Why the World is Mad

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It’s all about links and connections. Think about how one thought leads to another.

You wake in the morning and your mind starts to whir. What exactly decides the thoughts that lead from one to another?  What is it exactly that determines our very thought processes? Why do we think what we do? Why do we think the way we do?

“One thought always leads to another and it’s this very process that determines our seeming sanity and rationality.”

If our thoughts were completely random without any obvious links and connections then confusion would be the result. This confusion would potentially only reside within the minds of others, rather than within the mind of the random thinkers themselves. Random thoughts – within the confused mind – do not seem random, they may well seem correct, and normal. The insane are unaware of their insanity.

Thankfully, the majority of us have thoughts that link in a logical, sequential and rational manner. Incidentally actively promoting non-logical, lateral thinking can be useful at times, but that’s for another post. Now, the easiest way to understand how thoughts and thinking are organised and directed within the mind, is to think of the human brain as a kind of map. We can call these maps: Belief Systems.

With this now established, let’s consider someone with an important mind: a world leader. We can easily map out the sequential thoughts (beliefs) of our example leader; we can do this linguistically, like this:

leader = power = ownership = home = control = strength = fear = military = protection = aggression = growth = defence = anger = hate = resentment = prejudice

“We can safely say these thoughts would go around in a looped fashion, and these few words may only be part of a sequence of many hundreds.”

Now, consider a different leader whose sequential thoughts (beliefs) include these:

leader = direction = love = home = growth = teacher = strength to others = giving = education = prosperity = freedom = compassion = empathy = equality

Take a moment to ponder on these beliefs and decide which list would best suit a good world leader. Hopefully you’ve chosen the second set, and will of course by now noticed a problem: Not all leaders have the second set of beliefs mapped within the neurons of their minds. Not all world leaders think the same way.

“Certainly if our motivation is of a positive nature i.e we’re accepting of the inevitable pain life may hold for us; driven by love to find what we want – rather than fear, to avoid what we don’t want – all will be well.”

However, if we’re negatively driven (avoidance) then it’s more likely our minds will hold beliefs similar in nature to the sequence in our first example. So to put it simply, the beliefs we choose, will always be influenced by what we were shown or taught, to be effective motivators.

In order to build your understanding a little more, let me give you a further example. Consider the schoolboy experiencing bullying. On reporting his troubles he’s told: ‘the best way to get rid of a bully is to punch him fairly and squarely on the nose and to do this so hard he doesn’t get up for more.’

Now, what beliefs, do you imagine, are likely to form in our schoolboys mind? Is he likely to grow up offensive, defensive or in fact neither of the two? Bear in mind, the outcome of punching his tormentors on the nose, would certainly be a decider. If the bullies backed off, this would affirm the advice, yet if the bullies just came back for more, this would cause confusion, creating a different set of beliefs, that would possibly be confused and nonlinear in nature.

Far better to advise our tormented schoolboy: bullies are simply people who believe in using violence, as a means of defending themselves against what they fear, and the best way to tackle this will never be with further aggression.

“The best means of helping the bully is to love him. We do this through educating him with something other than our fists, guns, tanks, bombs or whatever.”

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The overall point to gain is this: confusion is our madness. When there’s little continuity in the beliefs and understandings of our leaders, confusion is the result. World leaders (or potential ones) all have their own agendas driven by their own values, motivations and beliefs. Therefore we’re all being kept in a constant state of confusion.

The prognosis, unfortunately, isn’t good. Until we have a universal understanding (in the minds of the people who are drawn toward leadership) of what it means to be a good, effective and powerful leader, the madness will continue.

Perhaps the answer is to find one leader, who holds the correct attributes – beliefs and all – whose teachings can then be used to govern the entire world. Of course who this person is and on what authority he’d be elected, remains to be seen.

What a crazy idea though, total madness, wouldn’t you say?