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Caught within the System…



Many of us feel that we are in the network of things, operating freely and doing what we choose to do according to our own individualistic preferences and whims.  Few of us consider that it may be the other way around.  Few of us consider the possibility that the vast majority of us are a projection of the system, an extension of the system.  Most of us were inculcated by the system and, when we function and react, it is the system operating.  That system, developed and maintained by man’s tradition, seems to give us much security and order.  However, if that very system is largely based on fragmentation, separation, domination, and friction — which it is — then the security is fallacious… non-existent, or limited.  Many of us accept — without question — that there are separate countries and separate individuals (these individuals each with their own separate ego).  None of this may be truly separate, but the system has us perceive and react to accept that; then friction and wars (and suffering) go on and on.

We were taught that we are separate from our fears.  We were taught that we are separate from “others.”  We were taught that nature and man are (somehow) separate.  Our “I”s, our “me”s, our separative countries and religions, may be essentially a projection of the system, where there is no real freedom whatsoever.  Few of us step out of it (into a larger whole that is not merely absorbed). Most of us are content to remain in (and “as”) the system.  We think it offers security and joy.  However, look at the world around you and how people react in in it (and “as” it).  There is overwhelming disorder in what is currently going on in (and “as”) society.  We need to change.  We need to change, not according to more ideas about how things “should be,” not by more political and religious differences, or according to the same old, traditional ways.  Real wholeness, real integrity is beyond the system; however, few care to truly move beyond the system.  It is like forever staying in a limited, rusty old cage (and thinking that you are joyous and free).  

Beyond the cage (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Beyond the cage (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Beyond the cage (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Beyond the cage (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017




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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

22 Comments Join the Conversation

  1. I like your comments here and think you are right how we are to uncomfortable to move away from the society as we know it and walk towards a new more mature society thank you for sharing I think the more we share they more it will help move society towards something better


  2. Yes, we were taught so many restricting things and how hard it is to shake off that rusty old cage.
    Stunning photo btw 🙂


  3. Tom, I really enjoy your photos and wanted to give you a thumb’s up! But more importantly say that I totally agree that we’re in a “system” that makes us feel as if we’re all separate, but we’re more connected with nature and each other than we realize. 🙂


  4. You’re so right, Tom! Such a system is everywhere. I probably mentioned before that the system or rules placed onto people at the work place was there to stay, sadly to say…


  5. So well said, though sad that it was a joy to read. We need to hear these words. I will share it in my social media if ok.


  6. Everyday, we see organizations, families trying to mould their members in it’s own way. Suppressing any disturbance which comes in their way and projecting good image of the existing organization or system even though some part of such disturbance may cause betterment in future


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