Over the past few weeks, I have read a dizzying array of negative news articles depicting the state of the world and the ongoing collapse of civilization. I have deliberately refrained from posting these, because there does not seem to be any further point in stating the obvious.
To me anyway. But perhaps not to all of you. If so, the usual ongoing doom and gloom we’ve all come to expect continues unabated. Gold has topped $900 a ounce, meaning that stagflation is nearly here. The US police-state is still charging ahead with a vengeance under the ongoing pretense of “protecting Americans“. Bush keeps lying about Iran, repeatedly, trying to start a thermonuclear war. Food prices continue to skyrocket, as military troops are now called in to protect supplies.
The Antarctic ice is just as much trouble as the Arctic. Serious oil and energy shortages are occurring worldwide. Internal dissension and disagreement about the meaning of the 2008 (s)Election continues unabated. New microchip implants are planned for all prisoners.
It is evident, that what the third world and ‘second’ world nations are experiencing, will happen here too. The bullying of the United States to any country that does not submit to its will is also happening here too, to Americans. Yet Americans are still seemingly asleep in their gilded cages, uninterested, uncaring and certainly, unwilling to change in meaningful ways.
So, what do you do when your world becomes too big, too complicated and too interdependent to ‘manage’? When denial of root problems remains the unspoken topics of the century?
You dream of sailing away, or building a fortress-like bunker to outwit and outlast your fellow Americans. Or you engage in the favorite pastime of most Americans, fantasizing about your next consumer-oriented ‘essential purchase‘.
I cannot be the only one who realizes the underlying horror to all of this. As that last link shows, the “big choices” are simply not available to us anymore. This is truly horrifying beyond any words that I could possibly share. We are locked into this techno-gadget-consumerist culture of mind-bending proportions. Our entire lives are dictated to us to be economic slaves addicted to the fantastical whims of the markets and media.
Are we even human anymore? Or just mindless uncaring zombies that consume, fuck and pollute? If our lives are really the sum of these actions, what are we?
I don’t suppose I really want to know the answer. But I am deeply troubled by our common dilemma. In my mind, we have indeed become something less then human. We are robotically controlled voracious condsumers addicted to cheap energy and cheaper thrills, unable anymore to even take care of our own selves.
I know how it happened, because history records this horrifying truth and how we have arrived at this precipice of hell. But despite this knowledge, why do we still insist that this is where we should continue to live? When it is so self-evident that we are truly killing ourselves and the planet which sustains us?
The addiction to civilization is a cancer that destroys our real humanity from within. Years and years go by while it works its ugly dark magic upon the human psyche. At the far end of this personal journey comes the shocking, sickening realization that you really are sick in your soul, lost in the byzantine maze of civilization and ‘success’. We become reptilian, slothful and uncaring, basking in the temporary warmth of our ‘successful’ lives.
Modern civilization is an aberration, and not something that humans have evolved to. Nor are we even genetically or physically deposed to live as modern humans. We certainly can know that our planet cannot tolerate it, and upon reflection, neither can we. Our artificial caricature of ‘life as we know it’ will end, sooner or later, as we consume our way to the bottom of the food chain.
Eventually, our ‘realness’ as humans will become known to all, even our own selves as reality punctures it’s way through our disbelief and hunger cramps our bellies with something real. And then we will know what we really are, and what we have always been, and what we will always remain.