We Are The System

warning: long. But read it anyway, and share away~

I have been seeing more and more opinions floating on the internet that condemn the current operating system of (western) human society. I find that wonderful because behind those more and more opinions are more and more people who think that way, and that gives hope concerning the future of human society.

The following few things are what I can think of off the top of my head that definitely need to be changed:

-The economy is based on the assumption of infinite resources, and is aimed at infinite “growth”.

Wait, what? Anyone with a shred of common sense knows that there is no such thing as infinite physical resources. It may have seemed a feasible *temporary* approximation at the time of the industrial revolution (many orders of magnitude smaller population and rate of consumption) but the fact that this can no longer be applied is glaringly obvious. Neither is infinite growth possible, thank the Gods. Imagine an infinitely growing obese man inside a room of finite dimensions. He’s going to feel uncomfortable pretty soon.

-Mama is really angry.

As a consequence of the above mentioned economic model is that humankind is leaving way too many adverse effects on its surroundings, which the volatile system of nature simply cannot tolerate. Extreme mood swings are no big deal for Mama Earth (see the ice core data) but with the added effect of atmosphere pollution, there is probably quite a spanking in the making for the not-so-far future.

-The 9-5 rat race culture.

Which for many people is actually an 8-6-to-10-or-later. And then you can go home but still be on call every second. Apparently the 8h workday is only for socialists, and there are precious few socialist bosses around I guess.

What this results in is 3 different kinds of people: Successful people who realise late in life that money and recognition is not buying them the happiness they seek. People who are actually semi-sentient machines on autopilot. Or people who become flaming nerve wrecks that crash and burn into a mental illness caused entirely by the unrealistic expectations made on people these days. Some examples:

  • “Burnout disorder”, something extremely prevalent which was rare to nonexistent before the industrial revolution and the “mechanisation” of the workforce.
  • Try getting on some public transport during “rush hour” in an office district. The office workers will all be stampeding with a brisk almost-running walk, all with the same tired, unexpressive face, all wearing same silly suit and tie style, glancing at their watches with the same motion, and stepping on everything in their path (each other, schoolchildren, old grandmas, cleaning lady… this was my everyday journey to school so I know!). As if they were being pulled by their neckties (which I always thought symbolised leashes),  hypnotised by their watches (the movie In Time, anyone?) and completely unconscious. I swear, the zombie apocalypse is already here.
  • My classmates in high school, at age 16-18, were already complaining about how boring their university study will be and how horrible their career life will be. They were looking forward to their retirement time, and planning what they will do when they are rich and old. Um, at age 16. This is the youth of today.
  • Doctors can stop wondering why people are obese, unfit or have pains: If they spend a minimum of 8h sitting in a cramped position every day, plus car commutes, then when they get home they are too tired to do anything but sit on the sofa and watch tv…. yes.

I think I have listed enough adverse effects of the rat race culture to have made my point so I will now restrain myself, although the full list would not fit on a roll of toilet paper.

-Survivability is on the sharp decline.

This is on a physical, mental and emotional level.

  • Physically, since so much things are to be done in a passive position, being physically fit is more and more of a challenge since you have to put extra time and dedication into it.
  • Mentally, a lot of basic skills are getting lost over the generations, because they are “not useful in today’s society”. Well, “today’s society” can not be taken as granted all the time. It is enough to get stranded with a broken down car in the middle of nowhere, with a dead phone, for example.
  • Emotionally: kids are raised to be afraid of/hostile to nature and the wilderness. As a result you get hilarious scenarios of 18yr old boys squealing like piglets when there is a lizard in their sleeping bag, walking around a very long way (and complaining about tiredness all the time) because they did not want to cross a forest and get a little mud on their shoes, etc…
  • People also seem to be unable to walk through nature without leaving a very obvious stamped out trail, preferably with a breadcrumb trail of food wrappers.

The problem with this is that in the event that something *does* happen, natural selection will do its job and there may not be many left in the end. Perhaps this is a natural reaction to overpopulation?

-The “party culture” and the wasting of the youth: read here if you don’t know what I mean.

-The homogenisation of opinions, mindsets, cultures… (while advocating diversity).

I admit that there is no proof for this but sometimes I get the feeling that everything seems to enforce that we should all become the same. If you voice opinions that really differ from the status quo you’re a radical. If your thought processes deviate from what the education system expects you’ve got learning disorders. If you advocate the preservation of cultures, and god forbid are not sexually attracted to people of another race, you are racist. All this while a “diversity is good!” agenda is propagated. Yes, diversity is indeed good, but diversity is embracing differences, not eradicating them. Especially, thinking for oneself seems to be discouraged.

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I call for a new re-evolution. Instead of complaining about “the system” as a separate entity, we should know:

We are the system.

If everyone passed the news along to one more person, we could set about building a society that suits our needs and fits our time.

Spread the flame. Let’s make it happen.

kitty hugs to all~

Joouna

LiPaPo 3: Diversity

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

Yesterday I wrote about Polytheism and the diversity of divine and spiritual beings, but today let me return to the topic of diversity: this time on the physical plane. The diversity I wish to talk about is the diversity of the human species.

Across the globe, there can be found groups of genetic, cultural, lingual and religious differences. What I have observed is that many times people either start fighting over these differences, asserting that one is better than the other, or argue that “we are all human!” and try to fit everyone under one umbrella. The first option I do not agree with, but also not the second one. Yes, we are indeed all the same species and that is great, but I sometimes have the feeling that efforts are made to homogenise the human population on the premise of tolerance and inclusivity.

I believe that we should not see differences as a “bad thing” but we should embrace them, and also preserve them. It is a great loss when languages and cultures become extinct, and a long line of ancestors are forgotten by their children. By all means we should keep growing into the future. But we should also stay connected with our deep roots.

Like trees.