About six months ago (March 2011) I started down a path of searching for some answers to questions that I never really put too much thought into in the past. It started with religion and in order to dig into that I had to look at the history of the Earth and eventually started digging into the history of civilizations, countries in power and their uses (mis-uses) of that power, global economics, capitalism, politics, etc. This journey took a toll on my mental state and some people around me (including Jen) were worried about me. To me, it was like in the movie The Matrix where Neo had to make the decision to take the blue pill (blissful ignorance of illusion) or the red pill (painful truth of reality). Once you take the red pill there really is no turning back. The reality of the world that we live in was kind of a shock to me. I don't know why I didn't give these questions more thought earlier in life. Maybe it was because it's easier to coast along without questioning things. Or maybe I was just too busy. I'm happy to say that after six months of riding a roller coaster of emotions I've come out the other end with some clarity and a positive outlook.
I'm not going to go into detail here because I don't want to ruin anyone's day but I will lay out some topics for what I looked into just in case others want to see for themselves. At the end of my journey I did realize though that I am very lucky to have been born in the US at the time of great abundance. There are so many other people out there that are being held down to keep us held up high. It's very saddening to see how others are barely surviving while we continue to consume way more than we need. I also realized that we need to enjoy life while we are here and focus on spending our time wisely. On top of that we have to realize that things can change suddenly so we have to be prepared for the unexpected and accept whatever comes our way.
SUMMARY OF TOPICS:
* Study of various religions, their beliefs, timelines, and origins
* History of the Earth (Timeline of Earth vs. Timeline of Humans)
* Extinction Events on Earth
* History of world powers and civilizations and their eventual collapse
* Timeline of US power (relatively very short) and how history repeats itself
* Large Corporations and their use of power
* US economic outlook & global economy
* True unemployment numbers, true GDP numbers, true inflation numbers
* Spending habits of US population...addiction to credit, materialistic goods, excess...
* The connection between the investment banks, government, and the Federal Reserve
* Depletion of our natural resources including clean fresh water ... pollution of our water sources
* US dependence on OIL for vehicles, manufacturing, growing food, everything actually
* Naturally occuring or manmade...doesn't matter....effects of a warming climate
* US Food & Drug Administration, Big Pharma, and healthcare
* Genetically altered food (Monsanto) & patents
* Practices of poultry (Tyson) & beef industry ... antibiotics, waste runoff into fresh water sources, arsenic, growth hormones, etc.
* Power of the Media (controlled by handful of corporations)
* Real reasons for wars in middle east and the true cost to US population and the civilians in opposing countries
* Rising global population and limited food and water resources
* Potential global ecomomic crisis
* Exploitation of third world countries by first world countries and consequences to third world population
I know that when added together these subjects seem pretty grim. I started with one thing and then it pointed me to another thing and after a while it just kept on branching out. Needless to say, there is a lot of interesting stuff going on out there and if you don't look for it you won't notice it because it's filtered away from our viewing eyes. Once I cracked the surface the floodgates opened and from that point on there was really no turning back. Reality is bit different than what I used to believe it to be. As a whole, we as a population definitely have some room for improvement.