Hitting the end of our tolerance
The words in the video above were written and spoken by Charlie Chaplin in 1940 in the movie "The Great Dictator". It might seem as if nothing essential has changed since these words were spoken and from that perspective things might seem discouraging. What will open the door to change is connected to our hitting the end of our tolerance.
For a long time humanity has exhibited greediness of all kinds. That greed opened the door to the exploitation of everybody and everything for personal gain without regard for the damage it left in its wake. Greed is not who and what we are but it is how we have behaved. Greed is like a parasite. It attaches itself to a host and when it has finished consuming its host it runs out of food and then dies of starvation. The parasite of greed ends up in self destruction.
One of the most powerful forces within us is the will to survive. It can be seen in a tree when its roots cling to the side of a mountain in order to sustain its access to the earth which provides it with food. It can be seen in an animal that goes into hibernation in order to preserve its energy and its resources. We can observe the will to survive within all living things.
It is difficult not to see that if we continue down the path of greed we will end up destroying ourselves and because greed is not who we are but it is how we have behaved we can change our behavior and come into alignment with what is more in tune to our true nature.
There are people who are in positions of power who are greedy and who are so deeply identified with greed that they believe that greed is who they are and not just an idea that they have believed in and have invested themselves in and that they have allowed to consume them. They are unable to let go of greed because they see it as the death of themselves and therefore they see greed as the only means to their survival. They believe if they stop being greedy they won't survive. They are going to find it difficult to change because they have embodied a self destructive parasitic kind of behavior. But the people who are aware of the suffering that is caused under this way of being and behaving and who can see where this is heading understand the urgency and the necessity for change. They understand that our survival depends on our capacity and our willingness to change.
We have the power to create robots and we have the power to create happiness and if we are going to be able to create happiness it will have to be through systems and structures that are inclusive and that honor our humanity and that also honor the well being of the earth. We are an interwoven interdependent whole therefore we can no longer continue to behave as if we are separate.
Refusing to recognize that we are interdependent and interconnected would enable us to continue to justify the exploitation of everything for personal gain without regard for the consequences. We are experiencing the consequences and the consequences are intolerable. This makes it clear that we must change direction.
When we hit the end of our tolerance we are finished. We have hit the end. Nothing will be left and we will have no willingness to go backwards. When enough people have hit the end of their tolerance the balance of power changes and that change in the balance of power will lead us to realize exactly what will be needed in order for us to not only survive but to thrive. The space that was once filled with the attempt to tolerate that which was intolerable would now be empty and there would be an open and available space where it would be possible to participate in the creation of something new.
We are now hitting the end of our tolerance because we are seeing the ways of the past as unacceptable and unsustainable and that is opening up the door that will enable us to evolve as we become more aware of the need to move in a new direction. Those who are hitting the end of their tolerance and are ready for a change in direction are in harmony with what is needed at this time in human history. The time for change has come.
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