Why did I use quote marks? Personally, I have entirely abandoned the objective model of explaining the space around us, the cosmos. Many of my friends react to such observations as though they were something from another planet – in short, they treat them like nonsense.

Travelling around the beautiful countries of South America, I frequently had the opportunity to establish a sort of connection with something greater than us. Subtle energies sooth my thoughts as though in meditation, and a more hidden part of me comes to the fore. I don’t give this a name, I don’t identify it, I just attempt to let it come to me and fill me with thoughts that a rational mind alone is not capable of composing. I begin to perceive my surroundings differently, in a narrower personal dimension and a much broader planetary dimension.

In February, during my stay in Merida, a university town in the Venezuelan Andes, I witnessed a series of dramatic political protests. At the same time, I was receiving via the internet information about the no less dramatic events taking place in Ukraine. By being at the centre of events I was given the opportunity to understand the problem from the inside. One and the other, as Venezuela is divided into two opposing camps: socialists and capitalists. In my previous article I presented the political situation in that country (Sacred economics), but I would like to remind readers of the geopolitical situation that oil-rich country finds itself in (the world’s third-leading producer of crude oil).

One year ago Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, a man who steered Venezuela’s development towards solutions giving new chances to that society’s poorest groups through using nationalized industry to provide for education, medical care and social welfare, died. His course led to the end of privileges for the richest elite and limitations to the influence of foreign capital on state policy. Since the death of El Comendante power has been held by Nicolas Maduro, who has promised to continue the revolution but is far from equalling the charismatic Chavez. Maduro is not capable of maintaining control over what is going on in the country, which is subjected to ceaseless external pressure, particularly since the death of Chavez. What many media describe as protests by defenceless students is treated by a majority of the society as an attempt to overthrow the government, something which also occurred over 10 years ago during Chavez’s presidency. There is evidence that foreign troublemakers are mixed among the students, who are said to have previously tried to use aggression and chaos to depose the legal authorities.

The situation in Ukraine is similar. There is no oil here, but there are many valuable resources and the country’s position on the geopolitical map is precious in and of itself. What is really going on? I wouldn’t like to be the judge of that, because that is beside the point. By demonstrating the discrepancies between the “official” version as confirmed by the media and the perspective of the people actually involved, I will show how the future of nations is decided today. Unfortunately, most of us continue to place our trust in what is presented to us by giant media corporations, which benefit from wielding the power to shape opinion while being at the centre of a logical conflict with what a more inquisitive mind may intuit. To put it directly – and I write this with taking full responsibility – the vast majority of TV news consists of lies, and is an interpretation of reality that suits the largest interest groups. There is no shortage of information about successive conflicts, wars and crimes, but there is an absence of deeper truth. The truth is in opposition to the current system whose foundations are built on anti-values serving a very small group of extremely immoral people. I am also putting this very diplomatically, because I am unable to understand a situation in which one person can send thousands, or even millions to their deaths only to acquire power and influence, things which possess a very short shelf-life (they are only good until the moment when someone more ruthless and inhumane comes along). The fact, however, remains that humanity is at a crossroads, and it seems that things will only get worse. But is this really the case?

Thus I return to a subjective analysis of the cesspool in which it is ordained for us to inhabit. I am becoming more and more certain that the deeper we go into it, the quicker deep changes will come to us. Perhaps the nonsense surrounding us actually has sense as the catalyst for change, vital for us to go from one stage of immaturity to a higher level of collective responsibility. Our world has hosted a number of individuals with messianic complexes, and it would seem that even more are coming. The large organized religions want to blind us with palaver about how we are to grow spiritually. I want to be free, but for ages we have been enslaved and controlled by institutions, working hand in hand with a similarly inhuman political machine that separates people by way of borders. Did I not warn you at the beginning that I would be subjective. Well, here I am. What’s more, science is no less corrupt, and continues to defend the autonomy of an exclusively material nature of reality defined by Newton’s laws. Albert Einstein himself said …

“In the view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support for such views.”

Einstein’s work is being continued by many progressive scientists (such as N. Haramein, whom you can read about on RdA), and many of them are risking their reputations, as the corruption of our “civilization of science and progress” would seem to know no limits. The aggression which the rich of this world want to drive us to also knows no limits. The rich simply point the finger at those who, this time, are to be wiped from the face of the Earth. Financial institutions desiring to bring humanity entirely to heel are taking control over the resources of the last truly sovereign countries, with the help of politicians bought by their capital. Thus today it is necessary to deal with terrorists from the Middle East and to bring a democracy whose freedom is limited to the selection of the party that will take over the function of the deposed dictator for 4 or 5 years and help in seeding the destroyed land with democracy’s most valuable crops like fast food from Mc Donald’s or low-interest (only at the beginning) loans from Citibank.

Do I need to give any more examples? Maybe I’ve given enough, and I can offer a positive summary of this difficult subject. Jidu Krishnamurti, Alan Watts and many others have shown us that we have not come here to be those whom they want us to be … we live subjectively, and we should be more focused on what is inside of us. Yet for ages we have given ourselves up to negative external influence. Bill Hicks, the brave artist of stand-up comedy, claims that life is nothing more than a ride on a cable car, an incarnation, one of many that came here to learn a lesson. Maybe you need more difficult lessons, or maybe you will be given the chance to explore entirely different worlds where that senseless suffering that is supposed to teach us something no longer exists? I don’t know what you think of all that, but that’s not the most important thing for me. What is important is that I can express what is significant for my experiences of present life.

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we … kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”

Bill Hicks, satirist, comedian.