Systems: family, community, national, political, governmental, religious, industrial, military…even musical, intellectual, artistic. We all live among them. Some we belong to, subscribe to. Some of these we internalize, as if it were a part of us. When we do so, then we become like cells within the body of that system. Via the reality of our mind we more than identify with the system we have joined with, we feel what it feels, what affects it affects us. To a greater or lesser extent, we tie our future to that system. Sometimes systems can, via the sheer number of their subscribers, have great influence, great power in the world. People, individuals, are, collectively, what make or break a system.
However, we, as individuals, are all separate functioning systems ourselves. The system which we are, which is “me”, is made up of components which include aspects which are corporeal (flesh, muscle, bone), chemical, emotional, intellectual, electrical, energetic/spiritual. Some of it, that which is “me”, is temporal, destructible, and some is spiritual and lasting. Even when the earthly vehicle which is usually identified as “me” while I inhabit it is no longer, I go on.
The intent of this article is to ask a question and hopefully lead you to ask it also. The question is: Am I satisfied that the systems which I contribute to keeping alive, to their well-being, that these systems adequately reciprocate in ways which also contribute to my well-being? In other words, is the relationship a two-way street or a one-way street?
This is actually a very important question which we should all be visiting and revisiting regularly. The desire for health, vitality, general well-being are usually at the foundation of why we create systems. Systems are, at their best, tools by and for the general public to more efficiently and/or effectively perform certain functions for the benefit of the whole. At their worst systems fall under the influence (ownership?) of a limited number of individuals, a fraction of the whole. Individuals who have the desire and the cunning to manipulate conditions within the system to inordinately benefit themselves at the cost of everyone else. There is a great advantage to be had if they (the abusers) can successfully frame their abuse, create a public perception, that the abusive behavior is actually necessary and a benefit to the general membership of the system.
Sooner or later though, all such misrepresentation, lies, deceit, are a corruption of the integrity of the system they exist within and the constructs will necessarily collapse. The matter of consequence to us, besides how much damage the corruption may do while it exists, is how much pain and suffering is going to accompany the eventual collapse? Is the corruption so pervasive that the entire system is going to collapse?
What systems do you subscribe to? Are you adequately aware of what they’re doing? Are they reciprocating in terms of supporting your well-being the way they expect (demand?) you to support their well-being? If not, why are you supporting them? Does it make any sense to be expending our resources, expending the system which is “me”, to support a collective which does not reciprocate in kind?
Sound, well designed, well-functioning systems can enhance and benefit us all. Corrupt, self-serving fractional systems can and do drain the life from us, our families, and communities.