As we move into a year that has been marked as ‘the end of the world’ more and more perspectives on how this world is actually collapsing at various levels emerge in the media.
Evidence shows that we have built a world around consumerism, around buying and selling life in order to ‘make a living’ while producing more shit to live. And by shit I mean products that are not made out of an actual purpose and requirement to live, but are only manufactured to create new needs implanted and promoted through nice pictures that suit personalities and lifestyles that can afford being constantly seeking the fastest, easiest, most enjoyable way of ‘living.’
Who has created such a system? Who has deliberately kept the current status quo of a never ending quest to ‘conquer the world’ as ‘the superior species’ that we’ve claimed ourselves to be? Us, all of us – humans. It is a great comfortable lie to only blame the corporations – because we buy from them; it’s easy to blame politicians – while we vote for them, and even if you don’t vote, we are all still accepting the current political system where only a few are ‘in power’ and taking decision for the whole. Though it’s also ‘great’ to delude ourselves into what this world ‘has to offer’ in terms of media and entertainment that is able to exist in a nice fluffy alternate reality where ‘everything is alright’ while bowing down to a system based in inequality, a system that is proving itself to have failed at creating dignified living conditions for all beings, as well as an actual preservation of the resources on the planet based on indispensable consumption to live. But! this is not seen, this is not promoted because it goes against the ‘laws’ of capitalism where ‘the more you buy, the ‘wealthier’ you are,’ ‘the more you consume, the ‘happier’ you are’ – these have been underlying mottos that we’ve accepted as our motivation to keep going in this world.
We have been the co-creators of every single policy in this reality that has stood only as a benefit for our hedonist lifestyles while disregarding what we are inherently supporting just by the mere fact of supporting and complying to a world wherein we ‘buy life.’ This single acceptance has lead us to the horrible truths that only few dare to research upon.
How come there is mercury in our light-saving light bulbs? How is it that water fluoridation is not controlled at all eventually creating damages at a cellular level? How come we’ve allowed an over-production of cars to have up to 900 million cars in this world – and still going up in numbers -all requiring oil that is the subject of wars, all of them expelling exorbitant amounts of carbon dioxide and other chemical pollutants into the air. It is certainly not cool living in a city where you can’t breathe clean air at all.
How come that we’ve agreed to make of McDonald’s one of the most profitable companies around the world this year while having material that gruesomely exposes their industrial farming where chickens are kept in the most macabre ways only to eventually be killed so that you can have your ‘happy meal’ – this is only an example among several other violations that threaten the lives of animals and humans alike in such massive production system. McDonald’s is ‘still going strong’ in the world where everyone is attempting to follow the ‘American way of ‘living,’’ promoting images of happiness and satisfaction while hiding the most atrocious ways entailed in their production. Who consumes? We do and they are not alone.
Ronald’s company shares the throne next to companies like Google – god nonetheless – Pfizer, keeping the nations doped in well-established agreements with FDA and the entire brigade of psychiatrists that are more than happy to have you there every month seeking for your ‘antidote’ to any mental experience that you’ve created for yourself. Apple which has been the most effective in creating and setting ‘new trends’ in terms of updating products unnecessarily, creating a fan base of loyal consumers that keep the company growing around the world. Jobs might have been a ‘great developer,’ but he also found ways to create his products in a ‘clever’ way using slave labor in China, in factories where slaves/ ‘workers’ are forced to work over hours while living in rooms with other 20 people, just to keep it all ‘sustainable.’ Now, who doesn’t have an iPod, iPhone, iPod or Mac ?
Nike, a company that reveals people sweating while enjoying their products but hiding the ‘sweat-shop’ actual effort and suffering within the factories in Asia, having workers that have no other option than cutting meals a day just to afford painkillers in case of getting sick.All of these companies also produce exorbitant amount of rubbish that is dumped and not taken responsibility for, at all. It is an all encompassing detrimental and harmful business that is currently placing animals in extinction, animals being abused and kept in the most insane ways to be killed and sold to cover the increasing rates of meat demand in the market. Add the polluting aspect with chemicals and hazardous materials that are often used in the products without anyone knowing about it. These are all then packaged and sold in plastic containers and wraps, all of it being part of the ‘convenient’ materials for a fast-food lifestyle that is sold and packed ‘ready to go’ to fulfill our needs/ desires as soon as possible with ‘great quality’ on top of that. I mean, isn’t it obvious that this world is based upon absolute abuse, betrayal, harm and negligence to one another? This includes not only human beings, but animals, plants, the environment, the very air we breathe?
Looking at the garbage that gets dumped into the ocean: what are the solutions to this? Straining the ocean is not an option as that would certain capture other species as well. They argue that cleaning the oceans is ‘beyond any nation’s budget’ – what if money wasn’t an obstacle to do so? The point is to stop the problem in its root. We’ve built a society based on a disposable lifestyle that we believe ends up in the trash can. No. It is horrific to see what animals are having to endure and die from because of this human-made world.
We are completely delusional if we think that over a hundred years of having cars running in this world, we won’t have a detrimental effect on Earth. The same applies for virtually every single industry where everything we use, wear, eat and just ‘buy’ has an entire set if procedures behind that we’re simply not aware of. We’re neglecting the very fact that it is the accepted and allowed hedonist lifestyle that is leading us to this current state we’re living in. We have neglected the vital consideration to create sustainable ways to live, beginning with our monetary system which is the main cause to these profit-driven industries that satisfy consumers to generate more capital – and the chain goes on. Where does it stop? With each one of us.
Do we really care about each other? No, otherwise the abuse, disregard and general carelessness about ourselves and the environment would not exist, because we would not have accepted the current economical, political and social structures in the first place where being rich is the ultimate triumph, regardless of who’s chest you have to stand upon to do so.
Where is our human integrity? Has there EVER been human integrity? No. And I am sick and tired of living in this sick and polluted world. I cannot continue blaming or neglecting the facts that exist here, I stand up for a solution that we see and realize it is the root cause for the majority of the current problems we’ve created in this world: MONEY.
Investigate the Equal Money System wherein we are creating and planning a structure based on Equality, where life is dignified and supported unconditionally for all, as a birth-right. This will stop the extensive abuse toward animals, humans, plants, the environment as the principle is Equality implemented through Equal Money where our basic requirements to live are supplied by virtue of living here. By having our needs met, we will have all the time we require to start investigating ways in which we can clean up the world, as well as stopping producing unnecessary products that are only fulfilling a certain ‘personality’ and ideal-lifestyle that has never considered the reality that we live in, wherein those that ‘earn the least’ are the exploited ones that keep those on the top happy and celebrating a lifestyle that has its roots in abuse and suffering.
I could go on and on citing all the various aspects of human slavery, animal abuse, indiscriminate use of resources, social problems, political negligence, judicial unfairness, health detriment by untested products, lack of basic understanding of how we create this world, wars, famine, child abuse, family violence, consumerism, mental problems, greed, monopolies, pollution in the oceans, the air, our water depleted due to irresponsible contamination in this world…
We are Here, nonetheless.
Our reality will change, that’s for sure. But be aware that all changes made will only have one single purpose: Creating an Equal world where we stop the current suffering of all sentient beings in this world, stop harming and abusing ourselves because of money, stop abdicating our responsibility toward each other and start working together for a single outcome that will benefit all equally.
We are here to stop neglecting life, to stop our personal turmoil that tampers our ability to see what this reality as ‘our world’ has become by our own hands. We’re here to stop self interest to create common interests where life in equality means best for all.
Dare to Care http://www.equalmoney.org
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