People who have excessive means also tend to possess excessive luxuries. Their entire lives seem to be smooth sailing. There are exceptions as always but generally this is true. Don’t dare to question these displays of wealth and grandeur, these people worked hard for their money. Often this is true, it must be true because I keep hearing the same rhetoric from very affluent people. Nobody is going to take this from me, I worked hard for this land and my father and grandfather and great grandfather, we built this company, and this is why we own all of the property we do. I work damn hard for my money so if I want a 4×4, an SUV, 2 Jet skis and a yacht I’ll have them. &*#^ the poor. Sound familiar? I have been suggesting that you get outside, but all that you need in order to do that is an old pair of trail shoes or a bicycle, maybe a tent, sleeping bag and a puncture kit. A yacht, if you want to go sailing but then get a yacht that actually requires you to sail and not one that cost what it would take to feed a multitude for a decade or more. So while I am having a go at the rich allow me to suggest that rich people with few exceptions were born into a life of privilege. Capitalism supports this and the rich will get richer until eventually one or more ungrateful offspring wastes it all, on excess, or they will simply become wealthier because money makes money. Is money really the root of all evil? Well yes, money perpetuates greed and the lack of it brings suffering.
The problem with smooth sailing, even when there is not an obscene amount of wealth, is that it causes one to have a narrow perspective on life. Often the poor are blamed for having a sense of entitlement (what are they whining about?), I suggest that it is the wealthy in society who have a sense of entitlement, and a fear of losing that can cause some to become quite nasty, and unsympathetic towards people in need, who serve as a constant reminder to them of the level of inequality and the disparity in our society between the haves and have nots. In most cases the beggar was born into poverty of some degree, and in most cases the affluent person was born into privilege of some degree, both will leave this world with nothing. How about a system that does not promote greed and ruthless behaviour, one that promotes community cooperation and sharing? Sounds good to the poor, the rich become very angry if you suggest this and you might be called a communist or anarchist (two names that might sound preferable to Capitalist to some). Who is more likely to be empathetic to all others, the rich or poor? If your life has not been smooth sailing and you have struggled, and life has had its ups and downs, you have grown, adapted and learnt a great deal. If you have struggled because you have followed your passion then you have been living a life of purpose. If your life appears to have been smooth sailing then you need to wake up from that dream and get in touch with who you are, because we are all connected to one another, in order to do that you will need to shed at least some of the excess, or stay in the dream. “Waking up is never easy.”
You have a notion that what I am saying is idealistic and that the reality of the world is that in order to survive one must suck it up and go out and make a living, be part of the system, each man for himself and we make our own luck (I know this because we’ve had this conversation). I agree that in the current system we need to make a living, and if we can do that by doing what we love, and adding value to the world by using our creative talents, and support others who are doing the same, we will make the world a better place to live. If you are trapped in the system and can’t see a way out, then use your free time to follow your passion instead of watching TV, eating junk or pissing the time away, stop spending money on junk, and build to a point where you can escape to a more meaningful life. Back to the so called realists, you are not a realist, the system is a manmade construct where half of the global wealth is owned by one percent of the population, I said half the global wealth is owned by 1% of the population, and you are being used to prop up the elite who in turn control the politicians, and therefore the authorities who will prevent the poor from rising up. But the revolution is one of expanded consciousness and greater awareness, (knowledge is power), and it is a peaceful one. Stop supporting the industrial meat industry for example. The industrial revolution is over, this is the green, technological, greater awareness revolution.
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
“It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled” – Mark Twain
“Once you awake it’s hard to go back to sheep” – Anonymous
“This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” – Morpheus
In reality there is no blue or red pill. You have to find your own way, by going on your own journey of self-discovery through soul navigation. Adventure awaits you.