“Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know, you can’t explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life. That there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but its there. Like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.”
—Morpheus, character in the movie,The Matrix
You know things are not good: at the social, environmental and economic levels. People are exhausted, burnout, addicted to anything that helps them forget how their precious and sacred lives are being wasted, used for the profit of a few who couldn’t care less for the Earth, its peoples, its ecosystems and their future.
Not only ecosystems are failing and shrinking (and they are the ones who sustain life!), but also social, economic and personal systems are failing: the gap between the rich and the poor is growing, the middle class is slowly disappearing, burdened by debt, work exhaustion and stress from being so busy and overloaded by it all: from information (fake and real) to entertainment, “friends”and expectations of how to be in this world…
Oceans are filling up with plastic and dead zones, forests are disappearing, taking with them entire species and the livelihoods of many. The food, water, soil and air are poisoned, translated into health issues for everyone, even those who think they are safe. Millions of animals are being sacrificed everyday to feed the hunger of a growing population who doesn’t seem to have a limit to their greed…
Children are being medicated, fed with unending garbage from TVs, laptops and cellphones at ages as early as a few months old…
Think is not affecting you? Think twice: even if you can still eat (and make choices about what you but), have a “good” job and a house to sleep in, even if your neighbourhood looks clean, safe and nice, if your family is still together and you are in “good health” and “fit”…how are the rest and why? What or who needed to be destroyed, displaced, oppressed, negated and ignored so you could have all that? Why is that you have all that and not the other 90% of the world? And why should you have all that and not be guaranteed for your children, your neighbour’s children or mine?
Meanwhile, we are told lies after lies: every “solution” comes with a cost attached because they are being thrown with total disregard to the root causes or the systemic repercussions of what they propose.
And we, each one of us, continues working as another peon in the rigged game: helping the broken system to stay together a bit longer, perpetuating the damage and the pain, stuck as clogs in an endless and narrow pipeline that goes nowhere except Hell.
Is there a way out?
To be completely honest, I don’t know. I I think no-one who says they know would be honest or credible. We are in the middle of both the death of a system that was born dysfunctional and abusive, and the birth of “something” that may end up being amazing or just a life boat for a few…only the future will tell!
In the meantime, we have to choose: do we want to continue this path of unsustainable debt, exploitation, lies, burnout, destruction, pollution and oppression? or do we want to explore other paths and see whether they could at least alleviate the suffering and the damage and maybe, just maybe, turn the entire machine towards a better direction?
“They caught the wild children and put them in zoos,
They made them do sums and wear sensible shoes.
They put them to bed at the wrong time of day,
And made them sit still when they wanted to play.
They scrubbed them with soap and they made them eat cheese.
They made them behave and say pardon and please.
They took all their wisdom and wildness away.
That’s why there are none in the forests today.”
– Jeanne Willis
I don’t know you, but I know there are many still in the forest and many more going there…I also know that many of us who may not be able to leave all behind and settle in the forest (or the meadow, the coast, the lake, you get it) to regain a sense of fulfilling life, are still able to do a lot from where we are…we are maybe as important as the others, because it is in our hands the task to redefine our economies and how we live, make choices and work together.