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We Are The New Lawmakers: Why We Should Support Companies Like Airbnb

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Airbnb offers people unique travel accommodations, replacing the traditional hotel with funky homes and other non-typical spaces

Airbnb offers people unique travel accommodations, replacing the traditional hotel with funky homes and other non-typical spaces

Laws and their inflicted rules used to be a candid reflection of our individual values at one point in time. They represented our virtues and morals. They distinguished right from wrong.

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Over the decades, our values have evolved (as one would expect from a species whose entire existence is based on evolution). Yet we failed to apply the most crucial rule that evolution has taught us to the judicial system: you adapt or you die. As a result, it is now plagued with laws that represent archaic monuments which painfully remind us of how narrow-minded and naive we once were.

It took 80 years and many lives to grant US African Americans the right to vote and almost 40 more years for women to gain the same right. For an entire century, we refused to recognize that everyone’s created equal.

Breaking rules is our way of forcing the judicial system to adapt or die. It is a necessary system health check which ensures that our individual values are still aligned with the rules that are supposed to govern us. Any individual can challenge the status quo, but it takes a collective to tear down archaic monuments. There needs to be a network effect. The more other people subscribe to your way of thinking, the more attention will be paid to the archaic nature of the law in question.

Unfortunately, we’ve been conditioned to believe that breaking the rules is wrong. We have witnessed what happens when authoritative figures flex their muscles, sending nonconformists to jail and placing activist groups on terrorist-watch lists. Most of us are a little scared to stand up for our values these days, aren’t we?

It’s time we take off our Elizabethan collars. They are narrowing our focus to only register fearful events that deter us from challenging the status quo. We’re starting to suffer from tunnel vision. If we were able to turn our heads, we’d be able to see that there is a global system that has been embracing troublemakers and rule breakers: the internet.

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On the internet, breaking the rules is called “disruption” and it is considered a highly sought after practice that cultivates innovation. It is the birth place of an underlying notion which suggests that there is always a way to do things better – it’s really just a matter of time until someone finds it. Here, the status quo has an incredibly short shelf life.

You adapt or you die. (R.I.P Blackberry)

Airbnb is one of those internet companies that has disrupted the accommodation market by allowing people to share their home with complete strangers in exchange for money. The hotel industry is of course troubled about this because they can’t compete with the authentic, live-like-a-local experience that Airbnb provides their customers. Frankly speaking, a hotel’s unique offer doesn’t extend much further than free morning newspapers, cheap coffee, and cleaning services. Besides that, the only one who profits from this experience are the hotels. Airbnb gives the majority of the profit to their customers, who are allowing others to enjoy their four walls. You see everyone sort of wins with Airbnb while the hotel industry only allows for one winner.

Airbnb didn’t just do things how they have always been done. They do things how they should be done.

Breaking rules, as we have learned, comes at a price though. In Airbnb’s case, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman came knocking to issue a subpoena demanding the submission of Airbnb’s confidential user data of 225,000 New Yorkers. Apparently, the state is “concerned about hotel occupancy taxes and possible evictions by greedy building owners.”

Here we have a group of individuals that rethought the accommodation industry and came up with an arguably better solution, just to find it squashed down by our lawmakers.

Sure, we can take a passive stand against it and say, “Leave it up to the lawmakers to get things right.” Or, we can prompt a system health check and asses whether or not Airbnb services align with our individual and collective values.

Is Airbnb providing people with an opportunity to earn some extra cash on the side? Yes. (And in a world where everything gets more expensive but no salaries are increased, this is a welcoming break.)

Do people enjoy vacationing in someone else’s unique home? Yes. (Have you seen how many users they have?)

Is the Airbnb service hurting anyone physically or psychologically? No. (On the contrary, users benefit from the service.)

Well then, if that’s the case, let’s make sure that the service sticks around. We are the lawmakers. The person at the top is a representation of us. And employees working for the judicial system chose law as their profession. That doesn’t mean that their voice is louder than yours. They are lawmakers by education or occupational lawmakers, and they too have an obligation to represent our values and best interest.

I repeat, we are the lawmakers.

When the laws and their inflicted rules no longer serve us as a collective, we must break them and rethink them. “We” is made up of two or more individuals, and if we as individuals seize to stand up for our values, there will be no collective – there will be no change. No occupational lawmaker will take notice.

Big name hotels are opposing Airbnb's concept

Big-name hotels are opposing Airbnb’s unique hospitality concept (for obvious reasons) ; sign the petition and help support Airbnb today.

I think we can all agree that Airbnb should not hand over any confidential user data, potentially putting thousands of New Yorkers on the hook for breaking an elusive rule that no longer serves us. If we don’t use our collective law making power to create the kind of society that fosters innovative disruption, then we are inviting others to take that power from us. If you don’t use it, you lose it.

I want Airbnb to stand as an example of an outdated law that we replaced – an archaic monument we tore down together.

Help me by signing this petition.

 

 

 

About the author:

Tina Schomburg is known to butcher English idioms from time to time. Granted, many of them wouldn’t make a lot of sense to someone who was born and raised in Germany. Aside from idioms, Tina grew to love the English language early on while listening to North American pop songs and ballads. In the pre-Google era, she would pull out a thick dictionary, flip through the pages in order to find and translate every single word so she could understand their context. This anecdote serves as a great illustration of Tina’s persistence and curiosity for the unknown. Nowadays, you can find Tina swooning over stunning industrial and web design or going down a rabbit hole in effort to learn and understand an intriguing subject. As of late, Tina has become a self-educated expert on health and the state of well being after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of twenty-two. Once Tina has successfully recovered from cancer, she plans on empowering others to become fearless agents of change.

Visit Tina’s website and blog here > Peaceful Combat

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Weekly Q&A: Trump’s Role, Censorship, CETV, Reader Love

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  • The Facts:

    Each week we do a Q&A based on questions we receive throughout the week. Our goal is to dive DEEPER into content through the questions. This video covers a few questions from Sept 16 - Sept 22, 2018.

  • Reflect On:

    If you have any questions for us, contact us at contact@collective-evolution.com

We have decided to begin doing weekly public Q&A’s based on all the questions we get throughout the week. We have found that people often ask very similar questions (and great questions!) about what’s going on and often times we feel these responses are great for everyone to be hearing as it adds a deeper perspective to what we cover each week. your questions often get us thinking down different paths too, which is awesome and why this community is so damn powerful.

So THANK YOU for your great questions, for engaging and for being part of this all.

I want to also say, for those wanting to get our weekly behind the scenes updates as well as our daily content sent right to your inbox, click here. We know facebook simply does not work anymore for distributing content, so email is the best way.

Update For Sept 16 – Sept 22, 2018

In the video below I go over everything. Be sure to check out the TIMECODES in the description if you want to skip ahead to other topics. I’m through in how I cover things, I know sometimes people want things faster but I don’t see value in not going deep so this is what it is!

This week’s rundown includes:

01:05 : Question regarding Trump’s role
08:50 : Thoughts on recent censorship, are we afraid?
18:00 : New CETV conscious media platform
21:12 : Beautiful email from a reader!

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The Hero’s Adventure: What Movies Can Teach Us About Facing Our Shadow

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  • The Facts:

    The Hero's Journey is a multi-staged adventure whereby the 'hero' grows to become a new version of themselves, one that is evolved and at a 'higher level' per se.

  • Reflect On:

    Movies can be viewed in many ways. Some see it as programming others as inspiration. How can we use what we see in movies in our own lives? To grow and evolve as people? To recognize our true callings vs those of Hollywood?

The hero’s adventure is a term popularised by Joseph Campbell based upon his 1949 work “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”. The late Campbell was an American Professor of Literature and a philosopher who described the adventure one must embark upon to fully realise who he/she is.

A simple explanation from Campbell:

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

Campbell uses the word monomyth to describe this adventure which was taken from James Joyce’s book Finnegans Wake.

According to Campbell the monomyth contains 3 stages, with 17 subsections. Not all journeys contain all sections and no two adventures are the same, yet the hero’s adventure follows a surprisingly similar pattern. The 3 stages are 1. A call to seek out some kind of adventure. 2. A trial or initiatory period where the hero must face an obstacle or series of obstacles. 3. The return back home with that which you were seeking to find. This often repeats in a number of ways, with various steps being repeated, but this is the idea.

The 17 Steps Of The Heroes Adventure:

The Call:

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  1. The call to adventure
  2. Refusal of the call
  3. Supernatural aid
  4. Crossing the threshold
  5. Belly of the whale

The Initiation:

  1. The road of trials
  2. The meeting with the goddess
  3. Woman as temptress
  4. Atonement with the father
  5. Apotheosis
  6. The ultimate boon

The Return:

  1. Refusal of the return
  2. The magic flight
  3. Rescue from without
  4. The crossing of the return threshold
  5. Master of two worlds
  6. Freedom to live

When you look to Hollywood movies and best selling fiction books they all follow the same pattern. Star Wars writer, George Lucas, was a friend of Joseph Campbell and famously said that without Campbell there would have been no Star Wars.

Star Wars

If you take Star Wars, it is the perfect example of the Hero’s Journey:

The Call: Luke Skywalker is living a mundane existence, and then while cleaning R2D2 he is shown a holographic recording seeking help from Princess Leia.

The Initiation: Obi-Wan becomes a mentor to Luke, and teaches him to “use the force”. Along the way he meets Han Solo, Chewbacca and other unsuspecting helpers until he completes his apprentice (which he does not know is taking place). Finally after much fighting, Luke is able to rescue Princess Leia and destroy the death star.

The Return: Then he returns home a new man where Leia awards Luke with medals for his heroism.

The Matrix

The Matrix is another example.

The Call: Thomas Anderson is fed up with life at a dead end job and knows there is more to his existence. He has a dream in which his computer types “follow the white rabbit” when someone comes to buy illegal computer programmes from him they ask him to join them on a night out. He declines, but when one of the group turns, she has a tattoo of a white rabbit, so he decides to follow.

The Initiation: Thomas Anderson becomes his computer alias Neo. He meets Trinity, and later Morpheus and is offered to be shown the truth in the form of the red pill (truth) or blue pill (fantasy). He opts for the truth pill and is initiated into a mysterious world where reality as he knew it is actually a computer programme. He gets to download multiple skills, thinks he is The One, but then realises he is not The One. Morpheus gets taken by the agents and he decides to save him.

The Return: Upon trying to save Morpheus he realises he is The One, saves him and defeats the agents. This is him returning with the realisation he is The One, although the return and initiation cross over a little.

This is the same structure you see in Harry Potter, The Wizard Of Oz, Alice In Wonderland, The Alchemist and just about every story based movie there is.

But how is this helpful?

This is the same story we can use as a metaphorical representation of who and where we are in our lives.

If you think life is meaningless and mundane, this means you should be on the lookout for synchronicities and clues of how to break free.

If you have just had a strong urge to go and do something very far removed from your comfort zone that has the potential to change your circumstances, then you probably should.

If you are stuck in a painful situation that seems to have no end, this means you are in an initiation. Being in an initiation does not guarantee you will pass “the test” but at some point you will be given an opportunity to break a cycle or take an opportunity.

If you have just been through an ordeal and conquered your inner (and sometimes outer) demons, bask in the glory, but remember there was 9 Star Wars movies, 4 Matrix movies and 8 Harry Potter books. Your Heroes Adventure may have many chapters, so strap in and try to enjoy the journey.

Much love, Luke.


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“The Consistency Is Mind Boggling” – University Professor On Alien Abductions

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    Dr. David M Jacobs, a recently retired Professor and historian, shares the fact that those who claim to have been abducted, and there are millions, share extreme consistency with their stories, and come back with proof.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is this not addressed? As Jacob's points out, if it's not true, then we have the greatest discovery of all time with regards to neurology.

We know that the phenomenon is very, very widespread around the world. People think that this is an American phenomenon, it is not. I’ve worked with people from Africa, and Asia, and Latin-America, and Europe and so forth… All say the same thing all around the world, it does not matter where they’re from. People often ask me whether there’s any consistency in abduction accounts, the consistency is mind-boggling.

The quote above comes from Dr. David M. Jacobs, a recently retired professor of History at Temple University, from the video below. He’s one of many academics who’ve been studying the ‘alien abduction’ phenomenon for a long time. We’re talking about full-out investigations and actual case work. Himself and practically every other researcher in this field would tell you that yes, the consistency is indeed jaw-dropping. People who claim to have been abducted by intelligent extraterrestrials, or come in contact with beings, and there are millions of them all over the world, all share remarkably consistent stories.

I work with people who have MD’s, or psychiatrists, psychologists… people who are university professors, and people who have never been able to hold a job…and everybody in-between. The vast material that they talk about has never been in the public domain, without consistency there is no phenomenon, and it is the consistency that keeps coming back…People are physically missing from their normal environments when they are abducted, people come back with unusual scars on their body, fully formed scars that weren’t there before.

It’s important to make a distinction here. There are all sorts of contacts happening. There are forced abductions, we call these people abductees, then there are simply contactees. Contactees don’t experience any type of forced abduction or strange procedures that are performed on them like abductees, there is also a wealth of data showing that a lot of people have friendly, informative, and mysterious type of contact experiences as well, and there are a range of beings (which also show up with consistency in multiple experiencer accounts) that have also been reported with consistency, including human looking ones. Along with these experiences come telepathic messages, in many cases appear to warn of future destruction unless human rapidly evolves and, grows up, so to speak.

Many abductees also report a sense of remorse and empathy within some of these forced abductions, others do not.

Here’s a great example, a case that involves more than 60 school children in Zimbabwe.

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Dr. Jacobs goes on to state, regarding abductions, a very interesting point

Now, let us suppose it is not happening, all those things still remain, and yet it’s not happening, there is no such thing as the abduction phenomenon. If that is the case, we have found the most important thing ever in the history of neurology, brain function, cognition… All these people are saying the same thing at their risk, this is not going to bring applause to them, that they say they’ve been abducted by aliens from outer space. High functioning people say thisnknowing full well it could destroy their careers, and they say this around the world…And it’s not happening, then what?

The mainstream world has and is currently addressing the UFO topic, but the talk of extraterrestrial visitation as one possible explanation for some of these UFO visitations has still been left out of the equation. For the latest updates on that, you can refer to this article:

The US Government Just Admitted to Recovering Materials From UFOs – Here Are The Latest Updates

All of these people, again, are not crazy. They are normal human beings, many of them who have or had no interest in the phenomenon prior. So, again, either something very important in the history of mental health is going on, or the exact opposite, and if we actually take time to examine the evidence, the answer becomes quite clear.

Some of what people report as UFOs are extraterrestrial (ET) vehicles. Some of those extraterrestrial vehicles actually have ET crews, and some of those ET crews catch and release humans.” — Dr. Don Donderi, a retired McGill University Professor of 40 years in the Department of Psychology (source)

Below is a brief account of one example that pertains to abductions, again, something different from regular contactee experience as mentioned earlier in the article. There is footage of Dr. Jacobs here as well.

Are We Being Prepared For Contact?

Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense. To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel – Roscoe Hiellenkoetter (source)

Now, with the emergence of mainstream UFO disclosure, although not really addressing the extraterrestrial question, these topics are slowly creeping into the mainstream. It appears that the process of ridicule which existed for so long, via mainstream media, movies, popular television shows and more, seems to have turned into a process of disclosure.

The topic touches all areas of humanity, including metaphysics, spirituality, not just science, technology and questions in those areas. It represents an evolution in all areas, most importantly an evolution in consciousness. It really forces us to question ourselves, and help us understand who we really are as well.

Humanity is at a crossroads, and our hesitance to accept certain realities these days is drifting, and acceptance is coming in. Our perception of reality is shifting, and that alone is creating action around the world to bring about something that can’t really be put into words.

Perhaps this is becoming more relevant at this because there is a message here for humanity, and the experiences of contactees and abductees could perhaps help us decipher that message if they haven’t already. The common theme is something we all internally know in our hearts, the golden rule, and the caretaking of our planet and life upon it.

We as humanity have an enormous amount of potential to create an experience where this type of existence can happen, where we can be free from the chains of economic slavery and allowed to grow and advance as a species. Our destiny is no doubt in the stars.

Recently we interviewed Susan Manewich about her research into this space as well. One of the many profound truths she shared was that of all the contactees they have studied, there is a strikingly similar message shared by all. Check it out below

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