As a submissive soul responded, in a particular business setting, to a morning greeting, the line, as usual, went along the lines of "living the American dream." Otherwise translated into real-world implications, is the intentional need for job security through whatever it takes, long-term debt repayment and the longevity of bondage for the satiety of material goods. Consumption animates the enterprise-state, in order to satisfy an imbalanced socio-economic distribution. Typically, in informal, unscientific polls one after another the answer is very similar for many.
Warning from another era, for decades past some in high places have warned of the looming consequences of a 'military-industrial complex'. As conspiracy theorists, some wise men and some idiots, go on a rampage to hunt the bad guys, other cautionary tales should remain ignored. From thoughts to wardrobe, profiteers abound. On the well-worn travel routes, the many nod so easily, and yet a society falls apart. The perceived need for greed knows only the vested limitless depths of consumption. For all the pontiffs and their pontifications, much is superficial and hypocritical.
As for this perceptual tendency, enslavement by greedy consumerism aids the premeditated regression of the murderous extinction of the human species. Neither a majority of academics, nor an assembly of politicians proselytize in the quest for self-evolution. Transforming and transcending the original primitive nature, thus transforming into enlightened ascendant transhumanism, such is the present horror for the discovery of deeper relevance. Anti-thought replaces intellectual curiosity and creative discovery with the inventiveness of alternative perceptions.
Thought, on the other hand, has a depth of meaning and an unlimited reach. From the dark spheres of thought-filled dreams, to the awakened status of indentured necessity, ideations work with the unfree social slavery of psycho-physicality. Liberation fights for every moment, but not for everyone. Most would rather accept the oppression of conformism and consensus. The "corporate ladder", "public trust" and the "born again" appeal of the "tortured soul" demand choices to be made and costs to be paid. And so, the consumption is piled on the carnal character of the decadent descent into the primordial satiations of immediate satisfaction and poor sustenance.
After studying issues relating to social mobility and societal opportunities, an economics researcher concluded that the “American dream” was a myth. On the contrary, these data suggest that the idea of "working hard" will not necessarily guarantee social advancement. After reviewing the economic data for the past 100 years, some researchers lament the declining status of large numbers of people. That is, investigators push in the direction of poverty, income inequality, IQ one-off changes and overall decreasing return on social investment over employee contributions. The economic disparity continues to widen between the upper and lower socio-economic fields.
While a certain elite, oligarchic status, remain secure in the upper realms, and overpaid, social strata remain increasingly difficult for the vast majority to climb. To ensure the complexity and entrenchment of the "pyramid scheme", indebtedness and its accompaniment, consumption, are skillfully promoted. Perhaps it could be argued that socio-economic conditions are an increasingly deceptive and well-crafted Ponzi scheme. At the same time, the accumulation of wealth for a few is inextricably linked with the immense scope of the world's economies.
Meanwhile, for the most part, their intentional "lowering" has actually contributed to a bulky and tedious economic system, as well as a greedy materiality of self-indulgence. But for a moral imperative, or overriding directive, the willful neglect of such insistence premeditates the negativity of contemporary societal stupidity. Then again, what can you expect from a species that doesn't learn from its own history? In essence, there is not much new in terms of humanity's inhumanity to its neighbor. Dysfunctional behaviors continue.
When it comes to the issues of modern slavery, there are various, sometimes hidden, ways that people are enslaved. Slavery today involves bondage, oppression and bondage etc. as a mechanism to control others. For some, the very idea of slavery conjures up historical images of horrific and tortuous tyrannies over particular groups of people. In contrast, today the practice is at times more subtle, deceptive, and unusually underhand. A more in-depth analysis goes beyond the typical typologies of criminal enterprises such as human trafficking, to deceptions of economic entrapment. The horrific inflictions in the various forms of "involuntary bondage" take on divergent inflictions which accelerate the devolved consequences for human civilization.
The advertising ploys, the tricks of the trade, the behaviorism of mass marketing, as opposed to the use of the nebulous term called psychology, manifest a range of intentional "capture" of the public's thought processes. While the vast majority abandon their critical and investigative analyzes of consumer-driven stocks, a few remain alert and skeptical. A healthy sense of questioning every socio-economic and political interaction is a method of productive survival. Humans are adept at deception, as opposed to the wise and mature efforts of personal change and transformation.
Most people will easily cede or renounce their rights, especially freedom of thought and, subsequently, freedom of movement, as long as comfort, consumption and care can be ensured. Tracing the collective interactivity of mainstream society, say, from the early 1900s, until now almost 20 years in the 21st century, government encroachment can be seen in various examples . On the question of the government, or mainly the federal government, a lot of people seem to be willing to give up some freedom to feel better in their material comfort.
For example, several recent U.S. polling services seem to suggest, at least among those surveyed, that two-thirds of respondents would waive their constitutional rights for reasons of national security. Meanwhile, many look to the federal government for protection, sanding down a list of provisions to protect and ensure the semblance of safety and security. With the slip of an overused credit card, a quick and easy cup of coffee worth a few dollars brings relief that hopes spring is forever.
As long as 75% to 80% of the population can relish in their fantastic perceptions of the "dream of fame and fortune", the illusion can be manipulated. When abused and abused, politicians, and unwittingly infotainment experts, can continue various deceptions. From fully rubberized 'safe' playgrounds, to college 'safe places' for anxiety, to coloring books, a significant part of society needs to 'feel good'. The grotesque expanse of selfishness grows by quantum guesswork.
From the endless allure of gourmet consumption, there are no limits, but the costs are devastating individually, socially and environmentally. This is an interesting observation from post-modern Western cultures where the belief system often belies actual behavior. For example, if the surveys are really thoughtful and 80% of the American population claim religious affiliation, the bans against gluttony should be followed.
As such, every major religious ideology has a doctrine of condemnation towards greed and, by extension, gluttony as well. In particular, adherents' warnings affirm a disdain for materialism and the fixation on material acquisitions over spiritual development. Yet hypocrisy runs deep throughout society. Of course, there are always exceptions in all aspects of culture with noble examples. However, in the majority of the population, selfishness runs deep. Several years ago, a major national publication ran an article titled, in part, “sick with greed”.
In the classical criminological sense, there is no such thing as "disease" when it comes to human behavior. However, there is a voluntary indulgence in satisfying immediate gratification at the expense of others. You often hear the reminder to be content with what you have and not the things of this world. Nonetheless, it is easy to observe the widespread insincerity and two-faced arrogance of over-indulgence in consumption. The practice of what much praise too often is a different story behind the scenes. According to a 2014 global initiative studying consumption inequality, the richest 20% of the population accounts for a consumption rate of around 77% of resources.
Such is the stark contrast between the upper fifth and the lower four fifths, most of which readily adhere to that above-mentioned illusion, the so-called “American dream”. In reality, it is an "American nightmare" that will contribute to the future extinction of the human species. This aforementioned global study also indicated that the poorest of the world's population, the bottom 20%, have an estimated consumption rate of around 2%. More than likely, a possible inference from this data could suggest that the richer upper layers, the remaining 20%, consume nearly 80% of the resources.
Inappropriate, divisive and otherwise disruptive behaviors are matters of choice. Talk all day about the effectiveness of 'free will' versus determinism, or independence from 'hardwired' for this or that, the result is the same. On planet Earth people are the problem and human extinction is a high probability given the exploitation of ever increasing consumption rates. In this regard, an online physics journal hypothesized that if everyone on the planet consumed like Americans, humans would need five lands. By further estimation, the claimed toll by 2030, given the rate of waste consumption and accumulation, the environmental infrastructure will collapse. Like a science fiction film, the rise of the "consumer class" is devouring earth's resources.
In an era of bloated consumerism, intentional personal excess in certain socio-economic areas serves the amative goals of abject addiction. As such, insidious selfishness remains voluntary slavery. Instead of fiction, reality is more frightening as consumption has increased dramatically over the past decades. As mentioned earlier, 80% of the American population claim some affinity for supernatural belief. Based on these beliefs, almost all ideological systems assert a concept of temperance. Apparently, being true to these principles implies that one must follow the path of temperance and conservation of the earth's resources.
From drugs, food, and fuel, along with a bunch of other stuff America seems like a place of huge appetites. From construction to destruction, from easy build up to quick obsolescence and over replacement, almost anything can be easily acquired and quickly removed. Yet most forget that we too, and human extinction may be closer than many realize. And, while the majority slumber in a waking state of obesity and lethargy, "zombified" existence reverts by default to primitive states of constant self-righteousness. Stupid thinking takes precedence over meaningful introspection.
The concern with stuffing themselves with just about anything is remarkably widespread. From corporate monopolies to political oligarchies, scams, schemes and scams rest on the perfectly indolent and "supercharged" majority. Happily indulgent, self-confidently assured of the piety of the so-called “American dream,” most adhere to the consensus on compliance with the status quo. In the hypocrisy of arrogant ignorance and the cunning greed of a handful of elites, gradual erosion hastens eventual demise. The breadth and depth of depraved social indifference condemns and entire species.
Taking advantage of a huge casino called Wall Street, backed by stupidly collusive mainstream media, a pretentiously isolated university, intentionally ill-informed greedy consumerism, and well-paid politicians, the illusions are exceptionally well fabricated. Yet few dare to question or resist the US 'imperial forces' which perpetuate and profit from relentless levels of unethical and illicit manipulation. Fat for the conformity of the herd, accepting a dumber state of existence, and happily satiated by clever mass marketing, the vast majority relish a fragile facade of sure mediocrity. Gluttonous consumerism slavery is freely chosen and deliberately accepted for the satisfaction of vested self-satisfaction.