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Analysis of the Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma". What is the real problem?

At the 3-minute mark in Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma”, the narrator asks each of the guests, “What is the problem?” One by one, they are silent, speechless—as if looking for one word to describe the problem. There is a word to describe the real problem of social media. The word is “ego”.

The world is in the grip of ego. People use social media not to tell their truths or present an honest image; rather, to craft and project a false image. They use the tool not to strengthen bonds; rather, to be right or better than others. Furthermore, people become addicted to social media as an escape from lives of separation and loneliness.

When I was young, everyone was talking about the terrible effects of TV. We only had a few channels, with only a few shows that everybody watched. In different cultures around the world, TV shows determined what we talked about and defined the “normal” that we all tried to conform to at work and school. Yes, we were addicted, we were advertised to, and we fell for it. Isn’t social media only a continuation of this problem?

If anything, social media is less of a problem than the TV, newspaper, and radio. At least here we can express ourselves—reaching people with our art and ideas. Here we can form genuine relationships, reconnect with long lost friends and family, and efficiently stay updated on each other’s lives. If used wisely, the side-effects are minimal and there is no problem. The problem is that the ego is never wise.

Absent of ego, we approach social media with an open heart and mind. We share our truths unfiltered—showing real pictures and videos in the flow of life. We are perfectly open and honest about who we are. We come with the intention to love everyone, apologizing when we fail. The ego cannot do any of this, of course, and this is the problem. The problem is not the media; it is within.

Mainstream culture has gone completely insane. A normal flu is exposing the full extent of the insanity—and a large part of the problem is the 24/7, always-on social media that redistributes and dissects all the fear and thought-control coming from the centralized media and governments. But without ego, we remain absent of fear.

Without ego, the ads don’t persuade you and the algorithms can’t figure you out or trick you. Without ego, you are in control of your social media experience. You know that all authority flows from within and all wisdom and power flows from perfect love. But cling to ego and remain lost in fear, confusion, conflict, and isolation.

We can say the problem is social media; but no social media can be designed so well that it would save us from the problem of ego. Until the ego loses its grip, social media will amplify the problem and we can be glad that it does.

Only as a problem becomes increasingly obvious and unbearable are we inspired to fix it. The fix is the Consciousness Revolution, which will arise when the majority do what the few already have—transcend a meaningless life of suffering by destroying the ego.

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Forgiveness is always the sane and correct response

To forgive is to see something wrong as only a mistake. If an error has been made, even if it is not fixed and there is no apology at all, forgiveness is always the sane and correct response. This doesn't mean you have to go along with a person or situation that you are not inspired to go along with, but the "sin" is not an offense against you to be taken personally.

So what exactly is sin? Sin is where love is not. Anything done in perfect love cannot be an error because love is perfectly honest, open, sensitive, eternally loyal, understanding, giving, and accepting. Within the thought system of love, it is impossible to sin. Sin is only possible when you forget about love as your core value and faith; when you follow the external world's insane lessons instead.

Because so few people have learned unconditional love, the world is filled with sin. The world teaches us that to easily forgive is to let someone off the hook and condone a sinful behavior. But what is the alternative to forgiveness? Non-forgiveness? Non-forgiveness means condemning a person, punishing, attacking in some way, or withdrawing love. Does it make sense to punish someone who is acting without love by withdrawing love?

When there is a genuine willingness, it is entirely possible to correct error. But correction cannot happen if there is attack or punishment because non-forgiveness insanely teaches that the real problem (withdrawal of love) is the solution. If there is non-forgiveness, the problem cannot be solved because the conditions of lovelessness are perpetuated and the ground remains fertile for terrible, disgusting behavior.

This isn't about holding someone guilty, labeling a person as bad, and then speaking the language of forgiveness when it isn't in your heart. If there is any chance of correcting the error of sin, we need to learn to see past the error not as who a person is; rather, a simple, correctable error a person has made. Anything less than total forgiveness is an attempt to make error so real that it is an identity. How can a person change when you have made their error their identity?

By the way, learning the art of forgiveness means starting with yourself. If there is anything you feel guilty of or ashamed of, if there is anything you have not forgiven yourself for, you can now give yourself permission to do so. You can love yourself unconditionally, creating the space in your heart to easily make things right, tell the truth, and to walk the bravest and truest path of all: love.

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Life is beautiful and fun. It need not be taken so seriously

I fell in love with basketball in the 7th grade. Nobody forced me into it, this was my decision. From that point on, I spent 2-3 hours a day practicing every single day until I was the best around. Sure, I had huge dreams and ambitions that were ultimately never quite fulfilled. But who cares? I was just having so much fun all the while. Basketball was mine and it was magic.

Beauty is what we are all capable of when we follow our inspirations and do what excites us. Of course, we all need money and we all need to do some work. But when we understand that work has a higher purpose, when we understand why we are doing it, we can approach even the most grueling work as a free person choosing our own path. No matter how the day is going, we can adopt a positive attitude and walk the higher path.

Outside of work, let’s give ourselves permission to do only what we find exciting and inspiring. We can extend that same freedom and encouragement to our children and loved ones. I want to inspire my children to choose their own sports or art forms. I can support their growth and development in a positive way so that there is never any pressure.

When my children go out into the world—when dealing with teachers at school, coaches, friends, bullies—my job as a parent is to let them know that I am on their side. I will never side with the teacher or coach. That’s their relationship. My job is to love them unconditionally at home and create a relationship we can all enjoy. If I succeed in this mission, if they feel my love and know that love is real in the world, they will have the power and confidence to navigate their own situations and relationships. They can handle it, and I need not interfere.

The world tries to beat us up and the path through life can sometimes seem grueling. But we are always free. We can follow our inspiration. We can approach work and school with a positive attitude; with an understanding of the reasons we are doing it, keeping that higher purpose front and center even as we also know that, in eternity, none of this really means anything.

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Did you know that the word “atonement” means “at one”?

To atone (at-one) is to be at one, or in union. The word describes a state in which you no longer perceive yourself as separate from other people, from God, or from the universe.

Christians normally use the word to mean something like “confess your sins, humble yourself, come to church and acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.” But this is not the real meaning of the word. This version is not even atonement because, to start with, a person using the word in this way is suggesting that we ought not to be at one with other faiths.  

The real meaning of the word points to real salvation. A person living in a state of atonement is honest about everything all the time and is no longer split into pieces. Here there is no perception of duality, no good versus evil, everything is one and is part of the greater good pervading everything.

Atonement is a state of being that is beyond thought and aligned with perfect love. Here there is no sin because sin is only the error of thinking and doing without love. 

To live in the state of atonement is to experience joy and peace as normal and ongoing. It is to respond to inspiration within, to live in such a way that you are wide open to people. You can easily experience whatever is happening externally because none of it has the power to shake you or bring you down.

To atone for your sins means to end the errors of ego and live at one, in truth. This is salvation, escape from ego, awakening to consciousness, or spiritual awakening—a state of union, oneness that is beyond all words and concepts.

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Can you feel the “I am” that you are this moment?

A spiritually awakened person is someone who has learned not to lose that connection with awareness each moment. Everything happening in any situation, any thoughts of past and future—this is all going on in the background of life. Front and center of your awareness is always the present moment—now.

Noticing everything around you—the sights, sounds, textures, colors—helps you to become more aware of now, but even this isn’t the ultimate reality of now. This is still the background.

Try it now. Look around the room for a few seconds. Can you feel this moment becoming more silent and still? Can you feel that here is all the power? Here exists all of reality, now and eternally.

Most people fail to seize the power of now because they are waiting for some imaginary point in the future. As Eckhart Tolle explains, “it is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.”

The power of the present moment is also denied when we believe we are limited by the past. But the past is not here, and neither is the future. These are only ideas, concepts, and they are never exactly true because our minds cannot grasp the entirety of reality—which only exists here, now.

Some of the present reality is visible to you here, most of it is beyond your physical perception because it spans the entire universe. Always moving, but it is all here as we move and adjust with it…now…the only field where everything is happening, will happen, and ever has happened.

Join everyone in your life here. Stay here as you feel each movement, enjoy each step, notice each feeling inside you. Become aware of your breath and observe each thought. It isn’t your mind doing this. This is the real you—the conscious observer of your mind and your senses, who is inhabiting your body during life in this dimension.

Through a meditation practice and a basic spiritual practice, you can live in such a way that you are never pulled away from the present moment—the dimension where you are easily able to access all power. All the stuff of life will be allowed to happen, but now it is happening around you, for you, as you live in this peaceful stillness, greater comfort, and safety.

Here you are more effective, make better decisions, and get everything done calmly. No matter what you are doing, you never get worked up or pulled away from that natural state of joy. You never become ill and remain vital even into old age because your body is functioning properly. Here you are fully alive and unafraid even of death. Life is better here.

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The psychological term “projection” explains a lot about what is going on in the world today

To project is to subconsciously hate something about yourself—something that you have not quite come to terms with—and then attempt to rid yourself of it by throwing it on another guilty party. This never works.

How can we purge something from ourselves—or throw it outside of ourselves—by making so much noise about it? By doing so, you merely extend the concept from you out into the world, encouraging others to see your hatred of that trait or concept as your identity.

To get angry or worked up about someone else’s traits or behaviors is only possible when we first recognize what it is. The only way to recognize something is to first be familiar with it on a personal level.

The person slut-shaming someone wants a better sex life so badly he or she is angry about it. The person who hates Trump is taking part in a toxic relationship with him as an identity.

The African American community—a community that has seen so much self-inflicted violence—externalizes this by becoming entirely obsessed with police brutality (though this should never happen either). The same can be said about the police—many of them have violent tendencies which they hate about themselves, so they project that violence upon a minority rather than looking within and confronting their own demons.

Many Christians, rather than simply teaching the lessons of Jesus Christ, would rather damn those to hell who do not take his name as their Lord and Savior. This, too, is the externalization of their own lack of faith—which bothers them to the point of outrage.

The homophobe hates his or her own homosexual feelings. Maybe it can also be said that the homosexual person who strongly hates homophobes also hates something about his or her homosexuality.

The angry mask proponent strongly fears illness and death and hates him or herself for it. The angry anti-masker fears his or her own tendency to follow rules, and attempts to externalize this by blaming an enemy.

A healthy person—one who knows the self and has honestly looked within—is not bothered by the error and false opinions of others. That which has no truth has no power over you. To give someone else’s words, actions, or traits any power is to admit that it is also in you—and you hate yourself for it. Better to just accept whatever it is you do feel and what you do want.  Come to terms with you, your life, and your community.

Could it be that what we are fighting externally is an issue we need to solve within? To understand and openly talk about this concept is perhaps to initiate healing by learning to deal with and accept our own truths about ourselves in an honest way. When this is done, the errors and opinions of others no longer are recognizable and, therefore, no longer trigger an emotional reaction. We can see it for what it is—projection—which is a terrible, unnecessary, ineffective form of violence practiced by those who would do anything but look in the mirror honestly.

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The world’s definition of success is to win the battle against yourself. Think about how insane such a victory would be.

If you sacrifice more, fight harder, work yourself to the point of exhaustion, and if you play your roles flawlessly; then the treasures of security, riches, fame, approval, and recognition are supposedly yours, right? Isn’t this the world’s basic lesson?

Because we know how impossible this battle is, we admire those who achieve worldly success very much. But what exactly are we admiring, and what exactly is everyone trying to defeat?

This is a battle where we attempt to think, say, and do exactly the opposite of how we feel, who we are, and what we would like to do. Why would anyone want to win this war? What could possibly be won in a victory over ourselves?

Is a true victory found in the defeat of the self, or in the full alignment with it? The true self—our life force within, our divine love, our endless creativity, passion, and desire to be free (all those honestly embarrassing truths that we have been taught to hide and repress)—success is what happens when this part of us shines and when we stop carrying the weight of all those dimming expectations of the world.

Success, by the world’s definition, would be death to the self—to the real me and the real you. The path only seems bearable to the extent that we fail. If it were even possible to succeed completely, by the world's definition, it would be no success at all.

This is what Jesus spoke about when he referred to gaining the world but losing the soul. All value is in the soul, spirit, the life force within, consciousness—this is who we are. We create value not by hiding this self; rather, by extending it through loving creation and service. This is true success because it brings not only material abundance and recognition, but also ongoing joy and everything we do want.  

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I love you as you are

You might think I don’t know you well enough to say this, but I do love you as you are. Whatever it is you might be struggling with; I’ve struggled with it too. Whatever the sins you might believe you made; I’ve made them too.

Whatever you tell yourself is wrong with you; I’ve told myself the same things. Whatever state of depression you might be in, whatever doubt, hopelessness, or despair, whatever fears may be keeping you up at night, whatever you feel you have to hide from people, whatever you really think about people, however mad you get, however you struggle with forgiveness or acceptance; I’ve been there and done that.

Yet somehow, miraculously, I learned to love myself. Therefore I know how to love you in just the same way. I remember the moment I learned to see past all this, to grab hold of that dim ray of light inside and let it grow, and I realized in an instant that none of this was ever the truth about me—nor is it about you.

With me, there is nothing you have to hide, nothing you have to be, no way you have to change—I love you unconditionally, right now, and forever.

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So we’ve come to a fork in the road

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Before 2020 and the so-called pandemic, it felt like the road was straight and steady. It was never exactly a smooth ride and the views were not great, but we were traveling it for such a long time that it all felt so familiar.  

Then came a fork in the road. Even as all the so-called leaders and their unquestioning followers are pointing us clearly toward the paved road on the left, deep down we are questioning whether it is the way.

Gazing down this road, every sign appears incomprehensible, senseless, and confusing. We are told to trust our old guides, to believe they know what they are doing as they continue to assure us that this is the path to safety. And yet, all we see when we look in this direction is insanity with no end.

Is this not a road to nowhere, paved with fear? In truth, they are offering us only violence, confusion, sacrifice, and sickness. This is not like the road we have been on, and not one we would wish to take if there were a choice.

Thankfully, there is a choice. To the right, there is another direction. This road is paved with love. Here, the signs teach us always to forgive ourselves and others, to be our good selves and have fun, to accept reality, to speak honestly and seek truth, to enjoy each moment, to celebrate beauty, to live in perfect health, to create abundance by serving one another in freedom and inspiration, and to teach love to all those along the way who do not know what love is.

The right path is not a fearful road or a difficult journey, so it should not be a difficult decision at all. But it is unfamiliar.

A real choice must be made. Now that we can no longer go straight ahead, we all must choose either the path of ego on the left or the path of unconditional love on the right.

Thankfully, there is some time to learn about these two different roads, and time to contemplate this decision. But there is not much time, and the wrong choice could be deadly.

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