Philosophical Journey (Part 7)

Hello everyone, Leon R.M. Auguste coming at you today with another post. I hope you had a warm and comforting holiday season! My parents, older brother, and I spent Christmas at my townhome. It was a very lovely little get-together that felt special (especially with all the craziness happening in the world over the last two years).

With that aside, I’ll be talking about many subject matters tied to society, businesses, and our purpose in all of it.

Today, I’ll be discussing two key topics relating to society. The first thing I’ll be talking about is the importance of communities. The second topic I’ll be discussing in this post is the effects, and reasons leaders make some of their choices.

We live in such uncertain and ever-shifting times, and I think it’s important to note that we as a people are the only ones who have our own backs. So we need to work together as a community, in some way or form. Admittedly, it may seem useless or downright impossible, especially given the societal climate in a post-2020 world. Still, even online communities are a great starting point. It reminds us of the importance of having support, of having each other’s backs during hard times. 

I’m glad that I’ve already begun to meet some incredible people here, and I’m grateful for all of the chance meetings I’ve had with most of you guys. It makes me wonder why we don’t do this in real life like we used to before in the “old days,” when communities actually mattered to the survival of a people.

Most of what happens in the world is usually caused by groups of people who either have two of the following three attributes: influence, currency, or power. 

These three things are the most damaging and can be the most positive thing to exist in the world. When you use influence, currency, or power to better society or even a nation, you start to see change slowly seep through many smaller communities.

It’s incredible how weak we can be without these three aspects of social life. I’ve seen some fantastic and intelligent individuals who would otherwise make really great leaders. Still, unfortunately, life didn’t deal them a good hand, so to speak. They were significantly disadvantaged in life. Thus, it has taken them longer to achieve their goals and dreams because they’ve had to work harder than any wealthy person ever has to work in their entire life. 

But that’s the good news. In America, we are allowed to achieve our end goals, even if it may not seem so in today’s ever-shifting political and socio-economic climate. We’re given a chance to “strike it” on our own. During a time when freedom is not allowed to flourish, it’s incredible that we’re still (barely) given a chance to really thrive and make a difference in the world. It’s not a matter of being privileged that makes you a happy person. What you decide to do with what you have with your life makes a person happy. Materialism is just a means of filling that void in the American workforce. 

I’ve come to understand that materialism is necessary for those working office/corporate/other white-collar jobs. 

Because at the end of the workday, people just want to tune out and enjoy the short time of freedom they receive after going back to their apartment or house. That’s why there’s that famous question: “Would you rather be dirt-poor but have love in your life? Or would you rather have a lot of money but be extraordinarily miserable in your personal life?”

But that’s another thing that we don’t often talk about in our society. But, unfortunately, there are a lot of different forms of corruption that further influence the decisions of those in positions of leadership. 

It’s so easy to bend to the will of evil deeds, defined as anything for personal gain in some shape or form. But, in some way, this side of leadership is necessary. It’s the only way an empire exists, the only way a nation can continue to thrive. In contrast, other nations suffer from such actions to “rule” as the “best” country/nation. 

These are just a couple of things we don’t teach our people; if people learned the truth of why we’re so fortunate in 1st world countries, one of two things would happen. Either the people would either become greatly angered and disgusted, or they would become even more heartless than they are already.

We see the world in “black and white,” and the truth is, life is so incredibly colorful in the range of the differences in our own complex lives. As a result, there really is no single way to define our existence or even the current affairs of the global society at large.

I used to think that it was incredibly shocking how willingly ignorant people were when I was young. But now that I’m older, I’ve realized people are merely trying to survive or make a living. It’s a new serf-system, where we’re all playing in the continual rat race of trying to just survive to see the next day. But, unfortunately, this is true throughout all facets of our lives. That’s just the simple fact of life; there’s no going around it. 

Ironically thanks to both the temporary decline of health and economic situations that ensued during 2020, I’ve discovered that true capitalism is actually not all that bad. When run by politicians that allow business owners to operate at full capacity, more opportunities will arise for society. In fact, it’s the only form of freedom we have in our lives that doesn’t require us to answer solely to our government. 

With that said, I believe in helping small businesses over big corporations.

Anyways, I think I’ll be ending this post for today. I enjoyed delving deeper into the issues that are plaguing our world today. I know that some of these issues are “larger than life,” but sometimes, it’s just good to get it off one’s chest. I feel renewed in a way and ready to really try my best and continue to work hard and maybe one day make a real difference in the world. That’s my ultimate goal, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop until I’ve achieved it.

 

Forever in Your Debt,

Leon R.M. Auguste

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