“But why couldn’t people change things when they were at their worst?” Lanntu asked.
“Well, besides being numbed, complacent and indifferent, as well as heavily distracted, it was simply too much for them to process. When people have certain ideas impressed upon them every day from birth, it’s very difficult to separate from those ideas. Even if you figure out that they are wrong or don’t make sense, they remain stuck in a person’s psyche. There were some that could detach themselves to a great extent, but no one could really do so completely.
People pass these ideas on to their children, simply accepting what seems like obvious rightness since it’s how they were raised, and they had to learn how to catch themselves and pass as little of the more harmful ideas on as possible. There are still remnants of these ideas but we make a concentrated effort to recognize them, get them out in the open and deal with them. We had to learn how to be fully open and honest with each other and it is no longer considered rude to point out the mistakes of another. We try to do so playfully and kindly, because everyone makes mistakes. But now we handle them like adults. We no longer seek to hide our flaws, but rather resolve them so we may continue to improve. Perhaps someday humanity will get to the point where the remnants of jealousy, greed, hate, fear, control and things like that are a distant memory, but we’re still quite a ways off. However, we’re so much better than we once were. Sadly, it took almost becoming extinct for us to be willing to do so by choice. We had to be forced into it.
It was simultaneously our fault and not our fault. Our fault for taking part in all the greed and negativity, but not our fault because it had already been there from previous generations and we were just acting out our programming. It was a self-perpetuating cycle of ignorance and we thought that it was just the way things were and that it was not something to change.
It’s difficult for someone with all that programming to not pass on that programming to their children or to each other. The transition was very difficult, but necessary if we were to survive ourselves.”
“I don’t understand…why would someone teach their children something they knew was wrong?”
“Imagine that you learned from your parents how to tie a certain knot. Everyone around you is also tying knots the same way. It just how it’s been done for a long time. However, the knot can often slip and has to be re-tied a lot. Then, someone comes up with a different knot. It requires more work and is a lot different from the familiar knot, but it holds well and is stronger. Some people, like you, can switch the way they tie knots fairly quickly, but others take pride in their ability with the old knot and if it was good enough for them and their progenitors, then it should be good enough for anyone. It’s an irrational adherence to something inefficient and less effective, but it’s tradition. It’s clinging to the past for fear of accepting something new and different. Heck, the new knot may even entail making completely different ropes and the whole infrastructure is built on making the old knots. Even when knots holding together something very important fail and cause a catastrophe, there are many who just refuse to budge. They hold back the rest of humanity.
So, those who understand that the new knots are more of a necessity than an option simply start creating the new ropes and using the new knots and they enjoy the benefits of the new knots. But, because there was money, people who made money from the manufacture and use of the old ropes and knots did all they could to prevent the new ones from taking hold, even though the old ones were clearly causing more problems which the new ones would solve. Greed and stupidity are a dangerous mix. In fact, none of the big changes were able to take place until we abolished currency. Profit was considered a good reason to do anything and that motive had to be removed or we’d never get anywhere. The pursuit of profit over everything else was the biggest contributor to our downfall.”
© 2015 William Suphan
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