|Artwork by Matti Freeman|
The NRA said in a statement, that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is with a good guy with a gun.
This statement reflects the tendency of humanity to react to actions within the belief that whatever someone does – they do it because they belong to the category of either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. When someone shoots up a school – the reaction is ‘that person is evil, that person is bad’ — as if the person is a representation of some ‘force’ of ‘badness’ or ‘evil’, or like when someone steals money – we tend to say ‘oh that person is a thief, they are a dishonest person, they’re part of the ‘bad group’. As if there is some natural force of ‘thievery’ that the person just happens to be aligned with by virtue of some predetermining force of nature that is beyond our control or understanding.
So within this line of reasoning, it thus seems to ‘make sense’ that the only way to stop the force of ‘bad people with guns’ – which is those people who murder other people, is with the force of ‘good people with guns’ – those people who don’t murder other people, who can protect the other good people from the bad people. Basically, since it’s accepted that what people do is just ‘who they are’ as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’, ‘logically’ what we must do is ‘fight’ the ‘bad forces’ that would harm us.
Within Science, ‘good and bad‘ are ascribed to ‘nature’ that basically by chance, determines chemical / brain processes that will make a person do what they do
Within Religion, ‘good and bad’ are ascribed to God and the Devil, as ‘forces of influence’ that one can ‘choose’
Within Spirituality, ‘good and bad’ are ascribed to forces of Negativity and Positivity, which one can ‘choose’
In Religion, you have preachers and the bible which, through fear of damnation and suffering, and the desire to go to heaven, force one to align one’s thoughts to ‘god’ and the bible, to produce ‘good / religious’ behavior
In Spirituality, you have knowledge, stories, gurus that promote a message of goal of bliss, happiness, prosperity, that can be achieved through aligning one’s thoughts to the ‘Positive’, which, again through fear of lack and unhappiness, force one to align one’s self with the ‘Positive’ to produce ‘spiritual / positive behavior’ that will result in happiness and abundance either in this ‘dimension’ or in a ‘higher dimension’.
Within this however, what is not investigated is what is really behind our definition of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, ‘positive and negative’.
What Science, Religion, and Spirituality all share, is the context in which the ideas of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are acted out. This context is the money system.
The money system is that which determines our quality of life. And quality of life is various ways of support that are accessible with money.
Unfortunately what is ignored, is the fact that the system is designed within a starting point of Inequality, where it’s only possible for some people to achieve a high quality of life, while the majority must cope with a lower quality of life due to various factors like place of birth, education, family and upbringing, resulting in an inability to develop the skills and connections required to achieve a position of high income that brings one a high quality of life.
Within this, we have laws designed to protect the quality of life of those with money, and punish those who would try and ‘cheat’ their way into a higher quality of life through stealing.
What has thus simultaneously developed within this system is a world of crime, violence, suffering, abuse, motivated / caused by the desire for a high quality of life and the lack of money, along with a world of pleasure, comfort, ease, and peace made possible for those with money.
Within this, we’ve formed the idea of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ / ‘positive and negative’ based on that which either protects / supports our quality of life, or that which threatens our quality of life. Going to jail threatens our quality of life, so those of us with money and an existent high quality of life mostly follow the laws and rules of the system, to avoid being punished – to protect our quality of life. Following the law is thus ‘good’ – because it’s ‘good’ for ourselves. Those who break the law and steal, rob, kidnap, murder either because they need money or because of some emotional possession like revenge, jealousy, blame – are ‘bad’ — because their behavior represents a threat to our quality of life, and we see them as being motivated by some ‘force’ of badness, because – ‘why would they threaten their quality of life like that, through doing things that could get them locked up in prison? They must be crazy and evil’. And so you arrive at the ‘logic’ of forcing behavior change through drugs, praying to god to protect us from evil, thinking positively to protect us from poverty, harm, and unhappiness. And within this the ‘solution’ to the problems of crime, violence, abuse acted out by the ‘bad people’, is thus to get more and more people to focus on the ‘good’ – to become ‘good’ as defined by ‘following the law and not threatening the quality of life of those who follow the law’ – whether through taking mood enhancing drugs, accepting Jesus as our savior, or focusing on the Positive – and within this, along the way we’re going to ‘protect ourselves’ from the ‘bad people’ through for example arresting people and locking them up, owning guns, wearing crucifixes, or surrounding ourselves with imaginary protection spheres of positive energy.
Thus within Science, Religion, and Spirituality – though the vocabulary and symbolism within the ideas of ‘good and bad’ / ‘positive and negative’ might be different – the goal hoped to be achieved through ‘being good’ is the achievement of, and / or protection of one’s quality of life – whether in THIS life, or in the ‘afterlife’.
And, interestingly, Science, Religion, and Spirituality all participate in their own version of the idea of a great ‘shift’ / ‘transformation’ of this world and Humanity, from a world in which ‘badness’ exists – as the threat to quality of life, to a world where only ‘goodness’ exists, as people existing within complete protection of their quality of life.
Within Science, you have ‘Evolution’ – where the brain changes in a way where it stops ‘causing’ harmful behavior that threatens our quality of life
Within Religion you have the ‘Judgment’, where all those who chose ‘Satan’, will be punished, and all those who chose ‘God’, will be rewarded.
Within Spirituality you have ‘Ascension’, where those who chose ‘Positivity’ will be rewarded with a new reality in a ‘higher dimension’ in which they will be removed / protected from those who still choose the ‘Negative’
But within all this, what is never considered is that – if we had, from the very beginning, simply made the Decision to value each other equally as Life, and to give to each other as we would like to receive — we could have PREVENTED the problem because a system of inequality would never have evolved, and there would exist no haves and have nots – and thus no fear of losing what we have, and thus no religion, philosophy, spirituality, or culture of ‘good and bad’ / ‘positive and negative’ / ‘us vs. them’ would exist.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to believe that goodness and badness exist, instead of realizing that there only exist actions that produce what is best for all, and actions that do not produce what is best for all
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to believe that following the law and not stealing, means I am a ‘good person’, instead of realizing and seeing that the very laws I am following are evil, as they protect a system of inequality where a high quality of life is not recognized as a basic human right for all
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize and see that human society and civilization has been designed around the protection of the relationships and experiences of those who have money, and the exclusion of those who don’t have money – leading to a world of crime and violence motivated by reaction to a situation of inequality
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that I’ve defined myself through and as experiences and relationships only possible within a high quality of life bought with money within a system of inequality where money and a high quality of life is not guaranteed to everyone equally, and that thus to look for ways to protect and improve my quality of life in fear of my quality of life being threatened by those in a lesser position than me, is Evil – as instead of preventing the threat through giving to all equally, I am reacting in fear and going to a point of only protecting my self interest — where within this I am accepting and allowing self interest as the basis of society – rather than the interest of what is best for everyone as the basis of society
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that the Energy of Feelings around the idea of God, Positivity, Ascension, are the projected energetic alternate reality given impetus by the Energetic Inertial Mass of Fear of losing my quality of life
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that Self as Positivity is actually Self as Fear of losing my quality of life
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that Self as a Christian is actually Self as Fear of losing my quality of life
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that Self as the supporter of behavior modification drugs is actually Self as Fear of losing my quality of life
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that Self as the ‘Law abiding Citizen’ that accepts the law without question, is actually Self as Fear of losing my quality of life
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that with a system where quality of life is equally the best for all from birth to death – then there no longer exist the fear of losing my quality of life
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that the reason we resist facing the designing and implementation of a new system based on equality, is that to do that we would have to exert actual Force upon ourselves to STOP the Energetic Inertial Mass of Self Interest we exist within as the protection of our quality of life
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that to Stop my Energetic Inertial Mass of Self Interest, would also mean my entire mental reality of relationships, feelings, emotions, thoughts, defined by made up forces like God, Higher dimensions, Aliens, would also have to stop — as such alternate mental reality forces I designed within the starting point of Self Interest as the achievement and protection of a high quality of life for myself within a Reaction of Fear toward the possibility of losing my quality of life
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that the Choice has always existed – to Value all life equally and to do what is best for all Life — and that within this choice – no energy as thoughts, feelings, or emotions – no god, no positivity, no religion, no prayer is required – but that to make this choice would require me to exert an actual force, an actual effort to change myself – and that I could no longer just allow myself to be directed by the Energetic Inertial Mass of thoughts, feelings, and emotions
I commit myself to show that goodness can only exist as a a world where everyone does what is best for all life
I commit myself to show that all ideas of forces of good such as god, positivity, aliens, ascension, prayer, and drugs that force behavioral changes — are in fact evil as none of these ideas have produced a new system of equality, but instead simply look for ways to protect the self interest / quality of life of those who already have money within fear of it being taken away by those without money
I commit myself to show that in a world where everyone takes responsibility to do what is best for all – then there will not exist any culture of comparison, judgment, ridicule, inequality in status or worthiness — and that within this we will basically remove the environment that creates dysfunctional Energetic Inertial Masses of reactions that produce actions like school shootings
I commit myself to show that to make a better world, all we need is a physical body, and the decision to do what is best for all life – within which, our bodies are equipped with the tools necessary to see what is going on in this reality in terms of how to develop effective support systems for other physical bodies as life in form – we don’t need energetic experiences as thoughts, feelings, and emotions
I commit myself to show that within all points of religion, spirituality, and scientific philosophy, there exists a fear of losing one’s quality of life, that motivates the belief in an external force that will protect one’s quality of life — but that these forces have never produced a solution to end poverty, end starvation, end animal abuse, end crime – only beliefs in ‘shifts’ and ‘transformations’ happening that will ‘change things’ without ever any specifics as to what changes will occur and how they will benefit all life and that thus all such forces are self interest based in fear
I commit myself to show that humanity is lost in the Energetic Inertial Mass of thoughts, feelings, and emotions built upon a foundation of fear of losing one’s quality of life – and that with an Equal Money System that removes this fear — we would have a completely different world
I commit myself to show that we don’t need an opinion / belief in an external force in order to change — because we are each equipped with the ability to write out our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, ideas, beliefs, and definitions – identify self interest, and remove our self interest through self forgiveness
At Desteni we’re done fighting battles of ‘good vs evil’ and ‘positive vs negative’ — we’re done waiting for ‘enough people’ to align themselves with whatever idea or belief of some force of ‘goodness’ we happen to have – we’re done protecting and defending our existence as Opinionated Energy experiences of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. We’re done waiting for our feelings and thoughts to lead us into a better world. We’ve made the decision to Force ourselves to walk the actions of writing, self investigation, and self forgiveness in taking self responsibility to bring a halt to our Energetic Inertial Mass of self interest. And within this, we’re forcing ourselves to apply self corrective action within no longer participating in the energy games of self interest that define our current accepted relationships on earth. We’re rather establishing new relationships based on Agreements to do what is best for all, agreements to stop self interest, agreements to take on the responsibility of walking actual Change in this world through the implementation of a new economic system based on Giving to each other.