What motivates people to take action?

What motivates people to take action?

by Jon Rappoport

April 23, 2016

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)

First, what kind of motivation am I talking about?

I’m talking about the urge to pursue a goal to change things for the better. An urge that goes beyond the simple desire to belong to a group; that goes beyond the desire to reflect the pronouncements of authority; that goes beyond a need to bolster the status quo.

Eliminating those motivations, we are left with something that involves an individual taking a stand—and making his position public.

His position, his beliefs, his principles, his ideas.

The problem centers on his family, friends, colleagues, co-workers. To some degree, he feels enmeshed in a group, and that group would take a dim view of his ideas and actions. In the territory of his thoughts, he’s emerged from the shadows of conformity; but in the world? That’s a different story.

What would “they” think of him? What would they say? What would they do?

Is he willing to risk fracturing his relationships?

Is he willing to risk “being misunderstood?”

Most people stop at this point, reconsider, and fall back into line. They see The Group as the final arbiter of what they’re permitted to do.

But they’re missing something.

Some far more basic. Something that comes earlier.

As individuals, do they see that they have individual power?

Or not?

Do they understand they have the capacity to act independently in the world? And that these actions have strength?

Or not?

Because if they don’t see that, then where would they stand?

And next, do they realize they can form a vision of what they want to do—and do they sense this vision has power?

What I’m talking about here has nothing to do with making an assessment of the likelihood of success or victory versus the numbers of people who are asleep or who defend the status quo. That calculation is, at bottom, an excuse for doing nothing.

If sheer numbers were the deciding factor, all action would be rejected.

Boiling down the basis of motivation comes to this: does the individual realize he is an individual? Does he realize it in greater and greater degrees?

If not, he’ll root around in the forest and never form an independent vision.

A vast overemphasis on his “interdependence with others” will sentence him to grinding out his days.

The “individual who is first and foremost a part of the group” is a fiction. It becomes a convenient fiction for many. It rationalizes avoiding uncomfortable circumstances.

There is the old saw: with great power comes great responsibility. There is some truth in that, but in most cases people are urged to consider responsibility in a way that chokes off their power. The responsibility is directed toward group-duties.

The individual’s responsibility is toward himself. Then, assuming his own power, he can act. Then he can think about his connection to others—but even so, how much is there to think about, if he is forwarding a vision to make things better?

Critics will drag up examples of individuals who enacted destructive visions. But what do these criticisms add up to? The discovery that there are bad apples in the bunch? This is no revelation. Is the crazy dictator a justification for damning all individual action? Of course not.

Where does individual power come from? It comes from the creative urge, the creative impulse. This is deeper than the notion of solving problems. It’s deeper than mechanical resolutions.


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If the major part of the last 10,000 years of human history has been dedicated to submerging the individual, then turning the formula right side up is not going to be a Sunday picnic. Understood. But the reversal has to start somewhere. It certainly isn’t going to start from the program of a group. That would be a root contradiction.

The longer a person waits for a spark of inspiration to jolt him into action, the less likely it is that he’ll cross the threshold into a new life.

Placing a “we” before an “I” may at first appear to be a strategy for exiting an old life, but it soon fades in the glaze of conformity that groups insist on.

Powerful groups can exist—when they are composed of powerful independent individuals, but the group does not give birth to the individual.

It never has.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

5 comments on “What motivates people to take action?

  1. Brilliant post, Jon.

    I sense some crossovers with some of my early Ozzie Thinker articles.

    My latest on Exopolitician, “What Is Harmony?” talks on similar lines in some ways and will be released tomorrow…I hope.

    Here’s a couple of snippets:

    “Like the three wise monkeys, the real stars invariably come and go unannounced, unseen and unheard. Demonstrative talent that is out of tune with a given age may collect dust covering hidden treasure for discovery at a distant, future period. But, even then, due to the hereditary parasitic narcissism of man, legacies are certain to be tarnished in some way. There is always some hangover as a response to the incongruous hatred of past conceited critics. Humans are at war with each other, constantly. The great group, surreptitiously organised by “the elites”, is attempting to create “one view” (which is labelled “Globalism”).

    Per that vision, everyone is either “in tune” or “out of tune”. For Globalism to succeed, it needs in tune citizens. If the vision stands a chance at working, out of tune anarchists must be expunged (which can only mean eradication). In this case, citizens are law abiding, whereas anarchists are anti-establishment. Measures are dictated and facilitated. Other than the New Age smokescreen constructed by the United Nations, harmony is not a consideration.”

    “Expressions of appreciation can turn into conflicts. Taste in music an excellent example. If I was to occupy a room that had one of the great Beethoven Symphonies as background music and was joined by another person, we might react in very different ways to the listening experience. Assuming the symphony was well rehearsed and exquisitely performed, for me the listening experience would certainly be bliss but the other might perceive “hell on toast”. Taste is not just simply divided by, shall we say, ignorance and intuition. Intuitive people are selective and I, personally, find much modern music (particularly the varieties that favour discords that don’t resolve) abhorrent. Others love it. Culture wars are most commonly fought over pictorial art. Numerous well versed spectral opinions are the legacy of sane judgement. People are different.”

    Best
    OT

  2. seamlessone says:

    “We we we”….. the buzzing sound of the clones. It’s their favorite word…their favorite concept. The clones love to speak in terms of “we”. From the mainstream, to the alternative stream, it is sung from the rooftops.

    The notion or idea of “we” is quite the myth. It is a word that has become a story infecting every thought. It is the natural spawn of the core myth…duality. Duality spawns the “we”, in it’s endless forms.

    The clones love the idea of interdependence. It gets them off the hook, as one need not take anymore than a tiny fraction of responsibility for the future of mankind. Interdependence frees one’s loins from having any significance whatsoever, after all “we are just one of many clones”. Indeed they are. One entity of clones. A singular clone in fact, with many bodies and fragmented minds. Identical minds. One mind. Lovers of duality. Romancers of “we”.

    The power of the individual clone is limited surely, but the sea of clones is vast and active and powerful, so worry not my dear clone…relax, watch some TV, and eat some cookies….the group will do what you lack the will to do on your own, unless of course they all think like you.

  3. RAW says:

    Stepping outside of the systems of control takes courage… not an easy step to take. Going inward reveals the complex matrix of thought, behavior, neurosis mild and not so mild. Dissolving the matrix illusion takes time – a slow grind – then spits you out into a lonely new reality – out of the rabbit hole, naked and vulnerable.

    Open to the cosmos at large, the spark of divinity at the root begins to smolder, a soft wildfire courses through the nervous system, the cells begin to shimmer, the resonance of a feminine power dancing in the stillness. She comes and goes her current flows – pure creativity.

    The stillness induces rest, quiet thoughts. In rest, the creative forces play. Nature calls, the planet is alive, a sentient force dreaming the characters in her dream. Awakening into being a character in her dream, the dreamer is free to be… to be free.

    I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  4. From Québec says:

    What motivates people to take action?

    Well, it’s a bit like Einstein quote says:

    “Necessity is the mother of all invention.”
    ― Albert Einstein

    I think you take action when you really have no other choice, when you are fed up with tings that are not working for you anymore..

    Example:

    Trump said, I gave money to Romnie and to Mc Cain and they both, blew it. So, I said to myself, I’m not going to take another chance, this time, I’m going to do it myself.

  5. Alice Brenner says:

    Fantastic. Send that to William Thompson, PhD, aka “the CDC Whistleblower” In fact each of his colleagues should get a copy. Time for them to leave the pack and their grinding away at the futility of scientific dishonesty for profit. They will never get real satisfaction from that.

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