Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Paradigms That Keep Us Trapped

These are just a few of the accepted paradigms in society today. Read over each one, and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is it true?
  2. Is it healthy?
  3. Can it change?
  4. What can I do to make it change?

Here are some of the commonly held paradigms held in America:
  1. Worldwide financial institutions (aka banks) are too big to fail.
  2. Bankers and corporate executives are too powerful to go to prison for their crimes.
  3. If our corporations were allowed to fall apart and go bankrupt, our whole world would erupt in chaos.
  4. We need an infinite number of rules and laws so we don't harm others.
  5. American medicine is the most advanced in the world.
  6. We need to find cures for cancer.
  7. Quality healthcare is expensive.
  8. It takes a lot of time and costs a lot of money to eat healthy in America.
  9. It is important to earn a living, even if it means working a menial job that does not use my talents and abilities.
  10. Paying taxes is a necessary evil.
  11. Those we elect to office have the power to improve society.
  12. We are free so we have the duty to make sure the rest of the world is also free.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. It is designed to get the ball rolling, so to speak, and make you ask questions about many of the norms we accept as truth. I don't believe anything is absolute. The process of growth and expansion relies on asking new questions because questions have the ability to wake us up to new and unique perspectives. When we begin to question our everyday paradigms, we have the ability to expand our worlds past the world we presently find ourselves in. It is time for change. Are you ready to shift?

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