The powerful know Truth. Speaking to them about it is a waste of breath.
“The rich have a plan, but it doesn’t include you.”
I’ll start with an apology because I posted three comments on one story. I try not to do that. My biggest craw-sticker is this one:
We have conditioned humans to be consumptionists.
I don’t mean the bunker boys: I mean all of us. Our systems are colonialism writ large: humans conditioned to only be extractors and purchasers of goods(and each other), rather than contributors to their own future via the future of a place.
I’ll expand the rest and attempt to fill in some gaps of logic.
Working stiffs are just the teeth at the tip of this machine:
The economy and the rich are the profits embedded in the machine from the teeth all of the way back to the smiley logo tape on the overnight Amazon delivery of your special sugar-free antacid tablets. How much do you think the teeth are going to convince the whole system to pay them in the long run?
Deadly Competition for a place on the extraction digging wheel is not fixed by punishing a few people at the power end of the drive chain with taxes and fines. We think that it would be sensible to tax the rich so that The Economy is more ‘fair’ to the people at the dirty end of the digger, but the rich have a button for that, too. The button shocks the teeth to dig faster or shuts down that isolated wheel until it rusts.
Digging ourselves to death can only get fixed by people who stop digging, climb out and walk away from the entrenched powers that be, and start growing and nurturing each other and our children’s places.
We have convinced most of humanity that the Purpose in life is to serve offerings up to imaginary sky masters or Fate (and all of the middlemen alongside the conveyor of a hero-worshiping sycophantic process we don’t even know we are performing). Only a small percentage of people…