Unlearn Your Mind

“it’s complex,” she said. “it’s taken thousands of years of constantly tweaking and adjusting the system little by little to get us where we are today. it’s a very delicate balance, you see?”

“balance?” he countered. “the richest two percent of the world own half the world’s wealth while over a billion people live in poverty. i’m sorry, but i fail to see the balance.”

“we live in a world of opportunity,” she said, “the ‘have nots’ can always become ‘haves’ with a little hard work and dedication. poverty isn’t a byproduct of the system, it’s a byproduct of laziness.”

“but in a world of such ‘balance’ as you said, for someone to rise out of poverty would mean that someone else would have to sink into it as there’s only a finite amount of wealth on the planet. and what about the disease-stricken old man who works full time to pay his medical bills? is he just lazy?”

“there are exceptions to the rule”

“and too bad if you are that exception, huh?”

“it’s life. that’s the way it’s always been, and that’s the way it has to be.”

for 99% of human existence, mankind lived in harmony with the natural systems of the planet. there was no poverty. some people were eaten by tigers, but few starved.

unlearn your mind. civilization as we know it does not (and will continue not to) work. just because it’s been this way for the last 30,000 years doesn’t mean it must continue.

food is scarce
water tables are falling drastically
oil production will peak soon
it’s getting warmer

i’ll gladly take on the tiger

Unlearn Your Mind

Steven Fischer

Joined March 2008

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