Save Us from Ourselves

Our current word mirrors what’s happening inside of us. We make the world as we feel, believe, and think within. There is no need to talk since it’s all in our actions (and lack of them). The show is quite spectacular but at the same time a bit sad, too.

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that one of the most persistent themes in human life is a constant urge to find asylum and comfort elsewhere, even if the whole quest is based on pure illusion of vague ideas or poorly defined concepts that do not make much sense in a closer look. This behavioural pattern can be found in politics, religion, or pretty much in any arena of human life—we want to be rescued from ourselves.

This is rather amusing thought. Someone is afraid of or unable to cope with himself and is looking for pretty much anybody or anything for relief from this horrible condition. If there is demand there is also supply and hence there are always people with bags full of tricks providing cures for the wicked. What makes the scenery a bit confusing is that the helper and the patient typically have the same condition—the deaf is leading the way for the blind, and at the end of the day nothing gets any better.

The formula is very basic and favoured by many con-artists: “You don’t have to do anything yourself I will take care of your troubles and worries. I will fix everything for you without your involvement, rest assured.” The outcome is very predictable like in the case where the firemen are the pyromaniacs in disguise—there will never be a lack of new fires to be extinguished. The mess does not get any cleaner unless the root cause of the matter is tackled and faced. And this does not happen easily since that’s the whole name of the game—dependency and continuity of the status quo, supported by both parties.

No one does anything for nothing so there needs to be a catch, a trade-off. In order for an exchange to happen both parties need to gain something in the trade and have something the other party values. Often the list of wishes is rather short: money, power, control, property, or a combination of these. The game is very straightforward and it keeps going on until the patient has run out of assets that interest the helper. The point is not to face the mirror and see the bogeyman but to keep the good stuff flowing as long as possible. Who would like to wake up the client if it causes to end the long-term relationship of mutual co-dependency? And for the client the existing state of affairs is often many times more tolerable than any potential changes to the unknown—no matter how harsh or twisted the current reality is.

In essence this mutual inertia is the core why human life spins the same wheels thousands of years without much change but in appearances and non-essential surroundings such as technology development and sophistication. We yell for help and at the same time some of us provide the momentarily relief for the rest, more or less knowingly that it is all based on pure illusion, self-betrayal, and personal gain. The stronger tends to exploit the weak while the weak is too ignorant to care about the consequences and supports the exploitation since they do not know anything better—there has always been someone else that saves them from themselves and takes care of the hardest of all works: thinking and self-development.

No one remembers anymore how to be self-reliant. Be strong and independent, stand on one’s own two feet and be at peace with oneself and the world. Interact and communicate with the world but without participating in the victim game of need and lack. That’s something the weak will never know and only the strong can tell, if there were any of them left to show the way for the others.

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