Consulting Editor of Eureka Street, Andrew Hamilton, invites us to ask some hard questions of ourselves in the wake of an Australian election campaign in which the two parties capable of achieving government offered only a race to the bottom, appealing overwhelmingly to the baser aspects of human nature. He wonders how we will act, when faced with the increasing economic stresses brought on by an aging population and other strains on resources.
“In coming years we might expect the categories of those excluded from the claims of our shared humanity to become broader. They will include other unpopular, excluded and disadvantaged people within the community. The ageing of the population, the pressure on revenue and the expectation that we shall continue to enjoy the same wealth and services as before will mean that governments will be unable to meet all their commitments.
It is natural for governments in such circumstances to cut the support it gives to the disadvantaged, whether they be Indigenous communities, unemployed or addicted. This is easier when the sense of a shared humanity is weak. They can then be portrayed as other than us, and their claim to a shared humanity to be diminished by such qualities we attribute to them as laziness, addiction, innate stupidity and antisocial tendencies. Their support will then be measured, not by their need as human beings, but by their lesser status. It can be measured out to them as a gift conditioned by compliance with whatever conditions we impose on them.”
In an award winning essay Slow down, you’re just in time Megan Graham ponders the negative effects overuse of communication technology can have on individuals, families and society.
Psychology recognises that at a certain point, emotional and mental overstimulation leads to a sort of detachment and emotional numbness as the brain and central nervous system can only respond to so much.
… Human beings need time to ponder, switch off, unplug and simply breathe. Slowing down doesn’t mean stopping (it is called the slow movement, after all). By all means, take action — but perhaps try taking your time, too.
In this short video, Bob Proctor, author of You Were Born Rich and teacher of “the power of their mind to achieve prosperity, rewarding relationships and spiritual awareness”, tries to enlighten us by pointing out that we have been absorbing paradigms (beliefs) about ourselves since our early childhood, and that our success or lack of success is overwhelmingly determined by these.
And he says we can change our ability to achieve success by shifting those paradigms.
Bob Proctor – Shift Your Paradigm
Here is another post from Dr John Demartini on achieving your goals, and why they must be congruent with your Higher Self values.
“Every time you set a goal that doesn’t match your higher values you will need outside motivation to keep you working towards it. If you don’t have motivation from the outside you will probably stop doing it and go back to your real true higher values. If you expect yourself to achieve your goals, and you keep not doing it, then you’re not going to feel great about yourself. You are going to feel like you’re not a master of your destiny.”