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  1. #101 The People Say No – Santa Cruz’s Lesson In Civil Disobedience — by Brendan D. Murphy 
    Santa Cruz just gave the world a lesson in civil disobedience.

    For the past couple of months under the covid-1984 lockdown (based on junk data), it has been illegal to be on the beach between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., except to get to the water to surf, swim or boat. Recalcitrants risked fines up to $1,000.

    Sara Burrows at “Return to Now” reports that locals and visitors initially “followed the rules, but as time went on, more and more people started jogging and playing volleyball, and eventually started staking their umbrellas and laying out their towels.”[i]

    Eventually, through non-compliance the people won their beach back.

    Their secret?

    All it took was one simple thing.

    Ready for it?

    They said “no.”

    That was it. There were no protests, no riots, no lawsuits.
    The People Say No – Santa Cruz’s Lesson In Civil Disobedience — by Brendan D. Murphy

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  2. #102 Questions of our Time – A Time for Personal Responsibility? — by Kingsley L. Dennis 
    In the gnostic Gospel of Thomas, it is written that Jesus pronounced: ‘There is light within a man of light, and it lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, there is darkness.’ Furthermore – ‘If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.’

    The inner resources each person has within them can bring insight, conscious awareness, and experiential knowing onto contemporary issues and their distress. It is essential to bring the inner world to bear onto the physical, material world. Both realms must participate and be in congruence. In order to achieve genuine solutions, each of us must be prepared to change and transform from within, and not just by changing our ideas. Each person has a responsibility not only to the outer world but also to their individual inner life.

    A person cannot live by the conventions of society alone, or from the impacts and influences of everyday life. We need sustenance from a source that is beyond all social institutions, and from beyond the distractions and attractions of physical life. It is necessary to create a distance from the tirades that life brings us. Ironically, the newly imposed rules of social distancing may help us indirectly by triggering an awareness of a form of distancing in terms of energetic attachment and attention. In this, perhaps, a more acute state of self-awareness can develop as an antidote to the general state of social unconsciousness. One of the questions of our time should be about how to resist the conditioned conventions of the mass mind by cultivating new muscles of perception.

    It is a question of personal freedom of thought and perspective. Our choice is thus twofold: between recognizing the unconscious forces of the mass mind; and aiming for the personal development of our awareness to act as individuals. Freedom is a question of our responsibility. And our responsibility is likewise a question of freedom.
    Questions of our Time – A Time for Personal Responsibility? — by Kingsley L. Dennis

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  3. #103 The Lost Spirit of the Law and the Lost Law of the Spirit — by Ethan Indigo Smith 
    When I was a youth in Maine I was taught by some independent minded person or another that there was the law and there was also the spirit of the law. The law might state that police have the right to detain and imprison someone who jaywalks – walks out of predetermined lines – but in The Spirit of The Law it is not required that everyone be wrestled to the ground because of said stepping of the predetermined lines. The same can be said of any policing excuse used by cops to enforce some arbitrary line or another. The Spirit of The Law of jaywalking is to be safe and not interfere with traffic.

    The Spirit of The Law existed to maintain safety, to enhance individual liberty, and provide benefit or at least prevent detriment of community. Law enforcement today little considers The Spirit of The Law and frequently utilize bureaucratic systems and administration to encroach safety, encroach liberty, and provide benefit to regional institutions. Without The Spirit of The Law police break social contracts of fairness and liberty and hide behind laws to the point of killing people without care nor patience just bureaucratic, smug order following.

    Lacking comprehension of and even recognition of The Spirit of The Law has provided a platform for forgiving ignorance and uplifting ignorant bullies. This has certainly contributed to swell of the sea of stupidity.

    The Spirit of The Law: law supports individual liberty, not investigatory, prosecutorial mandates.

    The Spirit of Law is very important and its lacking is literally in part causational to the death of individuals and the degradation of the collective. And yet no matter its importance and no matter its lacking having influence The Law of Spirit is much more important perhaps ultra-important.
    The Lost Spirit of the Law and the Lost Law of the Spirit — by Ethan Indigo Smith

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  4. #104 The End of Kings — by Sustainable Human (narrative by Caitlin Johnstone) 

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  5. #105 20 Quotes about Society and People That Will Make You Think — by Anna LeMind 
    Some quotes about society are more optimistic than others, but they all teach us important lessons. They make us question our beliefs and behaviors. Are they our own or have they been imposed on us?

    You see, being a part of society automatically makes us subjects to social conditioning, which prevents us from thinking critically and outside the box. Thus, most ideas and perceptions we have are, in fact, not our own. Of course, this is not to say that all the beliefs imposed by society are bad ones.

    However, the problem is that the education system and mass media are doing their best to kill every seed of critical thought in our minds and turn us into mindless gears of the system.

    From a very young age, we adopt certain behaviors and thought patterns because we learn that this is the right way to live and think. During adolescence, we embrace the herd mentality in all its fullness. It makes sense why – it’s the age when you want to fit in so badly.

    We grow up wanting to live and look like celebrities we see on TV and chasing shallow ideals they represent. As a result, we become the perfect members of the consumer society, ready to buy what we are told we need and to obey the rules without questioning them.

    It’s only when you start to question yourself and eventually awaken from the consumer mindset that you realize how much time you’ve wasted on nonsense. Sadly, most people never awaken. They live their lives for someone else, striving to fulfill their parents’, teachers’, or spouses’ expectations.

    In essence, they fulfill society’s expectations. This is what ‘normal people‘ do.

    The below quotes about society and people talk about social conditioning, the concept of freedom, and the fallacies of the education system:
    Here's one...

    "Asocial behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists." — Nikola Tesla
    20 Quotes about Society and People That Will Make You Think — by Anna LeMind

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