We have to grasp, as Marx and Adam Smith did, that corporations are not concerned with the common good. They exploit, pollute, impoverish, repress, kill, and lie to make money.
They throw poor people out of homes, let the uninsured die, wage useless wars for profit, poison and pollute the ecosystem, slash social assistance programs, gut public education, trash the global economy, plunder the U.S. Treasury and crush all popular movements that seek justice for working men and women. They worship money and power.” — Chris Hedges
“As a species, we are on the cusp of an evolutionary choice. Standing at the dawn of this perfect storm, we find ourselves at the beginning of a process of civilizational transition. As the old paradigm dies, a new paradigm is born. And many people around the world are already making the evolutionary choice to step away from the old, and embrace the new.”
— Nafeez Ahmed
“In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.”
— Phil Ochs
Our freedom is about thinking in the stream of consciousness of the universe for the first time. The new paradigm is one of freedom at the most fundamental level. So, are you going to throw a mask on tomorrow to go into the grocery store? Of course you are, because it’s not worth the fight. That’s not our fight.
Our fight is internal. We need to free ourselves at a deep spiritual level, from the bonds of socioeconomic rigidity, religious rigidity, all of these social norms. The greatest power we have is our ability to be silent, and our ability as a species, to become present on multiple levels; spiritual, physical, cognitive, etc. — Zach Bush
My father had a corporation and he also had a social consciousness, so I can’t agree with Chris Hedges’ blanket implication that all corporations are criminal enterprises. I see what he means, though. The general level of concern for nature and other humans is surprisingly absent. That’s what has to change. The fact that the world has come to its present emergency is proof, if we need any, that we’re confounded by the need to care about others. Why such a simple thing should loom so large that it threatens to destroy the planet we live on is bizarre, when you stop and think about it. We seem ready to commit suicide rather than have to feel compassion or generosity.
Large numbers of people in positions of power and authority seem to think greed makes the world go ‘round. Love? Don’t be ridiculous!
Collectively we have a problem. We are too small-minded, too hard-hearted, too blind and unaware of the real forces at play in life to act intelligently in this emergency. What will it take to enlighten us? Death of loved ones and destruction of our way of life? Will that give us pause in our rush into the abyss?
I never expected to live in a time of collapse of civilization, but I find myself wondering how to navigate a way forward. Inner change is the challenge. We have to become better humans, it seems to me. Each of us has to evolve into a larger version of ourselves however we can.
I think Zach Bush has hit on an essential clue. We need to cultivate silence and we need to loosen the hold rigid constructs have on us. All those things we take for rock solid truth need to be reexamined with a quiet mind. Our frenetic lifestyle is one of the first things to go. We are so overburdened by our noisy culture we can’t wake up to what’s actually going on inside and around us.
Silence could teach us a lot. Out of silence comes beauty, comes wisdom of the heart.
- Anima Fire is my pub