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Eleven Percent

For great change to occur, it takes a certain number of the population to believe in it, or to at least have an opinion about it. There are studies on the matter of tipping points, or critical mass. Some would suggest it’s 5%, or even less, and some say it has to be over 10%.

Let’s look at a few aspects of our society, as seen having perhaps taken the red pill . . .

When you look at the tactics used by those in the position to manipulate mass consciousness (ie. mainstream media, major religions, education systems), the results are fairly evident. You just have to find a way to step outside the box for a moment, and observe what’s really going on, amidst the noise of the accepted normality of the majority of the population’s daily routine.

News reports, for example, are blatantly synchronized across a nation, even internationally, so that reporters parrot, word for word, the same “news” to the eyes and ears of the populace tuning in, across the networks. Some of these stories could certainly be considered innocuous and otherwise irrelevant, but the system in place is rather effective at distributing a unified message, which everyone is then talking about the next day, or worrying about, or was otherwise influenced by. The “news” is, by default, superficial, negative, disconcerting, and spirit-deflating (or, mood altering?). One could argue, then, that this is a fairly clever way to spread misinformation, and disinformation, and of course, fifty shades of fear. It’s often the smallest of ideas, proliferated and propagated throughout a system, that are the insidious, slow drip of poison, repeatedly introduced into our psychological and emotional makeup. Compare that to something like a 9/11 event, the ultimate opposing extreme, and ensuing fallout, and you have two very, very powerful methods of manipulating mass consciousness.

I think social media shakes up the framework, however. The internet, in general, shakes up the formula. In rudimentary fashion, the world wide web is a very basic form of mass consciousness, in effect, demonstrating a unity of information, and thought streams that are shared globally, instantly. There are numerous positive effects and uprisings as evidence. And, it continues to evolve. While the corporate gremlins and otherwise immoral simians still try to needle in stories, ideas, and “trends” throughout and in the periphery (ads, suggested posts, tickers, etc.) the main news feed, as it were, is generally, primarily controlled by the user. If you are even a little proactive, and aware enough to avoid simple complacency, you can be quite selective of what information you are exposed to, and also what you choose to contribute into the stream.

Now, one can argue that shutting out or filtering the “real world” doesn’t change the fact that it still exists, and that it’s still kinda, sorta, fucked up in places, regardless of what you believe. I would argue that there is scientific query, study, and proof that much of our general understanding on the nature of reality is suspect. Ten different people, can experience the same thing ten different ways. Which one is real?

The point is, our perceptions of our world, shape our world. What we think about, and what we believe in our hearts, shapes our world. It informs how we interact with the world, and our fellow Earth citizens. Our values, beliefs, and biases inform our life story, how we approach decisions, how we choose careers, partners, how we react to any given situation or event, and how we pass on knowledge to our children.

We are consciousness, personified, and we’ve integrated some strange ideas over the millennia. Granted, we didn’t consciously devise, nor come up with all of them, but as the saying goes, “tell a big enough lie long enough, and it becomes the truth”. This, too, is one of those fancy tools used to keep the populace in line.

Fortunately, we’ve persistently adapted and adjusted, and inevitably, we do flesh out the truth. Life evolves, sometimes slowly. But in the information age, which is fueling the burgeoning age of transparency, we are making massive waves in this regard.

So, most of us know war and violence are wrong, and unnecessary. Some of us know that war is manufactured, and always has been. But, there are those who continue to beat the drum of the “fact” that war is absolutely necessary, and violence is human. Which one is real?

Or, is it which one is preferred?

If we prefer to live united, or peaceful, and accepting of all choices that seven-billion-ish people can make — so long as they do no harm to another, respect and heed the wisdom of the planet, and align and live by their heart’s intentions — then that’s the drum we need to beat, yes? If we prefer to believe that the only thing we should fear, is not living our lives as fully as we can, moment to moment, day to day, then that’s a drum we should keep beating, yes?

Then, spread the word, drummers and fellow citizens, and be what you prefer to be. Let’s see what happens when we hit a critical mass of eleven percent.

Love your life,