In the immortal words of Bernadette Rostenkowski Wolowitz:
One of the problems I see with the leaders of not just America, but the world, is the way they keep us all “chasing our tails” so to speak. We are all expected to work so many hours a week that we will never get back just for the privilege to get enough money to pay all the bills our society has conveniently established for our very existence. The rest of our hard-earned money is given away due to the constant brainwashing that we can’t live without their needless crap.
The problem I have with this is the fact that the world is in such real, desperate need in so many ways but most of our jobs are established to keep the folks on Wall Street busy and wealthy and the rest of us busy and poor; instead of allowing us to make better use of our time feeding the poor and really getting to know others hopefully with the goal of finally putting an end to war. Peace does not bring profit at this time but war does. This has to change. Most of our jobs are false busy work giving the illusion of purpose. We all do have a purpose but it eludes most of us. We are not allowed to help others; in fact helping another harms the bottom line of most, if not all, businesses.
This disturbs me since most companies are needless and pointless. Most of our businesses manufacture things that most of us don’t want or need and we then pay others, such as advertisers and salespeople, to try and convince us that we need it desperately. Pathetic really. That’s why most of the stuff we buy is shoved aside for other newer or different stuff and we don’t miss the old stuff a bit. With the world and it’s people in the state that it is in, it is a sin to expect our world economy to be based on consumerism.
Instead our world leaders need to establish a culture and society that thrives on altruism and peace as soon as possible.
When I have the time to think, not working, watching TV, listening to music, talking to others, etc., I find my thoughts are much deeper than when I was young. I see my society and culture spinning wildly out of control. With drugs, free sex and hedonistic behavior that probably outdoes any Roman heathen before their fall.
I have grown very concerned for the state of the world and its folly since the beginning of recorded history. The fact that even though we know better and think that we are much more learned now, we still are no further ahead on getting control over our impulses. Most of us still not willing to make any sacrifice to stave off instant gratification and pleasure for some loftier ideal or good cause.
Thus we have groups of men with guns that are paid to try and stop those of us that would bring others harm. Pathetic when you really think about it.
I wonder what hope any civilization really has when they are being taught things like:
“No race that does not take care of its young can hope to survive – or deserves to survive.” Father Flanagan, founder of Boys Town.
I never thought about just how deceptive that comment is. You can say people that desire to do or have something that is not good for them and cannot seem to achieve control over their “urges” are struggling of course, but there is something to be said about the word “battle“. You should always be the victor or maybe you just want to do it?
What is an actual battle? It is a fight, usually a violent one. We all need to reach the point that any thought such as taking drugs or sleeping with another’s spouse is so insane to us, those thoughts will cease and desist! I don’t even have fleeting thoughts such as those because I was raised to believe that certain things are bad and bad people go to hell, simply put, and it worked for me. I think this has helped me immensely to be the kind of person you can trust and I wish more people were like me. I actually like myself and don’t want to escape from me or my life even though it’s never been an easy life to live.
There are sayings such as “don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing.” This has to do with warning someone else not to mess with you or it could get ugly. If you are about to do battle with yourself, why wouldn’t you give yourself the same heads-up? Why would someone want to do anything that feels good for the moment, when in their own minds they know just how ugly it can get.
Many years ago most decent people were raised in the Word. People complain a lot about religion controlling us, but it looks like it has to. People used to teach their children self-control, self-discipline and respect. People that cannot control themselves are a danger to themselves and others. I sometimes wonder how many truly mentally ill people there are or are they just selfish and either don’t know how to or don’t desire to control themselves.
The 1960’s started the hedonistic “if it feels good, do it” mentality but if you don’t know how to control your inner demons, be sure they will control you. They will win that battle in the mind. You need to have matter over mind in the fact that everyone has thoughts, ideas and urges, but most never act on them because they have the ability to think further than the moment. Yes you can be tempted by someone into adultery, getting high or even an act of rage if you are in that circumstance for the moment. What you need to do is prepare for battles as anyone planning to win does.
You know your weaknesses and people you shouldn’t be around so stay away from these and them! Battle’s half won. Now get your fanny moving to living the life you really want to live, within reason, not falling back on something to make you feel better for the moment. Now on that line of thinking, if you want to fall back on anything, you need to fall on God! He can and will get you through everything as long as you know it to be true. There is a rock hard strength in true faith and for most, religion is a big part of this. It’s good training for your mind.
Not the traditions or symbols of so many of them, but the teachings of Christ to love one another. That’s all the religious teaching we need. To somehow get the point across to others, deep in their souls, that you would never do something to someone that you would not want done to yourself or a loved one. This means that you would not risk harming yourself for a temporary cheap thrill.
If the entire world would become kinder and gentler there would fewer reasons for people to try to cover up their hurt with food, sex, drugs, etc.
Why does emptiness seem to be the human condition? Why are we born so needy and so hard to satisfy?
Why do most never seem to achieve happiness in anything they do or in their relationships?
I would say this is a sign of some deficiency or mental condition except that it is far too common and I believe man has always been this way.
Most try to fill their voids with romantic love or sex, food, drugs, excitement or whatever they desire to feel good for the moment. It appears no matter how much we are educated to the facts of just how dangerous our addictions and habits are, we refuse to stop always searching for our nirvana.