Time and Time again, I hear many people say that this world is a hard place to live. Yet I’ve considered this deeply and I must say this is not the case. It is not the world itself that makes it difficult to navigate the struggles of life. Rather it is the people whom you run through this world with. Their misery becomes your own. Their suffering becomes your suffering. Many would take the attitude that if you are happy and they are not, than you must be made unhappy to make up for their misery. So in this misery breeds misery. It is a vicious cycle indeed.
Given that our need to fit in, makes us duplicate the behaviour of those around us. It is only a given that those suffering the grips of poverty will complain. In this more will complain and people will wind up counting their curses more than their blessings. It becomes a vicious cycle of wash, rinse, and repeat. Even if you do not believe in the concept that your very thoughts generate more perceivable misery for you. Than you must admit that it will generate at the least more miserable thinking. You think of one thing that makes you sad, and you naturally think of ten more things on top of that. This ever growing misery affects the choices you make and breeds more misery for yourself. You see what a cruel mistress the hands of stagnant thinking and unforeseen bad luck can be now don’t you.
What can be done though, can we say that thinking overly happy and irrationally at the same time will generate any less misery. For in your joy you may also make a choice you could come to regret later. For instance, look at those in the grip of love, they may, if they are man and woman, and this is not always the case these days, bring a life into the world that they do not want there because they could not control their feelings, and look what it benefits them, a lifetime of service to that child.
Is it not our instincts we worship. Do we not serve that side of our nature without fail day in, and day out. After all we feel the strong urge to eat and reproduce. This is merely survival, we are ingrained with the needs of safety, and provision. It is a wretched matter of affairs because we are slaves to these instincts, and those instincts drive us to do less than honourable things. It is my belief that it is neither overcoming or succumbing to these instincts that will set us free but rather understanding them and putting them in their proper place. It is my understanding of them that makes me see why we would choose to live in fear of people more closely attune to their most primal instincts. Yet these people are needed and some of the same people who without the proper guidance would have become master criminals and serial killers could make the greatest detective or soldier. Now I do not advocate the need for war or police because these things are merely symptoms of a bigger problem humanity faces, which to put it bluntly is its own evil instincts. Although I will say that nothing may seem evil about the need to eat, when this need goes unmet long enough you will do horrible things and become a horrible person to see that need met. This is a great tragedy, and one I am pained by often. I will admit that before my wisdom started to fully develop I did less than noble things to sate my flesh driven cravings. We all do, and it is like we put band aids on the symptoms of the problem with policing and do little to actually treat the symptoms of why we actually steal, rape, kill, maim, or destroy in the first place. Arresting someone for breaking and entering will not prevent the economic, social, and environmental conditions that led that person to the crime in the first place, no it will just teach prospective criminals the most important lesson in crime, don’t get caught.
Yet what can I say. I have tried many times to appease the less than noble instincts of people, but in the grip of their emotions, people can be hard beasts to calm. The Ego is a starving beast that when fed, lessens the quality of your life in your attempts to improve it. It’s not that it isn’t nice to have a bit of money now and then, no, what I suggest is that there should be no money at all. Rather we should try and look at what people demand out of life and try to grant those desires as much as possible. You may say what you like, but the only people who would disagree with this ideal is those who already, or do stand to gain by an economic system where one person can be better than another on the soul prospect of the number of digits their salary is in the run of a year.
Did you know that money was the root of all evil. Also, if time is money, than anything that takes time and money to do, is evil squared. It’s simple math that this is the case. In essence things wouldn’t be as evil if there were no money because the need for food and provision and safety would be met for the most part, the only thing left after that would be to actually conquer the threats we face from our own ignorance of the effects our technology has on our well being. Both in the physical world and in other ways as well. People may not be the best creatures in the world, but they certainly can afford to do much better than what they have been doing. It is needed that we move past our primal desires and look towards a brighter tomorrow for this is all we really have left. Our misery IS NOT UNBEATABLE. It is merely something we drown in. If we remove the source of our misery, which is namely the inequalities of wealth, then we will be able to look towards the future.
It was said by king Solomon of the biblical days that money can solve any problem. However, is this not because money is merely the key resources rather than the things we actually need to live. We have not achieved the full height of our excellence because we must strive merely to exist. When all needs of all people are cared for, wouldn’t it be likely that at the very least, some of those bored people would look to make the quality of life that much better. Though I know utopia is not free of its problems as strange as that may sound, when needs are met and nothing is to be strived for there is the void of complacency and the like. Though I have much more to say on this topic, I must cut this here, as this post has already exceeded what I had intended to write. With great expectations I leave you with a last sentence to consider. Who benefits from greed and wealth, do you?