"Five percent of the people think;
ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think."
-- Thomas A. Edison
I read that quote and I started to wonder.
If five percent are 'thinkers', it would include the controllers of the world with their design and implementation of control over the global landmasses and populations. Their ability to foment and execute plans hundreds of years in scope and the continuous and constantly evolving control mechanism which seem to implant themselves within the general psyche.
The rest of that five percent could be comprised of actual thinkers, philosophers, creators, idealists and dreamers with visions of a more amicable, egalitarian and symbiotic future for humanity and our magnificent planet.
They come from all backgrounds and social status and are the ones which respond to situations rather than react. They'll tend to listen more than speak but when they do, it can be with the release of waves of information, sometimes overwhelming but non-the-less necessary and important for the evolution of humanity itself. They will see the whole rather than focus on single points and include all information before beginning to form an opinion. They don't have an incessant need to be 'right' but how they are 'judged', however, may be completely different.
The following ten percent, those which think they think, includes politicians, scientists, educators, academics, activists, media personalities, corporate leaders, medical professionals, new-agers, alternative media, a wide range of 'experts' and countless others from many varied backgrounds which may very well include myself. They are usually very certain of their intelligence and love to be 'for' or 'against' something. They can be shrewd and cunning along with judgemental and opportunistic but that should not be the basis of what one perceives them to be, for we are all in the same program, just on varying planes of awareness.
The rest (the majority), those which would rather die than think, are simply trying to live their lives within the parameters of their programming and provided environment. They 'love' their distractions and 'live' for country, sports, parties, celebrities and whatever else the rulers deem fit for them to adore and worship. They also easily 'hate' whatever 'abnormality' or 'threat' which is presented to them for the sole purpose of hating. They demand punishment of and protection from the 'evil doers' of the moment, are great repeaters of the rhetoric of the day and, of course, the basis of this article 'percentages'.
Be it the zombie apocalypse, fake news, anti-this and anti-that, the information they garner comes in like a hammer (hard and fast) then trickling but forever reminding (endless and constant) and the best part is that nothing has to be factual, it must only 'feel' right and be divisive; for they believe that they can never be duped and that everything can easily fall into the categories of 'this or that'. Even though their 'categories' of judgement are predetermined, they believe that they are 'just' in their 'thinking' and will defend the lie to the death if they must because why would their governments, media, celebrities and other forms of 'information' lie to them for aren't their sources 'certified' and 'documented' as per the 'regulatory standards' of the day?
We have all been involved in the same game for generations and with that we are all susceptible to not see the forest for the trees. Sure some break free (there are so many levels) but for the most part, they continue to easily be manipulated and many simply wander from one level to another and back - like a seesaw in the park, up and down the thinking percentage.
Where are we with this 'awakening'? It would seem that everyone has been identified and the evidence is all clear and now comes the punishment in order to enact 'change'. The guilty have amassed wealth which can easily buy armies, so wars and more conflict are certainly justified in order to punish the guilty and bring about a sweeping 'victory' for the 'righteous'. Grab your guns, lock them up and off with their their heads; like that is any different from what the rulers encourage.
Round and round we go without ever changing our basic programmed mindset and realizing that to stop the 'game' we must simply refuse to keep playing. We must relearn the skills which form communities beginning with conversation which is not based upon competition, judgement and ego; we must learn to truly listen to each other and accept our individual faults in order to evolve into the heartfelt intelligence we are capable of being rather than hold on to and defend our ignorance like it is what makes us who we are. It is great to be wrong, for that is one step closer to getting it right.
For those which got lost at the beginning in the land of 'statistics', as I mentioned in one of my prior writings, one must never forget that when we are talking in percentages we bring things to the factor of one hundred and may be diminishing its scope and importance in doing so If we cannot grasp that concept.
As far as "who am I to write such things?": I am but a man, just as flawed as any of you and I waver from this 'group' (5, 10 and 85 percent) to that just as many others do. I don't, however, claim that I am now or will ever be 'Awakened', for that, I believe is a journey, not a destination. I simply write from my observations of myself and the world around me as I take one step forward and sometimes two steps back. My only motive in life is to learn as much as possible and to help in whatever way I can in order to try to facilitate a better now which may lead to a grander future for those which follow; my children, yours, your neighbor's, they all deserve something better than this game which is forced upon everyone from birth.
So I leave it there for you to ponder. The clues are all around us if we have the heart to acknowledge them; it starts with each and everyone of us.
Which percentage do you want to be in?