Have you ever had a conversation with someone about the historical state of geopolitical issues that have faced humanity and have ended up saying something like ‘They don’t want us to know that they killed John F. Kennedy to stop him from putting an end to the industrial military complex who were later responsible for the war in Vietnam’ or ‘They are counting on the fact that most people will not investigate the inconsistencies of the official explanation of who was responsible for the 911 attacks in New York City.’
No? Just me? Well, I’m sure most people have at least heard of this emphasis on the word they being used to even describe their co-workers in the form of ‘They really messed up this project’ whilst referring to another group or shift’s work production or behaviours. This approach avoids any potential responsibility on their part while it is also demonising their fellow team members instead of looking at how they can support each other to grow and evolve together.
Also, to expand on the above paragraphs, although some may say the label ‘conspiracy’ has been demonised in an attempt to crush the hidden truth that people are attempting to expose, what I have recently recognised is just how much we avoid taking responsibility for the mess the world is in by describing the cause of our problems as originating from some mythical figurehead we describe as ‘they’. It’s an easy-out that we can revert to, for sure.
The use of the word ‘figurehead’ has also been carefully chosen here, as it is defined as “a nominal leader or head without real power or authority.” (1) For this is symbolic of the way in which we can so easily absolve ourselves of the responsibility of recognising that everything that we observe in our lives, on both a micro and macro global scale, comes about as a direct result of all our daily movements and choices. So when we place the burden of our current socioeconomic, health, environmental and wellbeing status on various governmental, pharmaceutical, and even secret societal entities under the umbrella term ‘they’, it actually seems to ironically support the sustaining of the very systems of global life on Earth that we would like to see changed, because we are giving our inherent power away to them by doing so.
Instead of realising and accepting that we actually have an amazing capacity of love within that can guide us to bring more joy, harmony and purpose to our life when we so choose this, we may many times choose to take on the role of being the victim and rely on the sympathy of others to avoid the responsibility and work it would take to enact these true changes.
There have been so many times in my life where I found myself complaining about some policy at work, governmental corruption, an illogical utility bill, or even corporate greed. But interestingly enough, I never really looked at how I was contributing to bringing these same aspects into my own life and that ultimately, all these seemingly insurmountable challenges that we face in the world start with a simple choice to align to love…. or not. Really, we’ve made it all too easy for us to avoid responsibility and continue to place the burden and thus blame for all our problems on a nebulous ‘they’ that in the end has been built brick by brick by all the little things we do throughout the day to contribute to this pool of energy that others can later dip into at will.
An example of this would be when we are driving down the highway and someone zooms up behind us, tail-gaiting, and then aggressively passes and cuts in front of our car without signalling. We have a choice to stay calm and centred, while not taking it personally, with a knowingness that this is their issue, not ours, and simply observe that their behaviour was disregarding or to consider that this may be a reflection for us to consider in our own lives. Or we can decide to react with road rage, swearing up a storm, and then begin to drive with anger to catch up with them in a desperate attempt to get back at them somehow by reversing the situation by tail-gaiting them.
After we have just gone through the check-out line at the grocery store and noticed on the receipt that the clerk forgot to charge us for the steak bought for dinner, we can either say something to them so that we can rightly pay for it or we may prefer to just slink out of there hoping they never notice while sheepishly justifying this action by saying “Well, it’s their responsibility to charge me for the items I bought.” For we can either enjoin an emotional way of being that we actually know is not beneficial for us out of a need to relieve a tension we feel in our bodies, or stay more centred and settled, without reaction, thus potentially inspiring others to do the same in their lives.
There is another deeper aspect that is being offered here, in that it is an opportunity to realise that, perhaps, who we have deemed as ‘they’ within our political, educational, governmental and economic systems is actually a hidden agent of a not quite so obvious, non-physical kind.
Not one that could potentially be pinned down to a specific group, agency or powerful corporate player, but the force or energy of individualism and separatism that constantly manoeuvres to sabotage any sense of unification or equality, even though on a fundamentally energetic level, we are all connected. This shadowy force of division and disharmony feeds those who align to it out of their own disconnection or emptiness when they have deviated from their Soul, the vehicle of love and harmony we can connect to via our inner heart.
It’s as if there is a consciousness that we have the option to align to that feeds the thoughts and beliefs that we are not One, and that what happens in the world is a product of some random, cosmic ‘roll of the dice’. In truth, the reality is that we always have a choice to bring love into all that we do, knowing that everything that happens after we make that choice is part of the Divine Order we all belong to. Equally, aligning with this brings the awareness that we all have the opportunity to accept responsibility and to let go of placing the blame of our current global and everyday problems on our fellow human beings, for it may not be ‘them’ who are to be vilified after all, but instead, this energy of self-centred individualism ‘they’ have allowed to enter their consciousness when ‘they’ disconnected from their inner heart in the first place.
When we begin to examine on a daily basis how and when this force that has driven humanity’s sometimes virulent and self-centred behaviours manifests itself, it may become more obvious how we are truly conduits of expression and not sources, even though any harmful acts that come from disconnecting to our Soul will socially continue to require due legal consequences.
Perhaps this will inevitably lead to a greater awareness of the true identity and source of what lies behind the use of the term ‘THEY’, and how we have used this phrase to negate our own part in feeding this nebulous and apparently hidden ‘player’ behind the veil of illusion that we have actually created and chosen for ourselves on this planet.
By Michael Goodhart, B.A. Psychology, Licenced Aircraft Technician