Sunday, 28 April 2013

The madness of the system

A lot of people probably realise on some level, consciously or not, that the whole money and work system of today is deeply flawed. What kind of life is it to spend half your waking hours doing jobs for 40 odd years that you're not that keen on, retiring when the years of your prime are behind you, and then living on a pension? Many people do this or intend to do this, and expect there to be a pension in place for all the hard work they've put in - and will no doubt get insecure if their pensions are threatened - and I fully believe pensions will become obsolete eventually.

Greed and the love of money have really come to the fore now, profits are being put before people .. the most important things for too many businesses are money, money and money .. and not surprisingly, everything has been starting to collapse in the last few years.

And money nowadays is often just a number that gets transferred to someone's back account, and often we pay for transactions just by typing in a number and various other details! And yet we place so much emphasis on it. Isn't this insane?

I have come to the point where I have really started to question the whole system and have come to the conclusion that it really is truly insane now, more so than when I first started working. Were we really created to work in 9 to 5 jobs, working for someone else, often working under stress and pressure? No. The whole system is designed to keep people under control. From an early age, we are conditioned to believe that we should get a job, get married, have kids, buy a house, get a nice pension etc. The education system neglects important things like self-esteem, money, relationships. Most people don't question these things and end up being wage slaves, being grateful that they have a job but in most cases, not really living the life they want to. We must all have heard someone say something like .. '(This) is my true passion, but it doesn't pay the bills'. Most people are not financially secure, so they end up 'having' to be a wage slave in order to pay the bills.

Whilst this is all understandable, it is just crazy that so many people live like this. I remember seeing a post about people being given a grant to do writing and to help them try and make a living out of it. The small mindedness of people that replied was telling. 'These people should get a proper job' was the common thread, as if working your butt off in a 9 to 5 (or longer) should be a 'proper' job. This, of course, signifies that people are bitter about their jobs and wishing they could do something else, but cannot see a way out of wage slavery.

A great acronym for JOB is 'Just Over Broke' - and this really is true. So many people these days are overworked, underpaid and underappreciated, and yet put up with it because it pays the bills. But it doesn't pay enough for you to feel secure about making any changes. Often it takes redundancy or another life changing event to really make someone wake up.

It is a risk to make a change. The previous time I was out of work, I was not in any position to know what to do. Now, I've got some idea of what I want, but it may take some time. I'm not saying that all jobs are bad, but certainly, if I had my way, a fair few of the paid jobs would be made obsolete and replaced with more meaningful ones. As I heard someone correctly say recently 'There is so much work to be done, but no money available for much of it'. As much of business is based on profit and greed, unfortunately a fair few paid jobs these days are jobs which won't make the world a better place in any way and the only people they will truly serve are the fat cats who make the money out of the businesses. Business owners who employ wage slaves know exactly what they are doing. Meaningful work is work that serves people rather than profits. This is what I want to see more of.

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I like talking about these things - it is time to, at the very least, question the whole system - so many people are not enjoying their work and work stress must be at an all time high since I've been born, with many people doing 2 people's jobs after cutbacks. There is a lot of tension and fear about the future of the economy and many people must be afraid of losing their jobs. There are more and more people though, who are becoming more aware of the madness of it all and aware of what the government, banks, pharmaceutical organisations, food companies etc are doing. The money system as it is, is totally unsustainable. I don't think anyone can argue otherwise. We're already in a big mess. I'm no expert on the history of money but really would like to see a fairer system - I'm not into these Law of Attraction people who say that you attract poverty and ignore the fact that the system of today is not fair. People should not be able to get away with greed. I have no problem with people being rich as long as they don't do it at the expense of other people. Rich people on their own aren't the problem - greedy people are. Time for more fairness and justice in the world I say. There are communities which have different systems, and I have little doubt that more communities will emerge, not fighting against the system, but just doing things such as growing their own food and working together.

I believe the recession is a wake up call to the world in general, to change. Not rely on the government to make things better - cos that isn't going to happen anytime soon - but to really examine our whole attitude towards money, and life in general. To question everything. Mark Boyle lived without money for two years, so more is possible than what we might believe. It's time to get back to basics and be aware of what really matters. That doesn't mean quit your job or not look for a job. But it's time to really take steps towards living a more authentic life, even if they might be small steps for a while.

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