absolute scarcity, belonging, centralization, coherence, community, competition, comprehension, consumerism, consumption, contentment, envy, globalization, institutions, liberty, life, manageability, meaning, pursuit of happiness, racism, recognition, salutogenesis, sexism, value, zero-sum game
“Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life”
Inner City Blues – Marvin Gaye
When we build a society around a hyper-competitive form of centralized economics, generation after generation is indoctrinated with the idea that life is a zero-sum game. When one takes, another must lose.
Thus, we must live in a world of absolute scarcity.
All comers are in competition with me.
I must have a “better” address. I must have a “better” vehicle, a “better” job, “better” clothes, “better” memberships.
When I Jones my neighbors, I must be “winning.”
The comparisons are nearby, at arm’s length. The human brain more readily comprehends that which is local, not that which is distantly removed.
Yet, our world becomes increasingly globalized, and the negative effects of that globalization is what causes our lives to sink into oblivion. Continue reading