Monday, November 26, 2012

Reformation of Society

John Cathey
Activist Post

As noted by so many, the present state of the global society, fragmented and partitioned through forces such as nationalism, pride, and economy, is far from perfect. However, were the world of humanity only in such a condition for sake of necessity, things might not be so bad.

This, nevertheless, is not the current situation. Rather, certain forces, not altogether unseen but often ignored, work tirelessly to subjugate the common man into a sort of slavery far worse than the wearing of shackles and collars; the internal slavery of man, the bars erected at the borders of his ever narrowing capacity for thought, is the greatest enemy to the freedom of humanity, both now and in the days to come.

The following seeks to provide the beginning of an answer, albeit incomplete, to the global situation. By focusing on the underlying theoretical issues and following their implications, the paper attempts to pit two camps, entirely different in scope, against one another.

The Issue at Hand

If any one issue deserves blame for the situation in today’s world it is the focus, the ends, to which mankind aims all actions. Clearly an end determines all means employed, whether or not they be justified. Did not the final solution predetermine the actions of the Nazis, even if severely unjustified? Likewise, the suppliers, that is the “movers and shakers”, of society have determined their ends and, not unlike anyone else, will use the means necessary to achieve these ends. Without speculating, these ends are fairly noticeable to anyone accustomed to observing and questioning whatever happens around them.


This relationship between cause and effect, means and ends, brings any rational entity to a fork in the road, a place of departure. Which way will you choose? Which way did the suppliers choose? Obviously there are seemingly multitudinous variations on the answer to the question; however, there are actually only two primary routes. At this junction the “Greatest Commandment” of Jesus might point to one way, whereas the Greatest Commandment of consumerism may point in the other direction. Recall, Christ said “love God and love neighbor”, consumerism really says “love the self”.

Clearly, though, the problem may not be so simple, it lies in the parameters of this decision. Where a society decides, consciously, to elevate the status of the common good, all its means will aim to that end and, in so doing will effect an increasingly positive change. Otherwise, where the ideal of consumerism is at work, society will slowly move into areas of darkness and deception, not unlike the present world in which we live. How though, can we change the current state, if the suppliers have already determined the way things are going to go?

Repossession of Our Greatest Asset

What is your greatest asset? Your home, a collectible baseball bat, or classic car? Think again – your mind. Nothing is as valuable as a mind, if it is free. The problem currently, and many of us are aware of this, is that those around us (maybe even ourselves to some extent) are not free. The bonds that tie our minds down are fortunately voluntary; these bonds are within our power to loosen or even exterminate. How much longer can we preach nonviolence and continue to play first-person shooter games or watch gory horror films? The old adage, “practice what you preach” is more relevant than ever before.

So, first we must determine our ends – the common good of man; next, we must free our minds. Even with the ends in place, the target so to speak, we are useless without the tools needed to reach the target, likened unto darts and the arm to throw them. Even after liberating the will, the necessary agent to decide to seek the common good, old habits still remain. Remember giving up the compressed McDonald’s patties and greasy fries for organic salads? Time and will heal.

Once the mind is repossessed, the great work begins. We must begin to consciously evolve, to take hold of the future for ourselves and, more importantly, the whole of our species. Man is a gift to the world or a curse, depending on how he directs his powers of stewardship. How can we win, though, if all the “power” belongs to those above us?

Remembering Society

Here lies a key point – what is society? Certainly better, more complex, answers exist, but isn’t society basically a grouping of people for sake of the higher probability of survival? And after survival is basically expected, what is next? The consumerist model suggests finding ways to control and subjugate your fellow man in order to elevate your own status. Is this the only answer, as so many would have us to believe? Rather, be it ideal or not, some of us choose to believe that the upward evolution of society leads not to consumerism but to unification and charity. At this state the “doors of perception” require cleansing from the vision of society we are accustomed to and a reawakening of the ideal of society presented by all great teachers, spiritual or otherwise.

Living this Out

In regards to implementing the awakening of society, “non-violent resistance, survival and self-sufficiency, political solutions, personal growth, alternative economy, alternative education… alternative healthcare”, and so forth, the “plan” must start as a seed in each person. The greatest gift an individual can give another is to assist in his liberation, the very steps contained in this paper.

The movement, the reawakening, must start from the bottom up, must be a grassroots movement. We must begin to outsmart the suppliers because, despite the political, social, even military power they possess, we have potential to possess more population power; there are more common men than controlling upper-class men. At present they rule us, but we can take back the power. Today is the day, the beginning of this resistance and this repossession of the freedom rightly allotted every man at birth.

Thus, in Sum

The plan I suggest then, begins thus:
  1. Choosing the proper ends for a society 
  2. Repossessing the asset of your mind 
  3. Cleanse our perception of society 
  4. Begin to form a society, grassroots up, that fits the model of charity
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6 comments:

Alexandra Richards said...

This article does an incredible job in offering the necessary solutions to change the selfish mentality of our society. Than you John Cathey.

Jon Smith said...

Nice article. It expresses the alternative that we all need to follow to topple the systematic oppression, which has been used to condition us for anti-intellectualism. Take this advice. It help you break free those select few who have captured society.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but these kinds of articles are a joke. "Repossessing the asset of your mind?" Get real everyone. We are under assault.

And the global world stuff has got to go too. We don't want your global utopia.

Anonymous said...

Anon, I think you misunderstood the "global" aspect in this article, as opposed to the usual idea of "global". Here it is a by product of the liberation of individual minds, not a top down globalization.

Anonymous said...

Great article!
As seen in the anonymous comment above, man has become very mechanical and blind in thinking. The old mechanisms of human thought, which give security to the functioning of the human brain, are so embedded in our minds that man, in general, is incapable of understanding that to change himself, and therefore the society as a whole, needs a radical change in its function.

To change society means radical change in each and every one of us. The change must not be only another model of thinking (fulfillment by means of reward or punishment at the end with the inner fear that arises from failure, greed, and attachment to ideals, dogmas and beliefs) but man has to go beyond these thinking processes and thus become free of the old.

But such a change requires inner work, understanding and learning of oneself, how the human mind functions. It requires devotion and responsibility, which so many of us painfully lack.

It is great to see that, no matter which part of the world we come from, regardless our background, inside we think and feel the same!

Anonymous said...

Good questions for contemplation.

Choosing the proper ends for a society
Society is a collection of individuals who live their life by faith. Some have faith in their wealth, some have faith in their abilities or their education, some have faith in their government and some have faith in God. Wherever your faith is their your heart is also.
The purpose of society must be to serve God and this is done by offering our bodies as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God, which is our spiritual service of worship.

As to renewing our mind. The battle is for the mind of the people. So the statists seek for control over education, the news media and the internet so as to control the information flow into our minds. For as a man thinks in his heart so is he.

Cleansing our perception of society.
Our perception of Society is based upon what we have been taught. For the humanist man and society is basically good and just needs a little help. But a godly man knows that man is spiritually dead and he doesn't need more information so he can make the right decision he needs life.
Jesus said the following: Matthew 10:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The witnesses of our lips and life become a testimony that can lead people to the source of life and only in this way can individuals have life and society be transformed.

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