Living in the United States in the latter part of the 20th century is a gift of astounding contrariety.
On one hand a relatively stable government has provided a firm foundation for “the pursuit of happiness”, on the other hand a restrictive and inequitable economic code of conduct subverts any effort to live in a way that is not aligned with the country’s financial aims… which as it turns out, are corporate goals intended to benefit a select few.
Since we are all here in/on “Earth School”, as I’ve heard it called, in order to learn and experience what it is like live apart from source/creation instead of as a conscious part of creation, the realization that there are no victims, that we are equal… playing our part in a grand experiment allows us to hold no grudges for those we THINK have harmed us.
Now what’s that you say?
You HAVE been harmed? Poisoned? Lied to? Murdered? Tortured? Raped? Starved?
Have YOU really, or are those things part of your human experience?
If one believes that they ARE a part of source/creation, not separate from it, then the opportunity to see how the reality we live in is shaped by our own perceptions/reflections demonstrates how the school works.
Don’t like being lied to? Don’t lie.
Don’t like being made a slave? Don’t burden anyone else.
Don’t like being poisoned, raped, tortured, etc? Then don’t do those things.
A common response to this line of thinking, because it was my own when I first began to truly grasp the power that comes from comprehending karma, is…
I don’t kill! I don’t lie! I haven’t tortured,raped, or poisoned anyone!
And my response to that would be… Maybe not in THIS lifetime.
Alas… Why would you choose to be born in North America? There are other places that have stable governments and basic freedoms. Why choose to be born in the U.S.A.?
My answer would be because there is nowhere else on the planet that provides the learning environment that America does.
Thinking karmically, living in America in the 20th century could be the equivalent of taking a crash course about the Abuse of Power.
Our government, our media, our industries, are all built on the premise that power grants security and safety. Get enough money, and you will be safe. Get enough power, and you’ll always have enough money.
The false belief that money equals safety is rampant in this country. We’ve even branded it….
“THE AMERICAN DREAM”
Study economics long enough and eventually you learn that it isn’t a science. At least not in the sense that there is a unifying theory that can repeatedly predict the behaviors related to cost, supply, or demand.
There is a great post about this over on the American Kabuki blog that illustrates this point exactly. Basically, it describes how PEOPLE are the unpredictable factor that keep economist up at night.
We simply are not predictable… unless we are kept in “survival mode”.
The moment humans no longer have to worry about paying for their survival all bets are off as to what will happen.
One thing is sure though…
In order to get to that place where we, as a species, no longer have to worry about paying to live on this planet we will first collectively have to learn how not to abuse the power that comes with being truly FREE.