Being the Solution

"Capitalism is a demon that is possessing more people, cities, countries, and continents than any other plague in history"

   At this moment in time, human life is subjugated to living like machines. Most of the earth’s population perform monotonous and repetitive tasks most hours of the day to earn enough money to allow them to live, if that. Massive overproduction of food, clothes, cars, housing, toys, and every product, has stripped passion from daily work. At most other times in history, aside from conditions of slavery, people would dedicate their life to work, whether they be a scientist, baker, carpenter, doctor, or farmer, they executed their daily work with intention. Now, as use of machines becomes more widely used, people are forced to perform the same type of work; creating even doctors, scientists, and lawyers whose only interests are to act off of routine instead of intuition. Being that the sole purpose of a modern worker is to sell their labor for dollars, doctors take interest in prescribing medications and performing expensive, and often unnecessary, surgeries, as they will be paid more from pharmaceutical companies, whose only interests are to make money, further supporting their company leaders positions as elite billionaires. Even professions that are entitled to integrity for the well being of others have been bought off and operated as machines.

   Capitalism prioritizes the economy at all times and conditions, treating it like a living being that needs to be fed at a continuously accelerating rate, taking priority over plants, animals, humans, and Mother Earth as a whole - real living beings that are intended support each other. 

   The term bourgeoisie means the modern capitalist class; those who buy wage labour to meet their means of production; the oppressors. The proletarians are the working class; those who sell their labor to survive; the oppressed. The bourgeoisie thrive off of expansion and overproduction in time of crisis, a trait so foolish it would have led to riots in any other time in history. When people who already do not have enough shelter, food, and sustenance, production becomes detrimental. A monumental writer on the shortcomings of capitalism, Karl Marx wrote “Modern bourgeoisie society with its relations of production, of exchange and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer, who is no longer able to control the powers of the netherworld whom he has called up by his spells.” 

   In context of energy, capitalism is a demon that is possessing more people, cities, countries, and continents than any other plague in history, and it is continuing to spread to parts of the world that have previously rejected it at a rapid pace. That is because the bourgeoisie have forced their influence onto every group of people in the world they can, and with that comes the spread of consumerism - lusting for desirables and products that a people’s immediate land can not satisfy. Consumerism further spreads the power of the bourgeoisie by increasing demand for more products, therefore putting more pressure upon the proletarians. Higher demand of products matched with higher use of machinery results in poorer conditions for the working class with more monotonous jobs, longer hours, and lower wages. 

   Capitalism is a philosophy that most people are born into, like an oppressive religion. Whether it is a belief people choose to accept or not, they are forced to comply with it, being asked “what they want to do when they get older” from the time they are able to speak, being enticed to go to college, a massive private profit making institution, to pick a career path that they will make the most money possible, and being shown by parents, media, and governments that consuming is the best way to achieve happiness. Buy a new outfit, get a cup of coffee, go out to eat, watch Netflix, consumption over creation is the message fed to the working class by the bourgeoisie. 

   Creation within the working class is detrimental to the elitist capitalists, as it denies their products - their means of existence. The more you and I write, make music, paint, draw, cook, and the less we consume, the more power we have over ourselves. If we wish to live without oppression, we must dedicate ourselves to living as modestly as we can. Become content without a new outfit, become content without getting a cup of coffee, become content without going out to eat, become content without watching Netflix, become content without eating meat and dairy, as the meat and dairy industries are the largest contributors to global warming and rainforest destruction. Becoming content with yourself is not only the most sufficient way to achieve happiness, it is the most sufficient way to topple a system that is consuming at a rate that is not sustainable for the Earth; the problems that are already apparent to the people in “less-developed countries” are already apparent to the people living in inner-cities in America, along with Native American enclaves, and rapidly becoming apparent to everyone who isn’t apart of the few billionaires in the world as people are having to work 40 hours a week to still live in poverty. 

   Every day, you can be the solution by giving, creating, and consuming less. With the condition the world is currently in, sustainability, and the well being of the earth, current, and future generations is a personal responsibility.

Much love gold souls, spread your light with every action you manifest.


Namaste,
Ryan

P.S. This blog post is influenced by The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, a book that I purchased last week and have picked up to read almost every day since (which is a rarity for me). Growing up, I was taught that Marx was an evil man, a hater of freedom, and an endorser of sameness, however, after reading the thoughts that have come straight from his own dome, I’m realizing that that was Reefer Madness type propaganda. If you are interested in being aware of the consequences of the system we live in and support, I suggest you read this book.