A simple yet vital point that I have seen is essential to be realized within what I have expressed thus far is the responsibility that each one of us has, and that is to first and foremost come to terms with this aspect of ourselves as human beings – in how we have accepted and allowed learned helplessness to be an expression of who we are, and that no one is exempt from facing this, as everyone has gone through the same process of learning – learning how to excuse/justify/vindicate the rampant destruction and devastation that occurs within and on this planet on a moment to moment basis.
We have each accepted this.
We have learned how to claim helplessness and with varying intensities we have maintained ourselves as it day after day. Furthermore, to a large degree, we have really never questioned this - we simply found ways to cover up how we actually experience ourselves, and thus we allowed this expression of ourselves to accumulate unhindered. This is evidenced in how not a single one of us yet has risen to the occasion to do whatever it takes to make lasting change in this world in a way that will ensure that not another being is made to suffer due to our collective disregard, self-interest and fears, because we realize that the suffering of another is our very own suffering. This is the extent of our responsibility.
It is through being able to see the problem that we are able to then stand as the solution. Just the reverse is the case as well. In that, if we are not willing to see and realize that we are part of the problem, and that there is no one to blame – not the family system, the education system, the media, the social system, the religious system, the government system, the economic system, and so on – then we will not be able to stand as the solution, because our stance will be in vain, it will be in helplessness, it will be in separation from who we are as a reflection of all that is here, as it is through our very acceptance of what is here that we validate and perpetuate its existence, either directly or indirectly, it doesn’t matter, both are equally consequential when broken down to their fundamental components.
It is so easy to fall into helplessness when we get to the point of realizing the extent of the problem that has become ‘life on earth’ as both our very own living, along with the horrific ‘living conditions’ that so many are made to endure simply because there is no other choice – if you can’t survive in this world, if you don’t have the money to show you are worthy of life, then you are simply left for dead, that is the current world we have accepted ourselves to exist within and as – yet, what is not seen within this realization, is that the experience of helplessness that we seemingly ‘fall’ into, is not new. It is the same pit we’ve always been in, we didn’t fall at all. We’ve always been here, as the fallen. We are just starting to see the reality of our position for the very first time, and it is not a beautiful sight.
Thus we are able to utilize this experience of helplessness as a point of cross reference in how we are able to align ourselves with the understanding that comes through being able to see the extent of what we have accepted to be here, what we have accepted to be called ‘life’ - when really, we are nowhere near living, as we currently exist primarily in illusions and delusions with fleeting moments, fleeting glimpses, of reality – even though this word in itself: ‘reality’ – is still just an idea to us, and it will remain so until we make it real through no longer accepting helplessness, through no longer accepting ourselves to deny our helplessness, but to instead fully become this helplessness and to stand up from within it to change this expression from the inside –> out.
This may seem easier said than done, and I couldn’t agree more. It is not easy to challenge everything we’ve ever known, everything we’ve ever valued, everything we’ve ever used as a crutch to get us through, when it never really got us through, it only got us further stuck in habits and patterns which allowed us to remain blind. Our mind is a tricky crutch that will always lend a helping hand with which to keep us in the delusion of better days ahead. These days never come though, and if they do, they are fleeting and transient and leave nothing but loneliness in their wake. It will take an unshakable commitment to walk through this mess on our own two feet. If you are up for it, check out the links below.