I often see myself sitting on the edge of a fence with my legs dangling on the side of the Matrix. Directly behind me is the real world and it is a mixture of beauty, harshness and everything in between. I feel much more comfortable in 'reality' than I do within the contrived world that the majority of people live in. While I sit on the fence pondering life and the world around me I can't help but think about how precarious it is for the minority of people who are like minded and desperately want to see the masses awakened from their slumber. It is such a difficult task to enlighten others because the message, at first glance, is disturbing. It is much easier for the populace to remain apathetic and maintain a state of cognitive dissonance.
The problems we face are epic in scale. We live in a world where our leaders are pushing us down a path to human catastrophe. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Short term thinking rules the day. The extinction of the human race is a real possibility in the centuries ahead. If the neocons within the US government have their way we could see a nuclear winter in the foreseeable future. Environmental degradation is increasing rapidly. Drought conditions are spreading and many nations have called 'states of emergency' because of water issues. Water was listed as the number one risk, from an impact standpoint, at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. Modern farming is killing our natural support systems. The bulk of industrial farmland soil is dead and requires vast amounts of chemicals for plants to grow. Our food has become void of nutrition. Debt is enslaving the global population. As economic conditions decline societal collapse is a real possibility. Our entangled distribution systems are extremely complex and rely on debt for them to function properly. In the West, most of the products we use on a day to day basis are produced in far off places. Food, water and housing are the basics for our survival. We are boxing ourselves into a corner and most people do not realize that desperation is right around the corner.
As a parent, I find it unbelievably challenging to raise my daughters in a manner that will allow for them to see the world in a broad context rather than through the scripted lenses that society dictates. Peer pressure is a formidable adversary that most parents, who understand the ways of the world, find extremely challenging to deal with. At every turn, children are shaped into perpetuating the mainstream point of view. Technology and media portray an unrealistic way of life. I live a life of self-reliance. As my daughters grow up I hope that they will understand what I am trying to do and why I am living in this manner. The cards are stacked against us, but giving up is not an option for me.
Theoretically speaking, we can fix our world and undo the carnage that the human population has unleashed on our world. Many individual efforts can equate to a larger positive effect on our environment and society. We all have the choice to either put our heads in the sand or face reality and act in a meaningful manner. Each and every moment offers us the opportunity to do something positive. Rome was not built in a day. It takes time to gain momentum, but when the wheels start turning the destination is often only limited by our own imagination.
"If you want to understand the causes that existed in the past, look at the results as they are manifested in the present. And if you want to understand what results will be manifested in the future, look at the causes that exist in the present." Buddha
As I think about the view from my perch on the fence I see myself turning my back on the Matrix and swinging my legs over to the reality side of the fence. After all, I am much more comfortable being immersed in reality than I am in the unsustainable dog and pony show that our Western culture has become. I embrace the challenges that are present and I will continue to do my small part in making the world a better place. Nobody is perfect, including me, but we all have the ability to strive for perfection. Our world has the potential to thrive with life as it has done in past eras. The Industrial Revolution unleashed a pattern of thinking that needs to be changed. Economic and environmental conditions will force change upon the masses one way or another. We have the choice to either embrace change or feel the negative consequences of our inaction.