Our Degenerated System of Modern Consumerism
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The Industrial Revolution initiated its transformative era in Britain during the latter half of the 18th century, marked prominently by the invention and subsequent adoption of the steam engine. This pivotal machine pioneered the shift from manual labor to mechanized automation, paving the way for revolutionary tools like the power-loom. Within a mere half-century, the visage of Britain underwent a stark metamorphosis. The once tranquil and bucolic countryside was now marred by the clamor and effluence of burgeoning industry—the verdant fields and pastoral tranquility supplanted by the tumult of mechanization.
The existence of those in lower socioeconomic strata—historically characterized by subjugation and exploitation at the hands of the affluent—evolved into a literal, worldwide phenomenon of 'industrial-scale' subjugation as the elite propagated their economic ethos across the globe. The agricultural foundation of society, once the bedrock of rural living, was now largely forsaken as multitudes of former agricultural workers and their families flocked to the rapidly expanding, insalubrious urban centers. These transformed townships, bloated and destitute, became the hives of desperation as the masses sought to transcend the severe impoverishment endemic to rural life. However, instead of relief, they were met with dire conditions, a more profound misery in the sordid, vermin-infested tenements that they were now compelled to call home.
Laboring under the yoke of this industrial behemoth meant enduring oppressively long hours in deplorable conditions for wages barely sufficient to survive. This era's zeitgeist was one of unbridled industrial expansion, marked by an extractive philosophy that sought to plunder the planet's resources, convert them into consumer goods, and repeat the cycle indefinitely, with little regard for the human or environmental cost.
The era had ushered in a new deity, the relentless pursuit of 'economic growth at any cost,' where the production and consumption of raw materials were incessantly maximized. The cycle of manufacturing, improving, and discarding still-functional predecessors for the sake of continuous sales became entrenched, all to swell the coffers of the owners of production—the Elite—and their banking institutions. The collateral damage of this pursuit, the degradation of our singular planetary home, was deemed inconsequential by these remorseless magnates of industry.
Science became the harbinger of a machine-dominated era, and as the 19th century transitioned into the 20th, the dual deities of science and profit had begun to dominate the human psyche. This new scientific era proclaimed the notions of an afterlife to be fictitious, espousing a world view where all phenomena could be unraveled by rational inquiry, branding our existence as a mere 'cosmic accident'—a serendipitous byproduct of chemical reactions in Earth's nascent years, suppressing the even more dire truth behind it.
This rationalist creed, deeming life devoid of inherent purpose, presented a profound challenge not just to traditional religions but to humanity itself. Under this doctrine, existence was framed as a bleak passage from birth through a miserable existence marked by economic servitude, and ultimately to death—a perspective mirrored by the squalid living conditions and perilous work in factory confines. This narrative served to further subdue the human spirit and spirituality, already beleaguered under the oppressive weight of the Elite's insatiable drive for profit, heedless of the broader consequences.
In a certain perspective, Christianity found itself confronting the consequences of its steadfast adherence to dogmatic assertions and the unwavering declaration that the Bible was the absolute truth—a declaration formalized in the Nicene Creed in 325 AD and subsequently enforced with rigor by the Roman Catholic Church through the ages. The suppression of alternative views on creation, life, and rebirth, which had long been the province of religious authorities, was now being perpetuated by science as well. Paradoxically, religion and science, while ostensibly at odds, were engaged in a covert synergy of obscuring deeper realities, reminiscent of a classical Hegelian dialectic—a strategy, as I discuss elsewhere in this book, favored by the Elite. They present two misleading options, encouraging the populace to align with one and then devote their lives to debating fallacies, all the while the profound truth remains unnoticed or deliberately disregarded.
Religion and science, each in their own domain, had vested interests in this suppression of understanding. Their unlikely alliance ensured that the masses remained oblivious to the enduring truths about human consciousness and the cycle of the soul’s reincarnation, journeying towards enlightenment with each new life. The widespread acknowledgment of these concepts could potentially topple the authority of organized religion and challenge the reign of detached scientific rationalism, both pillars supporting the Elite’s dominion. Such an awakening could undermine the control mechanisms employed by those in power to govern with a deceptive gentleness—the proverbial iron fist shrouded in a velvet glove.
“I have heard that people are dependent upon us for food. I know that was not supposed to be good news. To me that was good news, because before people can do anything else, they have to eat. And if you are looking for a way to get people to lean on you and to be dependent on you, in terms of their co-operation with you, it seems to me that food dependency would be terrific.”-Former US Senator, Hubert Humphrey.
This approach has been a direct catalyst for the famines and pervasive hunger that afflict our world today. The issue is further aggravated by the land exploitation for cash crop cultivation that severely depletes soil fertility, all in the pursuit of immediate profit maximization. Additionally, the turmoil within these countries is often fueled by the toppling of governments that conflict with the geopolitical interests of the Elite. The United States has been notably active in this realm, orchestrating regime changes whenever a government threatens the profit channels of Elite-controlled corporations. Frequently, this is done under the guise of promoting democracy and deposing unelected 'dictators' through military interventions, which, despite pretenses, essentially serve as corporate enforcers. Ironically, these so-called dictators may have been initially positioned by the U.S. to serve its strategic objectives, only to be discarded when they cease to serve Elite purposes. Mainstream media, directed by influential families with vested interests, often obfuscates these actions.
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The pace of global industrialization has been astonishing. Merely a century ago, horses were our primary mode of transportation, and the steam engine presented the first significant challenge to their dominance. Remarkably, within about 60 years, humanity leaped from steam power and horse-drawn carriages to jet engines and space exploration—a technological surge that could have heralded an era of global prosperity and peace had it been leveraged for the common good, rather than the benefit of a select few.
Over the last two centuries, our relationship with nature has dramatically reversed—from stewards to sovereigns—and often, our actions have jeopardized the very existence of our planet, the same Earth we rely upon for survival. Concurrently, starvation claims over 25,000 lives daily, a grim statistic that can be attributed to the profit-driven motives of the Elite.
Our prevailing economic paradigm is predicated on the notion that relentless consumption of Earth’s resources is essential to fuel corporate profits and margins. We are incessantly informed by the voices of authority—economists, media commentators, and financial experts under the influence of the elite—that economic growth is the sole indicator of a nation's vigor. This growth is vigorously extolled as beneficial, even though it’s the same pursuit of endless expansion that contributes to the planet's devastation and exacerbates the divide between the affluent and the impoverished.