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"The materialistic/consumeristic culture is a memetic viral culture, and like a cancerous growth, overwhelms, dominates, and ultimately destroys the integrity of the world's cultures if unstopped."
"With the introduction of the memetic viral culture, the targeted society moves farther and farther away from what makes it civilized. What the group members traditionally considered to be important for the welfare of the group are replaced by a set of values that foster selfishness and greed. Desires come to be experienced as urgent needs and material possessions are believed to be the only way to happiness."
"things" can bring them a sense of well-being, happiness, and esteem. The stress, strain, and anxiety associated with "empty" striving starts to take a toll and psychological health starts to suffer. As the media continuously promotes the emotional benefits of consumption, members of the targeted society begin to experience a "consumption addiction". Caught up in a destructive cycle, the more the group members experience the emptiness associated with the pursuit of money and things, the more they strive to get more, bigger, and better things to relieve the discomfort and feel better."
"Individuals whose lives were once motivated by a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and intrinsic rewards now experience emptiness, alienation, and misdirected lives. Finally, the feelings of insecurity, frustration, and unhappiness associated with "not having things" lead to unhealthy and destructive behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse.
" An overwhelming shift from concern with others to selfishness and greed will occur. In a culture in which the sacredness of humanity was honored, and the welfare of all members of the society was a highly held value, group members will start to be seen as objects only to be used for the benefit of others to have more. Once the memetic viral culture has infested the targeted society to this degree, crime and violence will become the norm."
"Everything that was known, that brought stability and a sense of security will have been erased. The once harmonious, contented, populace will have been replaced by a society of insecure, anxiety, dissatisfied individuals who are estranged from their own culture and unable to find the happiness they sought in the baubles of the memetic viral culture."
"Upholding our integrity to the small daily tests is what the integrious do. This leads to a higher level of awareness, confidence in our ability to respond, and a strength that we can stand up to more difficult opposition because we have successfully stood up to the smaller ones." www.integriousproject.com...
Who do I think displays a good deal of integrity? I've never met the man, but Butler Shaffer is one person that comes to mind.
We now have a society who look for personal fulfillment beyond measures.
A concern for:
~ The self only
~ Separation with a superiority complex.
~ Oriented by wealth, possessions, fear, and the status quo.
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We now have a society who look for personal fulfillment beyond measures. A concern for: ~ The self only ~ Domination ~ Competition, ~ Separation with a superiority complex. ~ Oriented by wealth, possessions, fear, and the status quo.
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Those people right there? They have infiltrated the halls of power and are busy running the whole thing over a cliff. Like you say they don't care about any but themselves. One thing they do care about is anyone pointing out their faults in this regard.