bcarter at igc.org
Thu Sep 9 12:21:26 MDT 2010
Here is something I wrote on this topic in 2005:
Many of the problems that we deal with in the world can be traced to
the structures that we have created and empowered to act on our
behalf. We create these structures, empower them and then they take
on a life of their own. The structures we created become our masters
instead of our servants as we originally intended.
Lao Tzu wrote:
When people lost sight of the way to live
Came codes of love and honesty,
Learning came, charity came,
Hypocrisy took charge;
When differences weakened family ties
Came benevolent fathers and dutiful sons;
And when lands were disrupted and misgoverned
Came ministers commended as loyal.
When we loose confidence in our ability to manifest what we need, we
build structures to provide for these needs. These structures can be
buildings or they can be institutions like corporations, governments
or religions. Out of our fear we build these structures so that they
will endure without change to provide that which we no longer believe
we can provide for ourselves.
One of the primary characteristics of life is change. Structure is
created to resist change. When we think of changing structure we
often think in terms of creating new structures to change the old.
This often results in two structures battling for control with living
things being the losers.
We saw this when a constitutional structure was created to overcome
royal and religious structures. Now we are seeing corporate
structures working to take over the constitutional structure. All of
these structures ended up being suppressive.
At a certain point, many of the social and economic structures we
have built take on a sort of life of their own. They seek to
perpetuate themselves by cornering the market on certain of our
needs. When these structures get very large and powerful a few of
them may try to totally control our access to food, energy, health
care, shelter, clothing or free choice.
Structure typically uses certain tactics to gain and maintain
control. Limitation and control of necessary resources is one of
these tactics. By controlling necessities for life, structure can
gain control over us. Thus if a structure controls our access to
food, energy, health care, shelter, clothing or free choice that
structure can effectively control us. On the other hand, the more we
are in control of our own source of supply in these areas the less
power we will be giving to structure.
Some scientific and religious structures would prefer to have us
believe that the nature of God, the universe and everything is
essentially structured and changeless. The structure of science tells
us that immutable physical laws control our lives and that scientific
structure is necessary to bring us the benefits of food, health and
energy. The structure of religion tells us that we must believe only
in one version of one book and that the religious structure (church)
must mediate any connection we might want to develop with God, the
universe and everything. Both structures foster these beliefs in
order to obtain and maintain control.
Corporate structures tend to try to control us (their "consumers") by
threatening to take away those things which they provide and which
they have taught us that we cannot provide for ourselves. Structures
use fear as their greatest ally.
As corporate, governmental and religious structures grow very large
and powerful they tend to loose track of the other needs of the
people they were built to serve. They also tend to maximize short
term "profit" by "mining" resources without consideration of
sustainability. Supply lines tend to get longer, more interdependent
and more fragile.
Our food supply capability is a good example of this. The small,
local, family farm has given way to large, distant corporate farms.
These large farms are much more dependent on petroleum for running
equipment and for shipping food to the distant consumer. As nearby
petroleum is "mined" out, the supply lines for it grow longer and
more difficult to support and defend. The large corporate farms also
become more and more dependent on chemical poisons and fertilizers to
maintain production levels because they have depleted ("mined") the
mineral productivity of the soil.
As nearby soil is depleted we must go further and further to find
productive land. This same scenario has been repeated over and over
by every city-based civilization in the past. At some point the
supply lines and profit margins are stretched so thin that the
smallest disruption can bring the entire structure to the ground. We
saw something like this happen with the airline industry after 9-11.
Structure is not alive and can become hostile to life. All of the
world's great spiritual teachers have opposed existing structures and
suggested ways to change them. They say that we do not need to
believe that we are dependent on structures to supply our needs. We
should not serve structure; structure should serve us.
So, if building new structures is not the best way to bring about
change in old structures what are some good ways?
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With kindest regards,
<bcarter at igc.org>
Baker City, Oregon 97814
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"What you think upon grows. Whatever you allow to occupy your mind
you magnify in your life. Whether the subject of your thought be good
or bad, the law works and the condition grows. Any subject that you
keep out of your mind tends to diminish in your life, because what
you do not use atrophies. The more you think of grievances, the more
such trials you will continue to receive; the more you think of the
good fortune you have had, the more good fortune will come to you."
--Emmet Fox from Make Your Life Worthwhile, 1942
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