“It’s NOT that simplistic and easy” many may proclaim. Perhaps it may not be, but seriously and honestly question who is going to rise and create change in today’s world?
Will The Elite and powers-that-be rise to create change?
Will Corporations or Governments (In essence the same thing) lead the way in creating change that serves all of humanity?
We may chuckle at such ridiculous notions, but if not them, then who does that leave? To create real change a rather large and collective “WE” is certainly needed. That is to say together, united, the human race can make a difference and create a better world. So with this in mind why the emphasis on a solitary “YOU”?
Because without a solitary “YOU” there can be no collective “WE”
This presents a problem because we are seriously lacking in individuals willing to rise and take responsibility, as you look around the majority are sitting down waiting for someone else to make the first move. There are many examples of this in daily life, one example happens to be food. A Chef called Jamie Oliver who is passionate about the issue of food and its effects on daily life, has a presentation on TED to address these very subjects. Within the presentation he introduces an individual who has been diagnosed with only six years to live due to the crippling effects of obesity.
Now why doesn’t something click and say “I need to change this, I need to do something”? especially when the effects of obesity start to become apparent to the point of effecting health and daily lifestyle.
For some reason even in the face of death nothing appeared to click, the whole human race seems to suffer from the same lack of perspective, drive or awareness required to question and create change. It seems something is not clicking in order to gain the awareness that no one is going to change these things for us, we have to do them individually, thus lighting the way for others.
Try to picture this scene for another example:
In a local supermarket in the drinks isle there is an obese man clung to his trolley, picture every step requiring great effort, so much so he looks in considerable pain. Perspiration is dripping down his face from little more than a waddle. The man then loads his trolley half full with “Flavoured” water, Ribena Light and a few Lucozade’s.
The above scene is not of the imagination manufactured merely to prove a point, this was really witnessed and it brought forth a beautiful realisation that this man simply “didn’t know”. He actually thought he was loading his trolley with water and this was good for his body. Now if you do not know about “Flavoured Water” it is recommended you do your own research and come to your own conclusion, however a good starting point is to be aware of the following:
(a) It is not water
(b) Aspartame (Sweetener / Sugar Substitute)
How much pain and suffering does this man feel on a daily basis? How much pain is needed before responsibility for the food consumed and lifestyle he leads takes hold, when will something click?
Some may say his affliction could be the result of disease or medication. However there is a common denominator when we observe the effects of eating such foods, and that is those consuming them are often suffering in one form or another. The food being consumed is likely the reason or at the very least a contributory factor for the disease or issue being suffered. People all over the world are dying or experiencing extreme suffering and yet nothing seems to click, the facts regarding food and the damaging effects of current lifestyles are well documented and available to all who wish to seek them out. Yet still little change seems to be taking place, people seem all to ready to perpetuate the circumstances and old paradigms that no longer serve us.
It therefore seems we are in a vicious cycle and nobody wants the responsibility of breaking it. The corporations are saying that they are providing what the CUSTOMER WANTS. We are saying if the COMPANIES know these products are bad then why do they put them there for us to buy in the first place.
This is finger-pointing on a monumental scale and it is just what the corporations want, they sit back and watch the piles of money come in while you purchase their products. In their eyes it justifies their actions, it is good business. It is well documented these companies not only put the products there for us to buy, they are made purposely addictive and are misleadingly sold as healthy. They even design packaging to speak to the subconscious mind so the products are perceived as more attractive (for all the wrong reasons).
So with this in mind is it really our fault?
Are we really in control?
Educational systems fail to adequately teach on subjects such as food, nutrition or current social economic lifestyles. Failing to highlight their damaging effects only appearing to program its subjects to ensure the current system continues. Certainly at the very least encouraging the junk food consumed because it saves MONEY and is readily served in their canteens. The vicious cycle appears to continue when people get offended whenever the facts are highlighted. They defend their buying choices with a fury of attack and excuses. This can be observed first hand in a UK TV series called “Jamie’s School Dinners” in which Jamie Oliver introduces healthier food into a selection of school canteens. One highlight of the show displays irate parents passing McDonalds through the school fence at playtime, loudly proclaiming the food being served was “Posh” and “Who is he to tell us what to feed our kids”.
Now if we take a step back, observe, and take a moment to ask why?
Do you have an answer? Is it possible questioning these things may make our heads hurt and the truth may hurt even more? Will this truth seem so monumentally unbelievable our programmed mind will say it is all rubbish and simply tuck in to a microwave burger? After all it is cheap, quick and tastes so good…
There are likely many reasons why we are programmed, bombarded by addiction and circumstances that are less than favourable, that there are likely many reasons why “we” also “don’t know”. However by questioning as we are now, by doing our own research, we can find information and answers that really will set us free from the conditions that chain us. Regardless of how painful it initially appears to feel, we are the ones that will benefit, we will reduce suffering, we will light the way for others and we will help to create the action necessary for a better world.
No one (especially here) proclaims this to be an easy task, however the fact remains that without “YOU” there can be no collective “WE”. It is time for change that will benefit the whole human race and this planet we call Earth, not just the few who are already profiting off our apathy and nonchalance.
Short Documentary on Aspartame - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asc2rGF8ryg
Aspartame Information – Side Effects - http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-side-effects.html
If you would like to watch the TED talk mentioned by Jamie Oliver you can do so below: