This is the year 2017. We have advanced technology so far that with the click of a button, most anything can arrive at our doorstep, “we” being humanity as a whole. In this same time period, we allow for things like famine, homelessness, poverty, war, environmental devastation, and many other vile processes.
As an aside: I think to be able to see where I am coming from and for this post to appeal to you more, you must try to understand my world-view. It is this: Global Egalitarianism. This is defined as: “the doctrine that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.” with an extension that people includes all animals as well. I wholeheartedly believe that true happiness comes from giving and being of service to others.
It is despicable to me that, as humans, we have the capability to design incredibly utilitarian and beneficial systems but rather than fulfill this potential we facilitate the antithesis to these same ideals. We pillage the planet to fulfill and perpetuate the cycle of consumption. We ensure that this cycle keeps its motion with strategic manipulation of our culture via advertisement, deception, education, and social stratification.
I have been indoctrinated to not care about what is going on around me. I have been misguided, on purpose, to want more and more and feel unhappy with what I presently have. The advocated behavior is to consume everything and not care about the result of that unrelenting consumption.
When you leave a grocery store that has a wealth of food only to be greeted by a starving vagrant that is too poor to participate in the plethora of nutrition, you realize the issue is systemic, not about scarcity.
I am furious that we are not doing more. We must educate ourselves and participate in a radically different system. We must actively protest the current economic system by different means. How?
I am so glad you asked (err.. kept reading.) The way you can bypass the corporate violence is by fostering a healthy community. These interaction can come in many different formats. Gift economies, tool libraries, co-ops, public gardens, NGOs, and collaboration.
This is just the beginning of a larger culture transition.