The human condition is one of the most perplexing things there is on this beautiful earth. At the end of the day we seek nothing but connection and love but we look for it in all the wrong places. We have created this consumerist world to make money to afford to buy things that fill the void that we have created & in doing so make ourselves ill. We are told everyday of how we are lacking; on the television, in the magazines, every day in subtle ways and sometimes blatantly obvious slaps in the face by beautifully manicured and polished hands. We lap it up like we need to be told what life is all about & how to live it. Drinking up the poisonous words of some seething corporate greedy bastard entity. We aren’t even fighting people anymore, we’re fighting corporations that can’t even be confronted to be able to fight back. We are just a mere cog in this intricate and grubby new machine.
Anxiety and depression rates sky rocket as our world is supposed to be easier and more accessible, but we sit here and talk to each other through screens and type our incomprehensible expressions of love and anger towards each other and our feelings of urgency & being behind to do what we should have done. For things of love and awe sometimes there are just no words to express what you can only show through human touch or that effervescent twinkle in someone’s eye. No wonder love has become only sex and looking for bank accounts that fit someones lifestyle for some people. Nobody sees each other anymore. We walk past amazing souls each and every day, we sit next to them on the train on the early morning commute to work but we only see our own faces staring back at us, tired and worn in the reflection of our iPhones. We swipe left or right on people’s faces which reduce them to a few lines of text and a photoshopped image. We give our bodies over to strangers in the hopes that superficially being held for a night will fill us up for long enough that we can escape our perpetual feelings of loneliness if only for a moment. While we search for this connection we destroy everything in sight, we knock down reserves to build skywards to climb towards something as close to heaven as we’ll ever find. We destroy each other through our own expressions of hurt, trying to make sense of it all. As they say, “hurt people hurt people”.
But then the flip side, as humans we have this need of love which shows us just how fragile and real we can be. It exposes our soft little underbellies as we grunt and put on that tough guy face and say “I don’t need anyone”. It’s such a sad day to know some will never experience true happiness as they chase these corporate made dreams and subdue that little voice buried deep deep down in the pits of their stomachs. Some appreciate the twinkle of a diamond more than the spark that ignites between two people made for each other – JLF (JaxTrax)
(I’d just like to add, I don’t only see the world in this way, reading back it seems so one sided and negative, this was a mere snap shot of a thought I had while sitting on the train going home from an appointment haha. It’s just showing the cracks in society and the pitfalls we sometimes succumb to unknowingly, if down trodden long enough. It’s more about the lack of connection I felt that day from people around me) hugs. Big love xoxo
I believe that you are mostly accurate in the post! “Back when” financial pressures were less …*pressing* … there were diversified interests, more social cohesion (time is now money?) more exploration of people and lifestyles, more emphasis on changing society, music was a career that could support you, not commoditised as it has become. Ditto art and other cultural entities.
Most “sex” is informed by porno (more commoditisation?) thus the skewing of relationships in the manner you outline.
“Social Media” might even be the biggest business of them all, rather than being “social.”
Am am truly amazed at how mean and unempathetic people can be on these platforms.
National Socialists are on the rise … again. We learn little from history.
Refugees are dismissed as queue jumpers, with scant thought to “what if that was me and my family?”
Our politicians exploit these attitudes and fears for their own gains.
Sadly, money has always being the loudest, most influential voice that touches every facet of our lives, and today, it is even more demanding, especially for accommodation, so people have less mental and physical time for more nourishing activities.
Yes, anxiety and depression rates climb, supported by Big Pharma that vows to have as many people on medication as possible (and for society to be medicated for other “ills” that are better addressed by diet, attitude, etc).
As education purports to prepare us more for vocational aspirations, it veers away from social and interpersonal development (especially in Australia) and has become yet another purely financial entity at the expense of preparing people to be more human, even when 70% of the training is for jobs that won’t exist, yet the graduates will have HECS debts….more financial pressures!
Many of the cultures that had different emphases are dying out, again, money is talking loud.
China (for example) had an interesting history and culture (albeit not always very friendly) but has now chosen highly westernised values. Tribal cultures are being integrated, converted, perverted … and valuable land subsumed for profit versus sustainability.
I don’t have any answers, other than “until” new generations are exposed to a different form of education, and politicians stop talking about “growth and jobs” and focus more on sustainability and social cohesion, nothing much will change. Of course, its not a simple, linear correlation, but it would be a great start, and other countries are ahead of Australia in these attitudes.
Thanks for your well thought out response. I’m not entirely saying money is the route of all evil though. It has its place and it also helps to do a lot of good. I was just having a bit of a mind blurt with how I was feeling that day. Being against money is probably just as damaging to people’s lives. It’s not all black and white. As humans we are flawed in many ways. But I guess that’s what makes art and music so interesting to us as we try to make sense of it all and ourselves