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Classes are now offered to learn to swim out of the water

I recently received a message asking me to share with my contacts the information about a new course teaching people how to open their own childcare business. A little further down in the same message it was indicated that childcare would not be offered during the course because, apparently, the organizers were not authorized for that service.

I thought that those same instructors may be preparing a course about how to learn to swim out of the water and another course to learn to read with audiobooks.

The contradiction in the childcare class announcement is so great, and the irony so unavoidable, that no one reading that ad can fail to notice that the organizers are offering to teach what they themselves are not allowed to practice. But we live in such a strange time that surely no one cares if someone teaches what they don't know or what they can't practice.

We live in the age of arrogant ignorance, that is, an ignorance that knows itself to be ignorant, but that, far from trying to stop being ignorant, seeks to impose that ignorance on others.

And if a narcissistic attitude is added to that arrogant ignorance, the person in question can become very successful in the context in which we live. What is that context? We are outside of paradise, inside capitalism and on this side of the pandemic. And it could be added (there are enough arguments to do so), we are witnessing the first true global and integral revolution.

And at the same time that this is happening, due to the combined effect of the pandemic and social networks, almost all of us (starting with the person who writes these lines) are experiencing a significant reduction in our cognitive abilities and, as a consequence, it is becoming more and more difficult for us to understand what's happening, anticipate what's next, and make good decisions.

In this context, the arrogant ignorance, the destructive and self-destructive narcissism, and the loss of cognitive abilities (which leads to the infantilization and self-exploitation of adults) is compounded by such a level of self-deception that we are still seeking to “return to normality”. or “reach a new normality”, without being able or willing to accept that “normality” was only the chaos to which we had become accustomed.

And although this situation creates the opportunity to expand consciousness and open the mind and heart to co-create a new future (which is not the same for everyone and does not arrive simultaneously for everyone), instead, we don’t mind if they sell us water from the river , as Anthony de Mello taught in reference to the fact that we have become so dependent that we can no longer satisfy our most basic needs on our own.

That's why, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association, nearly 9 out of 10 adults in this country now live with high levels of stress. And neither memes, nor "likes" nor "influencers" are the answer.

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