Conflicting Realities

When I was young, I absorbed the lessons of my elders. My parents, older siblings, the leaders in my neighbourhood, my teachers and guidance councillors showed me the path I was to follow. It was simple: graduate, attend a secondary education institution, marry, have kids, save for retirement and wait for my golden years to enjoy life.

I tried to do what was expected of me. I failed wonderfully. I hated school, so I studied hard and got good marks so I wouldn’t have to repeat a grade. Once I had served my sentence in high school, I ran. There was no way I was returning to that system of learning. It was horrible.

This was only the start of cutting my own trail off the beaten path.

About ten years ago, I began having glimpses into what I’ll call another version of life. They were flashes of consciousness that revealed a less structured life that doesn’t resemble anything to modern society. Work, in the form of what we have today, was nonexistent. People weren’t slaves to money or consumer goods. They did not work for others but for themselves. That is, unless they wanted to work for others. If money existed, I didn’t see it. Folks bartered to acquire things they couldn’t produce.

In today’s society, we are expected to go into debt – Nay! Encouraged. Incentivized. Then spend decades working to pay it off and hopefully have time at the end of our life to enjoy a few carefree years. However, in this other version of life, I sense enjoyment at all ages. It is not held off until retirement.

I wish I could better put into words the visions that flash in my mind and the feelings they generate. What I do know is the reality I see before me is not what humans were made for. It’s not why we are on Earth. It is false and generated by mysterious means.

I think if I fasted for an extended period of time, I’d connect more with the alternate reality. I think this is why people fasted centuries ago. It cleared their body, mind and soul, and nothing stood between them and their visions.

13 thoughts on “Conflicting Realities

  1. I wonder if those on islands near the equator had it right before sailing ships from the northern hemisphere started turning up. No need for heating bills, mortgages and food picked off palm trees or fished form the sea.

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    • I think all people everywhere had it right before they started congregating in extremely large groups and creating government (that includes monarchy). The Inuit wouldn’t have had heating bills (as they sourced their own supply), mortgages or food. They lived off the land. It may not have been as easy as those in tropical locations, but it’s doable.

      I think the Greeks and Egyptians had it wrong. Perhaps even the Samarians.

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  2. I have been thinking for a while now, that society as we’ve structured it does not work. Very rich people and very poor ones.
    The very (obscenely) rich spending money on jaunts into space while children are starving, and people dying in countries that cannot afford a vaccine against Covid-19.
    Companies getting bigger and bigger and eating up all the smaller ones until there is no competition and they can do as they like.
    I could go on, but will stop here.
    Thank you for your thought-provoking post.

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    • I have long thought cities were unnatural. They can’t support themselves with the very basics: palatable water and food. The sad part is, if a world wide disaster struck and wiped out all technology, humans would strive to rebuild these cities. It’s like an endless cycle of build and destroy. Many large civilizations have existed in the past only to meet a tragic end. There’s always too many people in one spot, making it unsustainable, and too few people with wealth and power ruling over too many people who just want to live.

      All I can do is live my simple life and be as self-sustaining as I can. I cannot change the world, nor will I try. It is on a path to destruction, and it may happen in my lifetime.

      Thank you for your comments.

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      • Sadly, you are correct. We are living, I think, in the End of Days. Although we may not see the physical 4 Horsemen (Famine, Pestilence, War and Death) they are inevitable, in my opinion.
        Famine because of too many people, pestilence–well we’re seeing some of it already, war will come when countries want something they can no longer provide for themselves, and all these bring death.
        I worry for my grandchildren.

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        • It is like several dystopian movies coming together.

          I worry for my children, all just getting out in the world. I’ve prepared them the best I can. What will be will be.

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  3. It is a very different different world now. I too couldn’t wait to leave high school to travel. University seemed another 4 years of tedium with a pointless outcome as far as was concerned. It rocked my conservative world. Now 5 decades later I’ve discovered a passion for writing I was unaware of then, when what seemed easy wasn’t noteworthy or practical. Hrmph.

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    • I discovered my passion for writing very early. I was writing stories by the time I was ten. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but my parents were strict working class, and they told me it wasn’t a real job. At that time, I saw no path to a job for writing, so I didn’t bother doing anything but work a menial job with no future. I’ve had more than 30 jobs. My mother said I couldn’t keep a job, but I told her the job couldn’t keep me. I always found a new one before I quit the old one.

      Now, more than 50 years later, I use those job experiences in my writing. The three jobs I enjoyed most were at the camera shop, garden centre and pizza shop. Each had unique experiences and taught me great lessons.

      The great thing about looking for a job in the 70s and 80s, if you were keen and could do the job, you got it. You didn’t need a stupid piece of paper telling the world you graduated high school or went to university. Now, those with that piece of paper get the job regardless if they can do it or not. I’ve worked with both papered construction workers and non-papered, and the non-papered workers more often than not out performed the papered worker.

      If I had a company, I wouldn’t ask about education. It can be and is often meaningless, especially in today’s education system where kids are graduating and can’t even write a proper sentence or do basic mental math.

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