Breaking the Spell of Our Cultural Imprisonment

This entire article is full of inspiration…

We currently live in a mad world that is based on fear, greed and scarcity. It is considered completely normal for people to spend the majority of their waking lives toiling in jobs they hate. Economic inequality has reached a point of staggering absurdity where many people slaving away in full-time jobs can barely even meet the basic survival needs of their families, while others lounge around on $200 million yachts and have ridiculously decadent luxury homes around the world…

The amount of human energy and resources that go into designing, making, promoting, and distributing cheap, useless products in this consumerist society is phenomenal. Then to add to the madness, these shoddy, chemically altered, often disposable items are quickly discarded as waste, increasing the huge amount of toxic pollution generated by this lifestyle. Then there are the ongoing unnecessary wars that have shameful costs at both a human and economic level…

Why do we collectively continue to support, maintain and even fight for a system that the majority of us are unhappy with? A significant part of the answer, I suspect, lies in the fact that though there is only a tiny faction of society that really benefits from the existing system, this minority have become masters of public deception and manipulation. By funding universities, political parties, critical think-tanks, interest groups, and by controlling Hollywood and the mainstream media, the global ‘elite’ (with their shared common interests) are able to influence and mobilise group-think in order to ensure that popular beliefs and assumptions are aligned with their aims. Their rhetoric permeates our reality like a hypnotic spell that has taken root deep in the collective psyche…

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