“… everything in the world is a force, a pull or a push. In order for us to be pushed or pulled we need to be like a sail, like a kite in the wind. But if we have a hole in the middle of our luminosity, the force goes through it and never acts upon us.”
Carlos Castaneda

The Second Ring of Power

Settling on Corruption


When thinking about issues or writing posts like the one I wrote this morning I find myself choosing between corruption and idiocy as root causes.

It is difficult for me to think of people as idiots – I really don’t think that is the case. I think we are fortunate to be living in times where information and knowledge is available like never before in human history. I do think that education can be misguided and that there is idiocy out there but for the most part I think that we live in super-informed time and that human nature leans towards Quality.

So, by deduction I am left with corruption … and it makes sense to me. I have personally been through an unrelenting (still ongoing) process of re-evaluating and re-framing my life values. I look back at the world, systems and values I was born into and brought up in and I view them as corrupted … as deviant. I wasn’t born into questioning, I, like everyone else, was born into existing values which were supposed to work for me. Questioning appeared when I realized that not only were they not working for me but they were working against me.

Corruption exists on a plane separate from information and knowledge … you can be an absolute genius and still be corrupt. Corruption is a malfunction of intrinsic motivation. The potential for corruption is built into human nature. I believe corruption to be misinterpretation and misuse of information and knowledge. Which means that it is only natural that in this hyper-information age we are witnessing an increase of corruption.

So I am sticking with corruption.

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