinton is obviously a face of the status quo and that is clear as day for anyone who has any idea about how the corporate oligarchy works.
Yet the divide between the supporters of Trump and Sanders is frighteningly counter-productive; if they actually united and together stood against the crony capitalists, socialism for the rich policies, banksterism, the corporatocracy and a corrupted money supply, then instead of fruitlessly and senselessly fighting each other, the US and the world over would actually have a chance of transforming the system into one which has dealt with the core problems and is designed to meet the needs of our human family and our natural systems.
As a united force, the people should have sorted out these blatant issues a long time ago. Because we are free to explore and play like never before, the masses have unfortunately become selfish, ignorant, inactive and downright lazy. This freedom is somewhat illusory though because it is within the context of ideological warfare, a corrupted money supply and increasingly overreaching government policy. In any case, when we compare our quality of life and opportunities in general to the history of what we call civilized society, we have it pretty good.
That doesn’t mean it’s true freedom, though. That doesn’t mean we can’t do better too.
Some people like to call our current state of human affairs, ‘free-range fascism.’ Given our enslavement to debt and the encroaching and unethical erosion of our natural sovereign rights, this is no doubt true.
The collective mindscape of humanity has also been shaped and deceived by many forces, such as the propaganda matrix-media, informational warfare, a divide and conquer strategy, materialistic ideology, consumerist distractions, feigned scarcity, political sell-outs, a ruling corporatocracy, a disconnection from nature, fear used as a weapon, worries of not fitting in and societal programming in general.
The list goes on.
Yet, we must once again acknowledge it is in the context of one of the greatest periods of freedom the people have ever experienced. That’s a good thing. But we also need to understand that we are subjects of a system that is specifically designed to be beneficial for the money makers, the oligarchs, the corporatocracy, and the political elite, whilst the rest of us are left in a constant battle with each other just to survive.
It simply doesn’t need to be this way.
Sure, we have come a long way and have made some amazing progress, however, if we so choose we could eliminate structural violence – such as poverty, homelessness and other socio-economic disadvantages – nearly overnight. That’s because they are direct products of a system that could be designed in more intelligent and ethical ways.
Simply put, this current model, if not the sole cause, is at the least the primary amplifier of all this dysfunction, so if we change it so that governments (i.e. the people) are no longer enslaved to debt, then an honest money supply and debt-free money creation could actually be used to resolve the plethora of socioeconomic and environmental issues that we face today.
In addition, all those insane profits generated from the banking and finance industry could be ethically invested in the right way.
Yet we’re led to believe that this is the way that things have to be; we’ve been conditioned to accept that the way our economic structure is designed is out of necessity. But this simply isn’t true.
Most people including politicians, bureaucrats, social commentators, journalists, spiritual leaders, celebrities, other famous personalities and laymen alike, don’t even know how the money supply works. For example, did you know that money is created out of nothing?
That’s right, if you go to a bank, they just create it and then deposit it in your account. They don’t get it from their vault, they don’t borrow it from anywhere else, they just simply manifest it by entering it into their accounting sheets. Then as you pay it back with interest, they destroy the money they created but keep the interest for themselves.
If this sounds insane, you’re right.
We should be asking as a people: with all the ridiculous profits that are generated from the banking sector, why isn’t this mechanism publicly owned so that all that money can be invested into social programs, infrastructure, environmental protection, energy alternatives and other necessary social services? Why aren’t the governments of the world (i.e. the employees of the people) creating this money, instead of allowing private families and institutions to create it and then make a profit?
Why aren’t we seriously, as a collective, taking responsibility for this role? Shouldn’t ‘money creation’ be used for the benefit of all of us and the environment, not just a small few?
Did you know it didn’t used to be like this? Did you know the banking dynasty have long attempted to control the creation of money and were ultimately successful when the ‘private’ Federal Reserve Bank was created in 1913? Did you know that JFK reversed this so the government could manage the creation of money, but when he was assassinated six months later the new President signed it back into law?
Did you know that the Australian Commonwealth Bank used to be a publicly owned central bank which was the exact model that could pay off national debt, spur economic growth, fund huge infrastructure projects, finance ethical energy industry, resolve entrenched poverty and transition the economy into one of debt-free prosperity?
This bank was managed by Denison Miller, who after a decade or so of creating money out of nothing for the benefit of the Australian people, including funding WWI requirements, allegedly died unexpectedly of ‘heart disease’ in 1923. Suspiciously, this bank was then assigned as an arm of the Bank of England (which was a privately owned and controlled central bank) with a ‘new’ committee selected to run the bank’s operations.
The same pattern of the death of people who support a debt-free money supply, as well as the systemic destruction of publicly owned money creation, has appeared all over the world.
Coincidence? You decide. What’s really important though is that we all understand how money is created, who truly benefits, why we have the system we have today and what alternatives there are.
Can you now imagine a reality where central banking is owned and controlled for public benefit?
Did you know there has been one running in North Dakota since 1919, which has proven conclusively to be more profitable and advantageous for its local economy than a privately owned system? Did you know that a public central bank could pay off the unbelievable mountains of government debt and take back the control the money supply by simply retiring the banking families and institutions who currently benefit from it?
Did you know the impending global financial crisis of 2016-2017 can be avoided by the government issuing debt-free money to lower the private debt issue? This would be called a modern-debt jubilee, also known as quantitative easing (QE) for the people (instead of QE for a corrupt and destructive banking and finance sector). It could literally transition the world into an intelligent way to manage our monetary system.
Furthermore, any insolvent institutions (because of their participation in an unethical and unchecked speculative casino), such as private banks and otherwise, could either be allowed to fail or even potentially nationalized, like has been done many times in the past. We have to remember, most of the world’s so-called money is just numbers on a screen; we can organize it however we like to rectify the imbalances and evolve the fiat system into one that actually works.
For those who believe this approach is socialism, you’re wrong. It’s called intelligence.
For those who believe it would cause hyperinflation, you’re wrong too. The ebb and flow of money en masse could be mathematically balanced.
For those who believe that the only way to move forward is by replacing fiat money with a gold or precious metal standard, you’re also wrong. I do sympathize with you, however this new system is logically, mathematically and ethically justifiable, so I hope you can see that humanity’s future is more important than your personal investments in this market.
For those who don’t trust governments to manage a nation’s money supply; well, that’s fair enough. The governments of the world have proven convincingly that they are incapable of being effective employees of the people, but it doesn’t need to continue this way.
Instead, we need transparency and accountability of our governments like never before. The beautiful aspect of this approach though is that it has the potential to be managed independently of politics through a bitcoin like algorithm.
In any case, this is the single most important area that we should all be focusing on, including the plethora of so-called charities, to rectify the injustices of our world. If we did, society would dramatically change the better in record time. It’s just so sad that we have been conditioned to think that the system has to be the way it is, because this is utterly and harmfully false.
Moreover, the following interview with Ellen Brown, author of The Public Bank Solution: From Austerity to Prosperity, is a great place to learn more about the public banking solution. It could be applied not just to central banks, but the entire banking sector, too. Given their proven fraudulent, unethical and greedy nature, I don’t think we’d find too many opposed to this approach. For more information, please watch it, as well as share it; being educated about this is the first step of many to resolve so many of the unjust problems we are faced with.
About the author:
Phillip J. Watt lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia. His written and film work deals with topics from ideology to society, as well as self-development. Visit his website pushingthetippingpoint for more. You can also follow Phillip on Facebook, watch his interviews with an array of inspiring guests at his YouTube Channel, or visit his personal development website vitalityguidance.
3 Reasons Why Introverts Are Undervalued in Today’s Society
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.
The Esoteric Meaning Behind Neo’s Interrogation Scene in The Matrix
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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This Clever & Controversial Artwork Will Help You Think Deeper About Society
True artists are what I view as the antithesis of entertainers…
You see, an entertainer is concerned with popular opinion and giving the public what it wants to see. They intoxicate us with mindless amusements to help us escape reality and the everyday stresses of life. But artists, on the other hand, they give us what we need to see; by challenging us to to think deeper about the nature of reality, and the society in which we live, and they do this through the transcendent language of art.
With that said, I decided to collect some of the most thought provoking artwork from around the internet and offered my own little commentary on them…
Some people are hungry for food — Some people are just hungry for attention/Artist credit: Sergio Ingravalle
We are all so blinded by our ignorance and rage, that while we blame each other for our mutual struggles like fools, we’re ultimately getting screwed by the same elitists/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov
Despite what they might say, most people don’t actually want to see a reflection of reality — and therefore the Truth — Most people just want to see a narrow minded illusion that comforts their sensitive ego and impulsive feelings/Artist credit: Angel Boligán Corbo
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Attributed to Pericles/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani
Is Facebook really fighting fake news or are they engaging in authoritarianism and censorship?/Artist credit: Luis Quiles
In a society as toxic as ours — where a climate of hatred, ignorance and fear insidiously infects the bulk of the population — In order to safeguard our health and wellbeing, we must stay connected to whatever it is that gives us an authentic sense of peace/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)
In spite of overwhelming historical evidence proving powerful people have engaged in child sex abuse, and it occurs in the shadows of every element and class of society, many of us pretend not to see, which is a shameful betrayal of our children/Artist credit: Lubomir Arsov
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — Attributed to John F. Kennedy/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani
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