I believe the key is to stop our chronic dependence on the system. We are like addicts, because we hate the current civilization, yet we are unable to live without it. It is the only way of life we know. And many of us remain blissfully and purposefully ignorant of its un-sustainability. We depend on the people in charge to solve all the big problems for us. We depend on them to build our roads and get our food into the markets. And we pay them handsomely for their effort, whether or not their effort is for the greater good. And we accept the fact that if any major collapse were to happen, we would not be able to sustain our life the way it is. We also accept that if civilization collapsed, very few of us would survive. We remain subservient to a system simply out of fear of our own demise. We take jobs that destroy the ecosystem because our only other alternative is to starve to death. Of course, I am simply talking about those who have no special skills that can be marketed by corporations and television companies who market materialistic lifestyles to an unsuspecting public who think they are relaxing in front of a tube that is passively sending them more and more advertisements that market useless junk, both food and material. And we use this diversion from reality to feel like we are part of some American dream, like the people who are living it up on the screen. And yet, we fail to realize how we are being brainwashed to fear the outside world and buy more stuff, especially prescription medications and lousy food. We are taught from and early age that any health problem can be treated with a pill and that this is the only way. But it does not stop there. Living in a totalitarian government knows know bounds. We are fed lies upon lies to the point we don’t even know what is real anymore. We are conditioned to believe that the government will look out for our best interest, when all they are really doing is answering to richer and more powerful people who will probably have them killed if they do not comply. Our rights are stripped from us at every bend, for the sake of ‘security” and defending our country. And the thing that bothers me the most is we are the only species on this planet that do this. I believe, wholeheartedly, that we are too smart for out own good. And this causes problems. But in the same light, we are also too dumb for our own good, destroying ecosystems without the comprehension to understand what damage we are doing. But that doesn’t stop us, does it?
I am sorry for the rant, but I feel it was warranted. Now, I know our society is doomed and I accept that. I just want to raise awareness to some people, the people who will also see the warning signs and help to create the new paradigm. I’ve been reading many blogs that are anti-civilization and they have such merit and such clarity in how this all happened and why we are so pathologically imprisoned in a system we hate which we cannot live without. I encourage you to check out a couple of blogs. One is called How to Save the World, while the other is basically a whole website devoted to dropping out of civilization and living with joy. His name is Ran Prieur. He is a very smart man. Check out his essays and Zines.
But I want to stress I do not blame anyone in this occurrence. At least no one alive today. They are just following the scripts of their ancestors throughout history. They are just doing what they feel is right from their context. I am sure they are not aware of the extent of the damage they are causing, because from their high-up domineering perspective, they are doing nothing but fulfilling their duty to society. They are just mimicking behavior from past role models. I say we will need a monumental paradigm shift to change things, and I am an optimistic guy, so I feel it is going to happen, but probably by necessity. Only when all other options are exhausted will be learn to live in harmony with nature.
I believe there will be a way out, but right now I do not feel that we possess the consciousness on a mass scale to do this today or in the next few decades. But it will come. I am sure of it.
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