What We Need
What we need is simple – we need to stop needing. Our human heritage is rich beyond compare – we have created a world of our own that never existed before. But instead of enjoying our riches we have become beggars, always wanting more. We have lost control of our world, and cannot get it back – simply because we have lost control of ourselves, and no longer think we have any value.
We started out with a human-centered world – since we made that world ourselves. But now we have been pushed to the side and marginalized another force that has popped up out of nowhere and taken over.
Right away, people will want to know “Yes, but what is the solution?” They will not wait for the answer, which they already know - identify this other force and simply pull its plug. What is this force? The many-headed monster MORE. And beneath it, something else – a feeling of inadequacy.
How did we get in this state? That’s a long story, going back for hundreds of years Its details are extremely complicated, but its overall outline is clear – people put more and more energy into their technologies, and less and less into themselves. This was natural at the time – technology was easy to change, and the benefits from doing this were clear. But changing ourselves was nearly impossible. Or at least this is what it seemed like at the time. Naturally, we put our energies where we would get the most results.
And ended up losing ourselves – without even knowing it. We have become hollow shells, trying to stuff more and more into a developmental black hole.
Can this be fixed? In theory, yes – if we could understand ourselves better. And focus our attention inward, and not outward. Americans are now convinced their enemy is out there somewhere. When, as is usually the case, it is in here. They have become convinced that their inner selves are too horrible to contemplate – and are destroying them. As a result, their world is collapsing.
Let me summarize – the big problem is the loss of our selves. And the forces of wealth and power (what now constitutes the business world) wants this loss to continue. We have never been able to control power, and today is no different. Power has become enmeshed with technology, and they have become a deadly combination.
Something else has taken control, and we are afraid to take it back.