As Jürgen Habermas explained, the ‘lifeworld’ of everyday social and moral action and interaction has now been long subdued by the ‘systems world’ of the free market and money. It was true in the 1970’s when “the Network” was first written and it is more true each day that we allow money and power to dictate our actions instead of our mutual interest in each other, morality, and preservation of our world. Am I getting through to anyone? Trees are real. Rocks are real. Thoughts are real. Emotions are real. You are real. Power isn’t real. Money isn’t real. Money and power are figments of your imagination, they exist only insofar as you think they do.
The fiat currency system and the focus on percentage-based economic growth foisted upon us by those devils we call companies, governments, economists, advertisers, and capitalists is destroying our world, our cultures, our societies, and it will eventually destroy us. The cycle of endless consumption to continue economic growth cannot continue forever. Planned obsolescence is a great example of this.
If you don’t think corporations are that evil then ask yourself how long your next computer will last. Two to four years if you are lucky. Ask yourself how long your next operating system will last. Two to four years if you are lucky. Ask yourself how long each part on your car will last. Ask yourself how long your next cellphone will last. Ask yourself how long your next video game console will last. Ask yourself how long your next TV will last. Ask yourself how long tapes, CD’s, DVD’s, and mini-discs lasted; and how long will Blu-Ray discs last. Why is it cheaper to buy a new printer than to buy a new ink cartridge? Why is it nearly impossible to refill an ink cartridge rather than replace it? Why do we continue to use fossil fuels when solar power, wind power, and ocean currents could easily supply us with all the energy we need for the rest of eternity if properly researched and managed.
Profit and greed are the primary motivations of our individualistic, adolescent, greedy society. Why do you think George W. Bush told us to not worry, suggesting we instead that we go out and shop after 9-11. Well, he did want us to worry, (or it wouldn’t have happened) but he also wanted us to continue to consume. The masses couldn’t figure it out in the 1970’s. We can only hope that they will be able to figure it out before it is too late. Perhaps the continued degradation of the chain of life is more easily recognizable now. I will keep trying to point it out.
Stop worrying about yourselves and your money. It is all an illusion. There is only us, the one interconnected system of life called Gaia, and we are being killed by the systems world with our willing participation after being brainwashed by a group of short-sighted, greedy, capitalist elites who want to be served like kings for eternity by the rest of the population.
We live in an age where, because of our advanced technology, we could all live in comfort and easily only work 2-4 hours each day. But our endless desire for more stuff, largely generated by advertisers, is necessary to prop up an unsustainable economic model and is requiring two people to work 40 hours each week to just barely scrape by in each household. Unemployment isn’t the problem. The idea that everyone should be employed and working 40 hours a week is the problem. The fact that we allow the capitalist class to take 90% of the profit from the work we do is the problem.
We live in an age of technological progress and increased production that could allow us to use the vast majority of our time to sit and think, make art, enjoy the company of our loved ones, explore space, explore consciousness, and work on even better technology that would allow us to work even less while producing even more efficiently; yet we live in perpetual fear that a machine will take our job away instead of make it (and our lives) easier. Wake up America. If we don’t change our ways soon the dream will surely be dead.