The dots are the seeds of change. The seeds for change in the future are planted in the present.
Presently, things look pretty dark. Those in power have brain-washed the masses into believing that they are superior and know what’s best for us all and what is sustainable. Their actions would indicate that they are neither interested in our best interests nor in sustainability. People have come to expect that Big Brother will provide for them as long as they do what they are told even though events like Katrina have proven that Big Brother is neither capable nor interested in providing for them. People have given up their constitutional rights in return for perceived safety even though that safety is only a perception.
From a biological perspective, we are a species that has internal programming both for self-preservation and propagation and for group preservation and propagation. We’ve not arrived at this point without a great deal of internal conflict. Every one of us exists because our parents were successful at acquiring the necessary resources for their own survival and in reproducing. Many who were less driven to obtain resources didn’t survive. Many who were less driven to reproduce had no offspring. They are not our parents, they are not represented in today’s gene pool, and this process has been going on for thousands of years.
From the days where we first banded together to hunt more effectively, we became more effective at gathering resources as a group, and groups that were most effective at interacting in a productive manner, their members survived and reproduced more effectively than those that did not, and thus our genes also have encoded in them characteristics directed at group survival.
There are conflicts between group and individual survival. An action might benefit the group but result in the death or significant harm to the individual. An action might benefit an individual but harm the group. And there exists more than one group, in fact entire hierarchies which complicates things further. If it only were as simple as Spock put it, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”. It is not so simple because there are often great discrepancies between the needs of the individual and the group. What might be the difference between the survival and death of an individual, might be only a very small inconvenience to the group. It’s not an absolute black-and-white but many shades of grey.
These dark times we are presently in result because there are very great conflicts between the needs of individuals and the collective, because there are great conflicts between various groups that exist within the hierarchy of groups, and because within groups, the balance between individual and group needs varies greatly from individual to individual.
Society would function best if the interests of the group and the individual were balanced, and if all members of the group benefit equally from their participation. Right now we are so far from this. We’ve got a handful of people who are manipulating the group for their own benefit, and the rest of the group is willing to roll over and play dead, no balance at all, neither between the needs of the group and the individuals, or between individuals within the group.
I can see the seeds of change however, with events like Edward Snowden revealing the illegal activities of the NSA. People are getting tired of being exploited and starting to resist, like the hacker group Anonymous. I don’t think all the Homeland Security Departments two billion bullets can stop it.
It seems clear to me change is in the works. That change can come gradually and peacefully or quickly and violently. Those who are manipulating us collectively must make a choice now, they can allow our participation in self-determination and allow the resources to be shared more equitably, or they can remain greedy and wait until people are totally fed up and rise up violently as in the French revolution and put the lot of them to death. One way or the other change is coming, I fear it’s going to go the violent route and I’d rather it not, but if people persist with their money and power greed I don’t see how it can go otherwise.