To understand our current predicament, we have to read, read, and read more. Read all perspectives and open our minds to new information.
We need to read about history:
Because once you start to uncover a more real history of the world through histories of the world that are not part of an “education program” to brainwash us with the doctrine of the dominator, you realize we are still playing those same situations out and there are innumerable lessons in the past. Current day things don’t read the same anymore. News is given a new context, especially as it relates to war, trade, and extraction of natural resources from the planet at the expense of life.
Those history books we are given in grade school are probably the most damaging tools for young minds, as they work with large parts of “pop culture” to colonize the minds of the young and get them on board with “the program”. It happens to every one of us…I see it and am spending a lifetime to deprogram myself. Even with the books it’s difficult
We need to understand psychology and how our brains work:
Because then we realize the inherent biases, prejudices and irrationality of human thought and can work to challenge beliefs that we’ve gained through those prejudices.
We need to learn about plants:
Because restoring our ecosystems will be vital to the future health of our planet. And because plants are awesome to work with and are some of our best teachers.
We need to listen to stories from the colonized:
Anyone who grows up in a colonized world is inherently brainwashed to some extent by what Daniel Quinn calls “Mother Culture”, which is the product of 10,000 years of conquest, colonization, and destruction of the natural world and our connection with it. Everyone reading this (and writing this) is a product of that world to some extent.
However, there are stories that have persisted through indigenous traditions that tell of a different way of life and has much wisdom.
I was told by an elder at Standing Rock that the answer to healing the Earth is to give a platform to the “wise grandmothers” who have this knowledge. We must listen to them and follow their way that’s still connected to the natural world.
Waking up is hard:
A lot of things that I used to take pleasure in are gone for me now. Especially the distractions. I see things with a different lens now, and I repeatedly am finding ways that I’m still affected by the brainwash and seeking to unlearn it. It’s astounding and must be a universal experience.
Make no mistake, I am full of joy and love for all beings. It’s hard to see it sometimes in my writing because I am also full of anger, which I used to push away and let lie dormant. That led to blow-ups and out-of-control moments. It feels right to feel it when it comes, to seek to understand where it comes from and allow it to be the powerful creative and destructive tool that it can be. And then to let it go when it’s time.
But I digress…this part is about truth, not anger. Nobody has “truth” but truth is universal. Only the truth will set us free because once truth is seen, we have no choice other than to fight for freedom and liberation for all who are still enslaved and oppressed.
We are living in a colonized world, the product of nearly half a millenia in this part of the world, and much longer as an epoch in human history.
I implore you to stop listening to me for answers and go seek out texts and wisdom from these voices and from the true histories of this world. I can offer recommendations if you’d like.