Take Responsibility
Stopping to waste opportunities can make us 10-20 times more efficient. This is the time when every normal person is connected to 1 million to 1 billion people. So even a small right contribution or wrong action has more than huge impact as a whole.
And so if your life isn't everything it could be, you could ask yourself, what would happen if you just stopped wasting the opportunities that are in front of you? You'd be, who knows how much more efficient. 10 times more efficient. 20 times more efficient. That's the Pareto distribution. You have no idea how efficient, efficient people get. It's completely, it's off the charts. Well and if we all got our act together collectively, and stopped making things worse. Because that's another thing people do all the time.
Not only do the not do what they should to make things better, they actively attempt to make things worse, because they're spiteful, or resentful, or arrogant, or deceitful, or homicidal, or genocidal, or all of those things, all bundled together in an absolutely pathological package.

If people stopped really, really trying just to make things worse, we have no idea how much better they would get just because of that.

So there's this weird dynamic that's part of the existential system of ideas between human vulnerability, social judgment, both of which are major causes of suffering, and the failure of individuals to adopt the responsibility that they know they should adopt.

It isn't merely that your fate depends on whether or not you get your act together, and to what degree you decide you're going to live out your own genuine being. It isn't only your fate, it's the fate of everyone that you networked with. And so, y'know, you think, well, there's 9 billion, 7 billion people in the world. We're going to peak at about 9 billion, by the way, and then it'll decline rapidly. But, 7 billion people in the world, and who are you? You're just one little dust mote among that 7 billion, and so it really doesn't matter what you do or don't do. But that's simply not the case. It's the wrong model, because you're at the center of a network.

You're a node in a network. Of course, that's even more true now that we have social media. You'll know a thousand people, at least, over the course of your life. And they'll know a thousand people each. And that puts you one person away from a million. And two persons away from a billion. And so that's how you're connected. And the things you do, they're like dropping a stone in a pond, the ripples move outward. And they affect things in ways that you can't fully comprehend. And it means that the things that you do, and that you don't do, are far more important than you think.
And so if you act in it, when of course the terror of realizing that is that it actually starts to matter what you do. And you might say, well that's better than living a meaningless existence. It's better for it to matter.
But I mean, if you really asked yourself, would you be so sure, if you had the choice. I can live with no responsibility whatsoever. The price I pay is that nothing matters.
Or I can reverse it and everything matters, but I have to take the responsibility that's associated with that.
It's not so obvious to me that people would take the meaningful path. Y'know when you say, well nihilists (persons who believe that life is meaningless and reject all religious and moral principles) suffer dreadfully because there's no meaning in their life and they still suffer. Yeah, but the advantage is they have no responsibility. So that's the payoff, and I actually think that's the motivation.
Say well I can't help being nihilistic. All my belief systems have collapsed. It's like, yeah maybe. Maybe you've just allowed them to collapse because it's a hell of a lot easier than acting them out. And the price you pay is some meaningless suffering. But you can always whine (complain) about that and people will feel sorry for you. And you have the option of taking the pathway of the martyr. So that's a pretty good deal, all things considered. Especially, when the alternative is to bear your burden properly, and to live forthrightly in the world.
Well what Solzhenitsyn (Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and helped to raise global awareness of its Gulag forced labor camp system) figured out, and so many people in the twentieth century. It's not just him, even though he's the best example, is that if you live a pathological life you pathologize [regard or treat (someone or something) as psychologically abnormal or unhealthy] your society.
And if enough people do that then it's hell. Really, really.
And you can read The Gulag Archipelago; if you have the fortitude (courage) to do that and you will see exactly what hell is like. And then you can decide if that's a place you'd like to visit. Or even more importantly, if it’s a place you'd like to visit and take all your family and friends. Because that's what happened in the twentieth century.

Tu Raaz-E-Kun Fakan Hai, Apni Ankhon Par Ayan Ho Ja
Khudi Ka Raazdan Ho Ja, Khuda Ka Tarjuman Ho Ja
You are the secret of creation, see yourself in your eyes;
Share the secret of your own self, become the spokesman of God.
Imam Ali (AS): "Whoever has identified his self in reality has recognized his Creator." 

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