Embracing our cultural mortality

We have seen civilizations and religions come and go, but there is a still tendency in each culture to assume that their system is the definitive one; their religion is the one true faith and theirs is the definitive form of government (in our case: liberal democracy). In our daily lives there is very little (if any) awareness of our cultural mortality – but we are essentially no different than our ancestors in the sense that our days are numbered just like theirs were. We know a broad range of systems, forms of government and economical mechanisms and they have all been tried, thrown out, sometimes tried and tried again. Each of them has served a purpose – they have resulted in today’s reality, where more people are given better opportunities than ever before.  But unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends as each of them also has a downside.

one minute agoOur culture is incredibly destructive, to itself but also to its environment and its populace (us). “The system” was supposed to bring us fairness and equal opportunities, it was supposed to give us safety and stability. But for all the endless amounts of money we pour into it, and for all the endless hours of effort we spend supporting it, the system is not able to feed everyone. It’s not able to stop crime. It hasn’t brought peace, nor has it managed to put a stop to genocides and government oppression. While on one side of the planet we are parachuting from space and complaining about the wonky wifi on airplanes, on the other side people have no food or fresh water and children are used as pawns in wars that never end.

Human nature compels us to find someone to blame, but we cannot pin this on one particular group of people (it is tempting to use the so called New World Order for that purpose, but until it has been proven they exist that will not do us much good). We shouldn’t want to spend our time looking back and placing blame on some faceless elite, we should be looking at the future – and all the signs indicate that our current system is not going to bring us any further. It has brought us material wealth (although unequally divided) and the semblance of stability (although we are writing endless laws and regulations trying to bring order to our chaos), but we cannot deny that for each problem solved, new problems have arisen.

Easy access to global information has brought us to a crossroads: we can choose to continue along the same path and see what happens, or we can become aware of what is going on around us. Every little story about every new little law is a glimpse into the future. The system allows us to move left and right a little bit (politics) or up and down (economy), but there is no more room for significant progress until we break out of those bounds. We can accept them and quietly agree that everything is being done in our best interest – or we can take back control over our own destinies. The limits to change have been set by the elite and we will not be able to cross those limits until we claim our independence.

This is not a call to destroy the fabric of society just to see what will happen. None of us know if we can ever function without a system, but it’s certainly not impossible. We can tear it down step by step and go back to square one. Rebuild and reshape the world into a better one – question everything, consider every alternative. Break out of the rut, out of the mold. And figure out from a neutral stance if and where we can do better. If we are ever going to do it, we must do it now, because we are more powerful than ever before. Challenge the powers that be, because they’ve had their chance, they’ve had their free ride. And now it’s time for change.

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4 thoughts on “Embracing our cultural mortality

    1. Indeed! Money plays such a central role in our society that without any serious changes to the financial system, any other form of change would be difficult or insignificant. Thanks for weighing in!

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