“It’s all about money, not freedom, ya’ll, okay? Nothing to do with fuckin’ freedom. If you think you’re free, try going somewhere without fucking money, okay?”—William Melvin “Bill” Hicks (December 16, 1961 - February 26, 1994)
The idea is to divide society into two groups. One group is sometimes called the “plutonomy” (a term used by Citibank when they were advising their investors on where to invest their funds), the top sector of wealth, globally but concentrated mostly in places like the United States. The other group, the rest of the population, is a “precariat,” living a precarious existence.
This idea is sometimes made quite overt. So when Alan Greenspan was testifying before Congress in 1997 on the marvels of the economy he was running, he said straight out that one of the bases for its economic success was imposing what he called “greater worker insecurity.” If workers are more insecure, that’s very “healthy” for the society, because if workers are insecure they won’t ask for wages, they won’t go on strike, they won’t call for benefits; they’ll serve the masters gladly and passively. And that’s optimal for corporations’ economic health.
“Love is a word that has been hijacked by greeting card companies, cult leaders, sentimentalists, pop singers, false profits, pedophiles, rom-coms, McDonalds, and a million other unsavory types who transformed the most incredible thing that humans can experience into an inflatable gaudy imitation of itself that they use for their selfish desires and nefarious marketing campaigns. These bastards have made the highest and most intense experience accessible to humans almost impossible to talk about without feeling embarrassed… So, the word itself is a problematic thing because maybe it points to something that isn’t really what it is.
If you really sit down and think about it and are quite honest with yourself, you can see that all you really want is love. We want to fall in love, we want love from our friends, we want love from the people we work with, and we want to be embraced. We love the feeling of being embraced and the opposite of it is terrible… This phenomena, this truth, which is that love is what we all want more than anything was identified by super brilliant advanced beings many, many thousands of years ago and I think their great discovery was that love is not something we obtain from the external universe, but love is something that we are, that radiates out of us and reflects back to us from the screen that is the field of phenomena that we call reality. So that when we say we’re falling in love, we’re not really falling in love, we’re seeing ourselves… It is the process of waking up to your true identity.”—Duncan Trussell (via inotherrealms)
“Get out of the shrieking, howling, confusing, endless download of the mind and into the heart… there are moments where it feels as though I have been living in this mansion or temple or house, which is my body and there is this whole other part of the house. It’s almost as though I have been living on the porch, that’s the way to put it, if you’ve been living in your head it’s like you’ve been living on the porch with the barking dogs. It’s like you’ve been living on the porch in front of a mansion with a bunch of yapping dogs and suddenly you realize that the door is unlocked and you can walk into the spacious, expansive, beautiful place that has a feeling of familiarity to you because when you were a kid that’s where you lived. That’s the place where you hung out all the time, but at some point you decided that you’d rather go sit on the porch with barking dogs that yap and howl and endlessly bark about taxes and money and things you should’ve done and things you didn’t do. It’s a noisy porch up there in the brain, but the heart (another overused term) it’s another place altogether and when you go into that place suddenly you get out of the mind, get out of the endless yapping of the brain and you get into this still place where suddenly there isn’t as much to say because you’re just experiencing what is… Just being here now. Be here now.”—Duncan Trussell (via inotherrealms)
“I am grade 12 student who has just recently graduated. You might call me accomplished, and in a way, I am, but not in the way you’d think. 12 years of pouring over text books and being lined up to be judged in front of my peers has not made me any more intelligent. I can tell you the first 45 digits of Pi and I can explain to you the difference between an acid and a base, I can recite the Pythagorean Theorem in my sleep, I will recite lines out of a textbook like they are a religion. But I cannot tell you the value of security, or of kindness. The distinct contrast between personal health and personal gain. I can tell you in grade 10 four of my classmates attempted to take their own lives before finals. I can tell you our counsellors office is always booked. I can tell you how when I didn’t understand something in AP Chemistry my teacher asked me to leave if I could not participate in his class. I merely asked him to explain a question. Instead of doing his job and teaching, he told me to leave. Told me I was not good enough to be there. Mistakes are viewed as failure in these hallways. A wrong answer is a sin you must atone to, not a human error, but a flaw so grand it defines your entire life course. There is no “average” here. We all must exceed expectations. Do your parents know that a grade that is considered average is a “C”? When I got a C in fourth grade my parents grounded me for a month. They said I was lazy and stupid and incompetent and that I’d better smarten up and stop fooling around. I never fooled around. I am driven by a deep need to impress others. I never fool around. I worked and worked and worked, with a deep hollow of anxiety in my chest. I have never been good at History, but I worked and worked and I attained at best a low B. It was not good enough. It is not said but we are expected to put our education before our personal health. It is not asked of us, but it is what we must do to achieve what we are asked to achieve. Our teachers will tell you, “Oh, I only give them one hour of homework each night.” Which is essentially true, each of my five teachers only gives me one to two hours of homework each night. Hmm, that adds up to 5-10 hours of homework, and overdue classwork, and projects. Say goodbye to sleep, say goodbye to feeling calm. I’ve developed a deep rooted anxiety disorder due to school and perfectionistic tendencies. Even when you get 100 percent on an assignment they still criticise you, it is never good enough. One slip, and you are in deep deep trouble. I can tell you that 90 percent of us try our hardest, and our teachers and parents stand in the sidelines, screaming, “You can do better than that!””—Why I say our education system is flawed (via educationalliberty)
“It doesn’t occur to anyone that it hurts that much. Surely, they think, there is an end to it: an exhaustion or a quiet emptiness that follows. But the true, continued energy of grief is startling.”—Mara Hill, excerpted from Brona: A Memoir (via theprimroseproject)
“A 2007 Rhode Island study looked at 30 men and 30 women who had just had coronary-artery bypass surgery and tracked the medications they were given. The researchers were astonished to find that men got pain medications, while women got sedatives. With chronic pain problems, women’s symptoms are often minimized.”—
“There is a lot to say about quantum mechanics, perhaps the most mysterious idea ever to be contemplated by human beings, but all we need is one simple ( but hard to accept ) fact: How the world appears when we look at it is very different from how it really is.”—"The Particle at the End of the Universe - The Hunt for the Higgs and the Discovery of a New World” Sean Carroll (via ashramof1)
““We no longer live life. We consume it.”
― Vicki Robin”—This is so true! We don’t really live life anymore, but we buy it. Nothing in life is free anymore not even basic needs like water and food. Even energy from the sun and wind is sold. I can see why in the past countries traded items/resources to receive other resources that they don’t possess due to many reasons. Improper climate and land to grow a different variety of crops as well not being geographically lucky by having limited or scarce resources like oil, metals, animals, etc. Money was invented a while later to make a medium of exchange across the world, but I think money is becoming too important. I know for many people having money means being happy. Money buys everything, the essentials to the activities that you have a passion for. Without money I would not be able to play soccer with a ball or in a stadium and get to go skiing multiples times a year. With money becoming so important I believe many consumers and citizens are getting too caught up at making money, getting the best deals and buying new products instead of enjoying life and the items they have. Marketing and the thousands of ads/commercials is the major reason why consumers always want new items. (via aidanjohnson18)