We Are The People of the Apocalypse. Clinical psychologist John F. Schumaker reveals the dangerous erosion of human personality at the heart of modern consumer culture. Dec 14, 2018
SCHUMAKER: For a culture to avoid self-destruction as it progresses, writes Henry George in his classic 1883 work Social Problems, it must develop ‘a higher conscience, a keener sense of justice, a warmer brotherhood, a wider, loftier, truer public spirit’, while ensuring responsible and visionary leaders who embrace ‘the mental and moral universe’. By stark contrast, modern consumer culture barrels in the opposite direction, breeding an increasingly trivialized and disengaged strain of personhood, devoid of the ‘loftier’ qualities needed to sustain a viable society and healthy life supports.
EARTH CUSTODIANS: Visionary leaders? The best leaders never last because greed and collusion keep lurking in the shadows, 24/7. Leaders like Ghandi and MLK have followed the same fate. It is also kinda disturbing that populations tend to empower the (wrong) leaders promising them protection and wealth.
Protection against what and who? There is only one social model that will ever work, is which teaching the great upside of self-control and benevolence in elementary schools.
Optimism and hope too often are the instruments causing history to repeat itself. Consider this: How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’ in the 30’s. They “fired” the top 1 percent of people who set the direction for society and created the basis for something different. Both countries had a history of horrendous poverty. When the 1 percent was in charge, hundreds of thousands of people emigrated to avoid starvation. (see link below: filmsforaction.org)
What we see today in France (and spreading to other European countries and Canada now) with the “Yellow Vests” is clearly a revolt against the 1%. So this means that it took around 100 years for history to repeat itself — AGAIN.
Just another proof that the 1% will not let it go: global meritocrats are planning a worldwide digital centralization. Listen to Melissa and Aaron Dykes, 30 mins that will be worth your time.
Digital currencies are making a stand because their supporters denounce the failure of the “printing press”. When the entire economy eventually becomes fully digitized is when reality will catch up with us, exposing another nonsensical attempt to fight the top down model — and we’ll all be digitally assimilated instead.
Throughout history, we have been walking in circles because lessons are systematically ignored. And they are mainly ignored because people keep thinking in terms of “individualism”, the service to self first, without even realizing how toxic such a behavior really is on a grand scale.
It is only when we’ll begin to care about the freedom of others that each individual will be free. That is how it works on a human level.
Using data from 127 countries and over 100,000 assessments, the State of the Heart Report (2016) showed empathy to be one of the fastest-declining components of overall ‘emotional intelligence’ (EQ). According to sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, the psycho-social workings of consumer capitalism make such moral dissociations inevitable
Treating people like commodities must stop. This is what capitalism is all about. Even charity is for sale. If a society is based on consumerism, it is obvious that we regard one another as a “potential opportunities” .
Yet the reason that people in general, regardless of sub-groupings, are so feckless and impassive, and their actions so antithetical to what they must be at this pivotal crossroads in our existence, is that everyone has been assimilated into an overarching cultural system whose lifeblood is the mercenary indifference and irresponsibility of its followers.
One of the main flaws of the free market ideology is the promotion of individual greed and self-interest, which make people turn a blind eye to the greed of others. This, until one begins to struggle a little bit too much and starts questioning the system.
That is where the deception really lies. Predatory self-interest and mercenary indifference are two sides of the same coin.
Experiments in eco-religion, or green religion, reasoned that the type and degree of change required today can only be achieved through spiritual growth and enlightenment. But these failed, with none able to compete with a rapidly de-moralizing society, as well as the honeyed ‘prosperity theology’ and ‘consumer theology’ movements peddling less sin, soul and sacrifice, and more getting than giving.
Without enlightenment we will never get anywhere as enlightenment is essential to spiritual growth. Enlightenment is wisdom, the realization that empathy always works for the Greater Good.
Atheism and mainstream religious doctrines have to be overcome, and rather sooner than later.
Who we are has never been more incompatible with who we need to be. What we have become is the greatest threat to ourselves and the planet. We have been perfectly groomed, psychologically and spiritually, for disaster. We have become hard. We are the people of the apocalypse.
Yes, we have been groomed for centuries, and dogmatic beliefs play an important role in the cruel dilemmas we all are confronted too. Sociology and philosophy have been distorted by people seeing everything through the same top down model, lamenting about the human condition, and that there is not much we can do about. What politics just needs to perpetuate the same redundant logical fallacies. Centuries of lies will have to go down the drain.
“Individualistic pursuit of happiness” for the people… and collusion for those in the know. The meritocrats push down our throats a concept they do not even follow themselves, as they are well too much aware that they must band together to stay in power.
However when money is removed from the equation, collusion and self-interest become support and service to others and abundance. There are Natural Laws in the Universe that want us to care about Life… to choose Life over monetarism.
We Are The People of the Apocalypse
How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’
The Lords of Creation: The History of America’s 1 Percent