With the spectacle of the world money melting down for everyone in the world to see, it is becoming obvious that a change in the way late capitalism operates is coming. The controllers will try to keep it going in its present form for as long as they can, but most everyone with a functioning brain can see the writing on the wall.
Here's the thing... technology has dominated social relations to the point of the absolute necessity for everyone to carry the Mark of the Beast to be able to survive within the Matrix. The Great Lie of the Enlightenment declared that self-interest would provide the thrust for Mankind to reach Utopia has finally been exposed, for Utopia died upon the very altar of Enlightened self-interest that was set up as the salvation of humanity.
Considering that humanity has allowed technological-self-interest to dominate the world to the point of driving it to total collapse, we should view the proverbial 'shit hitting the fan' as something to look forward to. I know I am. But what will replace the money-system and the self-interest that supported it? The chart below offers a transitional model from what we have now, to what can be installed to support and become oneness and equality. But only if we can release enlightened self-interest.
The table (incomplete and theoretical as it is) suggests that the items listed on the right are antithetical to life. It is obvious that the level of consumption human beings are inflicting upon the world is unsustainable. Capitalism, especially the late capitalism of the 20th Century, has shown us that increased poverty, exploitation and the annihilation of the ecology from externalities of stateless corporations are all we are going to get out of this deal. It's time to make a change. As the money systems begins its slow, glacial slide into oblivion (and even though it's going to take much, much longer than we would like to experience), we would do well to consider and begin to put in place something that nurtures us instead of sucking us dry.
Capitalism - Post-Capitalism
Taking - Sharing Self Expression
In order to maintain our standard of living, we are forced to TAKE from the Earth's resources and if you buy products from the Pacific Rim and China, you take from the bodies and time from the people who are forced to work in sweat shops or manufacturing. In SHARING SELF EXPRESSION the products rendered will be built out of one's own expression and natural talents. If you like constructing tennis shoes, you do that using your own creative powers to share with everyone.
Greed/Self Interest - Appreciation
This goes without saying: Capitalism is the manifestation of [b]self-interest and greed.[/b] It's a game everyone is expected to play, and most are expected to 'lose.' Capitalism has no mercy, offers no 'consolation prizes' for second best and will never share the wealth created by its workers because appreciating workers would have a drastic impact on its Bottom Line. [b]Appreciating[/b] others for their work transcends self-interest because of the thankfulness of what is done. You do what you want to do and be appreciated for it. What is created will be connected to the value of the persons themselves, rather on some profit-designed slave wage.
Value of Object - Value of Life
At the moment, the value of an object supersedes the value of the person who creates it. While Nike spokesman Tiger Woods is paid more than $55,000 a day for wearing the corporate logo, the average Indonesian worker is paid just $1.25 to make the gear that Woods wears, activists say. A Thai worker in a Nike factory would have to work for 14,000 days or 38 years to receive the same amount. Shifting the focus to the Value of Life would put an end to this nonsense.
Competition - Self-Support
Contending and fighting for wealth is part of the capitalist game. Economic Darwinism, those who can't play are cast outside the system. Self-support is the self-directive principle which stabilizes cooperation and self-direction.
Exploitation - Equality
This is easy. Exploitation takes advantage of another, usually those in no position to defend themselves. Equality implies everyone gets the same.
Consumption - Flow
A consumer society is the most deadliest force on this world. Blind self-interest and indulging 'in the moment.' Flow occurs like the river, changing yet stable. We cycle thru replenishing what we take.
Inequality - Equality
Speaks for itself.
Survival - Life
Survival implies existing in spite of danger or hardship. Life is the contentment of your present circumstances; flow.
Work - Self-Expression
Work is the prison term for the wage slave. Drudgery. Trading your time, mind or body (usually all three) for money (or the things money can buy.). Self-expression is creating sustenance from within your own being/talent/passion.
Other items to consider:
Hierarchy - All One and Equal
Oppression - Equality
Contract - Equality
Property - Allocation
Rights - Equality
Wage - Equivalent Worth
Debt - Life Allocation
Dependency - Trust
Finite - Eternal Life
Commodity - Expression
Government/Morality - Living Expression as Directive Principle Equality and Oneness
Relationship/Marriage - Agreement in Support of Self-Expression
Education - Life Preparation
Logic - Common Sense
That the words 'equality,' 'self-expression,' and 'allocation' and 'life' appear more than once indicate a possible transition out of systemic late capitalism; the 'flow' of all as one and equal. 'Flow' = living harmoniously, balanced and equal. To say what comes to pass after the transitory phase is impossible to predict. But it is impossible to deny that the network of dependencies and relationships inherent in late capitalism (to which we all are connected) causes havoc and misery to someone or something in the world. This is hardly 'flow.' It is a mindful consumption that asks no questions nor raises concerns. Therefore, we will either stop or consume ourselves into extinction. Economics, philosophies, arts, science, religions – all have failed to keep us from the knife's edge of extinction.
It's like we know we're destroying ourselves, yet we can't do anything to stop it. Brilliant.
So what is to be done?
We re-evaluate our 'scene.' We discover what common sense is in each of our lives and apply it without prejudice. We come to our senses and rip up the old social contract and move to a transitory stage in human development where the assumption of 'survival of the fittest' is replaced with 'all equal and one.'
This world; it can be different.