Only conscious individuals can make conscious political choices

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Only conscious individuals can make conscious political choices

In a world so divided on so many issues, it may sometimes feel like we are drowning in information, forcing one to consider which ideologies appear to make the most sense.

The amount of information being filtered through the minds of the masses has increased exponentially with the creation of the internet. In turn, this has allowed us to access almost any sort of political news and opinions with a mere click of a button.

The issue then becomes, how do we translate all this information into wisdom? As Professor Erol Ozan states, “Intelligence without wisdom brings destruction…”

Collecting information and opinions without thinking about the best routes in which to implement these ideas and discoveries can lead to devastating paths.

Beyond this, it does not help that many online platforms implement backend algorithms, which cater to our already-chosen ideas or views of the world. This further entrenches the dangers of individuals getting stuck on single ideologies, in order to feel a sense of safety in all the information overwhelm.

The only solution seems to be a path towards the knowledge of self. Knowledge of self generally leads to a state of wider compassion and less arrogance. This means that we could share our opinions, but not become identified with them, thereby, leaving the door open to compromise. Moreover, we could stand up for what we believe is right, without becoming projections of what we are fighting, and we could change routes and apologise when we realise that maybe we were wrong in our original assumptions.

Without awakening and healing, we run the risk of unconsciously making choices run by fear, ego and greed.

Although Google can help us find a lot of information, only by looking within can we find our true selves. Furthermore, all the information in the world can not help us if we don’t know how to handle, communicate, and process it with the proper care it deserves.

Dayna Remus