Transcending the Ego: Back to Nature

The world we live in is full of all sorts of crimes that are perpetrated by a mostly criminal elite, who have bought and paid for this world and who force their agenda down our throats through the mainstream media and through social conditioning.  But we don’t have to subscribe to their belief system, and we don’t have to buy what they are selling.  We don’t have to do their bidding.  We can recognize the media for what it is, a tool of propaganda.  Why do you think the government subsidized a digital converter device for people who could not afford to get cable and were going to lose their analog signal for the regular channels?  It is because television has become almost a necessity in this culture.  People would rather watch a show they don’t even really like than get off their ass and do something.  Why is that?

Television has a hypnotic effect.  I’ve noticed it myself when watching it.  I sometimes sit down with the intention of watching maybe one show, and end up watching for a couple of hours, maybe more.  But now I’m much more conscious of the effect television has on me, and also the media.  I watch essentially two to three shows a week, and now that two of them are “no longer in season,” I will be cutting down to one, and I probably won’t even watch in on my television, or I’ll record and and skip through the commercials.  Although I know that even the television shows condition us, I am aware of this and guard against it.  And since I spend most of my time thinking independently or at least soaking up new ideas that are less popular but more true, I am certainly not one of them.  I know what goes on behind closed doors, and I am aware of what us humans are doing to this planet.  And I am quite aware that there is no stopping us unless there is a major crash of civilization.  At least then our capacity for destroying the Earth will be significantly weakened.

Most people are not ready for a crash or collapse, and most people don’t even want to hear that one is coming, but as inevitable as global warming, there will be one in the near future.  It will be hard for us civilized humans to cope, as most of us have zero survival skills.  Most of us, including me, don’t know how to plant vegetables or how to “hunt” for wild edibles.  Never mind cope psychologically with the end of oil, global food scarcities, and the end of water.  Many, or probably most, of us will die, and there will be a bit of a cleansing.  I don’t see it as a bad thing, really.  We are a parasite on this planet, and I would even call us a cancer.  If we cannot live in balance with the rest of life, we don’t deserve to live here at all.  We’ve taken it all for ourselves and now we want more.  And even that won’t be enough.  So, then, what is our purpose here?

I would say our purpose is to live a life where we don’t destroy everything in sight.  Not just that, but a life where we live in complete balance with nature, without a control structure, with complete and utter freedom, and without a shred of civilization’s characteristics.  We need to completely shed the civilization mindset because it has completely destroyed everything around us.  And there are way too many people to live like this, with nature, so if they can’t adapt after the crash, then they will most likely die.  But it won’t be the ultimate worst thing.  The Earth will recover, and humans will be reduced to a population that cannot wreak havoc upon the ecosystem, mostly due to their lack of sheer number, then eventually due to their accordance with nature, not out of a desire to, but out of necessity, and finally they will understand what it is they were destroying.

We don’t see the Earth for what it is today.  We see it as resources and land we can exploit for our own selfish needs.  We see it as how it can benefit us, not how it can benefit all life on Earth.  The Earth would certainly be much better off without us altogether, but human extinction isn’t exactly a popular campaign theme.  Although it would certainly ensure that there would be no more toxic chemicals being created, other than the ones caused by what we’ve left here.  Every other living being would be able to flourish to the extent that nature would allow it.  Sure, complete human extinction is unlikely, at least for some time, and I don’t want it to happen, but a significant thinning of the herd and a moving back to nature over a few centuries would be great, not just for the planet, but for humankind as well.  And if we can keep our population at the level that nature will support, then we will have succeeded.  If we once again resort to agriculture, the same cycle will repeat itself, only with different resources and characteristics.

For two million years, humans, or what we think of as almost humans, lived in balance with nature.  It is only due to the ice age and other psychological traumas, followed by a desperate need for food that made us this way.  We are damaged in some way and we all know it on an unconscious level.  The world is very harsh and it reflects our inner self.  I’ve seen many a documentary on what the magnetic reversal of the poles and the ice age did to our species.  It is what created the ego.

The ego is like the office manager who is placed in charge while the boss is away.  The ego is what allowed our species to survive when all these traumas were taking place.  And instead of using the ego as a temporary survival tool, we adopted it as our identity.  The ego did save us and allow us to cope, but it also will be our undoing.  The ego was so paranoid about its own survival that it started agriculture to ensure that humans would be able to keep up this way of thinking for as long as it can go.  The culture of domination and exploitation was borne from the ego.  The totalitarian governments and control structures were borne out of ego.  Our individual identities were borne out of the ego.  This civilization first started in the mind and can only be transcended by the mind, assisted by a physical crash of the very system our minds and egos are so bent on supporting.  We need to move closer to who we truly are, the self, to truly become what it is we need to be.  And it is either going to happen through sheer force or a conscious choice.  I’m betting on sheer force right now, unless we have a gigantic shift in consciousness very soon.  But either way, the transition is inevitable, unless of course we go extinct, which would be totally against our nature.

I’m dreaming of a world where we don’t have to be the lords of the Earth, where we can still maintain intelligence, but we live as equals with the rest of the species on this planet.  We don’t use our advantages to exploit other beings, but we cooperate with nature’s plan and do not stray from it.  We transcend the ego and become who we truly are:  just another species on this huge planet that tries its best to fit into nature’s mold and not twist nature to fit ours.  We truly become our-self, and not our individual egos.  And if we can’t do that before we go extinct, then we shall go extinct.  So it goes. :)

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Blogging Hobbyist or Blogger?

I was on the Steve Pavlina forum today and I ran across a post that asked if people are not making money from their blogs, is it simply a hobby?  Here was my response to that inquiry:

I would say it is a hobby if you’re not making money from it. And it’s not a bad hobby, either. I don’t currently make any money from my blog, but if I were to place ads on there or affiliate links, it would be against everything I believe in. I have a couple of writers working with me on a book on some of the ideas presented in my blog and I also make a decent living otherwise, although it is not extraordinary money, but it is enough for me to afford what it is I need.

My website is in the 4,000,000’s when it comes to traffic, so I’m sure not going to make millions from it at this point, but I do enjoy it, and the people who read it enjoy it as well. I’m not looking to become some sort of blogging superstar, because I know how much work that would take. And, to be honest, it seems a little upstream to me. Placing big ads on the site would be cumbersome and I hate programming with a passion, and ads for that matter. If I were to try and make money from my blog, I’m sure the money would be negligible, like $20 a month, maybe. And what would be the point of that? 99% of people (or more) will never make a living from blogging, and of that less than 1%, many of them make very little, probably less than I make at a job that is only in the $20,000’s a year. So, blogging is mostly a supplemental income at best for most of that 1%. Steve is an exception, mostly because of his knowledge and business knowledge. And very original and timeless content.

That is what most bloggers are missing, and it takes a long time to learn all of it. And it takes a ton of self-discipline and willpower. Things that most people simply do not have enough of. I’ve kept my blog going for at least 4 years, but there has been times when I didn’t post more than twice in a month. And my content is all over the place and I just don’t care about the money side of it right now, because I know I’m not there yet. Not only that, I find it rather peculiar that most people go into blogging for the money, and not for creative expression.

I’m no blogging expert, but I do see what it takes to have a successful blog. And I don’t think I have all those qualities yet. But for now, I’m perfectly glad having my blog be a hobby and not an income-generating source because it is something I enjoy doing and many people (although admittedly not as many as I want) enjoy reading it. If I could break the 1,000,000 mark in terms of traffic ranking in the future, I would totally start trying to earn money from my blog. But I would do it in ways that felt intuitively right to me, such as books I recommend and other things that support my beliefs and actions.

Anyway, good luck to all you hobbyist bloggers on making a living, but don’t put all your eggs in that basket until you actually earn money from it.

Blogging is a very tough field to earn money from.  I’ve earned nothing from this blog in 4 years.  But I don’t complain, because I haven’t really tried.  Money should not be the motivation for everything we do.  It should be contribution.  I make pretty decent money where I work, although it is not extravagant by any  means.  I can live comfortably, without ever having the fear of not having enough.  I’m a saver and a minimalist, so having a million dollars or $10,000 wouldn’t really change my life that much, although the quality of what I owned would probably be a bit better at $1 million.  It shouldn’t be about the money, people.  Sure, it would be nice to earn millions of dollars from a website, but if you start your blog with that intention, you will probably not succeed.  You should always focus on making the best contribution you can make, and if people will read it in droves, start monetizing.  You are then providing real value and should get paid accordingly.  But those who don’t make money should not be called hobbyists, but non-commercial bloggers.

This is an outlet for my expression.  And eventually, if I can make money from this, I will.  But  I know, based on my Alexa ranking, that I wouldn’t make nearly enough to make the effort to place all sorts of income-generating paraphernalia on this site.  Once I become a B-list blogger, maybe.  Whatever that means.  I know my writing is good, but not exceptional, and my ideas are not always original, but I view them from my unique perspective.  At least I’m not a mooching blog, who simply provides links to other blogs in an attempt to get trackbacks and be seen by more people.  I only link to things I find worthwhile, not the flavor of the month.  I believe people respect this blog and that, while not exactly successful, it is at least something I feel good about and it’s not something I loathe.  I know who I am, and I know what I’m about here.  At least I know that much, and if you want to call me a blogging hobbyist, go ahead.  But I won’t believe it, because I truly pour my heart and soul into this blog, and even though it may not make money, it is at least something I can say I have that is uniquely me.

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