For those of you who remember the original The Poseidon Adventure, quite the scene when after the boat capsizes, only a few realize that sitting in the ballroom is a fate worse than death, thinking that they will be rescued simply by waiting for help to come. And isn’t that what a growing population are doing here in this country, just sitting waiting to be “rescued”, letting the calamity of their lives be someone else’s need to be fixed, or righted (ironic term with this movie analogy, eh)?
I write about this tonight because as I have been working for a couple of ACT programs in the past couple of months, I see this type of thought in some of the patients. They have gotten into what, at least for some, is a bit of a disaster of a life, and yet think that everyone else is going to do the work, expend all the effort to save others, and I continue to experience this attitude that “society has to save me”.
It is not that I don’t believe people need help, because that is part of why I am a physician, to help people. But, what is this “logic” that society has to help those who do nothing for themselves? No one is completely independent and can never rely on others, but, I really believe no one can be fully dependent and have much of a fulfilling existence while being this completely dependent on others all the time.
And I really think the system is selling this false hope more of late. Not for reasons to empower and encourage, but to enslave and control. And a captive audience is an easily manipulated and programmed group, while they are of some value to the controllers. One reason why you have to question authority, eh?
So, we are in this room figuratively, hoping to be saved. Where are you, sitting passively and waiting, or, looking for an exit to at least aid the help getting in, or, trying to get out and away so freedom can be found?
Remember, the scenario is not timeless, the walls will eventually come crashing down.
Just a thought on Yom Kippur Eve.