What if Game of Thrones was a metaphor for today’s world?

In Game of Thrones, the different houses fight each other to get the throne, but instead they could be banding together to fight a much bigger threat: the white walkers. I think we’re in a similar situation. We have all the political parties fighting for a seat in power and countries fighting each other for resources. But we could be banding together to fight a bigger threat: the planet dying.

Our lives are tied to the well being of our planet, we depend on water, forests, deserts, oceans, fishing, breeding, farming. But instead we take all it has to give us and more, we don’t live in harmony with it.

This video shows how man has impacted the environment:

Capitalism has gone too far. Maybe money is the root of all evil? Russell Brand points out: either ditch capitalism and save the planet or ditch the planet and save capitalism.

I’m sick of the people in power not looking at the wider context. Caring more about money and staying in power than people and the planet.

These are some ideas I have about our dying planet:

Causes:
– Overpopulation
– Capitalism
– Wars

Direct results:
– Human and animal deaths
– Deforestation
– Fracking
– Pollution
– Climate change
– Housing shortage
– Job shortage

Indirect results:
– Terrorism
– Rioting
– Protesting
– Starvation
– Low quality of life
– Suicide

It’s not looking good for us all and future generations. We need to stop having wars, stop climate change, use renewable energy, make products using bio-degradable packaging, stop fracking and deforestation. We’re all going to die anyway, everything we attain is borrowed, just like our time here, let’s band together as humans and fight to save the planet, and explore space together.


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What’s more important to you: happiness and enjoyment or riches and status?

I think we should redefine the definition of success from monetary based to happiness. Would it be worth the risks to the economy? In my opinion it would, everyone would be happier generally, enjoy their lives more, have less regrets, follow their intuition more and we wouldn’t be destroying the planet. But society has heavily taught us that to be happy and successful we need to make the most money we possibly can and get big careers, or we’re ‘losers’, we’ve ‘failed’ at life.

In my opinion though, if working a part time, low waged job, makes you really happy (like Randy in Clerks working at the video store), then you ARE ‘successful’, you’ve ‘won’, well done, you’re doing what you want with your life. If you’re working at a store, and you hate it, then it’s not for you, you’re not following your intuition. And this doesn’t mean that it’s an unsuccessful or a bad way to live for someone else. One person’s heaven, is another person’s hell, and visa versa.

We’re unhappy because we think the grass is always greener, looking to celebrities and other people we compare ourselves to, to lead the way. I personally haven’t enjoyed my life so far at all because I’ve been striving for success and achieving things, so I resent society for tricking me into thinking that was more important than my happiness. Nothing is taught in schools about how to be happy and parents don’t help either, they want you to get the highest grades so you can secure a decent job, cos they believe the lie too. Also, according to The Guardian, Anxiety or depression affects nearly one in five UK adults. Could this be related to the chronic stress we’re under as humans living today?

Society defines success as being rich, famous and owning loads of stuff. It’s in the best interests of Capitalism to make people strive to be financially successful. If people are happy making little money, and you don’t have anything pushing you to want more for yourself and to be a ’success’, then we’ll be happy but the economy and people at the top milking us for money, will suffer.

So should we be selfish and make sure us and the people around us, enjoy our lives or should we be selfless and give our lives and happiness over to the economy that’s only friends with us for our money?

You can do what you want. Even if you chose a path, that you fall out of love with years later, you can pick another one. Nothing is set in stone, you can change any time. Same goes for falling out of love with people, ideas and religions. As long as you’re listening to your intuition, you can’t go wrong. The trick is – learning how to correctly interpret or know what your intuition is saying!

We can get pleasure from achieving, consuming and collecting in the moment and that’s okay. But if you’re life is defined only by what you’ve managed to achieve, consume or collect at the end, that’s a waste of life. There’s no point in being the richest man in the graveyard, or the one that needed just another year to achieve their goals, in order to be happy. I bet you would happier if you lived every moment as fully as you could, lived with authenticity, did what you wanted, followed your intuition and truly enjoyed yourself. How we spend and our life is how we spend and our moments. “Enjoy the moment because this is all you have. Create for tomorrow, but live in and for today.” – Robert Anthony

Live now, the time is now, this is it… don’t die never knowing what it feels like to be free. Don’t wait for happiness to come to you, because you’ll be wasting your life, time and energy in the meantime. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.” – John Lennon

So for a healthier society maybe we need to redefine success to be about being happy in life now. If you manage to enjoy your life, well done – you’re a success!Would this not be a society you’d want to live in?

Summary fuel:

  • Don’t let society or anyone dictate your happiness (“care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner”) – Lao Tzu
  • If you’re happy in life; you’ve made it, you’re successful (in my opinion)
  • Listen to your intuition, do what’s right for you, do what you want to do
  • Don’t compare your life to celebrities or anyone else, everyone is unique
  • Take inspiration from animals and children in how to live in the moment, do what you feel and enjoy life (at least 50% of the time)
  • We are all going to die and we can’t control when, so what do you want to do while you’re here?
*Update: When I say happiness i mean contentment. Happiness is often short-lived. It is often an attempt to overcome feelings of unhappiness. Contentment is a state in which you are at peace with yourself and the world, even if the world around you is not to your liking.

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“People choose the paths through life that have the greatest reward for the least effort – that’s the law of nature that’s hard to defy” ~ House MD

It’s a very natural thing in humans to do. Of course Some people defy this nature and instead work really hard, not thinking about a reward or recognition, because they might just love doing it. Like playing in a band that costs you money for equipment, practice time and to put on gigs but it’s your passion so you don’t mind the losses. Or someone who volunteers to help people less fortunate than them. That’s a lot of effort for no monetary reward, of course the reward for these things are happiness, enjoyment and fulfillment. It’s a different attitude and motive driving them. Or someone having a kid, is a hell of a lot of effort and risk but apparently it’s worth the reward.

Cases where it’s the greatest reward for the least effort would be where companies might re-boot an old film in an attempt to make money, when the film was awesome to begin with and didn’t need re-doing. But it’s the least effort cos it’s already been done, it’s just a refresh rather than from scratch. They don’t care about making history or creating meaning.

It’s a very capitalist attitude.

Like when a company makes houses as small as they can, as close together as they can, on their patch of land and do the least they can get away with in terms of regulations, materials, design etc. And you end up having 100 tiny houses instead of 50 really nice big ones, so they’ve double their profits. But something always needs to be sacrificed to get that and in my opinion it’s not worth it.

Maybe neither way is fully correct, but is good to assess and judge things on a individual, situation basis. “Everything in moderation” in my opinion, is a good way to live.

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“It doesn’t feed your soul, I’m still empty inside. The things you’re being offered can’t fill what we’re looking for.”

Russell Brand on consumerist western society and celebrity culture and how he’s been part of the charade but he’s awake now and wants to wake others too.

“Conservatism appeals to our selfishness and fear, our desire and self interest” He recognises qualities in himself of egotism, selfishness, lustfulness and because he recognises them in himself he would “prefer a culture that didn’t celebrate, exacerbate, stimulate the most negative aspects of our species, inculcate them, reward them financially till we get to a kind of cultural hysteria where we’re destroying the planet. It’s not like I feel like Tories are evil, it’s an evil system.”

I agree with him and I too am not fulfilled by what I’m told should make me happy by society and the media. For example: holidays, acquiring new things, money, promotions at work. What makes me happy are real experiences, connections to people, being in the moment and growing as a person.

Imagine if the majority of people “woke up” to these ideas and became truly self aware, we’d have a very different world I imagine. But the privileged people in power don’t want that, they want to keep us distracted with things like X Factor and Christmas hype. Books and films like ‘1984’, ‘The Matrix’ and ‘The Hunger Games’, show us what a dystopian future based on lies, manipulation, deceit and mass oppression could look like, where the rich have all the power, and where freedom and liberation are far from their grasp. Do you want that kind of future?

It seems to me, we’re heading down the wrong path. It’s currently very individualistic and not collectivistic, every man for himself. It’s very capitalist. I don’t think capitalism is all bad, but I don’t think it’s quite working either. And communism is too far the other way. Can we start something new that actually helps the planet and the people and distributes power among everyone?

We’re all human, all in this together, floating in space, every person has a right to freedom. I think Russell Brand is a beacon for good, in starting to help lead us away from the path of elite oppression. But how do you go about changing the system when the power isn’t in our hands….yet

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Psychopathic behaviour in society and the psychopath test #PsychopathNight

“Capitalism at its most ruthless – rewards psychopathic behavior: the lack of empathy, the glibness, cunning, manipulative. Capitalism could even be a physical manifestaion of psychopathy ” – Jon Ronson

Having psychopathic traits sounds like a fun way of living, to do what you want and not care about consequences, with all the money, charm and know how, to live a liberated existence. But there are draw backs like not being able to connect and relate well to others and live a life of meaning and depth. I wonder how many psychopaths are also extraverts and if there is a correlation. Because all the introverts I know are super conscientious and empathic.

According to the below documentary, psychopaths aren’t just serial killers but are lawyers, bankers, surgeons, salesmen and more. Their brains are wired up differently. They take risks, they love thrills, they feel much less fear, remorse, empathy and anxiety than “normal” people. They have no morals or conscience, a huge ego and a coolness under pressure.

What distinguishes lawyers, bankers, surgeons and salesmen from serial killers, is one key component – which is childhood trauma. The cause of such trauma could be physical, mental or sexual abuse, or they could have witnessed something traumatic. If it was an abusive mother – is she a psychopath too? With a lack of remorse and empathy? Quite possibly.So how do we stop serial killers forming? It’s probably impossible, but I wonder if it could be diminished somehow by making sure we know how to spot abuse early. Unfortunately you can’t vet parents to see if they’re fit to raise a child or might be abusive people. It’s no one’s place to control that, it’s free will. All you can do is help yourself not get hurt, by noticing psychopathic behavior and steer clear of those people.Take the test: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/psychopath-nightThe psychopath test

Watch the documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pROu77TvZzA