Thursday, February 29, 2024

Power Of Our Own Energy

Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes; it is barbarous, it is civilized, it is Christianized, it is rich, it is scientific; but this change is not amelioration. For everything that is given, something is taken.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay Self-Reliance digs a deep trench in the synapses in our brains. We ride a three-dimensional energy roller coaster that takes us up the hills of renewal. And at times, it deposits us in valleys of fear. We then lock ourselves in mental sidecars of doubt and cover ourselves with the inconsistencies of religious politics.

The valleys of fear shroud us in sameness and transform us with bitterness. We blame our mental adjustments not on choices but on associations. Our influences restrict us from seeing the ruin of our self-responsibility.

We battle brothers and sisters and exile them in shame. That quest for power tweaks our ambitions, but hierarchical control sentences us to distasteful compliance. The nation falls into an objective abyss from the unorganized idiosyncrasies of government orchestrated by the money-hungry political vultures.

Our energy rides in dubious subtle domination, and our physical and mental health sinks into an irrational pond of confusion. We call that confusion the reality of a necessary life.

We ride that energy until brakes of awareness throw us into another frame of thought-cells. Those thoughts begin to reject anything that conforms to our judgmental and distorted beliefs.

When we realize we create all of these experiences so we physically feel our thoughts and emotions, we change. We discover all we experience expands our inner awareness through the power of our own energy. We then continue our journey of self-reliance from the inside-out instead of from the outside-in.

Friday, January 19, 2024

Greedy Capitalism

Democratic government will work to the full advantage only if all the interests that matter are practically unanimous in their allegiance to the country and the structural principles of the existing society.

When these principles come into question, issues surface. Those issues divide the nation into two hostile camps. When that happens, democracy works at a disadvantage. And it will cease to work when interests and ideals refuse to compromise.

Joseph Schumpeter, the 1925 chair of the University of Bonn's Department of Economics, wrote those thoughts in his 1942 book Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. Schumpeter goes into great detail describing different forms of government. He describes Marxist socialism, American capitalism, and others. Schumpeter describes democracy in simple as well as complicated terms.

Schumpeter said all capitalistic societies will adopt some form of socialism to survive. Capitalism is a self-destructive force. Capitalism always has to reinvent itself to grow. American greed capitalism reinvents itself at such a fast rate it is almost impossible for it to maintain balance and produce economic and social stability.

The 2016 election of Donald Trump was more than a break in the established rules of politics. There was a lack of concern for repairing the current system in an orderly and agreeable way. That sketchy election confirmed greed capitalism's ability to erode the structural principles of democracy. Destruction from that erosion may surpass all other periods in American history. The world is watching greedy capitalism destroy any allegiance it has to democracy and any allegiance it has to social and religious equality.

The inability of the American two-party system to agree on anything is a symptom of the self-induced illness that weakens democracy. American democracy is on life support, and greedy capitalism is on the critically ill list.

The 21st century is the dawn of social and religious enlightenment. America will sit at the center of a new world order when greedy capitalism follows slavery into the bowels of ignorance.