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Posted by Philip on 30 January 2017, 2:02 pm in , , , , , ,

The critical need to focus on the big picture

TROM "is a project that aims to showcase in detail the root cause of most of today’s problems and proposes realistic solutions to solve those problems. But it is also about challenging people’s values, explaining in simple language how the world works, and providing free and good quality educational materials/tools for everyone."

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I support TROM on Patreon because I like what they have to say about the human condition and society. They use good science and logic and, to me, they make a lot of sense. They are aligned with the Zeitgeist Movement and Venus Project , whose philosophy and work I also respect.

A couple of weeks ago TROM's leader, Tio, posted about why TROM doesn't discuss current events. He gave three reasons:

  • Discussing current issues is a waste of time. They will always happen because we misunderstand the source of those problems or how to fix them.
  • Discussing recent events causes us to be opinionated, even though we don't fully understand them. It is easy to blame Islam for terrorist attacks, but much harder to look at a broader picture and understand why some people blow themselves and others up. That takes time.
  • We get reinforcement and become habitual in commentating for the sake of shares, likes, etc.

I like this way of thinking. It's really important to understand that current issues like Trump's election, Brexit, climate change, crime and punishment, poverty, discrimination, domestic violence, etc. are not "fixable" in isolation. They are all inter-related.

Not only are they connected, they all have the same root causes. They are not all caused by some inherent flaw in human nature, society's structure, or "just the way things are".

Social problems are caused by the monetary system and its feeder, cyclical consumption. The phenomena of consumerism and the planned obsolescence that keep the monetary system and cyclical consumption alive create the social problems that, ironically, we throw ridiculous amounts of money at in order to try and fix them.

If you don't believe this, think about why we never manage to find a solution to these problems. Imagine buckets of water that, no matter how much water we pour in it, keep emptying. We then try different coloured water yet, still, the buckets won't stay full. Different temperatures, different flavours, different pressures of water — nothing keeps the buckets full. In fact, they start emptying faster and faster.

What's going on?

Well, the buckets are old and have holes in them. Because they are old and rotting the holes are getting bigger. In fact, the different chemicals used to change the colour and flavour, the different temperatures and pressures — all these are weakening the buckets, creating splits and more holes. The buckets are decaying and getting worse.

Rather than attending to the buckets, we are obsessed only with keeping them full. We think the only solution is to keep the buckets full and that the only way to do that is to put in more water, different types and in different ways. It doesn't occur to us that the water and the types and methods of water replacement are actually worsening the situations, not bettering them.

Somehow we think the water is the problem, the methods are the problem, even the people filling the buckets are the problem. But those are not the problems.

If the emptying of the buckets are social problems, the means by which we are trying to solve them are futile. Until we realise the buckets are flawed — they may need to be made of different materials, or perhaps need to be different vessels — bottles, boxes or maybe bags — we won't stop the emptying (social problems).

And the water, which is worsening the condition of the buckets, is the very thing we are trying to fix them with.

The water is money and the buckets are the monetary system and its perpetuator, the cyclical consumption. The decay of the buckets cause the social problems and, we're not aware of it.

If you look at the heart of every social issue, wealth inequality is the cause. Having too much money, or, most often, too little creates problems. And the over-abundance or lack of money determines the ability to consume — either too much, as is the case with Trump, or too little — crime, poverty, violence (though these are not necessarily mutually exclusive).

Until we widen our gaze from keeping the buckets full and see the problem for what it really is — flawed vessels — we will continue to make matters worse.

It's crucial to start talking about the buckets, rather than the water and filling of them. The buckets are the bigger picture. The water and filling methods are the current events.

Which is more important to you?

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