In this week’s podcast I talk about the need to develop our critical thinking capabilities so we can better understand the problems we face – both personally and collectively – and the often well-meaning solutions being offered by politicians and activist groups.
One of the first questions people ask when they are going through a spiritual awakening is, “What’s wrong with society?” It’s a way of saying, “How can I help?” as they move away from being selfish to being altruistic. But often people stay within the paradigm of finding fault and assigning blame; the paradigm of victims and oppressors. This worldview is the foundation of many movements towards social change, whether that’s reparations for slavery, universal basic income or climate change activism. But this simplistic premise can’t be a true representation of a complex world. We need to move beyond this notion if we are to accurately assess the issues and their solutions.
Enlightenment in a spiritual sense is not just about finding inner peace and connecting to higher consciousness. It is also about using our minds and aligning with the values of the Enlightenment period in the 18th Century to overcome our attachment to comforting, dogmatic beliefs. Today, thought provoking criticism is often censored simply because some find it offensive. That attitude only leads to stagnation of thought, instead of the free-flow of ideas. We need to think our way to enlightenment, not hit the snooze button and hope for the best.
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51. You Can’t Read This Book – Nick Cohen (Political Censorship)
52. Frozen Earth – Doug MacDougall (Science – Ice Ages)
72. Lukewarming – Paul J Michaels & Paul C Knappenberger (Climate Science)
82. Sustainable Energy: Without Hot Air – David J.C MacKay (Science)
83. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari (History)
23. Paradise or Oblivion: This video presentation advocates a new socio-economic system, which is updated to present-day knowledge, featuring the life-long work of Social Engineer, Futurist, Inventor and Industrial Designer Jacque Fresco, which he calls a Resource-Based Economy. This documentary details the root causes of the systemic value disorders and detrimental symptoms caused by our current established system.