Posted 7 July 2017 by Sal
Why All The Meanness in the World?
INQUIRER: All this came to my awareness because over the last few weeks, I looked into "alternative media", and what I found was rather "sickening", to say the least … Not only are those people in power power driven, but, so it seems, also "very sick", in the sense that child abuse, child sacrifice, pedophilia, human trafficking, etc., seems to be a "must" in those circles … Wars are created on purpose, people are only puppets to be played with, and all that really matters seems to be money and power. Some call it "satanic". I don't know anything about that; but it sure looks "very evil", in my opinion, "extremely evil" … And, the evidence for this to be true, for sure is very convincing … And shocking!
I remembered from one of our last group calls, A... mentioning how her Latin/Catholic surrounding is "challenging her new way of seeing" (paraphrasing), and remember you saying something like "it's all your mind", which really had me thinking a lot lately, in the face of all those "alternative news" …
Then, in "What Is the World?", You Wrote:
The world I perceive is only my consciousness, my mind.
It appears in and as consciousness.
And my consciousness is only the knowing aspect of me.
I know of no world other than my consciousness/knowing of it.
The world I perceive is the ephemeral, evanescent appearance of who I am.
Of course, when looking at what is the way you are pointing it out, it has to be so …! But, that would mean that all this meanness and sickness would COME FROM ME!! No one else to blame!
And, also of course, I could just stop looking on that "alternative news", and, at least for me, they wouldn't exist anymore … But just because of not paying attention to something/ignoring it, doesn't make go it away. The governments wouldn't become suddenly benign, just because I would ignore them … And yes, I for sure have become more benign thanks to this work, but when I look at those maniacs that are running the world's, my, our, malignancy has never really been malignant …
And, also of course, I know that there are no answers to "Why? Questions", but I still ask it: "WHY would I have the appearance of all this meanness?!" In a way, I feel like "responsible" for all of it, and to have a holiday would seem like sticking my head into the sand … Ignoring everything, while the shitstorm is blowing over me …
Sorry for this negative post, but I'm really struggling with it.
SAL: All of that crazy insanity you mentioned comes from ignorance. It comes from believing oneself to be separate. That is the root cause. In all of us, that root cause causes suffering. The more one believes in and worships self/ego, the more one suffers and creates suffering. It is narcissism. You are right that your malignancy has never been that malignant, but the root cause is the same, therefore one who knows that about themselves has to understand the root of that insanity in others.
Stemming from the root cause is the sense of lack. "I need more", "I am inadequate", "I need to be someone special", "I need to be in control", I need to be right", etc. All based on a sense of insufficiency or lack. If there was no sense of insufficiency or lack, why would any of that be needed?
We all have that. Until perhaps we don't any longer. For many people the harm caused by that is minimal. For many others it is worse, especially to those around one. Still to others, their malignancy is much greater and far reaching. The lust for satisfaction, based on acquiring more and more—wealth, power, control—is unquenchable and very harmful and malignant. I suspect that the more one acquires because of that lust, the more malignant and ugly one gets and the more one wants; it is cyclical. All of those things you describe seem to point to that. But, as far out there into insanity as you can see, you can always look inward and see the same root within yourself. And then, what wisdom says is, "Forgive them, they know not what they do."
You say that then all of this meanness comes from you. If you want to think about it that way, and see it from a very 'universal' perspective, meaning that everything is you, then I would say take it even one step further. In the marco scheme of things, I mean totally universal, everything, then all of this so-called insanity on this infinitesimally small rock, earth, is just some cells and atoms re-organizing themselves. Who says it is negative? Does the universe say that? No, your mind says it.
Now, to get really radical, don't be so arrogant. How do you know that any of it is negative? Maybe like a strong storm, it is all needed to clear shit out. Maybe taking too many drugs was not bad, but wonderful. Maybe Donald Trump is a crucial positive development for the overall movement of good. How do you know any of it? You don't. And even more than that, how do you know that all of that stuff you watch on Youtube has even one shred of truth to it. I say, you don't.
What do you know? Really, tell me the truth and stop pretending. What do you actually know? Scarce little I say. The only thing you know for sure, that no one can convince you of otherwise, that you neither need to prove nor can you deny, is that you exist. As what? It doesn't matter. All of the rest of that knowing is—dogma, right behavior, right action, morality, religion. It is hubris.
Ok, I think you will agree with all of that. So now let's just take it way down to the very human level. Of course all of that is bad. It is cruel. It is harmful to other humans. In the realm of the micro, the human aspect, that kind of action is bad. But the questions are these? Why is it so? Well, we know that it is caused by ignorance, but why is there ignorance? Who knows? It just is. Is there something you can do about all of that? What would that be? Has religion, or politics, or culture ever solved those problems? Clearly not since they themselves are the expressions of the root cause. Then what to do? Well, that ties in with what do you actually know? You know only yourself. You can investigate only here, within yourself. Any change that happens, and not that you do it at all, but any change that happens happens here, within yourself.
It's prefectly natural to get pissed off at the insanity of those people, of course. I do too!!!