‘Jobsworths’ = Groupthink
= limitations = fear = lack of empathy
Jobsworth: Anyone who upholds petty rules, even at the expense of humanity or common sense.
This comes from the saying, “It’s more than my job’s worth to break the rules” – which is to say, “I was only obeying orders.”
A time comes when an individual decides to think for themselves. This, of course, has consequences. We may all consider that we do think for ourselves, but in reality, this is a rare occurrence.
If we are to realise the reality of truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, then we will be at odds with the collective mind set of groupthink that believes it already knows because of what it’s been told.
Human collectives of all kinds are prone to a mentality that values consensus and conformity above all else while, at the same time, discouraging individuality. This is an oxymoron, because we all actually admire great scientists, great writers, great musicians, great artists and great spiritual teachers who have all worked alone.
As a society, the groupthink (and even minority-groupthink) mentality discourages individuals who don’t conform or promote the ideals of the group. This limits and confuses thinking.
In order to work independently in solitude, where the mind is free to realise truth without outside pressures, we need mental space to meditate and think expansively to work through the options, without thought-police or influencers looking over our shoulder.
Unanimity is an illusion perpetrated by collectivists whose primary goal is to control; the way in which they exert control is by putting pressure on dissenters and rewarding fellow believers. They are society’s self-appointed minders who push conformity to foster the only beliefs that they know.
Realising our enlightened essence
needs freedom from both conformity and extremism.
The more we meditate and realise
our truth nature of compassionate intelligence,
the less hostility there will be in the world.
Renunciation is a matter of relinquishing those things which cause the limitations that create attachment, jealousy, aggression etc.
Compassion: we know that every sentient being is perfect and free and so, when someone ignores this fact, compassion arises because we know that ignorance is relative and temporary.
Devotion is not a dualistic dependency worshipping an external god. We are potentially Buddha, wishing to be like Buddha. We are not something separate from Buddha. We have always been Buddha, free from limitations.
We have been exploring and adventuring – and we haven’t got very far! We’ll never stop struggling until we become Buddha, when mind has no more limitation.
We love freedom.
We dislike limitations.
Limitations are created by fear.
If the world was kindness itself
then we’d want to follow the groupthink.
But it isn’t is it?