Abundance & scarcity.
The seeds of the idea of living outside of the rat race were sown a while ago and have truly taken root now. Sometimes, with a heavy heart, I think of what I will do when I return home to the UK. I had an idea before I came to the States that in 2015 I’d move to a small town by the sea in southwest England, buy a house and get a job and a kitten. The more time goes by the more I am convinced that a life of servitude working for a company, supporting the system which by its very nature is corrupt and disrespectful of human wellbeing, is not for me. Something fundamental has happened out here in California. I don’t think that the kind of cosy life I’ve described would be possible anymore. It’s just too big a sacrifice not to keep doing what I love. It’s too big a sacrifice not to be authentic when the universe wants it so much.
This is a planet of mind-blowing abundance. But the monetary system by which we are ruled creates scarcity as a means of control. For example if a diamond company mines ten times as many diamonds as usual, it represents a spike in supply which means the cost and profit per diamond drops. So the excess diamonds that would threaten the perceived scarcity of the product are burned or locked away in vaults, a practice that has been happening since the 1870s when enormous deposits of diamonds were discovered in Kimberley, South Africa. Abundance is the enemy of our system.
Whatever natural resource we are talking about, scarcity equals profit because it can be bought or sold. Slowing down production of oil raises the price for those companies that control the market. The world we live in was long ago taken over by a group of business powers who dominate and control the money we need to obtain these resources. The end result will be world monopoly. Nothing produced in our system is remotely sustainable or efficient. It can’t be. There are enough resources – geothermal, solar, wind, tidal, wave – to provide energy for everybody on the earth for free. We have the technological know-how to automate processes to the degree that no-one would ever have to work in a mundane and repetitive job ever again.
The human race could escape drudgery and in a resource-based economy with no monetary system, there would be no crime. Currently, around 95% of crimes are a direct result of the monetary system either directly or by neuroses, inflicted through financial deprivation or drug abuse (which isn’t a ‘crime’ but a disorder). There would be different incentives in a world without work. I am just beginning to see this sickness in our society and wake up to those other incentives that it just might be worth living for. Unfortunately the overhaul of the money system isn’t likely to happen in any of our lifetimes, but once thought it certainly leads to life-changing transformation on the individual level.
Debt, or to give it another name money, is the weapon used to conquer and enslave society and interest is its primary weapon. It is the most ingenious scam for social manipulation ever created. Money is created in a bank and invariably ends up in a bank. These banks are in collusion with governments and corporations. Everyone is in debt by virtue of dollar bills in their pockets and so they are stuck in an endless cycle of slavery. People struggle to keep up with the perpetual debt and inflation cycles that are system is powered by and that is what keeps the wage slave in line. Society as a whole can never be debt free. We work hard to perpetuate an empire that only benefits the elite at the top of the pyramid with financial and corporate power. Those in charge can’t afford to be ethical. The system is not designed to care about people, it can’t do. Money, labour and competition underpin it all.
In a world of increasing desperation, the powers that be had to come up with a new way to deal with anyone that challenges the status quo. Thus the invention of the terrorist.
‘The true terrorists of our world do not meet at the docks at midnight or scream allahu akbar before some violent action. The true terrorists of our world wear five thousand dollar suits, and work in the highest positions of finance, government and business.’ – Peter Joseph, Zeitgeist: Addendum.
What all this means for me is that a sea change has started. One has to know what the grain is to be against it. The society that I live in is rotten to the core but living in the way that’s right for me has brought untold pleasures and fortuitous connections. I am not going to find my life’s happiness in working for forty years, I need to find it some other way, understanding and using the system to my advantage and that of the community I live in. I will continue to try to make changes, however small, and spread the knowledge that I now feel blessed to have. This is the only life there is, and there is no time to spend being miserable or inauthentic. To paraphrase Mark Rothko, who in 1959 said “a painting is not a picture of an experience, it is an experience”, a feeling is not a state of being, it is being. Let those feelings be good ones.