The world is completely fallen and depraved. Nothing is right with it. It’s just an illusion. What can you do, you who consider yourself a good person? Let me throw my two cents in and make a few suggestions for improvement.
Good people don’t take sides. Good people are in the world but not of it. Good people don’t care to watch TV news or read about what is going on in other parts of the world. It’s all bad and it’s all depressing. Good people have integrity, they have character, and scruples.
If you really are a good person, and not one of the 7 billion who just say they are but really are corrupt and fallen, here’s a few suggestions for you. I’m only trying to help.
First of all, you vote with your dollar bill. How you spend your money shapes how the economy and geopolitics moves. If you continue buying cornfed beef and chicken from a factory farm than you are voting for more factory farms. If you are too poor to afford quality beef and chicken, than that’s a different story.
Second of all, don’t believe in gurus. That includes teachers, doctors, experts, and karate senseis. They’re all fake. They’re so fake, they fake it as they preach to you. If you get a piece of knowledge from somewhere, test it out in the real world and see if it works for you. Experience is the best teacher. You learn by doing.
Next, find cheap entertainment. That means, new movies in a theater, the latest hip hop album download, and the latest bestseller are all a monumental waste of time and money. The Library is a treasure trove of accumulated knowledge. The whole world is in the library, every subject of human endeavor imaginable. And it’s all free to you.
Next, religion is a hoax. We’ve been so brainwashed by our upbringing to believe in the mythology of mesopotamian semites that the real meaning of religion has been lost. Judeochristian theology and sweet Jesus doesn’t have a lot to offer the modern man. Of course, there are universal principles that every holy man of every tradition knows, the truth is universal. The shortcut to wisdom, happiness, contentment, and peace is personal meditation, personal philosophy (obviously building on the established ancient masters), and a discipline called lovingkindness, which is even greater than the discipline of Brazilian Jiujitsu. Everybody should meditate, and everybody should be acquainted with the wisdom of the masters, but above all, kindness and affection is the real cure. Man cannot live without love.
Finally, to conclude this brief and incomplete list, don’t listen to the critics. Get tough. I’m sure you have criticized others based on distorted half truths, so don’t get angry when they use half-truths against you. Nobody is 100% good or 100%evil. Every human being is a mixture of good and bad, dark and light, male and female, etc… People are very kind towards their blood relatives but shockingly cruel against people, animals, and other living beings that are not related to them. If only we could see ourselves as one soul in a cosmic ocean of souls, how different the world would be!
As long as the world is fallen from grace, and suffering and evil the prevailing quality of life, the most you can do is find the cure to your own misery. Help other people and you will help yourself. A selfish person can’t be happy in this world. This is the realm of the unhappy ones. Like it says in the Gita, ‘nourishing one another, you will be nourished in turn…but he who takes from the Gods and gives nothing back, is a thief.’