“I have made too many decisions that have cost me money because I trusted a personable approach rather than exercise ‘due diligence’.” In a comment in which I spoke of using insight in assessing people a friend replied the above. Insight is far more than due diligence, and in this day and age is essential.
For many people the earning of a buck is the right, and truth and honesty are irrelevant to their path, their way of life. When I grew up this was not the case, but all was not roses then either. From 1979 onwards (guess who became UK prime minister then), it has become more and more acceptable to take advantage of others wherever possible. This creates such a level of distrust and disharmony in our communities that we are making our lives miserable for each other. Gradually over my adult life the competent local skilled artisan has been pushed out of business to be replaced by corporations controlling these workers and demanding profits before integrity. How have they managed this? Because we chose cheap before local and cheap before quality. These people need to return into our lives, and this can only be done if we choose to pay for them and choose to pay extra. At the same time we need a return to word-of-mouth honesty, these are the networks that always worked for my parents and so on.
I have no idea how my friend got stung but he criticised himself for lacking “due diligence” and knowing him a little I have some inkling to a due diligence that is not what I am referring to in this blog. Insight seeks sincerity and genuineness, and for me discerning these ought to make these people marketable. The guy, who always fixed stuff and could be relied on, was always called back – whatever the cost. Family might well come into this, relying on family to do the job – having said that the worst time I have been ripped off was by a member of my partner’s family. But these values of local and personal need to return wherever possible. Now we have a mentality that if a famous company with an advertising budget fixes it it will be better. Why?
Of course the system is moving the goalposts on these issues. Health and safety regulation requires certificates to change a plug, and insurance backs them up. How do you fight this? Small businesses and tradesmen are often more competent but how do you fight the regulations? Regulations have increased to take away our personal liberties, whilst at the same time different regulations have decreased allowing capital manipulation – the usual style of inequalities. We need to fight against this corporatisation at whatever chance we get. This is community action, direct democracy, it does not have to be camping with Occupy, it can be using insight and discernment at a personal level to ask for local competent work – not moonlighting on the cheap.
How do we develop this insight? The answer to this is fundamentally important in the way in which establishment promotes learning. Insight cannot be bought, it cannot be learnt by sending students to private schools, people have insight or they don’t. So the system undervalues insight. But not only this, insight is the faculty by which we can see through the dishonesty of the establishment. Now the establishment controls understanding because we use our intellects to discern truth or falsity rationally. This is an intellectual skill rather than the faculty of insight. So why not use rationality? Because the establishment has managed to control rational debate. TV presents a panel of people from differing persuasions, and we decide on one of the 4, this is presented as balance. At no stage does the media ever desire to present truth and integrity as the guide, quite simply because the media is controlled by the establishment – the 1%. This is one of the many levels in which apparent rationality is used by the corporatocracy to prevent us from seeing the truth. Where does this leave us? Rejecting rationality. To use rationality as the skill for determining truth is now not possible.
If we are unable to discern truth rationally then we are only left with insight. So where does this insight come from? It means we need to alter our framework based on insights. Fundamentally we need to reject all that we have been taught through the establishment, all that is presented through the establishment, and seek our own internal judge of that which is true – our insight. We cannot use the scales of justice to judge because that is based on rationale, and those scales have been bought. We cannot trust our governments because they have been bought. We cannot trust politicians because they have been bought. Who can we trust? And the answer to that is simple – the people we know and trust. We make our friends through trust, and if we know they lack integrity we don’t trust them. We make our judgements solely through insight and personal trust. make insight and judgement a local issue – based on people we trust. And if we are asked to judge people from afar then we need people who have made personal contact. If we cannot do that then we need other insights such as politicians have been corrupted by the system. To become a success in politics you have had to climb the ladder, that means you have been corrupted. Genuine politicians are not self-interested, do we know of any? A civil leader has to be concerned about the good of all people so immediately they cannot be a member of a party that is based on anything other than democracy. And not electoral democracy but grass roots, direct action, consensus democracy. These are self-evident insights based on life being about all people – the ONE planet. No more is needed, now words need be heard. In the US system politicians are paid for by campaign subs. Why does anyone pay for Republicans? Because they do not want grass roots democracy. And if you don’t want grass roots democracy, then you are not part of ONE planet.
But don’t confuse this with saying Democrats are about grass roots democracy, they are bought off too. To trust a politician requires a high level of judgement that goes against insight and received wisdom. Politicians are power-seekers and in it for themselves – insight, do you want to go against this insight? Then you need powerful personal trust.
My final thought on politicians on trust is summed up here. Back in the 80s there was a politician who stood up and represented his people. his people fought wars for him, and to hear his describing negotiations I thought of a man who was sincere genuine, democratic and a man of his people. That man was a politician, his name was Robert Mugabe.
And there is an important aspect of this insight and trust. Once we begin to value our insight and give our trust to local people we can work with them knowing that our work is meaningful because of that trust. And if we lose our insight into and trust for that person then we must dissociate from them. We must value our association by investing personally in our insight and trust.
And once people begin this process of trust, we then get a necessity for them to be trustworthy, to be honest and act with integrity. This makes integrity become a valuable social commodity, we eventually can market ourselves through this trust.
I said above that insight cannot be taught, that is not totally true. Insight can be gained through Vipassana or Insight Meditation, but it doesn’t negate anything I have said. If we approach Vipassana with the desire to gain insight for personal gain, that meditation won’t work. And if it starts to work the person will start to change, and use insight for what it was intended.