Via AlterNet, here’s an essay titled “Our Produce-or-Die Culture Is Killing Us — And We’re Idiotically Grinning and Bearing It” by Joe Bageant. His thoughts are summed up toward the end, where he says “the truth is that we are all very commonly issued products of a profit driven workhouse where no human commons is allowable, lest the workers find meaning and joy in each other as human beings, and perhaps become less work driven, less productive and less profitable.” His point is that we should quit striving to get ahead in the material world and just be. He has a valid point.
Do we find that by peering behind the veil and bringing back knowledge of the Otherworld? Do we find it by building a better world here and now? We can find it by doing ordinary things extraordinarily well, but what of those of us with a thirst for doing extraordinary things? And how do we concentrate on those extraordinary things while living in the same “produce or die culture” that Bagent rants against???
So many questions, so few answers.