By Conscious Optimist
There exists among several branches of “activism” and “truth seeking” a pervasive idea – the idea that one should not ask for monetary compensation in exchange for their hard work. Though I intuit that adherence to this notion may be on the decline in recent years (and I could be wrong about that…), this is something that is worth discussing for a multitude of reasons. Most importantly, it takes time and resources to do the work necessary to help bring about positive upliftment for individuals and communities alike.
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In recognizing the deleterious effect that political and social influence has had on media, several sites, activists, and authors have vowed to accept support only from their viewership, and no other source. While this is an admirable stance to take, it is difficult to maintain in today’s world of media inundation, “information overload”, and highly divergent social and political trends. In short, we live in volatile times, and a project’s success this month does not necessarily translate into continuing success in the future.
I believe that we have it in ourselves to transcend our mental and emotional limitations that keep us from being more productive, trustworthy, and unbiased. In fact, it is because I am certain of humanity’s potential for self-actualization and the transcendence of modern day social engineering and slavery that I write these articles.
So before snapping to a quick judgment when the issue of money comes up, empathize with those who have put themselves out there to ask for support. And recall that there are many ways to support the media outlets we enjoy—either by clicking on their ads, sharing their content on social media, or purchasing products we find of value from their vendors.
Of course, it isn’t prudent to give away all our money, nor do we need to donate to those who ask for it. But we can simply support them by not assuming generating money or the asking of it automatically means the person can’t be trusted.
When the day comes where money is no longer needed, we’ll all be much better off. But until then, money is a resource we’ll have to manage, and in doing so, we can help provide energy to the great work of improving ourselves and the world.
I am nothing more than an example of someone who decided to make an honest effort to become accountable to the Truth, and to see what I could do to help improve my life and the conditions of the world beyond myself. One fateful day, roughly a decade ago, I realized that I knew absolutely nothing about the world or myself and decided that this was unacceptable. I began amassing a pile of books on every subject I considered important to the world and to myself. I have been reading, experimenting, and contemplating ever since, having categorically rejected the premise that it is “good enough” for other people to be “smart on my behalf.” Today I possess somewhat extensive knowledge on subjects as diverse as Law, Music, Hypnosis, Ecology, the Occult, Theology, and Politics, and do the best I can to synthesize this knowledge into articles and presentations for the benefit of all knowledge-seekers, self-helpers, and world-healers who may, from time to time, stumble upon my work.
If you’d like to reach me, you can email me at [email protected], though unfortunately I cannot promise I’ll respond since my time is very limited.
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