The ultimate solution to the problem of poverty is not to give poor people (or figure out ways for them to make) money—that can only ever be a band-aid. The ultimate solution it is to progress beyond the money system, to subvert the system itself; and the way to really do this is to realize—and then educate people on—what really matters, to help them think for themselves, to learn about truth, and reality, and real love.
This is one of the reasons why it’s so hard to find a worthwhile job, because no ‘job’ I can find comes even close to providing me with the opportunities to work for the solution, since all the jobs that I can see out there are part of the system in one way or another, and serve, directly or indirectly, to support and perpetuate the system. Apparently ‘alternative’, activist organizations, as far as I can tell, are, for the most part, also part of the problem, in the way that armed revolution never really solves anything.
Most people in such ‘alternative’ ‘activist’ organizations, while possibly well-meaning, are not necessarily very enlightened, and as such, are (cannot help but be) part of the problem by being perpectualy unenlightened. I do not criticize them, but rather wish them to go deeper, go further, see beyond the level on which they deal in the system. The real revolution is, and can only be, within. That is the only way. Everything else comes from, with, and after that. Everything.
What people who believe in this system (in the lie of the ‘American Dream’) don’t understand is that by helping someone to become ‘self-sufficient’—which, ironically enough, is understood to mean supporting oneself financially—you are doing nothing of the sort; you are not helping them to really be self-sufficient, because by becoming a cog, they are more dependent on the system, they get a vested interest, no matter how small, in the system, the system that is really keeping them down and stunting their growth and development. It is truly a viscous, self-sustaining cycle.
The challenge, and the frustrating thing, is that since it is so hard, it takes so much strength and effort to see the truth, to see reality, and because most people are so ignorant of it, that they want the system, they do not want to really be free, they want to be children and to be told what to think and do, what to like and what to hate, what to believe. For to grow out of (‘spiritual’/emotional) childhood takes serious strength, it takes serious courage to really confront your fears, and it can be spiritually and emotionally brutal; for it is a death of sorts, a death of that self that you thought was who you are; and since people tend to love and nurture their fears more than a mother with a newborn, we can see just how difficult and daunting it is to try and work for the solution.
The system in place is truly a brilliant system, because it is so efficient in being self-sustaining; for it fucntions to defend itself from people like me, it is designed to condition people to resist and fight against people like me (even and especially when they don’t think they are). It is a system that is frightening in its efficacy of keeping people ignorant, for it conditions them to believe that they are becoming less ignorant the more ignorant and less open-minded they get. This is the incredible power of ego, of ‘the self,’ of arrogance combined with the child’s longing to be controlled. It truly is a brilliant system.
It gets frustrating sometimes, because there is so much more to life than people think, there is so much more that people could be doing with their lives, and yet people’s lives are being used up trying to be a part of a system that exists to use them as tools, and to undermine their chances for real happiness.
I need to keep remembering not to buy into what people mistakenly call ‘human nature,’ for what people call human nature is not human nature at all, but is rather more accurately called ‘conditioned existence.’ The problem is that most people believe in the illusion of the conditioned existence, and so the way people are is mixed up with the way people really are, because they don’t see the difference. And this is why I need to remember that I should not, and truly can not, study the illusion as truth, but rather as a way to get to truth. This is absolutely fundamental.
It is the same way that I say that people look to language, to human language and grammar, for the truths of the world. They are looking at the illusion as reality, as opposed to a way to get to reality from the illusion. This is a very subtle point, for it sounds backwards, but it isn’t.
Another way to understand this is that truth is not to be found in the illusion, but in its absence. This is another very important subtly that causes many problems. For if you don’t see this difference, if you are looking for truth in the illusion, or ‘from’ the illusion (as in, a lesson), then you will have a vested interest in the perpetuation of the illusion, which is, as we have seen, the exact opposite of the way to really get to truth.
And this, what I have just described, can be seen everywhere in this world, in this life. People foster what they believe in, even and especially when it’s subconscious. But why do they believe in it? If they only had the courage to really question their beliefs, and to try to study and understand the reasons why they believe what they believe, and the tangents, they would see once they started this process—it would literally change the world.
People defend and nurture what they believe in. This is why they are so easy to control and manipulate, for once you tell them what to believe, they will defend it themselves! Just look at organized religion.
From my personal notes, 8/29/00