The Age of Political Conditioning

07/09/2016 03:04 pm ET
BONDING & BELONGING Leadership LLC

Is it possible that we are immune, that we condition others while simultaneously allowing ourselves to succumb to conditioning by people, by organisations, by communities, by societies, by states and by policy makers? Could it perhaps be possible that we condition others or allow ourselves to be conditioned because we are traumatised by overwhelming economic, social and political events and other dramatic incidents that jeopardise our security, challenge our inner-self, shake up our well-being and even question our purpose of life?

 

We keep failing to accept the real truth of social, economic and political conflicts and therefore choose to condition others or accept being conditioned by others, to find superficial security – what we call modern lifestyle. In fact, we no longer realise that we are all actually being trapped into another form of manipulation, letting the powerful ones de-regulate policy making and self-regulate the economic system for their own advantage.  What should be a government by the people, for the people has evolved into a government by the rich and influential, for the rich and influential

Not surprisingly, we experience a crescendo of inequality even among industrial countries, where social mobility is rather low and continuous manipulation and exploitation of society is increasing: workers struggle to find a decent job. That is why political lobbying has increased in recent decades by powerful corporates who ‘tactfully’ manipulate policy makers to self-serve their propaganda and ease their way to higher profits. “Welcome to modern, legal socialism for the rich and influential ones” – a system which we are glorifying today. So why are we so superficial about this? So laissez-faire?

It results from this enormous inner-insecurity we have cultivated among us over decades, which now traps us. We don’t realise we actually have far more options than are seemingly apparent. Because we feel cornered and see no way out, we accept an increase of doubt, insecurity, uncertainty and indecisiveness. We live hesitantly, limiting our alternatives until we succumb to this conditioning of ourselves and others. Under such circumstances it is therefore not surprising that we have re-designed reality, questioning the classical school of economics – not the way reality is, but the way we like to see what reality should be.

Championed by a small exclusive circle of viscous global influencers who dominate policy making, who enabled financial institutions to become influential powerhouses but which has now resulted in enormous global repercussions, negatively impacting global society.  

A gambling-attitude has spread across global society making us dependent and accepting of being conditioned and conditioning others.

No wonder we keep embracing vast immorality in politics and economics, which today goes hand in hand with the fact that more and more influential people don’t bother other than to keep grasping for decadence and self-interests, squandering the future of social stability and social well-being for the next generation. No longer do we want to explore, discover and experience nourishing the good for others and the next generation – but we want only for us, and now! We have opted for a perpetuating system of self-interest. This is now penetrating the entire planet so that we keep doing what we do best:  dominating, conditioning and making each other dependent!

This level of denial has now escalated into poor social awareness. Perhaps it’s a transition from denial of the known to the unknown to severe conditioning of ourselves.  While we often think we know the price, we rarely comprehend the value inherent in doing things the way we do.  This creates conflict, dividing society, an underlying duality which results in dependency and ultimately a bleak loneliness. Because we are so inconsistent, paradoxical and unstable, we seek social stability, peace, well-being and immortality. But at the same time we tend to invent new ways to dominate, manipulate and destroy our togetherness, our closeness and our social bonding, and in fact, even justify the acceleration of these attitudes.

When we accept that plundering becomes a way of life for a minority of people, they naturally create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that can actually authorise this behaviour with a new moral code. How is it possible that the rich and influential generate profit by cooking the books? Or in other words, when profits have not been generated from an ordinary revenue stream, but by luring people into a system that enables them to make lucrative profits by reducing and diversifying their risks and passing them along to the ones who actually created profit from purposeful and meaning-oriented products and services that make sense for society? Bear in mind that this is a kind of fraud, hoax and scam, ironically perfectly legal and glorified by the financial and political global community. Today 97% of monies available on the global market is simply debt. How long will it take until all money returns to its intrinsic value – zero?

Because we don’t understand it, we have accepted this – to be manipulated, to be conditioned – and we continue speculating that such a current system is needed to afford such high lifestyles, economic stability and social balance as well as grand levels of democracy. Sadly, we don’t realise that we are all made dependent and deplorably conditioned, because financial institutions, bankers, lawyers, the treasury and the State who all act in unison to soothe us, telling us that all is going the right way, assuring us that we need to keep nourishing the system. The question is, then, for whom are things actually going in the right direction?

As long as we are convinced that the problems we are facing can only be solved by expanding our current resources, by making the global pie bigger, by maintaining de-regulations and re-designing rules that serve only a minority, protecting their wealth and further increasing their influence and authority,  a  global disaster from which we will not recuperate is imminent. Resources will be more constrained, more depleted. And yet we condition and keep dominating the ones who compete against us, something we never considered to be prepared for. Quite the opposite, we should actually be building ways to share social stability, increasing mutual global commonality, cultivating equality, and supporting and cultivating fairness, integrity and honesty.

We overindulge ourselves to over-celebrate this momentum, to let the world know that we are great, even though we don’t feel it anymore. So we go out searching for it and hence we are so convinced to condition ourselves and others to make each other dependent and to grow our inner-selves. Fact is, we can never get enough of what we don’t really need. What is needed now is a strong persuasive conviction of moral values, mindful virtues and integrity that support the genuine outcome across society world-wide.

No wonder the public is confused, querying why policy makers in the USA and UK and other European countries made all this happen. It’s not surprising that British voters made it clear to the establishment, the royal family, the British elite as well to the European Union that the people do not want to support a centralised system that is not genuinely altruistic, but one that rather supports bankers, lawyers and financial institutions. This situation gives rise to the challenge of the democratic system and perhaps even gives way to shake up the entire European continent, because it is a recognition that political flaws contribute toward economic, social and political unbalance, weakening the entire system and jeopardising the good for the people. How is it possible that so many corporations in developing countries are making so much money from underdeveloped countries without ever being tasked to face up to this? And this is not questioned by any judicial system? So is it possible that this problem is systemic?  

Today we have a bleak situation in which people are driven to do things they are reluctant to do. But because they feel terribly misunderstood as they watch the continuous misjudging occurring across their country, this now jeopardises their work, their life and their social well-being.

We must simply realise – and I mean this adamantly! – that it is high time to re-think political leadership!  It is time that governments become more frugal and reasonable and serve their citizens so that the people feel secure, inspired and at ease and can have a good life. Governments must cease from backing a minority of influential stake holders – corporations, speculators and policy makers – who exploit the system. As long the banking empires, backed by policy makers, are continuously increasing profit maximisation, luring questionable debt-deals, the West will continue to export injustice, turning this into a greater-than-ever problem as millions of global citizens will be displaced, terrorism will thrive, and neo-colonialism will seem the only way forward.

As long we keep increasing our efforts toward material attachment, the more we will foster a system of individual conditioning. And we will soon all fall under an umbrella of global conditioning.

This offers a huge opportunity we all should grasp and make use of it no longer following profit maximisation, but perhaps creating purpose maximisation.

Bear in mind, as long as we continue, conditioning one other we will never enjoy a balanced, global society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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