Source – rielpolitk.com
– “…We are talking to each other as never before, realizing more and more our shared humanity. Against the constant barrage of scripted media voices pointing fingers at the ‘others’, we are increasingly harder to convince and even harder to control once gripped with a common sense of purpose. That is why our energetic life-force is so highly coveted by those who seek to sow division – we are in fact their life blood and our energy cannot be replicated, only co-opted”
How Then Shall We Live?
For many, ‘living life to the fullest’ requires a myriad of socially-mandated tag alongs. Polished trophies, be they property, products, or people, are coveted and constant in your face reminders of whose ruling the roost at any given time.
The general yardstick being – money equals power / power equals money.
The Commanding Heights
It seems that whenever individuals are compressed into towering shoe-box like structures, the human scale used to measure status and achievement, is quite significantly altered. A lot has to do with the disconnection that monolithic structures of concrete and steel have on a person’s psyche. The opulence and reverence which was once reserved for grand old-world cathedrals are now bestowed on exclusive residential towers that beckon the world’s international moneyed class.
Whereas a farmer looks out over the vastness of his linear holdings, the city by design and definition allows for the ‘cream to rise to the top’.
Everywhere one turns hierarchal, trickle-down economics are evident and reinforced. The name of the game is about ‘BIG’ – big bonuses, monster homes, mega-yachts & fat bank accounts – all this on a finite planet.
We would require 1.7 Earths to meet our current annual demands sustainably – https://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/08/09/opinion/heres-how-many-earths-we-need-meet-our-populations-demand
So again we come back to the question of how one is to live in the face of grandiose societal expectations balanced with the understanding of a desperately fragile eco-system that requires our immediate attention.
Not so long ago the rigid tenant’s of religion maintained the moral authority over vice, and the ability to temper…well temptations.
Abstinence from many of life’s frivolous wants and desires was seen in puritanical terms as not straying from the ‘righteous path’. Falling prey to temptation, digressed us back to the garden where man fell from grace like so many apples from the tree.
“Do What Thou Wilt”
Without lingering on the philosophical roots of the changes that overran our culture, instant gratification via a hybrid consumerist culture would have a profound effect at rewiring the mental circuitry of late 20th century society.
Today, we live in a time when even polished ‘Men of God’ are spreading the good word – that God loves a Lear Jet just as much as the next guy.
Evangelist who wants $54M jet says “Jesus wouldn’t be Riding a Donkey” – https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jesse-duplantis-evangelist-private-jet-jesus-wouldnt-be-riding-donkey-2018-05-29/
A wealthy televangelist explains his fleet of private jets: ‘It’s a biblical thing’ – https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/a-wealthy-televangelist-explains-his-fleet-of-private-jets-its-a-biblical-thing/ar-AACnlIu?ocid=spartanntp
Herein lies the grand paradox. If modern economic theory and God’s good graces are now unequivocally joined at the hip, then it suggests that we have a moral imperative to make it rain money.
But, and that’s a big but (…we are reminded that everything today is big)
If modern urban living has redefined the scale in which we live, then it closely follows that the pace at which we now move is equally affected. Assuming, the city is not only the economic epi-center on which many livelihoods depend, but also the cultural focal-point of Richard Florida’s much championed ‘creative class’. The question remains, for all this concentrated cerebral expenditure, why are cities quickly becoming traffic clogged, Orwellian cyber-gulag’s?
Why Millennials Are Flocking To Cities – https://www.whoseyourlandlord.com/…/01/5-reasons-why-millennials-are-flocking-to-cities
If in fact there was any real progressive forward thinking, urban centers would better reflect the human needs of its main occupant’s, and less so the corporate blueprint for efficiency, expansion and profit.
Instead of technologies promise of a new golden age, we labor longer, in many cases for less reward, with ever less personal security or peace of mind.
For all the talk of dynamic hotbeds of synergetic thinking, for many the city can best be described as alienating and eerily lonely.
Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden – https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/05/01/606588504/americans-are-a-lonely-lot-and-young-people-bear-the-heaviest-burden
…Not to mention incredibly frustrating
‘Public Punching Bags’ Installed Across Manhattan to Provide Relief to Frustrated New Yorkers – https://themindunleashed.com/2019/05/public-punching-bags-manhattan.html
Fact is, a disproportionate number are stuck in survival mode, living to work in increasingly challenging and competitive cut-throat environments. The fear of being “left behind’ may have more to do with the micro-compressed urban living then the future prospects of bigger or better for the majority of urban subscribers.
We are reminded that the city has no monopoly on solitary states of existence. Right down to the smallest villages and hamlets, the glue which once bound a nation are increasingly experiencing the duel effects of 21st century social ills – disconnection and displacement.
Escalating pre-mature death rates attest to this fact.
Americans are among the most stressed-out people in the world – https://www.gallup.com/analytics/248906/gallup-global-emotions-report-2019.aspx
Unquestionably, there is a high energy, competitive mindset required to ride the crest of the best of what the city has to offer – to those who can cultivate and maintain the fire that burns – hats off to you. For all others, it may be time to rethink one’s place in the kaleidoscope of grand possibilities.
The Ties That Bind
Bruce Kirby is one such individual who re-imagined a life outside the confines of a office tower cubicle. As a professional engineer, the money train was just pulling in when he opted to spend a summer as a kayaking instructor off the northern British Columbia coast.
The rest as they say is history…
Bruce, with family in tow travels the globe and redefines the parameters of what it is to be ‘Married with Children’.
Another Inspiration comes from a man who left a mid-management, office job to help build homes for those in need.
Inspiration for change and renewal are all around…
Find Your Tribe…
The same technology that can be so intrusive also have the real possibility of providing astute minds what was initially advertised – namely, mobility, connectivity and freedom. Properly calibrated, the path to the purposeful application of modern technologies has the potential to expand horizons and liberate, as much as enslave.
By way of the association game, advertisers have the ability to reach inside and fuse ones sense of self worth to material gain and trivial pursuits, this power to convey a message is in fact a utilitarian double-edged sword that also allows for connectivity across the globe to purposeful pursuits and socially-just causes.
We simply choose who or what occupies the space between our ears
When one breaks from convention, often what waits are like minded seekers, free-spirits and cultural nomads, who in many cases have already found each other in small, off the beaten path, Shangri -La’s
How an “Arts and Culture Economy” Rebuilt a Former Coal Town – https://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/arts-culture-economy-rebuilt-former-coal-town-20190515
We are talking to each other as never before, realizing more and more our shared humanity. Against the constant barrage of scripted media voices pointing fingers at the ‘others’, we are increasingly harder to convince and even harder to control once gripped with a common sense of purpose. That is why our energetic life-force is so highly coveted by those who seek to sow division – we are in fact their life blood and our energy cannot be replicated, only co-opted.
…So, How Then Shall We Live?
It is of little consequence where one finds that purposeful spark that gifts the world another special soul expression (…namely you)
Not only were we not born to be lorded over worker bees, we are and remain sparks of a divine order that expresses itself fully through a unique expression of oneself – be that art, or intellect, and yes, even commerce.
It is our own personal and unique imprint that adds to the infinite creative process, an ever expanding human mosaic which is life.
That uniqueness may well lead you into the heart of the city, but it may also lead you to the tranquil, painted landscapes of remote and distant lands. It is often that place sitting outside of our programmed peripheral vision unblemished by familiar cultural attitudes which offers the chance of inspiration and renewal.
The responsibility to make uncomfortable and often hard choices on a limited shared planet comes down to the understanding that we are each individual responsible for our thoughts and actions.
The Most Vital of all Elemental Properties is Energy
To what end we use our personal energy is in the end the only real question that one need answer.
Corporate and governmental structures require the collective energy of a vast multitude of people to secure larger, tactical agendas – agendas that on closer examination suggest a covert anti-human bend in many cases.
The great spiritual Master’s who have come before, talked candidly about the need to be one’s own master. Master of one’s own mind and by extension ones choices, alliances and social responsibilities.
Humanity sits at the crossroads – In this time of great tribulation, it is ever more important that one chooses pensively and wisely