We don’t really know why we are here. Progressively, we are turning to substances to make us feel better. Where has all the fun in life gone? Cultures are being eroded; society is descending into oblivion; we have become a runaway train, hurtling down the road of Time and impossible to stop.
Stuck in the midst of this are you and me. We are suffering because of what is happening around us. In short, society, as we know it, is not working properly. It is failing. It is letting us down and it is slowly but surely destroying us.
Think about what you perceive would make you happier. A bigger car? A better job (or just a job)? Perhaps a holiday in the sun. Maybe, just maybe….. a youthful, good-looking significant other, or even just a lot of money in the bank. Typically, these are the things we perceive will make us feel better; help us live a happier life. We tell ourselves that, if we were to win a lot of money, our lives would be better. In some respects, perhaps they would, although only insofar as that the money would shield us from the effects of poverty or, at least, not having as much wealth as we are encouraged to believe we ought to have.
Here, we have one of the fundamental problems with our society – and our ethos – today; nobody is ever satisfied with what they have. If you own a house, you are encouraged to want a bigger one. You should have a new car every 3 years. This way, the economy and industry and business can keep growing and we can keep consuming more, bringing more wealth. As with all good things it is starting to come to an end – and what an end!
In the meantime, the number of different species on the planet is in serious decline. The environment is littered with our discarded waste, areas of beauty and holiday destinations are becoming oases surrounded by cities, connected by roads and industrial complexes, shopping centres and housing estates. Virtually every part of the globe has been mapped, explored and plundered, people are progressively living in urban concrete towers, with little or no access to space to roam, instead we are encouraged to exercise and relax in an unreal world of gymnasiums, cinemas and home entertainment systems.
It is a dismal picture. It is the very tip of the iceberg, because to fully study the human phenomenon would take more time than you or I have in these articles.
In short, the human race is not working. It is failing to provide the fundamentals of life – not just in the food we consume – but the happiness and contentment our lives so desperately need.
We are increasingly isolated and lonely, because of the dramatic changes our lives have gone through over the past 100 years. Whilst we have more freedom than ever before, this is helping to deconstruct the once close-knit society that existed. However, just as a prisoner seeks freedom, the human race struggled to free itself from some of the choking restrictions placed upon it, by often intransigent and narrow-minded authoritarians.
On a par with the economic situation, what we have failed to do is moderate! We have allowed our society to weaken, because we seem incapable of reaching compromises and allowing ourselves to be ordered and to grow, but without too much – or too little – control.
We are miserable because of things that happened to us and things that are happening to us. It is because, as a society, we are rearing our next generations wrongly. We have no standard, which will allow freedom whilst instilling discipline – self discipline. We bully, control, manipulate, misinform, scare and sometimes just ignore our young.
Every lonely, despondent and unhappy person has suffered in some way in their past. Either the breakup of an important relationship, the loss of friends or family or even health issues (physical and psychological). It is what makes us the people we are. However, we can take control of our lives, by understanding, trusting, communicating and changing. It will only be through a better understanding – as well as the will to change – that we will be able to live as whole human beings, casting off whatever chains us to loneliness and misery.
Take a look around; take a good look. Dispense with prejudice and ignorance. See the reality of what is happening. Think, honestly, about what would really make you happy and take away the misery from your life. It isn’t all that difficult to determine, but attaining it is a different thing altogether.
Am I wrong?