Can 6.5 Billion Humans Find Happiness?

August 15, 2007 at 9:53 pm 6 comments

Yogananda Paramhansa

I was just reading Paramahansa Yogananda‘s “How to Be Happy All The Time”. Yup, I’m a spiritual guy, and I believe we are at the point just before we head into a new period of either:

1) Harmony with one another and mother earth
2) Complete and total destruction

I’m not sure how a mix of the two would look, but I must wonder: Can 6.5 billion people be happy?

After all, the people dying every day from bombs, starvation, disease, and other assortments of unfair circumstances must not be happy. But are the people who ignore such suffering to watch the latest episode of whatever on mindless TV happy either?

When one realizes that happiness is more a state of mind rather than tally of possessions, it often is a moment of clarity allowing a person to step outside of themselves to examine the real world. There are poor people with very little that pity miserable kings with golden castles. Seriously.. don’t we have enough stuff already?

We are using up too much of the earth. The real world we live in does not care about your beliefs or mine. The real world, however, does rely on a certain set of natural rules that goes something along the lines of “Don’t shit in your own nest“.

My brothers and sisters, we have been pooping a lot, since the discovery of agriculture and locomotives. And while the capitalists of the world would very much enjoy for you to keep consuming, we have pretty much messed up the planet and overpopulated the place.

There are too many people that don’t care about enough other people. Too many selfish folks on the planet to stop the aggression – and when the news announces that we’re gearing up to attack Iran and no one even cares to protest… wow. I guess since congress told Americans to screw themselves and the current leadership is set on more military adventures… we have just given up and gone back to our TV dinners.

Just for the record, we could have tried a lot harder. “I had to take the kids to school” or “There’s nothing we can do about it” are piss poor excuses, and you should be ashamed.

Am I out of line here? Are people waking up, or is this world headed for constant warfare over oil and water, bringing on untold billions of deaths? Is anyone out there?

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  • 1. Erica  |  August 16, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    I think both; people all over the world are waking up, but it’s spreading too slowly for my taste. I truly hope that the Mayans knew what they were talking about (and in 2012 we will all reach higher consciousness), ’cause otherwise we’re all pretty screwed.

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  • 2. Nabha  |  August 17, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    I think it could definitely be both, too — even the increasing trouble we’re getting into could be the result of a “higher” consciousness in the sciences.

    Maybe we understand material things better, but haven’t all understood spiritual things — like harmony and peace — better. But some people understand them better. It’s just that the understanding is unevenly distributed.

    Yogananda himself actually said that a horrible cataclysm was coming, and that America would have half as much money, but would be more spiritual.

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  • 3. peakoilboy  |  August 17, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Here’s one for you…

    I went to the doctor yesterday… told him that I’m trying to help people make changes to help avoid that cataclysm… that the fight for energy is on, and that he must be losing his ass in the stock market.

    Well, he had just checked his stocks before checking in on me, and this is beautiful… he said “Well, I guess I should go start setting the sights on my guns”.

    I so very much want to believe people would change if they knew we needed to reduce consumption and put limits on population in order to prevent our own destruction… but the prevailing attitude it seems is a selfish “take care of me and my family only” attitude.

    Wow… as if we aren’t one family on the planet? Apparently the most dysfunctional family ever.

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  • 4. True Warner  |  August 20, 2007 at 9:02 am

    People are waking up — slowly I’m afraid. Very more will wake up after they suffer greatly from some unraveling of civilization or life-support systems. That’s where we come in to give them proper information and suggest responses so they don’t react in a bad way. Showing movies like What a Way To Go and How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. And building lifeboats. But I’m trying to get that information across right now even if people hate me for it.

    Speaking of Spirituality:

    “Life is not given to us that we might live idly without work. No, our life is a struggle and a journey. Good should struggle with evil; truth should struggle with falsehood; freedom should struggle with slavery; love should struggle with hatred. Life is a movement, a walk along the way of life to the fulfillment of those ideals which we illuminate with our intellect and hearts.” -Leo Tolstoy

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  • 5. Matt  |  August 22, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    The change is happening its spreading but even those who understand the situation cannot predict or prepare what could happen. The whole issue points to so many others namely poor education and understanding of science and engineering, lack of decent sex education and birth control, economic unfairness, lack of understaning of the ecosystems and environment, whilst it is tempting to blame these various problems on religion and the media there is a deeper human problem. The only reason we exist is that our ancestors literaly killed each other for survivial and consumed all they could. The solutions come from deep within all of us recognising the difference between wants and needs. Of course strong government action wouldnt go amiss but the crux of the matter is any change in our ‘way of life’ would crash the already sensitive economy, but since it is doomed anyway is it not better to address the larger issue. Would be a very brave but legendary pollitician who stood up and actually highlighted the issue and to give possible solutions :O that would be unthinkable.

    If global warming puts your head in the ground peak oil is going to F you in the A!!

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  • 6. deliberately  |  September 1, 2007 at 4:12 am

    Keep up the conversation. We’re listening and despite a lot of evidence to the contrary there is change afoot. But to your point, it’s coming very slowly, I’m afraid. A wake-up call may be required to get many people tuned in to the realities we are facing.

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