Philosophical Journey (Part 9)

Hi everyone! It’s Leon R.M. Auguste here with another philosophical journey’s post. I’ve had many different ideas and thoughts on what’s actually wrong with society (hint: it isn’t about capitalism.). Thus, over the last two years, my understanding of government, big business, and the failures of the industrial complex has become clearer with each passing month.

When I was younger, I felt none of us genuinely understood our institutions. I always felt that our schools left out large chunks of the true essence of the industrial complex of government, big business, and other related agencies. Instead, schools often opt to discuss only small “common knowledge” portions of our government and society.

With all that stated, I’ve come to accept that life has many (and I mean many) challenges that are sometimes nearly impossible to overcome. But that’s exactly how you read it; it’s “nearly impossible.” 

This means that there’s still a tiny possibility that things can change if you try hard enough and stick it out during the rougher patches of your life. But, on the other hand, if you just stick with a regiment, you’ll be able to really get anything done. Just set your mind to anything, and you’ll get it done.

There’s another great thing about life. No matter what current situation you find yourself in right now in life – you’ll eventually find yourself getting out of any such problems with relative ease. 

In fact, it’s great when there are times of hardship actually because those are the times that you really get things done and when you realize just how much potential you have inside of yourself. 

Times of hardship really are the only times I get to push myself further than I ever thought possible. 

It’s not so much a sense of disbelief or a sense of disgust that overcomes me; no, it’s a sense of proving to myself alone that I can do anything I set my mind to. It’s not that hard to imagine your life in any which way possible, you just have to guess where you want to be in a couple of years’ timing, and you should be just fine (for the most part).

There are times I wonder just how ignorant people are of the great potential housed inside of themselves and others around them. This is quite obvious because many people are jealous or may not want to see other people succeed. 

For better or worse, that’s just the way that life works. But, ultimately, if you allow it to hinder your progress in life, it can be pretty cut-throat and unforgiving.

There are things that I wish I could share with all of you on a much more personal level, but I can’t because I would need to be in your life to let you know just how serious things can get.

At times, I wonder what life would be like if everyone were given a chance to see how far they can go in life if they could use their potential. It’s been on my mind lately, and I know I’m not the first one to think it either. It’s nearly impossible to go throughout life without understanding or basic comprehension of what life could be like for everyone. 

It’s almost a natural part of our lives to wonder and question what possible things we can achieve if we were just given the opportunity. 

I’m a staunch believer that if you’re given a chance to prove yourself, you’ll undoubtedly surpass such expectations. I know I have. 

It really comes down to 2 things. The first is that you need to be in an environment where you’re given a chance, and the second is you need to have the drive to want to succeed. It’s inherently naive to believe that we as people can achieve great things by ourselves

We need support; we need people who have some “power” in whatever industry we’re working towards; to help us in some way, even if it’s small. These are the realities of our lives, and these are the conclusions I’ve come to while figuring out what’s “wrong” with the current world. 

We’ve somehow lost our sense of connection with each other due to the nature of competition to survive in our modern world today. Thus we’ve lost our sense of genuine connection with one another, and we’ve also lost our sense of who we are as human beings. 

We’ve allowed ourselves, our neighbors, our communities, and even our loved ones to be degraded down to “mere” beings who exist to work alone. It’s almost as though we’ve been given little-to-no chance to really prove ourselves and grow as human beings. Thus, being able to really help our communities grow and thrive as they should do in a “normal” society is the most important.

I kind of wish that we had more time to create and foster a true sense of community. It seems that societies today are so broken and half-hearted that many children growing up in these vastly distorted communities are growing up sick and twisted. I think we should be able to talk more openly about what things are wrong in our lives and the lives of everyone around us.

These things fill my mind at night; I often wonder what life will be like for the next generation of human beings. It’s almost as though we see each other like ghosts or former selves, which we would rather ignore or just put aside.

Things need to get done in the world as a whole – and they need to be done now

That’s what’s wrong with our society today; we’re living in a world where everything is monetized, and everything has a price tag. This is different from saying that capitalism is evil. No, I believe capitalism is a viable form of running a society while still allowing personal freedom of choice for its citizens. However, some critical services (healthcare, financial support during hardships, emotional support systems, etc.) could be drastically improved upon.

I understand the life-blood of current capitalistic wellbeing stands firmly on the grounds of a stable economy that is continuously being pumped with money, businesses, and perceived opportunities. But still, there are genuinely more opportunities a person can receive in a capitalistic society versus a socialist or communist society. Of course, no way of life is perfect. Still, I’d rather have control over my immediate environment than allow the government to dictate how I operate and live my life.

But the current problem with our capitalistic society is that government and businesses are not conducive to allowing growth to continue spreading. I feel this has been the case since the pre-World War I days. In fact, the government now has to keep the economy up through artificial stimulus money rather than allowing actual competition to thrive. 

It’s all about ensuring that business goes “as usual.” When the government took control of the business environment here in the states, it stopped being about society and more about keeping up with “business as usual.” It had transitioned to being the focal point of incentivizing businesses to be ruthless and putting profit over community building. This was achieved by focusing on pleasing “the investors” of each big business.

But with all of that talk of government and big business aside, I think it’s necessary and essential to take stock of our actions and reactions to recent events during times of real crisis. 

Our decisions prove to ourselves and others who we really are at the core of our being. And it also helps to further gauge where you are in your own life. 

There are times I wish we could all be more honest and open about some of the issues we’re facing in the modern world; without any ridicule or hate. But unfortunately, that’s just not how the world operates nowadays. Instead, the world operates with a sense of despising and disregard. It works with a deep understanding of indifference and ignorance. 

It runs on the mass failure of its people in said society. That way, everyone can live as consumers and funnel their money into products, businesses, and other such economic stimulus items/services that give our economy “a boost.”

In the end, none of what I said will ever reach the eyes of those in positions of “real” power. Still, it’s my hope that you, my readers, will begin to understand just how serious our situation is right now. What’s going on throughout America, and ultimately, throughout the entire world, is more significant than any perceived historical records of past human civilizations.

We must continue to move through our personal lives with a steadfast conviction. We must also understand that some of us may very well try and change the disastrous course of the current track of history. Regardless of outcomes, this is the path each of us must walk in fully accepting our individual and shared goals for society and for ourselves.

For now, I’ll leave the discussion at this point. Regardless of how each of us perceives life – we should all at the very least respect each other’s viewpoints and be understanding of each of our own truths. Even just understanding (and not necessarily accepting views) can still lead to a very cooperative and harmonious society.

During times of hardship, we must all realize that no amount of money can solve all the problems and ills of our world. But what can help soften the blow of everyday life is the knowledge that we all hold the power to do better and leave this world in a greater position than where we found it.

Forever in Your Debt,

Leon R.M. Auguste

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