Taking Responsibility

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To bring about freedom, it is up to each and every single one of us to break free from co-dependency and take responsibility for our own lives.

Taking Responsibility for Yourself

By Mined Eus

Individual freedom seems to be a necessity that is diminishing hastily in these dark and challenging times. Many of us may be feeling lost, alone and afraid with nowhere to turn. ‘Don’t worry’ say the doctors, ‘you have depression; take these pills. The government will tell you not to worry, they have it all under control, so, keep your sticky fingers to yourself and so we do. Yet, there is a growing feeling of discontent that radiates from the core of your being. The structure of the modern world has been developed in order to establish a docile and co-dependent society, hopelessly guided by shadowy hands whose intentions are particularly questionable. In return for relinquishing our responsibility, we are told that everything will be handled for us and so there is no need to worry. For every problem, we give away our power and wait the government, a saviour or God to come up with a solution. Nevertheless, one who has sat and contemplated deeply on their own nature will understand that anybody who says that they are doing what they are doing for YOU, particularly corporations, politicians and those who crave power, are not quite telling you the whole truth. However, even in the darkest times there is a glimmering light twinkling in the distance. That light is found within yourself.

Practically all ‘credible’ knowledge comes from an outside source we are told, and this makes sense. We learn from the successes and mistakes of those who paved and walked the roads before us. The problem is, we are not taught to seek out these answers for ourselves using our own deliberative process, we are TOLD what X is and we are TOLD who we should listen too. This is ingrained into us from a very early age, this is the way the world is, and these are the people who you should listen too. We are told that it is for our own benefit, this is what is best: ‘we will do the thinking and decision making so you don’t have too. We know what is best for you.’ Though state dominance is not quite as overt as it once was, the system has become a much more sophisticated methodology of coercion. Instead of outright totalitarianism, we have been conditioned into submission, coerced into signing away our freedom and taking responsibility of our own lives. Instead, we are given the illusion of choice, a petri dish of political parties who decide what the rules of the game are.

We live in a democratic society, therefore every man and woman above the age of 16, has the ability to vote into power the political party they feel will steer the country in the best direction. But is this not a convenient illusion of liberty? Let us examine the process, the actions and the meaning. We are presented with a handful of political parties to choose from: let us say parties A and B. Both have the same interest, societal progression (allegedly), and both have their own strategies and policies that the other does not. The public take a vote on who they believe will represent their ideals. The party with the most votes is then given the responsibility to speak and make decisions on behalf of the people, this however, comes at a cost. In this action, we, the people, then, of our own free will relinquish our personal responsibility and leave it in the hands somebody else.

Now, there is the argument that though we are brought up to be dependent on the state, we still have the ability to self-sustain if we so desire, and that would be correct. Nevertheless, this is made extremely difficult and is becoming more and more difficult as increasingly draconian laws are being implemented and enforced against the people. If the state has the best interest of its citizens in mind, wouldn’t it be of benefit to teach children how to grow their own food from a young age? How to formulate and develop their own ideas in order to better the state for the people? Promote creative expression as opposed to a data consumption and regurgitation system? How to recognise coercion, corruption and other forms of tyranny and manipulation? How to defend yourself from bullies and tyrants? These are essential to the healthy development of children and ultimately society, so why is it that topics of such importance conveniently get lost in the wind?

Another tactic that is bombard the public is the call for hive mind. This has been overtly stated on numerous occasions and often branded ‘herd immunity’ in the midst of the COVID ‘pandemic.’ We have seen a gradual transition from atomisation into homogeny with the individual identity taking a back seat, and for the benefit of society we need to acquiesce and surrender oneself into the collective consciousness. In creating a hive mind, an us vs them mentality then manifests. For example: with the COVID ‘pandemic’ there have been many hints towards a vaccination passport, if you do not have one then you cannot enter a pub, event or perhaps even the shopping market at some point in the future. Those who do not submit to the collective consensus are then shamed, ostracized and deemed a threat to the ‘in’ group. The us vs them mentality is carefully being fostered as we see celebrities now talking about how they have dropped toxic friends who refuse to get vaccinated.

This is a divide and conquer strategy, again, illustrated by various social movements that have set out with good intentions, but inevitably descends into an us vs them back and forth, be it: Men against women, black against white or the vaccinated against the unvaccinated. The end result is to bully and manipulate people into thinking and acting in way which doesn’t rock the boat; to disintegrate the individual and force them into a collective charade. The truth is that we are both individual and communal beings and to live to either end of the polarities would be detrimental to societal and to individual well-being. The hand may be attached to the body, but it still has its own function, its own utility of which the other sections cannot fulfil. We have a tendency to look at what others have, to follow the status quo and to perpetuate the general consensus in order to blend in. Unfortunately, in these trying times, we need to look deep within and truly question ourselves, then look back out into the world: The people you surround yourself with, your habits and your true motives, and then make a decision: Is this what we truly want for ourselves? Finally, we need to take responsibility for ourselves, for our future and then take action.

To look within when we have been so dependent, so perpetually conditioned to be reliant on everything but our own inner voice, does not make for an easy task. In the digital age, there is such a wealth of information that it is easy to be inundated with self-proclaimed prophets all pointing in conflicting directions. In times of darkness, it is easy to be overwhelmed by fear and doubt, but this is where the predators rub there hands together and lick their lips. It is all to easy to fall under the spell of the charismatic who speaks with a golden tongue who announces that they have all of the answers. What I will say, is always be wary of those who tell you that they are doing what they are doing for you.

It is only when we have looked within, when we have explored our own inner nature and understand that our hands may reach the heavens, our roots reach down to hell, that we are able to comprehend this paradox. It is by expressing our individuality, sharing our unique perspectives, experiences and gifts, that in fact benefit the community as a whole. It is the paradox reconciled. If we surrender our individuality to a purely collectivist hive mind, the individual becomes lost, there is no room to manoeuvre. The same is true if we are to determine ourselves as purely individuals, we become segregated and at war with one another. When we understand that by exploring and expressing ourselves, we understand that you can bring to the table what another may not, and in turn they will bring to the table what you cannot. For when we look at the human body, we see that it is a whole. When we peak in a little bit closer, we see that is comprised of a variety of parts that serve differing utilities such as the feet to walk and the eyes to see. When we look closer at the skin, we see that it is comprised of lots of smaller cells, the unity of the whole is broken down once again. Each one of those cells has its own job, its own consciousness. If the cell A did the same job as cell B, cell A would not be doing its own job. The surrounding cells would begin to break down, gradually spreading and breaking down the system as a whole.

It is of the utmost importance for every man woman and child to look within yourself and to question who you really are. We need to look at the world around us and take responsibility for ourselves and our future. Why are we not taught how to hunt and grow our own food? Why are we not told how to build our own shelters, how to survive or how to make our own medicine. Everything in this world is shaped to condition us to be co-dependent on something or somebody else. In education, for example, the underlying message is: If it’s not been written down by another academic and agreed upon by other academics then it holds no validity. This couldn’t be further from the truth and also implicitly creates an us vs them, an in group and an out group and carefully selected truths. Now is the time to take control of our own lives, learn how to rely on ourselves again and come back to a more natural order. This begins by simply exploring yourself, pick up the guitar you never thought you could play, learn how to dance and start saying ‘no’ when unjust laws are enforced upon you. Whatever way your personal beliefs sway, it is up to each and every one of us to take responsibility and get out of the habit of waiting for a saviour. So, take it upon yourself to become your own saviour.

 

 


Submitted: October 31, 2021

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