Awakening from the Cult of Ignorance

“We were born to be free… to build things and grow our own food, develop our skills and be creative, not to lose ourselves in shopping, technology and mindless consumption. We are here to love and practice forgiveness, not to make war, seek revenge and take the lives of others. Here to share our wealth, to be noble and generous, not to hide behind high walls and hoard possessions…”

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We live in an age where the delusions and ignorance of modern civilizations have become the global norm.  Most of the problems in our world stem from how “civilized” humans have compartmentalized life in such a way as to hide reality from ourselves and other people. A fantasy view of reality, what Buddhists call samsara, has been packaged, marketed and sold to the masses by those in positions of influence and power.

This has been done on purpose, has been the “operating code” of  hierarchical human civilizations for thousands of years. Our leaders don’t want us to know what is really going on, with anything. This was as true of pharaohs and kings in the past as it is of large corporations, governments, billionaires, military leaders and media elites now.

The compartmentalization of knowledge and intentional hiding of facts is how those in power maintain control. They hide how food is produced, how wars create future terrorists (and civilian casualties), how education is being intentionally dumbed down, how the earth’s ecosystems are being destroyed, how politicians are corrupt, how democracy has been rigged, how debt enslaves people and wealth is accumulated unfairly.

Most importantly, they try to keep us in the dark about how all this is harming us now and will harm generations far into the future. Instead of the truth, we are fed a fantasy view of reality, constructed by slick policy makers, speech writers and marketing wizards. These deceptions and illusions are spread through newspapers, advertising, TV dramas, magazines and even the way children are taught in schools.

This is the challenge of mind control and tyranny that our ancestors battled for centuries, that we of the 21st century are still struggling with. It’s way bigger than the economy, the debt, the stress, the political unrest and social dysfunction we see all around us.

If current generations don’t throw off the delusions of ignorance and open our eyes to what is REALLY going on, our children and grandchildren will continue to be enslaved, not only by the lies, but also by the very real and harmful consequences that our ignorance of reality has been producing.

Without a clear vision and understanding of the unity and interdependence of the world, we are unable to make wise judgements and choices. Wisdom requires creative and critical thinking, the ability to understand causal relationships and connections, so as to judge which actions will have positive consequences, and which actions will most likely create harm.

The cult of ignorance twists and compartmentalizes our thoughts so that it’s harder for us to make wise choices and judgments. We choose what we are told to choose, what tastes good, looks good, feels good in the moment and benefits those in power, but is in truth harmful for the rest of us, for the earth, and our future decedents.

Are you ready to wake up from this, to embrace our true potential, interdependence and wholeness? We need to wake up, each of us, and then wake up others, wake up our family, friends and children. It’s the only way the cult’s power can be overthrown and diminished.

We were born to be creative and free, not to serve others like serfs and robots. We were born to build things and grow our own food, develop our skills and be innovative, not to lose ourselves in shopping, mindless technologies and consumption. We are here to grow spiritually, to love and practice forgiveness, not to make war, seek revenge and take the lives of others. Here to share our wealth, to be noble and generous, not to hide behind high walls and hoard possessions.

We can wake up and turn the tide. Humans must wake up, there is no choice. Now is the time. We need the richest and most powerful among us to awaken as well, to share their wealth and power, to behave more wisely and compassionately. Our children, all the creatures of the earth and the future of life on our planet now depend upon us, all of us, to awaken from this spell of ignorance and become wiser as a species.

~Christopher Chase~

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Severn Suzuki Rio, 1992 (full speech transcript)

“People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“I think the difficulty is this fragmentation.. All thought is broken up into bits. Like this nation, this country, this industry, this profession and so on… And they can’t meet. That comes about because thought has developed traditionally in a way such that it claims not to be effecting anything but just telling you the way things are. Therefore, people cannot see that they are creating a problem and then apparently trying to solve it..” ~David Bohm, Wholeness: A Coherent Approach to Reality

Related Readings:

* The Hour’s Getting Late: Time for Humanity to Wake UpCritical Thinking: Keeping Our Minds Open *  The Four Qualities of Love, by Thich Nhat Hanh * 24 Human Character Strengths and Core Virtues * The Circle of Courage: Native American Model of EducationSystems Thinking – Seeing How Everything is Connected  *  How We Participate in the Creative Life of the Universe  * Love vs. Power: A Tale of Two Mindsets * Perpetual Curse of the Warrior Mindset  Toward a More Creative & Holistic Model of Education *

About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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24 Responses to Awakening from the Cult of Ignorance

  1. Martín López says:

    Very truth. Thank’s for share!

  2. jeanw5 says:

    Was is David Suzuki’s daughter? She was fantastic and the message she delivers is possibly the most important message for our shared future that anyone could share with us. May she make a difference.

  3. Kreng Jai says:

    I read and Re-read the first para. Loved it.

  4. What I have been trying to write with my post-stroke, malnourished brain for a couple years.


    Awareness. Sovereignty. Intelligence. Abundance……Connecting with what is & what could be. With sight, the future (now) is ours.

  5. Hmmm…back when I was in high school, Lake Michigan had ONLY dying fish and no one ever saw the skyline of LA. One of the biggest problems with the cult of ignorance is that it is blind to the progress of past generations and exists in its little bubble of “now.” Not an aware now, but its own egocentric now. I would so much like to see a greater awareness of history and man’s continual attempt to thwart the sinister aspects of human nature — bloodlust, envy, bigotry, ignorance and greed. Having taught college students who were unaware that people still speak Greek and believe that Brave New World is a book for “whitey” and that all the answers to all their homework is available by “googling” it’s clear to me that our schools don’t educate; they brainwash. BUT…sadly…I don’t think most people are capable of awakening and I don’t think they have ever been capable of awakening, or they are as awake as is possible for them. In any case, that’s true of me.


    “Moral reform is the effort to throw off sleep. Why is it that men give so poor an account of their day if they have not been slumbering? They are not such poor calculators. If they had not been overcome with drowsiness, they would have performed something. The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake. How could I have looked him in the face?” Thoreau, Walden, Chapter Two “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”

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  7. talesfromtheconspiratum says:

    Well done Christopher. You inspired me. Blogged it (with your permission):
    Do let me know if that’s a problem, Lou

  8. Brandi B. says:

    Reblogged this on Jamn it Culture! and commented:
    This is a great read and proof that people are waking up and unveiling hegemonic systems of slavery!

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