I heard this guy on YouTube say "The reality is that physical failure is the norm. That's the norm. We are all having spiritual struggles and those
are the ones you are more likely to win."
Hahahahaha. Win spiritual struggles. Jesus. I thought you were supposed to ignore those - So that's what it has come to. It looks like materialism is
pushing for a last decade or two but resistances are starting to pop up, not the traditional hard-line religious zealots, either.
There is a distinct disadvantage that materialism has in the coming decades, and that is the lack of material to worship and a disillusioned populace
struggling to pay bills that are certainly not going to look to spending money to gain happiness as a first option. A long time ago, Sigmond Frued's
cousin, Edward Bernays, was heavily influential in American and corporate politics with this idea that companies could make money selling things to us
that we didn't need. Think of stuff like Christmas. I agree it still totally feels nostalgic and awesome. But apparently, that time is over.
“We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like.”
― Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
The idea was unheard of back then, and ten years ago, I bet we all would have not understood what life was like before Bernays. But now, I think that
veil of consumerism is starting to lift. I think some of us are realizing that getting out and working and creating and relating to people is worth
more than watching television, for example, especially.
That's because it was somewhat of a fabrication to begin with. But the materialists might attempt to gain one last hurrah of control through tyranny
of some kind, scientific and moral and policed. But people are going to start to see how pointless materialism is when there is nothing they can
afford and search for greater meaning in life if we continue to push into greater poverty.
Materialism cannot function without new things to buy.
But there is a lot to learn, without being blinded by whatever it is we have been blinded by, we are suddenly going to realize that we forgot how to
relate to each other somewhere along the way.
And remember, this is a prediction thread. So I predict a rise in materialism being the seemingly dominant hand in things while most of the people
begin to get fed up with it and become receptive to alternative ways of finding happiness, until materialism ultimately fails.
That prediction is not based on what I want to happen, either. In fact, I'm making my prediction mostly based on the fact that I was a materialist
and it isn't working out for me anymore because of no one having any money. So the prediction isn't necessarily what I'd like to say.
Just what I see happening. And it could be shaky, or cyclical. If anything, 2030 reminds me of the society that John Titor says he was from in the
2030's, but hopefully without the wars and all.
Wikipedia: Edward Bernays
Top Documentary Films: The Century of the Self
YouTube Channel: Jarl Walters
ATS Thread: A must see documentary, the century of the self (K0bzz)
ATS Thread: The Century of the Self (Mekhaniks)