| 10+ World Delusions
(1) Reality as perceived by most humans is the real world.
(2) Modern Technology and Science is the answer.
- "We are not human
beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human
experience." (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
- Someone applied the dystopian science fiction world The Matrix to our world: "The Matrix is real. It
exists inside the minds of the masses as a form of social, cultural, political
and educational indoctrination. A collective psychosis."
(3) Money growth
is the answer.
- We glamorise all the
gadgets when we have so much violence on the planet, including so much against
women and children. Science has freed us from the constraints of superstition
and blind belief, but reductionism has established its own chains that disallow
certain truths (e.g. life beyond death).
We need to learn how to relate, to explore the Inner World, utilise the ancient technology of body and Spirit.
are isolated individuals.
- Despite the crash of 2007, we stick to the GDP capitalist model
of continual growth and planet rape. Instead of GDP, GNH (i.e. prioritising well-being) is advised. See here and here.
- Dangerous Delusions is an interactive resource by Global Justice Now that explores seven economic myths.
(5) Competition is good/healthy/desirable.
- Quantum physics, shamanism and mysticism tell us
that we are all interconnected. If we are - from one angle - everything, then
we need to look after the planet and others. And yet it is important to have
interpersonal and physical boundaries when handling the world - as some people
(6) Vaccinations & Drugs & Medicine have saved the world and are the answer.
(7) Death is the end.
(8) Hospital Birth is
safer than Home Birth.
(9) Meat eating is necessary.
(10) Tribal people are savages and backward. Colonialists
discovered and deserve ownership of their land (e.g. Australia, USA, South
(11) There is no God.
- "...the language of colonists has long had a tragic part to play
in the destruction of tribal peoples across the world. For centuries, tribal
lands have been referred to as ‘empty’ in order to justify their theft for
commercial, military or conservation reasons. After all, if a region is
uninhabited, so the expedient thinking goes, there are by definition no human
rights to address. Similarly, racist prejudices – the labeling of
tribal peoples as ‘backward’, ‘uncivilized’ or ‘savage’ – have inculcated a
popular attitude of disrespect and fear, so underpinning (and even justifying,
in the perpetrator’s mind), the appalling treatment to which tribal peoples
have been subjected." (Joanna
Eede, posted 11 October 2013, accessed 22 June 2014)
- The myth of the 'Brutal Savage' by Survival International.
(12) Experts are crucial to Learning and Life.
(13) Modern education is great.
- "Experts are clueless." (Steve Jobs)
- "More and more, we are becoming taken in by the
myth of experts and for most people the myth originates in school. Compulsory
(or apparently compulsory), free education removes learning not only from the
learner’s control, but also from the parents’ sphere of influence. Both parents
and children are deskilled by a system that perpetuates the myth that expert
teachers are central to real learning. The concept of skilled families is
replaced by the notion of families who are either conforming, and consequently
“good”, or non-conforming and consequently “bad” or at least dysfunctional. The
notion of autonomous, rational children is replaced with the idea of dependent
sub-humans, not fit to be treated as moral agents in their own right, with
little or no insight into their own learning needs and goals..." (Jan Fortune-Wood, published 2003 in Life Learning Magazine, accessed online 26 January 2015)
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