Awakening from the Dream of Capitalism

Yes I can certainly relate to this.  We are blamed for the demise of capitalism.  This is the structure of disempowerment in denial of reality as we seek to keep business-as-usual going pretending all is well when in truth the planet is sending signals of collapse as tipping points are knocked over. The human situation is becoming unhappy as people try to do ‘the right thing’ with less income, less time and less meaning. There is great fear of what happens if ‘I don’t’, yet there are tipping points in humanity that are being knocked over as the trauma forces them to stop. Denial is not a river in Egypt I often say.  When you walk around with a changing pattern you move in and out of the pattern you see more. When you choose to not be mesmerised by your iPhone and laptop and start to really observe, again you see more. You see the blindness, the masks, the rhythm of routine that feels like security but is just a rote pattern. I always remember in India when I was in old New Delhi. I stepped back in time to see tiny shops, sagging electrical matted wiring, treddle sewing machines in shops 3 x 6 metres. I saw the rickshaws, the masses of population, rundown buildings and then, by contrast, we walked into a Western style restaurant.  The guard was out the front to ensure the poor didn’t come in begging.  I felt I had walked from one world into another. I felt instant guilt as it was cool, clean, lots of food and I was treated with respect.  My heart travelled the streets feeling the poverty, the dirt, homeless people, beggars – as my mind switches between the worlds – I feel the difference. I feel relief I can be in the cool, yet I know I am equal to the beggar.  My true nature tells me all are sisters and brothers.  I see anyone can fall through the gaps or is indeed destined to fall short. What I know now having lived in poverty, when people sense you are poor, unemployed, alone, no children etc. their attitude changes. I’ve watched this with fascination.  I know it is perception not reality. In reality we are all human.  I see the myth of capitalism and its false security, its over consumption, its externalities, the haves and have not’s (division), the winners and losers.  I watch with fascination and know it is perception. However, the earth feels the extraction, the earth senses the imbalance, the climate is responding as this is not homeostasis. Until we find homeostasis mental illness will grow as the myth believed.  Health comes from breaking through the lie of inequality and remembering we are One.  That is my feeling.

I wanted to live in poverty to really feel the reality in my experience of what others go through. It has been a really interesting experience. However, I have also seen power that requires no status, no money, no following – it only requires a remembering of truth within, that we are of equal value.  I really love knowing this.

The veil is coming down. Humanity is awakening and that is the true change.  Fate is from all thoughts everywhere. Imagine when they unite.  It is not over until it is over, and then it still goes on.

http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/the-mental-disease-of-latestage-capitalism/

The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism

The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism

By Joe Brewer / medium.com

/ Apr 27, 2016

I’ve been talking with a lot of my friends recently — in private where they felt comfortable letting their guard down — about the dirty little secret no one is supposed to talk about.

The shame people feel when they can’t find a job…

…or pay their bills.

…or go to the dentist.

…or that they have to move back in with their parents.

…or they can’t afford to have children.

We are supposed to pretend, in this stupendously individualist culture, that it is our fault. The buck stops here. I am responsible for my failings in life.

Of course this is demonstrably not true. We are merely living through late-stage capitalism and our parents lacked the foresight to warn us about it. When a population explodes — as the human one did throughout the last century — eventually all manner of social institutions become over-crowded. From there, it’s simply a numbers game.

Want that awesome job? Stack your resume next to the hundreds of other people applying for it. Hoping to get into college? You’ll have to pay out the nose in student loans (if, that is, you were fortunate enough to get through admissions). Thinking of buying a house? You’re too busy paying rent in a skyrocketing market of housing prices.

But yeah, be sure to blame yourself. It’s obviously your fault.

Seriously though, we should have seen this coming. Build an economic system based on wealth hoarding and presumed scarcity and you’ll get what was intended. The system is performing exactly as it was designed to. That is why wages have stagnated in the West for 30 years. It is why 62 people are able to have the same amount of wealth as 3.7 billion. It is why politicians are bought by the highest bidders and legislation systematically serves the already-rich at the expense of society.

A great irony of this deeply corrupt system of wealth hoarding is that the “weapon of choice” is how we feel about ourselves as we interact with our friends. The elites don’t have to silence us. We do that ourselves by refusing to talk about what is happening to us. Fake it until you make it. That’s the advice we are given by the already successful who have pigeon-holed themselves into the tiny number of real opportunities society had to offer. Hold yourself accountable for the crushing political system that was designed to divide us against ourselves.

The mental disease of late-stage capitalism is shame, the devastating feeling that we failed ourselves in the Land of Opportunity.

 

This great lie that we whisper to ourselves is how they control us. Our fear that other impoverished people (which is most of us now) will look down on us for being impoverished too. This is how we give them the power to keep humiliating us.

I say no more of this emotional racket. If I am going to be responsible for my fate in life, let it be because I chose to stand up and fight — that I helped dismantle the global architecture of wealth extraction that created this systemic corruption of our economic and political systems.

Now more than ever, we need spiritual healing. As this capitalist system destroys itself, we can step aside and find healing by living honestly and without fear. They don’t get to tell us how to live. We can share our pain with family and friends. We can post it on social media. Shout it from the rooftops if we feel like it. The pain we feel is capitalism dying. It hurts us because we are still in it.

But those billionaires who rigged the game don’t get to tell me what I should or shouldn’t say to my friends. If I am struggling financially it is because the financial system is morally corrupt. This truth is a mantric elixir — repeat it to yourself every time the habits of your mind whisper that it is your fault.

You are not to blame for the wealth hoarding of others. That is one burden you don’t have to carry any longer. Be healed. Find your strength. Speak your truth. And let the cascades of change unfurl across society.

We cannot begin the work of building new economic systems until we take off the mental shackles of the old ones. So let your shame fall away. Remember your pride in learning and growing as a person, loving life and other people, being with friends, and pursuing your dreams. Then hold tight to these feelings as you set clear intentions about how the future must be different from the past.

We can do better. We must do better. It might be true that capitalism as we know it is going the way of history. I say good riddance. Whatever good it might have done is in the past now. Moving forward will be a grieving process — and each of us needs to pay close attention to the feelings inside of ourselves. We are the capitalist system right now. But not for long.

The pain we feel is like that tugging of skin for the serpent as it sheds an outer layer. Deep inside ourselves we are human beings, which is about so much more than the money we have in the bank or the things we buy at the store. As we shed ourselves of the immoral economic ideology of insatiable greed (that has made the elites around the world very sick indeed!), let us remember our true nature and begin to heal.

Onward, fellow humans.

Mohandas Gandhi

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”

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