If someone were to ask me, "What's the worst joke you've ever heard?" there are numerous replies I could make. Incidentally, I know more bad jokes
than good jokes, but this is one of the worst jokes I have ever encountered. And the worst part is, we 'enjoy' the joke every day.
It's not a one-liner, it's not a 'yo momma' joke, and it isn't particularly dirty.
It's a joke I call "The Society Game". The rules are this: please everyone, get paid, buy stuff, own lots of crap, die rich, hand down to family
members, rinse and repeat. Almost everyone follows this game, never realizing that they are missing the most important points in life. All they do is
amass plenty of treasures, try to get rich, failing to get rich, dying while still disappointed, then provoking complaints from relatives when they
get less than you had after divvying of inheritance.
I came up with this concept after thinking for a while (I tend to do this a lot; it reveals many of life's mysteries to me) and realizing that half of
the stuff we do or want, we really don't need. Then why do we want it? Because of society. Everyone is pushed by propaganda and peer pressure to do
these things that get in the way of our spiritual growth. I won't say it's a government conspiracy or anything like that; however, I will say it's
quite detrimental in this day and age. Back when we had to work to actually live, that was a different story. But these days, it has gone too far.
For instance, here are the approximate stats of a man who has lived his life playing The Society Game:
Outstanding Achievements: 0%
Community Influence Outside of Investing: 6%
Moral Standing: 10%
Actual Character and Personality: 3%
Monetary Percentile of Complete Identity: 95%
You'll usually find this among politicians and people of social and political standing. This is due to the obvious fact that they have the full brunt
of the society game on their shoulders. They have to make a good public appearance...or they lose everything.
By these stats, we can see this hypothetical man is one of millions of workers. Essentially, he did nothing that hasn't been done by numerous people
before: he had a job that hundreds have had before, collected a paycheck alongside hundreds, voted alongside thousands, raised kids alongside dozens
of other conformist parents, threw their kids into a conformist school, and paid their generically-earned cash to have those schools mold their
children into carbon copies of what their parents have come to be.
This is our entire goal as a society. "Oh, hey, this works! Everyone, do this!" Thus, the invention/development of sheeple.
But here's the part where it becomes a bad joke. The only way to live in this world, is by playing a game that focuses on stuff that breaks down
quickly. No spirituality, no philosophy, no reveling in the divinity or exploring the impossible. Just money, money, money.
In a time where spirituality matters more and more (no, I'm not talking about organized religion), we are becoming most obsessed, both as a nation and
as a government, with The Society Game.
How is this a bad joke? That which is crippling us, has become the only way to live a 'decent' life. Materialism has become necessary to survive. Our
greed and constant need to expand and have shiny new things is now the only way we know how to live.
This, to me, is a bad joke. No, not a bad joke...a HORRIBLE joke. Becoming reliant on the very system that weakens you...it's wrong. But we've gone
too far to change the world in one day, or even one year. Not even 4 years, like we try to do with the Presidents. We've been forced down to a little
change at a time. But we were to all change a little at a time...imagine what we could do.
I'm not saying you should become a hermit and live on a desert island with a couple of palm leaves for a roof and a coconut for a hat; I'm simply
saying that once in a while, we should all take a break from our mad rush to collect shiny things and just look up and enjoy the divinity, the
spirituality, the GENIUS of the universe.
There's a phrase that comes to mind: "You can't see the forest for the trees." Money and shiny new toys and working to please a society that doesn't
know what's best... these things, these concepts, are the trees - and the universe is the forest.
Do the math.
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