(a work in progress. go ahead and respond if you want to; i'll need your "current paradigmatic responses" as examples as i try to bring about this beginning to a "paradigm analysis" that, hopefully, could lead to awarenesss of the need for a "paradigm shift" that would allow us to LIVE!) sorry, y'all. i'm gonna try to put what i'm feeling down into words. it is going to go against everything that you "believe" and "know to be true" about the "society/civilization" "we" "live" in. (i say "we" because while my body is here, i ain't doing this!! do you really call this "living"?) what "we believe and know to be true" is called a "paradigm". and everybody will all agree that, in too many instances, or even "for the most part", this paradigm doesn't work. ok, it sort of looks like it works for some of the white people, but what about everybody else?? ?? obviously, the paradigm does not work! time for a "paradigm analysis" whereby we look at what is going on, and how well (or not) it is working and compare it to what should go on when all is working. the biggest problem with that is that nowhere is there a "model" of what it could look like when it works!! then the next tricky problem is "how does one go about considering a "paradigm analysis" when one can only conceive of anything through that paradigm?". i can't give you a "definitive" answer on either point. i still have problems trying to express even this much given that i, too, am stuck in the current paradigm. i think that one way to do this would be to set up a space wherein the "rules" of the current paradigm are "suspended". such a space could only be developed if one were to "let go of", "walk away from", "turn one's back on" everything that one has learned within the context of the current paradigm. immediately, there are gonna arise questions of "yeah, but "that one over there is gonna/not gonna ..."". that is prolly all too true. the key here is not "that one over there". the key is "this one at the center of 'Me'." (your "Me", not my "Me". everybody has a "Me".) deep inside of each and every one of us, we KNOW that "something is wrong", but we can only keep pushing in terms of this current paradigm. we do feel uneasy about a lot of things. we run into situations where we say "see! i KNEW i should have ...". that is the Truth that Resides In EACH of us speaking to you. RA! Touch that Truth. Be that Truth. let that Truth infuse everything you do, think or see. Believe in that Truth! but getting to that Truth is not easy. any discussion about doing anything always comes down to "money". that is a twist that has perpetuated in order to control resources. this planet has never charged a dime for any of the resources needed to sustain any of the life forms that it has created! nary a one! the only "cost" is to help one's neighbor to process that stuff so that both can benefit. but, that is not the way of those that evolved in a place where the resources were scarce or non-existant. yeah, sure; "we've come a long way, baby!" from those days. and "we" have created a lot of stuff. but, look around; how smoothly is that stuff distributed? how much do you have? you do part of the work that gets the resources out of the ground and onto the table. how much do you have. they sit up in ivory towers shuffling around pieces of paper and don't do any of the hands on. how much do they have? the pieces of paper ain't needed!! that switch will still work. that pump will still pull stuff out of the ground. that refinery will still do the refining.