Now I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but it's simply logical to assume this: If your well-being and current comforts of life stem from a very particular way of thinking (capitalism), then you want to keep it that way. Most people want to be comfortable and once wealthy comfort is achieved it's hard to voluntarily go back to life without. Even when the comforts are dramatically in excess of what is needed.

So que marijuana. People get high and have ideas like "Well if hypothetical x, y, and z are what make me happiest, then maybe we should come up with a different system than capitalism."

This is not what anyone in government wants to hear. When you have lifetime benefits and a lavish retirement after only one term in office as a congressman AND the power to help shape the country; BUT your lifestyle depends on the current system continuing, then it's natural to want to promote it. Especially in a nation that feverishly promotes individual success. This is the real reason I personally feel marijuana is illegal: you think "outside the box", or more accurately outside of cultural norms and assumptions.

So when someone realizes our current capitalistic system is run by officials who's primary concern is ensuring the current capitalistic system stays in place. Or changes are made, but only changes that will effect the current officials running it in a way that keeps them at the "top of the pyramid", if you will:

Then how do we change the system if need be? I'm not saying I have an effective strategy necessarily, but even if I do how could I ever expect it to be seriously considered? How could I expect the current government to do what is hard but necessary?

This is the dilemma that I think will define our generation. How we handle this conflict of interest at the national, and therefore by default the international level. It should be clearly marked somewhere at the back of everyone's mind now that capitalism leaves people behind, it's nature promotes individualism and consumption as I said before. The dominant personality types this system produces are selfish and aggressive. Leading to continuous conflict and individualistic focus. When the very culture we are raised from birth to fit into promotes these psychological archetypes how can we propose to ever live peacefully for any substantial length of time, or bring people together for common purposes? It is literally against our programming.

We assume that capitalism is the only way to ensure people are "productive" and work toward the betterment of humanity; but where exactly is the betterment of humanity that we've gotten so far? Sure we've made many, many advances that make the human race more comfortable.. but comfortable in the short term is not necessarily better in the long term. A very common problematic theme that is evident in everything from global warming to rehab clinics. It's our addiction to instant gratification, as opposed to overall, holistic well-being and long term fulfillment.

Now with all this talk against the ideals of capitalism, I do think it was necessary and has produced many benefits. I don't think it's all bad; but I am arguing it's not the only system or the best one.

Basically I'm saying the system could be drastically improved, I think most people would agree to that. That we obviously still (and probably always will) have problems we need to face. Therefore why would we not work together to fix these problems most effectively and strategically? Instead of fighting each other over our ideologies while simultaneously trying to fix the same problems our sworn ideological enemies are trying to fix (better standard of living and level of comfort).

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Mon, 01/16/2012 - 5:54am

For those of you who wish to advance and continue obtaining the truth.

If you have not read part 1:

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 1:10am

Yet again, thank you!
A shortcut is incredibly helpful!

Bong, man, I have to tell you.
The answer to fixing it.
I had a vision today and I was given a divine thought.

For change man, we gotta infiltrate their base man.
Become One of them, then when their time has come, our generation will reign.
Our generation will spread the wealth through the land.
That wealth is love, nature, water, you name it.
Cure the land!
Infiltrate the bases!

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 4:39pm
Crazyj420 Says:

See that's what I was thinkin man if want things our way then we need to get to a point where our voice actually is heard and not just heard but acknowlaged and matters. These people in government aren't gonna be alive forever and when our generation takes over man is there gonna be change

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 10:47pm
boonyo Says:

It's power in numbers. Which means it's hard as fuck fo us to win by now.
They have police, the minions, and everything between that. If they hear 2 people talking about how they're trying to overthrow the government, they're thrown into jail for being a terrorist. That right there shows how hard it's gonna be to get thousands of people together who have the same thought.
Still have yet to read your other 2 though

Thu, 01/26/2012 - 1:22am

Whether or not whoever the people vote for, the answer is going to be the answer they want. In the end, if you're a trusty politician, you still won't be able to win, or even speak your own thoughts. You are run by a corporate, money-slaving, tyrannic psychological dictators that will essentially tell you what you HAVE to say. As much as capitalism has some good benefits, what other type of way could society not screw someone over? It's like someone HAS to be tossed off the bridge.

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 1:51pm

I think its "rules" that kinda screw us as well, life is fluid and u need to adapt hell thats the name of the game for any organism on this planet, the rigidity that our gov has will only cater to those making the rules. I think they should be more like guidlelines but take situations as they come because in our current system there is an absolute zero amount of empathy twords our fellow man causing all the backstabbing and watching out for yourself

just my 2 cents

but you hit the nail on the head, and with capitalism it promotes an endless "ambition" which indirectly is telling us to never settle or be content with what you have.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 2:14am
Infinitum Says:

Change starts within ourselves. If you'd like to become independent of a system that you don't believe in or you feel doesn't believe in you then do it. Start a compost pile, plant a garden to rid yourself of processed, GMO junk at the grocery store, ride your bike to refuse their oil and get exercise. Be an open minded individual, an autodidact. Lastly, don't let ANYONE tell you that you're not good enough or that what you're doing is wrong. I believe in you and you must believe in yourself

I find myself striving for Sustainable Existence in an unsustainable world. I wish you the best on the journey some might call: life

"No One is Coming to Save You"

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 5:36am
Joey-Muze Says:

A new wave of enlightened thinking. Just as the mayans predicted. The dinosaurs will rule once again. Damn u dr. Hammond

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 10:17am
nurplette Says:

The US government just passed a bill executive order thing and the president can force you to work with him if you have skills he needs, he can also use all farms (meaning all food), transportation systems, and other stuff too that I'm too stoned to remember right now,

message me for my source for this information, there's a youtube video and the whitehouse website

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 12:16pm

Our pop culture is so completely immersed in the ideals of the system that it seems like brainwashing of the masses.
It's the same message.
Make money. By any means necessary.

It's sick, really.

Thank you for another great read. Onto part 3.

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 5:06pm

Capitalism can't work. So long as there is a notion of profit, of becoming more powerful than those around you, then corruption will continue. Not until we devise a system where every living person on this planet can be happy will we see an end to murder, greed, rape, ignorance, hate, and injustice. Look for a resource based economy. It's the only way. Everyone look up the Venus Project. It's the only way to save the earth. And time is running dangerously short..

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 7:28pm

Look what time this was "made popular" :)

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 9:55pm
Fri, 04/06/2012 - 10:51am
PoNP_87 Says:

very much agree.
i highly recommend watching interviews online with david foster wallace (this is water, extended one with german television)
and also zizek.
the system functions because cynicism is the dominant ideology. any critique is already built into the system, so critique is disarmed/ineffective.
think of: beavis and butthead, john stewart, leno, conan, letterman, south park, american idol (outtakes)...etc.
all these have in common their built-in criticism. they all acknowledge that our society functions like a joke. it is dysfunctional really. but they are cynical about it and we laugh along with south park, the daily show etc. so instead of doing something we laugh and eat ice cream and do through it all the next day.
this is why occupy was so unique - people actually DID something, and the system is not geared to handle it.

Thu, 05/31/2012 - 6:24pm