It hurts my head and injures my heart when I contemplate what the tiny percentage of the people that have power and money actually do with that power and money. It’s certainly not a jelousey issue for me, as it would not bother be much at all if the majority of these people were not either self serving, war mongering, or significantly lacking in moral fiber.
Life in the world for most people (the 99.98% the make up the rest of us) is very different. I think a vast majority of people really care about issues and think about things like war, clean energy, and toxic chemicals. Unfortunately most of us do not have the power, influence, or finances to implement our ideas for a better world. In this day and age, Power, Influence, and Money are the things needed to shape the world, but the people who want to shape that better world do not have these things. So many of them want more then just better things for themselves. They want a better planet, they want a better life for their kids, they want fluoride free drinking water. While These everyday people work full time jobs and sometimes a part time job too, they make in a year what a CEO spends on a weekend excursion. These people still rescue animals, and volunteer, and find time to organize protests. All with the desperate hope that someone is listening, and with the drive and intention to try to make the world a better place. Eventually a good deal of these people just give up.
Now in the minority (.02%) their are those with extreme wealth, influence, and power. That group is made up mostly of people who could care less about anything other then the acquisition of more money and more power. Just one example of this. The people that run Bayer and similar companies could easily stop making and using the chemicals that are killing off the bee population. It really could be that easy. Sure they would take a financial hit, but it would only effect people at the very top, who already have more money then they can spend anyway. And it would be a short term financial hit at that. So how is it that a multi millionaire CEO is not willing to stop making a product that is destroying nature when they will still have their millions in the bank? This person is essentially saying, I don’t care about the rest of the human beings on this planet if it means its going to cost me money that I already have an abundance of.
Have you noticed lately everything that is bad for your mind and body is really cheap? it’s a form of suppression by those in power. With the amount of Technology, junk food, and entertainment we have cheap and easy access too comfort is making the human species lazy, it’s keeping us complacent and stagnant. These wonders of technology are removing us from being connected to our own Humanity and the world around us. We eat our fast food, take our prescriptions, and gaze mindlessly at our phones all while the world is heading in a direction that very soon needs to be drastically altered.
I would love to see a Gene Roddenberry future for humanity. A future where currency does not exist, where humans work for a better tomorrow. Where crime is eliminated because the desperation to acquire wealth no longer exists, and science and medicine have been able to focus on recognizing and repairing mental illness.
When The acquisition of money is replaced by self exploration and working together to create a better world, to cure disease, and strengthen the human species. The “Race” will be over, and everyone of us that make up the Human Race will have finished in first place, with no one left behind.
From Star Trek TNG Season 6: Ep 1
While Mark Twain gets brought into the future he talks about not being able to smoke real cigars, among other things. This is one of my all time favorite dialogs between 2 characters among all of the Star Trek movies, and shows.
Deanna Troi: “Poverty was eliminated on earth a long time ago, and a lot of other things disappeared with it. – Hopelessness, despair , cruelty”…
Mark Twain: “Young lady I come from a time when men achieve power and wealth by standing on the back of the poor. Where prejudice and intolerance are commonplace and power is an end unto itself, and you’re telling me that isn’t how it is anymore?”
Deanna Troi: “That’s right”.
Mark Twain: “Hmm…Maybe…it’s worth giving up cigars for after all”
So I’ll wrap this up with the realization that I still have a huge school boy crush on Deanna Troi and wish you all to live long and prosper