What I have noticed about when I learn a new thing is a tendency, no more, a habit to draw connections and relationships between the knowledge I already hold and the new knowledge and then to use this new consolidated platform to filter everything else I read about the subject.
In this way of learning there are many shortcomings, the one I want to talk about today is how, when we have existing knowledge about anything, we can’t really hear or value anything new for what it is, unless it fits within the frame of reference that we hold dear, that defines us, as our current knowledge and belief systems of ‘how things are’.
We can find many new people out there talking new knowledge as if there is anything as such- or even those that have done the painstaking work of assembling the old knowledge into one flow, take for example the documentary Secrets in Plain Sight, I have really enjoyed it, one point though that I saw was that the guy, being himself an engineer/architect, could only see through the eyes of an engineer in the specific but not the overall, all-encompassing, picture of what has been going on and is still going on in this world.
This is why our knowledge is not common, meaning, we don’t share the same knowledge with others on almost anything, each one of us has gone out in the world, taken what they learnt in small or big doses and then, invariably, super-imposed it to what they already knew, either looking for missing pieces or for a flow that made sense just about to them and the few friends they would end up sharing it with, invariably, sadly, attempting to make others look at the world within the same limiting frames of reference, however wide they may be.
After a few years debunking my mind and my deceit-full mind stands, now any ‘new’ knowledge mostly makes me question some point or another, specifically when the information has been pulled and stretched to match an already existing knowledge or belief system. But this happens equally to apparently New Information, to the point that I go into ‘can’t compute’ mode unless all the parameters of what I have learnt about a specific system are satisfied by an answer that keeps everything I know neatly in place -with the small, reassuring, addition of new information. Why would that be so?
It seems that, whatever new thing I learn, whatever new proposal I hear, there must be a sorting and sifting into the baggage (of) knowledge I already carry and only when I find the perfect fit, I can take in on board. But what if everything I originally took on board was wrong, designed to shape this world into our minds not as it is, making sure that we would not be able to see some ludicrous systemic mistakes we keep making or the consequences that result from our inability to reach out for new information, moving ourselves out of our own boxes of what we understand reality to be, seeking for solutions that we have never considered before – can we take that kind of leap into the new?
All the Corporations and Systems who are currently holding this world hostage to ‘the way things are and have always been’ have worked always for the consolidation of information that confirms and ‘proves’ that things can’t change and if anything we have been left a very tiny window of opportunity, of movement, to change the way things work, and that window becomes smaller – and not wider – with the more knowledge we hold, change becomes like shooting the apple on William Tell head, if we miss the target someone will die, we’ll die, our survival is always threatened by a system we allow to exist to bite us in the ass – and – we become limited to trying to target just that one apple to set ourselves free, rejecting any other new way to approach the world enclosed as we are within the walls we have ourselves built with the knowledge and information that ended up defining us.
Of course, this Knowledge and information was sought attempting to make sense of it all, of this schizoid world we were born into that never made sense from the start, there is no way that we could justify poverty and starvation, violence, wars and abuse, especially to the levels we have come to normalize today, unless we attempted to explain it away with knowledge and information, using that as the buffer that allows us to breathe and absolves us from our own responsibility, our own ability to stand together for something new, for real change, BEYOND what we have ever known and done before or what anyone else has done before that led us all here where we are today.
When attempting to over-educate ourselves it would always be wise to question whose information we are taking on board, no one has the full picture of anything, no matter what they believe and therefore we don’t know what we are bringing on board to hold dear next and given that our critical thinking still has training wheels, it’s important to not be seduced by knowledge as another form of ‘power’, as another way we can become superior to others because ‘we know more’, see more, understand more (or believe so) and maybe consider – what if everything that I hold as truth is in fact my own limitation and the cage I am longing to break free from?
We have a proposal to test our Freedom of Movement in our Minds, it’s called a Living Income Guaranteed, it’s a proposal that states that every human being has an undeniable, inalienable right to Life, some may now think ‘oh but we know that’, yes, that is the point, we just know it, we don’t live that as a commitment to each other but just as ethical, hypothetical, knowledge, so much so that we can’t even see that at the moment in the world it is NOT in fact so at all, that without money people die, that many are alienated into lives of misery, that money has become our MEANS to decide who gets to access the world resources and who doesn’t and so, while we hold the knowledge of Human Rights, we haven’t noticed that we have just the title of the file but the file is EMPTY, we have not collectively defined what Human Rights are and what we want to see upheld in the world that works for everyone, that gives access to the Life everyone has a right to, by birth, and made it REAL, yet, but we can do so.
So, consider our proposal, talk about it with your friends, open up the point of what kind of world you would like to live in, don’t accept the current structure of knowledge and information to limit you to take a leap from where we are to where we want to be, once our vision for a world of support of each other, a world where Life becomes the Capital, of which everyone holds a piece, is clearly set, then the pebbles to fill the road to walk on, from where we are to our vision, can be set by all, each one of us holds a piece, we are the key to change, let’s not be limited by the narrow window that is left over once we have con-summed all the knowledge some have laid out for us to prove that, nothing can ever change if not in the way they decided and left for us to move to change – which if we look carefully, given the nature of this world, should have some pretty fucking amazing failsafe in place anyway, it’s easier to guard fiercely one door, one narrow opening alone left to change, if we become convinced that it is through that opening alone that we can walk out from where we are into something new, yes? What if it wasn’t, what if we rejected the current structure for something new what if we defaulted the imaginary contracts we have subscribed to as ‘the way things are’ and went another way, not even bothering to try to get out of them by the clauses someone said we signed up for -without our knowledge but simply, withdrawing our consent to place it somewhere else? What stops us from doing so?
Then beat the unbeaten path in your mind with a Living Income Guaranteed, it has never existed before so no one has had the time yet to screw with it.
Join the vision, add yourself to the equation needed to make it real, make this vision yours, a world that works for all, until it’s done.