Affluence is Destructive
Indeed, it is the most destructive force Man has ever discovered – it makes the Atomic Bomb look puny by comparison. I just barely survived it myself – but the America I left behind is full of the dazed victims of its success, who have no idea what hit them. And every other country in the world is rushing to emulate them.
No matter what the final fall of the world will look like, we can say one thing for sure – The End has already happened, and now we are just waiting for it to inexorably complete itself. It cannot be reversed, because its basic assumption is everywhere the same – everyone wants to be affluent, and will settle for nothing less!
Even if the whole world falls in – as it is indeed doing.
What I am saying here is nothing new – The Good Book (especially the New Testament) said the same thing, over and over. And everyone, to some degree – agrees. But their unconscious mind (which is firmly in control) will reply “But we gotta have it anyway. If the world goes to Hell, let it go to Hell with a bang!”
A short historical review is in order here – a review of the 20th Century, which was mainly an orgy of destruction. WWI and WWI (basically the same war) were wars of industrial destruction, which left behind two super-powers, the US and the USSR. Which promptly went to war with each other – in a most unusual war: the Cold War.
This almost resulted in global nuclear annihilation, when the USSR ordered one of it missile submarines to launch its missiles during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The submarine commander, fortunately for us, ignored these orders.
The Cold War’s objective, and one at which it succeeded completely, was the destruction of the American and Soviet economies – which ended unexpectedly with the Soviet collapse.
But meanwhile, back in America, post-war affluence – the most exaggerated one the world had ever seen – had destroyed America, without firing a shot. I witnessed this personally, as a child, as a young college graduate, and as a working adult. Like everyone else, I had no understand of what was going on. I only had the strong feeling that something was wrong. And that things were not turning out the way they were supposed to.
Even much later, in the beginning of the 21st Century, when this was completely obvious, people were still saying “Nothing wrong is going on!” Or its close opposite – when fingers were pointed at nearly everything imaginable (such as Terrorism) as the Problem.
When the Problem was that we had been destroyed by Affluence – and destroyed completely.
How this happened, I am not sure. Except the same thing happens to spoiled children – they do not grow up, and cannot function as adults. This happened to a whole society, or culture – the culture of Affluence (with a capital A).