“There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in”
We are a very clever species, but we are not very wise. The wisdom we have built up over millennium now resides in pockets of traditional cultures and in the wisdom keepers of the old ways. In evidence of the first sentence you only need to look at how modern thinking derides the traditional cultural narratives.
But, instead of being derisive consider how we would react if we believed the spirits of our ancestors lived in the trees? Would we mass pollute rivers for shitty textiles if we still believed the rivers were the blood of the god Gaia?
Traditional societies are still founded on mutual aid and mutual support. In these contexts competition isn’t common because it isn’t enhancing harmony and harmony is critical if the group is to survive the whims of each season.
Our lives in the modern world are not about living righteously or living to some spiritual accord or even about fulfilling our truest desires. From birth we are carefully programmed for work. This monetizes our labour so that our greatest resources, our physical skills, our ideas, and our creativity can be turned into wealth that can then be transferred to an international cabal of Swiss banking families. These families use these international fiat currencies to accumulate real wealth. Property, gold, minerals, diamonds and other commodities that have actual value. Meanwhile we fight and claw at each other to accumulate currency that has continually eroding face value.
In my opinion its relatively easy to make a case that the upper echelon or the cream of society has gone sour. The evidence of antisocial behaviours and endeavors is staggering amongst this group. A cabal of sociopaths and psychopaths if ever there was.
I grew tired of working hard to have no money left once my bills were paid. Knowing that I was supporting this corrupt system for little more than tradition caused me to reconsider my lot in life. Even living simply we still thithe a portion of our wealth, but we are also able to live outside the monetary system and I’m noticing more and more people taking similar measures. Perhaps one day we’ll live together in a self governing system, trading in our own local currencies. One thing I know for certain is that if enough people awake from the trance of the work day trudge “it’s possible”.