Today I saw on FB the picture with slogan: End Capitalism.
I remember quit well the years of my childhood when I could not asleep in the evening. I was too scared. Of what? Of big capitalist country USA that wanted destroyed my little country Czechoslovakia. Fortunately we had a big brother, SSSR, Soviet Union…that will protect us and all good communists in the world.
I was pioneer and was proud to wear my uniform and red scarf around my neck. I believed that we are all equal and we have all the right and obligation to work.
It started to smell badly when I came home as 7 years old and I told my parents that our big brother SSSR saved us from capitalistic danger in 1969. My father get red and my mom stopped to talk. Then my father told me that russians just occupied our country and killed our right to freedom…but I should shut up and say nothing in the school, because if i repet this in the school, my parents will go to communist jail.
It is the big dilemma for 7 years old young pioneer , to believe the camarade teacher about big brother savior or to believe own parents saying exactly opposite.
What this communist system thought me fast was FEAR and UN – TRUST. And yes, I was on the Venceslas square in 1989, manifesting, ringing our keys and scanding Havel for president. Yes, I (and many others) did the Velvet revolution. We were doing revolution to actually have right to become democratic country, have the right to vote, have the right to express ourselves, and have a right to move freely in the world. And also have a right for the private ownership. So…the right to enter the capitalist system.
So today , I saw:
The picture of End of Capitalisme. My dear friend sent me this morning the article about how wonderful was system in Lybia before the death of Qadhafi. (http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8744/libfacts.htm). Another dear friend posted the picture of girl, non violent protester, shotted by rubber bullets…in 2003.
Do we really know where we are going? Do we really have a clarity of mind and do we see reality how it is or are we all manipulated by medias, opinions of others and our own fears, our old and stuck belief systems? I felt today being back in the time, and feel like this little girl balancing between “Who is the liar?” My dearest teacher or my father? Impossible choice…
I see a lot to take as example Mahatma Gandhi and/or Dalai lama those days. It is beautiful inspiration and i wish we all can follow this path. However we should be aware that Gandhi in his Ahimsa approach was not only preaching it, but also living it. He was the change, and he was not only criticizing the system, he had a plan and was leading indian people to independence by his own hard work and example.
What I see around me, as a lot of criticism. A lot of complaints about the system. In most of the case absolutely right complaints and yes, the system is not good. Now, do we know any better? And if yes, why we are not already working on it? If we are truly inspired by Gandhi, then we should be the change. I see people complaining…but spending their work time on FB. We are complaining about system, but stealing the time from work for the private use, making the clients pay behind the back of the boss or owner to their own pocket, avoiding taxes as much as we can…Asteya, non stealing, is applicable not only about the goods, but also about the time and energy. And when we are pointing the finger on somebody else to blame, there are 3 fingers pointed on us…(thanks my yoga teacher for this lesson).
I hear a lot about banks and bankers stealing money from the trusting people. As the fact, I m in love with a banker for already half of my life, my husband is the one. When I met him, he was paying back the loan that he had for his studies. Since 20 years, he is in the office every morning, and coming home late night. He stay home only when he is so sick that he needs to be nearly in the hospital. From the “french” holidays of 6 weeks, he can hardly take 2 per year to be with his family. I don t see on my bank account any milions of bonus, but yes, we have decent living as he works hard for more then just our family. He pays his taxes, and he consider that if we don tpay them, how do we want to have hospitals, schools and nice roads? He is loyal to us and to his work, always there, and always carrying. He is the yogi before even know the yoga, living his karma yoga fully. How many of us can say so about our own life?
I lived in US, for little while, and found the system hard. And yes, it has to change. Now, in France, where the state assist the people much more, and the medical care, public school, are very much for nearly free, people does not seem to be more happy and working and living with enthusiasm. How it comes so that in countries where electricity and drinkable water is a normal standard, democracy is there since centuries and they consider themselves as developed countries the people is about to make the revolution for better tomorrow, but in India the people on the street without anything are just smiling? I m asking this myself, because Contentment, Sauca, is one of the hardest niyama to observe for me and I m wondering where is the balance between need for change and contentment with what we have and we are. Blaming the system or others is not enough if we don t take responsibility for our own acts.
What I know for sure, and the clarity I have, is that if I want to see the change, I have to start with myself. Let s spend so some time on self reflexion:
How can I manifest myself the change I want to see in my country, bank, or government? How I can positively contribute to it?
And then: Just Do It!