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8 Key Societal Systems That Are Doing More Harm Than Good

Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living with 0 Comments

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By Luke Miller | Truth Theory

I have a story that sums up many of the systems we have in place- there was an experiment in which 5 monkeys were put in a cage. In the middle of the room, hanging from the ceiling was a banana which could easily be accessed by climbing a ladder.

When a monkey attempted to climb this ladder they would all be sprayed with freezing cold water, so the monkeys quickly created the association between the freezing water and going for the banana.

The next day, the researcher removed 1 monkey and added a new monkey to the experiment. When the new arrival saw the banana they immediately tried to climb the ladder. With the other 4 monkeys knowing the outcome of attempting to get the banana they all pounced and attacked stopping the attempt.

Every day for the following 4 days a new monkey was entered into the experiment and one of the original monkeys were taken out. Every time a new monkey entered the cage and tried to go for the banana, they are met with a savage beating from the other monkeys.

On the final day of the experiment 5 monkeys remained in the cage, none of which have the connection between the cold water and going for the banana, yet when a new monkey was added to the mix and went for the banana they all still attacked. Meaning they had been trained to believe that going for the banana is wrong, just because everyone else’s behaviour indicates it.

This story is similar to the conditioning we have experienced as a race, we do things because everyone else is doing them, without any real thought put into why we are doing things or if the things we are doing are most effective.

If we take away what we have been taught, remove our opinions and egos, and simply observe you can see that there are plenty of systems and ideals in place that are supposed to produce a specific result, but in reality they often produce the complete opposite.

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Schooling

Schooling is supposed to produce an education for a child, but in reality it only produces a fraction of real education and indoctrinates children into a certain way of thinking.

We are taught that our nations are great and built on hard work and dedication, when in reality they have been built on war, human rights violations and genocide. In the USA Christopher Columbus is thought of as the man who discovered America and admired as a hero, but the truth is he is a known slave trader and the man who started the genocide of the Native Americans.

In the UK the monarchy is worshiped and funny rhymes are made up about the beheading and deaths of Henry the eighths wives, when in reality he was no more than a dictator, who terrorised innocent people throughout his reign.

Schooling is supposed to prepare us for life, but what it really does is prepare us for work. It prepares us to be a cog in the system and if a child plays up or shows different skills that are outside the paradigms of what is deemed necessary, they are judged as less intelligent than those who have conformed.

Education is supposed to prepare us for life and educate us; in reality it restricts many and forces them away from the true education they would like to pursue!

Related Article: The 7 Sins of Our Current School System

Money

I am sure you have heard people say- “money is the root of all evil”, “money is power” or “money is freedom”.

The fact is money is supposed to be a convenience, something that makes trade easier. We trade in money so I don’t have to swap my 10 goats for your 10 chickens or a pound of salt for a haircut. In theory it is a really good idea.

Money is supposed to represent freedom and make life easier, but what it actually does is restrict and make things harder. While it does not consume every person, it is still in the back of most people’s minds, because most people in the world need it to live the life they are used to.

Money is responsible for the majority of suffering, people are tricked into debt and many lose everything they own just for temporary monetary relief or in the pursuit of more than they need. In poorer countries people live in poverty, because a small group of people control the global economy and resources are not equally distributed.

Wars are fought and people die in their millions for money, when it is supposed to be something that makes life simple. Money is supposed to be convenient, in reality it has become the biggest inconvenience that exists.

Related Article: The Dirty Secret about Money that is Finally Being Exposed to the Masses

Law and Order

Law and order is supposed to be here to protect the vulnerable and while in some cases it does, there are many more when it doesn’t.

Think OJ Simpson getting away with murder, because he had the financial resources to hire the best legal team money could buy or corporations suing cities and countries because they will not let them drill for oil and destroy their eco systems.

Corporations can lobby to manipulate the law in their favour and banks can cripple an economy ruining the lives of millions of people and no individual has to face any consequences for their actions. Yet in some states you will be harassed if you grow vegetables, produce raw or organic foods, collect rain water or are unfortunate enough to be homeless.

There are people serving life sentences for selling marijuana, yet pharmaceutical companies can push far more dangerous drugs and when they get caught acting in a criminal way, no individual is brought to justice.

Prisons have become businesses, where the more people they can imprison the more money they make and there have even been cases where prisons have bribed judges to give children harsh sentences for minor offences.

In one case Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr was sentenced to 28 years for accepting bribes, which is great but the corporations that done the bribing where left to trade as normal.

 Law and order does have a place in society, but it is should be fair and democratic. The reality is, it is actually easily manipulated if you have money and power, producing the opposite effect of law and order.

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