The number of actual"bad" people on the world is small, but through manipulation, they can make many good people do bad things. It happens all the time.
Example: most people think we shouldn't get rich off of sick people. Yet, some how the a huge industry that does just that.
How does this happen? They convince good people to do innocuous or good things that have bad consequences. Bad person says "A nurse is a wonderful job, very rewarding, helping people. I have a job for you to take care of these sick people. Here, please take care of them and I will pay you." Then the bad person says to the sick person's family. "Life is precious, our nurses try to provide the best care. You want your loved one well taken care so you should bring them to our experienced care facility." Both nurse and family are good people. The bad person then charges an exorbitant fee to the sick person's family, that in order to be good, they feel they must pay. Then to the nurse, the bad person gives the minimum to keep the nurse employed. The nurse feels they have to take it because it's the job they learned and they do want to have a job helping people. But, the good people end up assisting the bad person in their scheme to milk sick people for cash. Had the good people thought a little more and taken a risk, perhaps they could work together to get the bad out of the system, but they don't.
This happens all the time in many other places too. Sometimes it is done by just having people in the mind set: It is good to support your family and not be a poor bum leaching off society, so keep your job and do this work.
It correlates with what you were taught in school for 12+ of your formidable years.
It's driving me bonkers. It's like in the movie The Matrix: anyone can be an agent or so stuck in the system they will defend it with their life.
It's because people are taught not to question, but obey. It's our dictatorial school system. It creates workers, not bosses. It's why we keep talking unemployment numbers, not business owner numbers.
Critical thinking (asking why); and a tolerance for discomfort are important to free life. Permaculture encourages observation, critical thinking, asking why, but even it gets caught in the training of obedience when Permies idolize big names. Not saying they aren't important people who we can admire, but don't get so stuck on what they said to forget you have a brain too!
I think if we want to really change society we need to introduce the permaculture critical thinking to all aspects of our lives and make sure we value ourselves and ability to change the world rather than awaiting a cookie from a monster, like a dog does with his master.
Rarely do people talk with children or others about how they hope to change the world and when I polled people on their ideal world I got way too often, that's a hard question. When I polled kids on whether they enjoy making the world a better place, the numbers were appalling. This type of conversation should be daily in society. Most of us go about our lives with the headlights off and no map and then we're surprised when we don't arrive in the world we want and blame others.
Yeah, people talk politics like a sports game, but that's the same as talking about the weather. It's a lot of words, but changes nothing.
Allan Savory once put out info on something he made called holistic management. It may be the most dangerous thing there is, because it makes you write down what affects your quality of life and brainstorm how you can affect things in your life to make it the way you want it. Why is this so lost? It should be a popular permaculture topic, passed on to the main stream, etc. Yet, it's a quiet website with a few resources and not even a very explanation as to what it is. I took a class in college on it, so I'm lucky.
Work smarter, not harder.
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