Mental Breakdown of a Nation

Humanity 4.0: Do or Die

The epic story of humanity in four parts.
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We’ve reached Peak Humanity.

We’ve exploited and exhausted all the resources of our planet, turned the atmosphere toxic with our waste, and now we torture ourselves with fear, denial and self-reproach. Messing with the processes of life, conquering microbes . . . were we not mad to try to rise above, even defy, nature?

“Is there any reason to expect,” asks Charles C. Mann, “that homo sapiens, unlike mussels, snakes and moths, can exempt itself from the natural fate of all successful species?”

But perhaps that same thing which has led us to our downfall remains our only hope – perhaps we haven’t yet used our minds for what nature has made them. Maybe we’ve only been animals up til this point … feeding, fighting and fucking. Now, teetering at the brink, can we finally live up to our metaphysical disposition, can we finally use our self-consciousness to reflect on the state we are in and act wisely? At this stage in our evolution, can we not overcome our base instincts – foreswear short-term gratification for the sake of survival?

As we realize that the only way to save ourselves is to do the most unnatural thing for any living being to do – something no other species has done nor could ever do – stop our growth.

Check out Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the Epic Story of Humanity, and weigh in below …

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Except, unlike the days of the Buddha,
we must now contend with the added seduction by Mara:
of technology, branding, marketing, aspirational lifestyles.
We must also factor the impact on ecology and society.
Desire or craving; western civilization has propelled
choice over responsibility and the individual over the collective.
Which makes addiction, not meditation, our defacto condition and mode.
Extricating ourselves will be stickier, than we thought.


Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. When you are carried away with your worries, fears, cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from yourself and you lose yourself. The practice is always to go back to oneself.

By Thich Nhat Hanh


One powerful example of a woman who lives a balanced life in a world of material things is the deceased Tasha Tudor the children's author. There is a wonderful dvd about how she lived called "Take Joy! The Magical World of Tasha Tudor (1996)." Every time I feel bogged down with the future of the world I remember this lady. Every time I hear the words "Create the world you want to live in!" or "Be the change you want to see in the world" I think of this lady and the wonderful world and life she created. She wasn't political nor did she work for social change, no she changed the world in a thoroughly different manner and the change was true and lasting. All who are wishing for happiness can learn a lot from this woman.


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