The Highway to Happiness

comfort zoneWe humans seek comfort, love and happiness by nature.  In order to maximize the positives, we avoid the negatives.  Pretty simple, but there are ramifications.  The mainstream media is controlled by a handful of corporations.  Their main purpose is to make money through advertising.  The advertisers want viewers/readers to be in a receptive mood and do their best to encourage and fulfill viewer’s desires.  If the message is accepted, we’re encouraged to believe that we need the advertisers products/services to feel happy, comfortable and loved.

As the advertisers are the main source of income for mass media, they have substantial influence regarding what is broadcast to their potential customers.  News that may dissuade viewers/readers from making unnecessary purchases are minimized and the positive emphasized. Most of the “negative” stories we are exposed to are about other people, not us.  This makes it easy to create a happy belief bubble as our reality.  Mission accomplished!!

But regardless of what we believe, the reality is that the world is not overflowing with comfort, love and happiness.  By ignoring this, we are allowing it to continue.  Here are a few quotes from Martin Luther King to consider…..

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
While it’s available, the internet is relatively free of the constraints of the mass media.  Information is readily available in it’s raw,unfiltered form when the focus is not advertising.  Are we not passively accepting evil by consciously avoiding the reality of what’s going on in the world in our quest to find happiness?

fukushimaLet’s use a current event as an example.  Most people are aware that there was an accident at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima in March of 2011.  For many, that’s all they choose to know.  It’s in the past and  brilliant engineering minds have it under control. Something about an ice wall and the removal of the fuel rods is well underway.  There is rarely any mention about Fukushima in the mainstream media.  There have been no health warnings issued and you can still consume seafood from the Pacific without any concerns.  There may have also been a few stories about the Hanford site in Washington and the WIPP in New Mexico, but not much.  It’s our choice to keep it that way by not searching for the truth.

Most people know who David Suzuki is and respect his expertise.  Here’s a video clip of him speaking at a professional conference about Fukushima.  There are under 400,000 youtube views and this was not made available through the main stream media. There is a plethora of information available at that is updated daily, as well as many other sources.

There are a significant number of people in the scientific and medical fields who believe Fukushima is an Extinction Level Event, but we will not hear them on the nightly news.  Those who choose to remain in Happyland are not concerned about this catastrophic event or the inherit dangers of nuclear energy.  As a result of this blissful ignorance and complacency, highly profitable nuclear power plants and weapons manufacturing facilities (which go hand in hand) continue to operate, mostly situated near a major water source for cooling.  Rather than a world wide demand to shut them all down, new facilities are being built.

highway1For sure it’s more comfortable to stay on the Happiness Highway as we travel through our lives.  We are comforted by the sheer mass of travellers who also choose to stay in the main stream with us and go with the flow.  But just as driving mile after mile on the largest highways give us no sense of what the surrounding countryside is like, consciously remaining oblivious to reality guarantees our lives are nothing but an illusion.





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