Breaking free from mammon

We have been socialised to centre money or mammon, which is wealth and riches posing as a false deity in our lives. We are constantly reminded of its prime importance and central location in our existences and it is difficult if not impossible to escape the constant propaganda grind. What with the relentless advertising industry, material culture pouring endlessly through the many media streams from television, radio, internet and print literature.

Material culture reminds constantly that you are incomplete without more, more and more. Money, cell phones and other ever changing computer gadgetry, apparel, automobiles, property, you name it… And that having these things is wont to make us more popular, desirable, beautiful and yes, successful. Success is emphasised as having things and not so much developing or nurturing oneself and others – physically, spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and socially. In fact, nurturing, caring and performing service are seen as the lot of those with lower social status; markedly females, peoples of African descent, and other persons from developing contexts, etcetera.

It is easier to control insecure and uninformed or misinformed persons. The plutocracy would have it no other way. For reasons. Plutocrats, or the wealthy, privileged, classed individuals; seen globally as cisgender white males are just as sucked into the skewed logic of mammon worship; even if they benefit the most because of their placements higher up the social pyramid.

To break away from this; one must start with the entry point for this misguided propaganda. Our minds. As prominent South African anti-apartheid activist, Steve Biko, once remarked, ‘the most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.’ We start with re-educating our minds to challenge misinformation and systems intended to control, confuse, and misdirect. Start with the questions most pertinent to you right now and move on from there in searching for authors, speakers and groups most aligned with those areas where you seek knowledge.

Of course we have to use money in the current financial economic context. Nonetheless, one must not buy into centering this instrument as the definition of all value in our lives and society. A number of thinkers have suggested ways of eliminating the social inequalities associated with the current financial system by converting to a resource-based, currency-free system.

That said; even the world’s wealthiest are not immune to the perennial financial insecurity and anxiety assailing the struggling classes.

”…judging from a survey of people with an average net worth of $78m found that they too were assailed by anxiety, dissatisfaction and loneliness. Many of them reported feeling financially insecure: to reach safe ground, they believed, they would need, on average, about 25% more money. (And if they got it? They’d doubtless need another 25%). One respondent said he wouldn’t get there until he had $1bn in the bank.” George Monbiot

Doubtless still, even on reaching ‘there’; having accumulated wealth that one may judge to be ‘enough’; the sleepless anxiety about the danger of losing it all… And so on and so forth. It is an endless cycle, that one can’t win. No wonder the world’s oligarchs are possessed by excessive greed for excessive wealth. The fear that another may surpass them, that they may be left ‘behind’ or worse, lose it all and join the struggling classes.

Do not start a journey with no end in sight. We have all been en-cultured onto this path. Educate yourself to get off the grind now.

 

 

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