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The Consensus | Rules

A Tiny Tale from The Land of 2020:

“Once in a land not so far away, in a time we can almost remember, “OCD” was the special label The People applied to those who compulsively hand washed. Some even made jokes and laughed openly at their strange fear of germs.

Then in 2020, out of the blue along came a super germ and The People saw the light. They were directed to hand wash much more now, mimicking the behavior that was once deemed Not Normal, so as not to succumb to the mysterious germ.

It was The New Normal.

And those who questioned The New Normal were now labeled Selfish and Stupid, ridiculed and ostracized as a danger to society. Life had changed, and so had the rules.”

Firstly, to be very clear, this post is not in its essence a message about hand washing. Of course you should practice good hand washing protocols. It has been shown to prevent the spread of germs. This story, in fact, has very little to do with hand washing, or COVID-19, for that matter. It has to do with us. It is a commentary on our demand for collective agreements, and our judging and labels.

The behavior is blatantly evident on social media in the mass scramble to define “what’s right”. The real tipoff is the use of memes that use shaming, an emotional tool designed to control others.

Did you know that shame creates a very low vibration in a person’s energy field? It is one of the worst things we can do to another human being, and some are playing the shame card to mold the collective agreements around COVID-19. Should we feel shame for having a differing opinion about anything? Is it not our inalienable right to form our own opinion? Is that not part of being a sovereign individual?

The story is meant to demonstrate:

  • How quickly we come to collective agreements, so we can feel okay about how we think and feel and and also to manage others,
  • How quickly we judge and police those who might be even toy with the thought of not conforming, so we can protect the collective agreements. That’s the way the collective agrees to do it, to feel validated. And,
  • How quickly the consensual reality can shift. Apparently, it can happen in a nano-second.

Just ask anyone living in The Land of 2020.

Photo courtesy Vlad Alexandru Popa, Pexels

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