What is Normal?
As the Global Pandemic continues to keep the world at stand still, the extra time home has allowed me the time to contemplate and reflect on, well, everything.
While looking up stats of those effected by the virus, I came across two other alarming stats that are just as horrific as the virus itself:
- 24,000 people die everyday from Hunger (3,000+ being children)
- in the US, Food waste accounts for 30-40% of the food supply
How are these facts not enough to receive pandemic like attention before? Well, it’s simple: it invisibly enforces a capitalistic ideology.
In essence, it doesn’t make business sense to care.
This caring threshold is what I am calling “Capitalistic Caring”.
When we operate under this paradigm of thought, it programs us psychologically to only care about things that directly effect or profit us.
Looking these stats square in the face, how can I truly want things to return back to “Normal”? It becomes painfully clear how and why this system benefits in keeping the majority of it’s people busy, hustling, and grinding towards artificial desires.
Under a capitalistic paradigm of thought, our desires and fears are largely given to us:
- Desires: Wealth, Land, respect, attention, influence
- Fears: Poverty, homelessness, starvation, being forgotten
This system of thought begins to crumble as soon as we introduce the fact that there is PLENTY for everyone.
It time to face the music: The issue has never been a lack of resources, but a lack of caring.
Our capitalistic thought process intentionally narrows our desires largely to those of the Body and Mind. To look at the above stats, and seek to change them, are desires that largely of the Spirit. The current system seems to hijack and implants desires that divide and separate. Another way to look at this, is through the process of Desire
Process of Desire:
- Desire creates Intention
- Intention creates thought
- Thought creates Action
- Action creates Result
What might our desires look like if we KNEW that there was enough for everyone?
This is what I will be meditating, contemplating, and writing on this week as I start my 7 day water fast.
to Wisdom and Understanding,