A Letter to a Wealthy Capatalist

Dear capitalist, I would like you to imagine you are a child in a school and it is lunchtime. You are out in the playground and all the children including yourself are hungry. Unfortunately you and your peers are poor and will have to wait for dinnertime to eat, all except little Jimmy. Little Jimmy has an entire tray filled with sandwiches of all different kinds, cheese; meet vegetables and everything in between. Even though little Jimmy is overweight, there is still no way he would be able to eat the hundreds of fresh sandwiches provided to him. Unfortunately Jimmy Is greedy and would rather be the child who has most sandwiches in the playground even though they will go to waste, then share his food with his hungry classmates. Needless to say the other children consider Jimmy to be a greedy little shit and subsequently Jimmy is an unhappy loner and has not a single friend.

I hope the obvious implications in this analogy are simple and clear, dear capitalist. However since we have started, let us follow a little deeper down the rabbit hole.

At this stage in the story (assuming you have a grain of decency and ability to reason) you probably are blaming little Jimmy for being greedy and hording all these sandwiches to himself even though he himself cannot finish them all much less does he need them being overweight as he is. Unfortunately Jimmy is a victim of conditioning by his parents and general culture that the more sandwiches he can show to have in the playground, the more worthy a human being he is. Jimmy takes this notion for granted as his parents and other sandwich hording families he is acquainted with and does not question why this may not be okay. Unfortunately for Little Jimmy, he is sad and depressed and does not understand why no one in the playground likes him for even the ones that are nice to him, he knows, are only so in hope that Jimmy will offer them a bite of his delicious fresh sandwich.

At this stage you have undoubtedly established that this is all Jimmy’s fault as he is just plane silly and should know better. But here comes the twist-This dear capitalist is a story about you and your own irrational and morally corrupt values. You see, you my friend are little Jimmy-a greedy, self- absorbed little twat who at the detriment to himself and others gets a kick out of hording things that others need.

At this point you are panicking and racking your brain for a defense that might distinguish you from little Jimmy. You are even giving me some spill about individual freedoms and your rights to pursue them to which I ask you this; How exactly does hording things you do not need while your peers (as a direct consequence) die of deprivation right under your nose equate to our collective freedom again? Hmmm it doesn’t-I hear the light bulb finally go on in your head because freedom in its true form has very little to do with material possession.

The hard truth, dear capitalist (that everyone else is too scared to fill you in on) is this;

It is a mathematical fact that your hording of possessions and money to feed your greed and meaningless status is at the direct expense to other people’s primary needs being met.

You are, (despite what you are being told by your like minded friends) directly depriving people of having enough food and water to survive and thus contributing to the violence of poverty which leaves your fellow humans to die day in an out, because you refuse to share the things you do not need. Let me make it really clear for you; there can and never will be honor in creating this impact and this morally starved behavior ought to be shamed not encouraged and much less awarded.

To your defense, we live in a world where people are praised for this behavior so like little Jimmy thinks he is behaving in accordance with his parents advice; so too do you blindly go along with what is fed to you by popular culture. As a single member of a large herd heading in the wrong direction, I partly excuse you, but only by a fraction because frankly you, like little Jimmy should know better. You are an adult and its time to get your head out of your arse as unfortunately for you and everyone involved; the ill culture we live in will not be enough to silence your consciousness or makes you any less of a parasite.

You see, like you, little Jimmy will one day become the man who gets all the girls and is privileged with fame and glory for being an absolute twat but in reality none of this will make him feel truly alive or frankly like any less of a twat. Adults do not see this as they are too brainwashed which is why little Jimmy had to be a child in a playground to demonstrate my point. You see children are pure and unspoiled by the cultural illusions we as young adults are subjected to and would reject little Jimmy’s bad behavior outright.

By this stage I’m hoping you would too. So, dear capitalist I ask you, please, please, realize the error of your ways and stop contributing to the greed, intolerance, warfare and poverty which you have in your ignorance and self obsession unintentionally created on our beautiful planet.

It is not that simple! I hear you say in which case please re-read the first part of this letter again and I know you will realize it is exactly that simple.

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The Persuit of Inner Peace

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Growing up, we are given the impression that happiness is the ultimate goal to reach in life. The pursuit of happiness as an end goal and the idea that we should be experiencing this state of being more than any other in the face of such adversity that is our lives ultimately sets the bar so high that failure to achieve this is inevitable. Having experienced true peace during my life time made me re think the pursuit of happiness and whether we should perhaps be more concerned with finding internal peace. It made me wonder whether this idea of “happy” was yet another myth in the sea of many others brought to us by mainstream culture; Walt Disney and Hollywood.

For those people who are brave enough to be true to themselves; and to participate in life wholeheartedly will know that happiness comes in fleeting moments. They will also know that this is okay because there is something else in the place of this feeling that is more robust; fulfilling and consistent than happiness. This is feeling is a sense of peace.

This sense of peace is a persisting inner strength that remains unaffected by the external world. It allows a person to experience highs and lows of their life as an observer or passenger who is ultimately peaceful looking in rather than the carrier of these emotions. Even when things are at their worst, somehow they are still pretty great. A sadness experienced by a person who is at peace is nothing like the sadness experienced by a person who is not. When a person finally finds themselves being true to their needs and acting upon these, they are living out their personal truth. This ability to love your truth and live by it is what brings about and unshakeable peace within each of us.

Choosing to move to London in the middle of the Global financial crisis on my own was not the easy road to take, especially when my own father suggested I might be out of my mind the night before I was due to fly out. However, I felt it needed to be done even though I had no idea why. For lack of a better expression; it just felt right.

While my two years in London were by no means a walk in the park (As my father rightfully predicted); this journey lead me to find an inner peace; to truly learn what it’s like to create a world so magical inside oneself that nothing can interfere. I learned that to feel true freedom and independence from everything and everyone I knew and to start over with only my own standards to live by was my personal path to peace. In the end not only did I make a life for myself, by myself; but one I was truly content with. For the first time in my life I was exactly where I wanted to be and it didn’t matter whether I was always happy all the time or not because this feeling of complete peace was more than I could have ever hoped for. I now understand that I needed to move to London to learn this very lesson.

Peace of mind comes with giving ourselves the permission to be our true authentic self despite external pressures to be something else. Making the decision to live by your own standards is never going to be the easy road to take for most, but it is always the one that brings about peace.

THE LITTLE GREEN MAN

 

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It has been said before that the overall mentality of the Australian public is as best passively obedient and at worst wilfully ignorant. I have lived here for almost twenty years and this has been one of the reasons (As has recently dawned upon me)that I have spent my entire youth hopping from one workplace to another in order to save up and escape the continent for as long as my financial capability at the time would permit. Unfortunately one does not have to be well read to find evidence of this sleepy attitude as a simple stroll down the street will provide more examples than an observer can handle.

Admittedly the very incident that inspired this piece was noted whilst observing people preparing to cross the road while strolling down little Collins street in Melbourne. A group of five people were standing at the traffic light waiting to cross the road. However, even though the roads were clear from both sides of the crossing, the lot of them stood there for what seemed like forever, waiting for the little man to go green before finally crossing (As if the fact that there wasn’t a single car on the road was completely irrelevant) What was both interesting and infuriating was that, as if they were all in a trans; not a single one looked to make sure there were no cars speeding their way once the little man blinked green (As if it’s never before happened that a car has driven through a red light). Admittedly, my main problem with this scenario is the waiting for the little green man.

My taking is that this group of people are so distracted; mindless and passively obedient that they themselves cannot make a judgement call on when to cross the road and instead need a machine to guide them. If you happen to be well travelled, you will know that this does not happen in many places and in those it does; this attitude is clearly and prominently reflected in all other facets of that particular society.

While this may seem like an insignificant scenario in the grand scheme of things; the unnerving implications of it are unfortunately much more than that. What can be said about a public who has surrendered a trivial decision such as when to cross a road to a machine? Perhaps that this same public will likely surrender many other decisions in their life to a streamline process or authority. In Australia, we are fined a whopping $150 for not wearing a helmet on a 40 degree day cycling down the beach in order to prove that the law enforcement body care more about the safety of our scull then we ourselves do (Yes, this is another incident organically derived from personal experience.) Following from this, it has often been said that a controlled public is vulnerable to many forms of manipulation. As this simple incident suggests; nowhere is this more prominent then in Australia (All you have to do is watch a bit of television if you are not yet convinced)

I have spent many hours contemplating why there is more of this narrow herd like mentality here than anywhere else I have been to (including the small town of 50 000 in central Bosnia where I’m originally from). The conclusion I have come to is that as a young country, Australia is unevolved culturally and thus has drunk the neo liberal coolade long before it was mature and sophisticated enough to see through the blatant insanity of a system of this kind. In addition, Its development was directly aligned with the growth and gradual take-over of advertising campaigns that followed the industrial revolution so that in result; the main source of culture became commercialism; or more specifically and endless race to accumulate as much wealth as possible without any real means to an end. (ie. A persons worth is in direct proportion to how much money they collect and keep over the course of their life.) Consequently, the vast majority of the people barely stood a chance at growing up to question or scrutinise what was in their lunch box let alone anything more significant. Other obvious reasons are the level of isolation from the rest of the world; a long period of chummy ties with the US; deliberate dumbing down of the population through education and so on.

Admittedly, I discount the many people I know who are the very opposite of what I have just implied but as stated earlier, I refer to the general public and if you know anything about Australian politics; you will see that it takes a nation with mostly zombies to let this circus go on for as long as it has. My sincerest apologies if I have offended anyone as this is clearly a mere observation and since it should be all of our job to stir the pot relating to this circus of a world we live in, I reserve the right to have my say.

America’s Mania for Positive Thinking and Denial of Reality Will Be Our Downfall

In a Nutshell…………….

Desultory Heroics

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The ridiculous positivism, the belief that we are headed toward some glorious future, defies reality.

By Chris Hedges

Source: Alternet

The naive belief that history is linear, that moral progress accompanies technical progress, is a form of collective self-delusion. It cripples our capacity for radical action and lulls us into a false sense of security. Those who cling to the myth of human progress, who believe that the world inevitably moves toward a higher material and moral state, are held captive by power. Only those who accept the very real possibility of dystopia, of the rise of a ruthless corporate totalitarianism, buttressed by the most terrifying security and surveillance apparatus in human history, are likely to carry out the self-sacrifice necessary for revolt.

The yearning for positivism that pervades our corporate culture ignores human nature and human history. But to challenge it, to state the obvious fact that things are…

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No, you are not Entitled to your own opinion…..

To stubbornly assume that we should all be entitled to our own individual perception of a commonly shared reality has proved to be the single most detrimental trend standing in the way of human progress. A belief devoid of scientific truth, logical reasoning and a moral campus does not deserve respect nor acceptance.

It seems to me that maintaining political correctness in this area seems to surpass the desperate need for an honest conversation about the short comings of a world that we are all commonly subjected to. The often repeated saying “everyone is entitled to an opinion’ belong only in the field of the arts where what is aesthetically appealing to one person may not be to the next. Instead this phrase is often used to shut down perfectly valid arguments relating to life altering issues that require facts and consideration of the greater good for all.