Perhaps a pop group Blur said it most succinctly – ‘Modern life is rubbish’.
Capitalism has served its purpose to increase overall productivity, but has completely failed to overcome relative inequality, and therefore power and the sense of people having a voice of worth, and therefore ultimate ‘belonging’- particularly in our lifetime. At least for the vast, vast majority of the rest of the people on the planet.
The poorest countries are a bit better off, but the average person in the richer countries is much more enslaved then he was 30-100 years ago – constant enforced stress to ‘compete’, inability for most to afford a place to even live – madness. Only the rich continue to be in the same position of abuse as were the feudal lords, heads comfortably in the sand, hearts inoperative – particularly in this country.
Thus, as an overall system it is a failure and actual cause of massive ongoing and unnecessary suffering. Not only that but it has sponsored the moral bankruptcy that leaves the planet littered with insufficiently tested chemicals, on the brink of extinction from so many sides – take your pick. Hate to restate the obvious, but a few years of prosperity for a few and increased life expectancy for many means nothing beside the extinctions that have already occurred, let alone the probability, even possibility, of our own. What foolishness to not fight the rot but rather raise kids to live in a world that will so likely not be worth living in.
And yet here we are, pedal to the metal still in the wrong direction on Denial Highway, relying on the most sophisticated forms of brainwashing and control ever devised to successfully suppress the blindingly obvious. A neat mix using the psychological, scientific and economic knowledge that was intended for good, of fuelling desire and jealousy and every other weakness of character, along with the narrowing of paradigm down to blind, meaningless materialism, and there you have it – the fall of the human race. No problem! No cause for alarm!
The ultimate diabolical genius is to make it happen without people even actually realizing it or objecting that much. Checkmate, suited Anti-Christs.
Now you see why all our ‘ignorant pre-scientific’ forbears were so crazy for religion? Why Jesus talked of his home being the Kingdom of Heaven?
Because it could never be here.