Take a fleeting moment to objectively observe your life up to the present moment through the lens of a neutral, impartial witness.
What do you see?
Who or What is the 'you' that's seeing?
And Who or What is the observer/observed?
Everything that we have experienced, learned, touched and been subjected to over the course of our lives, willfully or inadvertently, is a product of some kind of conscious or unconscious influence — collectively perpetuated by self-referential value-system presuppositions — reinforced by an endless proliferation of environmental stimulus. Interestingly, the fundamental paradox in understanding this is that we are the environment, and the environment is us.
No strand of the web of life is unaffected or uninfluenced to one degree or another by every molecule of code absorbed by the human organism's six-sense perception of reality.
Ultimately, What seems to be occurring is a fascinating, yet conflicting clash of two perspectives. On the surface — coming across as polarized perspectives, but in fact share more in common than one might expect.
'The observed' side of the argument is firm upon the conclusion that humanity can only hope to change if it changes the systemic/structural mechanisms pertaining to the social and economic framework — the environmental conditions to which we are inescapably subject from the external. The posture of 'the observed' does indeed possess serious validity and is not to be discarded when taking into account in-depth, scientifically evidenced investigation, coupled with widespread documentation and corroborative understandings of the operant functioning of the human organism within the context of biology and ecology.
Conversely, 'the observer' side of the argument insists that the argument of 'the observed' is insufficient, and is even classified to the extent of irrelevancy. 'The observer' argument dictates that true, lasting change in the physical reality that we perceive with our six senses can only hope to manifest by engaging in holistic change from within ourselves. That is — when we change our minds and perception of ourselves from within at the individual and collective level will we only then naturally see real change manifest in the external.
There seems to be in existence an invisible premise — that we are automatically supposed to embrace or commit to one and discredit or ignore the other. I think this is indeed a limiting approach.
For, an interesting awareness unfolds when we discover that while both perspectives are equally vindicated and justifiable from different vantage points — there is a key element missing in the equation here. What's not acknowledged and hence left unexamined, is that both perspectives need to be engaged with equal tenacity. The conflicting polarization we see in the propagation of this paradoxical dichotomy needs to be dissolved. The dominant cultural conditioning is structurally bent on exploiting and fueling any excuse to maintain the artifice of separation. Generating the perception of division within the context of these polarized perspectives is not an exception to the rule. And separation/ego-based divisiveness is the breeding ground for illness.
What needs to be seen at a quintessential level is that we need to strive for balance and harmony between the two. The internal and external are products of each other. The internal and external are in a constant symbiotic feedback loop. Therefore, with this in mind — a sublime, transcendental perspective emerges which presents a critical evolutionary opportunity — to change ourselves in unison with changing the environment. If attention is too focused on either end of the spectrum then we should only expect more of the same — changing the environment without changing ourselves, or contrarily fixated on changing ourselves without regard for addressing the external — both evidently and inexorably leading to dead ends. Diligently and earnestly focusing on invoking change from both domains, in tandem, invites a 'change potentiality' never before seen — necessitating the human species to direct itself toward a multi-dimensional convergence of both internal and external homeostasis. Recognizing that revolutionary and evolutionary change can be maximized by tackling both avenues in equal synchronicity — is the recognition of the awareness of which we are all cognizant — that both the internal and external are manifestations of the core oneness of everything — including all embodiments of change itself.
Aggressive change needs to come from a place of uncompromised unity. Any semblance or insinuation of division needs to be disemboweled; no longer accepted to be within the framework of tolerability by an evolutionary eagerness to transcend thought processes that are hijacked by mindless dogma and rigidly stubborn, traditionalized orthodoxy.
When we change ourselves the external changes with us, and when we change the environmental/systemic conditions that reinforce our unconscious behaviours and motivations — it will also structurally reinforce change within ourselves. This is the exquisite dance — the dance of evolving sentience. First, knowing wholeheartedly that change and impermanence is a law of the universe. Then — to welcome change to flow through the internal and external alike — thereby welcoming a level of holistic change that is unfathomable under the current paradigm of neurotic institutional illusion.
What's important however is to not get swept up in the desperate clinging to any particular outcome. What is important is to merely put ourselves in the shoes of future generations of not just the human species, but the whole community of species with which we share this experience we call life — and act accordingly.
We can no longer afford to let our children's present and future existence be defined by how many tokens they collect at the expense of the biosphere. The children are not 'our' future, they are 'the' future. If we wish to leave a legacy worth a damn — proving that we have sentience worth salvaging; To refuse to indulge in the continuation of a paradigm based on unnecessary waste, pollution and suffering imposed upon all sentient beings on this planet — then we must conscientiously rewire ourselves, rewire our environment, and rewire what it means to have a truly inspiring vision of how we can collaboratively co-create on this planet. That is — to rewire what it means to exist in absolute harmony with the 'everything-ness'; With the omni-changing cocktail of potentiality.
To know thy Self is to know that change is what the universe is made of — if it is, in fact, even made at all. There can never be any certainty as to whether everything or nothing is made. This mindset implies that reality is nothing but a multi-layered soup of entities beneath a casserole of countless other entities. The human mind has an addictive infatuation with engaging in the 'entitization' of information — that we internalize into and perceive by our limited six-sense spectrum. Such a stifling addiction ought to be overturned.
Change is the silent, benevolent, all-encompassing dictator; an unshakeable force to which all species are subject. A force with which the human species can flourish if it can live up to it's self-proclaimed label of 'Sapien' (wise).
Despite the practically inevitable, macro-oriented outcome (based on hard science) telling us that the consequences of the actions of the human species up to this point have reached physical, environmental, and psychological tipping points — all of which as being unquestionably irreversible — this does not mean that changeful action is futile. If anything, such an outcome ought to motivate even stronger action, given the current state of adversity — as the reality inherently implies that there really is literally nothing to lose. And that responsibility (the ability to respond) has never been more imperative.
If there is an intergalactic, extra-terrestrial intelligentsia watching the unravelings layed out by the anthropogenic predicament that's staring at us in the face — then it is incumbent upon the radical renegades among us to show them that there are still some of us strong enough to face the parasitic stranglehold of an anti-life, anti-society, hyper-patriarchal, imperialistic, hierarchical, civilizational, ecocidal monstrosity. And more importantly — that collective dissent is not about human-centric self-interest. It's about redefining freedom. It's the refusal to remain hostage to psychological incarceration — the freedom to express full-fledged self-determination; to re-ignite the morphogenetic power of unmitigated human potentiality.
The only doctrine is change. It is not a doctrine written in some scripture by some schizotypal personality disorder from a bygone era. Change is also not a doctrine rooted in ideology.
It is a universal doctrine unaffiliated to dogma. It is a doctrine written in the universe of matter and spirit — a doctrine that does not care whether we align with it or not.
The observed and the observer are one. You are it.