Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Can't You See?

We destroy our environment and subjugate our fellow living beings to maintain an unrealistically comfortable lifestyle. Our minds are highly evolved to optimise our current situation with little regard for the future, and our entire social, political and economic systems are designed to encourage ignorance and acceptance of the status quo. If one were to look at the modern world from the outside it would be almost unbelievable. It is not normal to ravage that which sustains one's own life - humanity truly is biting the hand that feeds. The hand that brought about and nurtured life from the beginning.

Our entire planet is a living lesson in the tragedy of the commons. The greatest shared resource of humanity is destined for desolation so that we can bleed another few decades of cheap globalised mass overconsumption. With mainstream media so heavily embedded in the capitalist system of greed, inadequacy and planned obsolescence, every new generation is born onto the hedonic treadmill; always chasing the next fleeting pleasure in the vain hope of happiness. Perhaps if we taught our children not to pursue happiness as a destination, but rather that happiness is found in the journey of life itself, then we could end society's inherent manufacturing of depression and despondency. If happiness is placed upon a pedestal as some grand goal to eventually arrive at, then we are being set up for failure. Pleasure is not happiness. Happiness is not a destination. Happiness is here and now.

But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.

Alan Watts