We live in a world where the values of a few are pushed upon the rest. We live in a time where we are expected to live lives that don’t matter for a system that doesn’t care about us or any other living thing.
It is easy to blame capitalism, but the simple truth is that the problem is capitalism. Work and the consumerist lifestyle exist for the benefit of the capitalist system. We are pushed to do what is good for the system at the expense of what is good for us.
Capitalism is the system that has won over the collective because it suits our desires and selfish needs best. At the same time, it works covertly to encourage a lifestyle that leads towards our own collective destruction.
Most morning I rush out of my apartment after rushed through a breakfast that by its very nature of convenience is unhealthy. Then I jaywalk across a busy street because I can’t wait for the crossing light to change.
Soon after, I cramp into a train filled with hundreds of other people in the same situation as myself. We pass under the city in dehumanizing conditions, breathing recycled air so close together that we can feel each others breath.
Most morning someone presses the yellow emergency bar and we all wait in-between stops while they are removed from their train. The saddest part, is that the yellow emergency bar is rarely pressed outside of rush-hour. You may argue that this is because there are fewer people and emergencies are less likely. But I would argue that life is more stressful during rush-hour, so people are more likely to have health problems.
Do a google search and you will find that stress is one of the leading cause of sickness and death.
The leading causes of stress in peoples lives comes down to work and money, though they are essentially the same thing. Our lives by this circumstance are made worse by the capitalist system. However, we are told regularly that the system is what makes our luxurious lives possible.
Recently, I’ve come to think about a common complaint of the losers (the poor) in our current system, they almost always blame the winners (the rich). It seems obvious to blame the rich, as they are benefiting the most and ushers on the continued success of the current system. Unfortunately, they are only doing what they know to do in the situation they have found themselves in.
Sure we can blame the rich, they are winning at the expensive of everyone else, but by that logic we also have to blame the poor, as they are losing to the benefit of everyone else.
The winners and the losers are in the game for the same reason, they do not have a choice. Everyone takes the cards they are dealt and play by the rules they have been taught. People do what they are suppose to do, or at least what they think they are suppose to do.
The system sets the rules and deals the circumstances, we move forward from our given starting points, doing what we think is best. We shouldn’t blame people for doing what they think they’re suppose to do. We need to change the system so that doing what you are suppose to do makes the world better rather than worse.