Protests, Campaigns And Then What?
Ending what we don’t want doesn’t create what we want
There is this idea in the world I’d like to turn the light on. It is the survival mindset. As you know it is a big thing in biology and with the help of the media, it has become a pretty big thing in the world. It is popularized by the term ‘survival of the fittest’.
Life is not for survival. Surviving is not living — in fact it is the opposite of living. When you survive, you are trying to avoid death. But dead is what you are when you cease to exist. But now that you exist, why do you fight nonexistence?
Living is forward, surviving is backward. You might think if the world runs low on resources, people will run rampage as the movies portray. But that’s very far from the truth.
Why would you live just to prolong the day you will die?
The biggest problem is that those who survive still die. So why don’t you live (forward)? Why would you get in debt just to live another day? Why don’t you stop looking up to systems and people and start looking at how you can make your life count for good? And if you are going to do that, the first thing you need is the right information for life and a source that produces it consistently.
Create Growth, Don’t Combat Problems
How do towns get bigger? How does a city become a city? The picture that is painted to the general public seems to suggest that governmental systems make places become what they are. But that is different from the truth.
When civilization started breaking out, the places that opened up first were trading ports — that is, places that are geographically perfect where trading can take place. That is why if you have observed, that the majority of the cities in the world are next to an ocean or sea. People would bring goods in ships from all across the earth and then a marketplace is set up. Nobody really decided there was going to be a market there, it just seems obvious to everybody that it is where the market should be.
And if you can trace, every major city in the world has a story like that which tells us how it became what it is today. So, people made places what they are today. And that is because they saw a present-day relevance and a future reality and they took the opportunity it presented. But it all came from the information that went around.
Now when people go to a city, what are they thinking? For those trading destinations then, people went with something (relevant they have to offer) because of what they heard. Now what we see is people going to cities looking up to the city to give or make them something. I don’t believe people are getting more and more retarded. The thing is — information is powerful.
I saw something on TV one time that’ll make you see my point in this chapter. It was on CNN to be specific. It was an initiative by the media group called the CNN Freedom Project whose goal was to put an end to modern-day slavery. That sounds touching, right? Now, this program I saw was after four years of taking on the project. A man who was an executive on the project was interviewed on the station and he said something that really caught my attention and stuck with me.
The interviewer asked him about the effect of the project (which is basically raising awareness) on the problem. And he replied in all honesty that the problem had become worse than when they started four years ago. And that’s my point here.
Listen carefully here:
Talking about the problem only makes the problem grow
It’s that simple. Scientists may never figure this out but words are life. You can make alive and put to death by what you choose to say. But when it comes to something that deals with other people, it matters what those whose voices are amplified say.
Talking about the problem will never solve the problem. And also, talking about the problem will not bring up a solution — it can only bring up a pacifier (i.e. something to cool down the problem for a while).
That’s because the more you talk about the problem, the bigger the problem gets
And that’s mainly what the news media has to talk about — the problems. The worst part of it is the false hope that keeps coming out and the many people kept hinged on it. Telling the general public what is happening exactly the way it is happening is not always the right thing to do.
I’ve often asked people who listen to the news — all the things they told you now, what can you do with it? The fact is, you can’t do anything with it — you can only talk about it. And what does talking do? It passes the information. And what does that do? Hold another person in false hope.
Come to think about it, you never hear of things pertaining to your personal life from the news. If your life is on the news, you got to know first before it got on the news. If you are just finding out something that pertains to your own personal (or even business) life from the news, then your life is grossly disorganized.
I know of a TV station that talks about terrorist attacks and places of civil unrest 90% of the time. What are they doing? They are feeding the problem. The problem is not merely magnified, it grows by feeding it. At this moment, I can only hope that people in those fields of endeavor come to this understanding. That’s because I’m assuming (and I hope I’m right) that they really want to put out the fire, they just happen to add fuel to it every time.
Protesting is never a way forward. Making campaigns, raising awareness (in itself) is never a way forward. The fact is, wherever the awareness of the problem goes, the problem goes also.
I saw a picture on someone’s phone not too long ago. It was a protest and someone was carrying a placard that says, ‘don’t tell us how to dress, tell them not to rape’. And I remember laughing so hard at that. The fact is — the one who carried that placard most likely has not been raped. The part that gets my attention is the ‘tell them not to rape’. Tell who? And wait a minute, who should do the telling? It’s meaningless.
This world has serious issues, agreed. But your own life is in your hands. I think governmental systems care too much about people nowadays — you find people making king-size errors in their lives and expect the government to help and save the day. Let’s save that thought for later.
Those who really care don’t care
I remember something that took place in the remote town I was. The program that took us all there mandated some community service initiatives. I was grouped in an initiative that has to do with illegal drugs and drug abuse. As you can guess, I was not active at all. The point is, the majority of the colleagues in my group were drug men. The chairperson of the group was the heaviest smoker among all my colleagues in that remote town. So, tell me how anything tangible can come out from that?
Elements of Change
This life has been programmed — if something springs up in a place contrary to the original thing designed for it, it just won’t flourish. That is because it doesn’t rhyme with the original intent of what is supposed to be there. This is what I was trying to explain earlier with cities.
Raising awareness about the problem doesn’t solve the problem and can never solve the problem simply because it wasn’t designed to
Protesting about something you don’t like will only make that thing grow stronger. You can say protesting and campaigns (in general) have made changes in the world before but let me tell you, that can change the law but it cannot change the hearts of men.
The law always tilts to the voice of the noisy public (because of democracy). So, if you think protesting changed the law and you’re happy about that, it’s because you’re ignorant of how easy it is for the law to be changed. Campaigns (of all kinds) about the problem to fix the problem, is all a groping in the dark. Let me tell you something interesting:
The solution to any problem (whatever it may be) will not fix the problem. Therefore, if you are trying to fix the problem you will never arrive at the solution
I was at my parent’s house one time and they announced on TV that a disaster killed hundreds of people in an Asian country. My parents started exclaiming and verbalizing words of sadness and pity. Now, they don’t know those who died personally, they’ve never been to the country before, they don’t even know how people look like there aside from what they see on TV, yet they lament for a loss that is so distant from their lives. I tried to talk them out of that self-deception but they were my parents so they “knew more than I did”.
If you know what fear does to people, you will take this very seriously. Fear kills people — it makes people become just living bodies living every day towards death. Have you ever seen a little baby that is a coward? No, babies learn to fear by information (and most especially, words). This is why it is important what you keep listening to.
There was this other initiative that I believe is from the UN that we had to participate in. The goal of the initiative is something I am not sure of. From without, the idea seems great and seems to be something making a difference but from within (i.e. in reality), the working of the idea is so irrelevant to me.
The idea is either deceiving gullible people or displaying a lack of purposeful thought. Looking at it critically, I’m tempted to think like, ‘do these people know what they are doing and are just doing it on purpose?’ I sincerely hope not. An intelligent man once said:
People don’t know what they want until you show it to them
Think about that. Every question designs the answer it receives. Opinion polls by the general public will only lead you into creating new problems.
What Should Big Organizations Do To Really Make a Difference?
It’s very simple:
Stop trying to make a difference, stop trying to fix problems
Instead, take on a challenge outside the regular comfort-zone. Like things of a higher purpose that private individuals have made into money-making ventures.
Remember, the solution to the problem will not fix the problem — rather it will open up a course that life can be based on.
This article was written in 2015/2016 from my experience in a community service initiative. Read the entire collection in the order it was written here.