reply to post by Tentickles
I too have often pondered this curious discrepancy between what we are, why most philosophies believe we are here, and what we actually end up doing
with our time.
Over the course of my studies, I have come to an understanding of WHY we must trudge through the humiliation of drudging through our lives to the
schedules of clock, and paycheck.
The main reason we subsist in this meaningless fashion is the very construction of our societies.
This "Money" "Capitalism" and "Greed"
You see, in the words of Derreck Jensen; "Access to land means Self Sufficiency"
Because everything that a human needs for survival comes from the earth.
Plants for food, fibers for clothing and building materials.
Everything we need for survival, grows from the ground.
So, the problem here, is that land title is locked up.
People "OWN" all the land, and use this "Ownership" to force access to our labor (Labor = Time + Effort) in order to access the resources that the
Earth provides for free.
Thus, since land access is restricted, (By the force of arms, I might add) we are forced to act as slaves to anouther who grants us "Effort coupons"
(Money) that we may exchange for the efforts of others, or resources, etc...
Another main problem, is the very structure of the Capitalistic system that our society has organized itself into over hundreds and thousands of
Those who have the most access to resources and "money" are those who already HAVE this money, purchase the raw resources, hire the laborers to
transmute these resources into products, and they take a "Percentage" of this process, despite the fact that the labor for the creation of this
wealth was not theirs.
All that they posses in this equation is a small piece of paper that our legal system (Police, Military) agrees that means that they own the entire
The Resources, the Land, the Labor, the Intellectual Property; All "owned" by these "Capitalists".
Thus, they continue to draw more "Labor Coupons" from the masses than they contribute, much in the same way as a parasite.
Eventually, they hold more "Money" than the entire collection of resources, and labor, technically amounts to.
At this point, our money devalues, and effectively reduces our effective purchasing power.
Thus, they extract labor at a high rate of efficiency, compared to the effort that they are required to place back into the system.
This is, In a nutshell, Cancer. (Or a Overabundance of Parasites, who have co-oped the Immune system against the Cells that produce the energy.)
This is a sick system, but take heart.
This current system (and how it is designed, and plays out) is inherantly imbalanced, and self defeating.
Their wealth is completely Dependant upon our collective Agreement that it has value.
Besides... if no-one HAS money, then no-one will ACCEPT money for services, and goods.
Their amassing of wealth is their Downfall.
But, yes.. to answer your question, I disagree with the Status-Quo, and I abhor all "Normal" systems of behavior (that are induced to prevent a
clear, systematic, and sustained study of our reality.)
To keep us all ignorant of the invisible slavery, so to speak.
I like to read old books, and study obscure subjects.
I stopped watching television over 4 years ago, and I have never looked back.
I have made some interesting observations since then ABOUT television:
People who watch television seem to be transfixed as if hypnotized.
Peoples behaviors and beliefs seem to mold themselves toward the "Social Norms" that the television expresses (and impresses) upon their minds.