In olden days, when a king died, it was custom among many cultures to bury the whole court along with the king. The current financial “crisis” was brought about by the greed of a few “kings” who materially benefited from the rape of the land, and the exploitation of resources and people. It seems that these leaders want us to be convinced that everything will fall apart when their profits go down. Are we to be buried with these kings when they fall?
America’s profit-kings or robber-barons were the ones who have increasingly benefited from a society with a great number of middle-class and poor consumers. They could make products that hurt the environment, cause disease, encourage violence, or are simply a poor value. They were allowed to do it without impunity. If people in the United States made too much noise about the environmental impact, the danger to the workers or about low pay, they simply moved the factory or business to places with no regulation like Bhopal.
But the greed of the robber-barons and kings is the cause of their own demise: they exploited their profit system until they finally killed it.
A consumer-based society needs a larger and larger base of consumers to support growth, without profit growth, the society collapses. The structure of such a system is based upon the income of workers inside corporate-profit fiefdoms, but when these corporations fire workers or outsource jobs in other countries, the corporations ultimately lose their customers. No one without money can participate in such unchecked consumerism.
Henry Ford’s philosophy of building an automobile that his workers could afford is the only way that consumerism can work. We have long passed this point of rationality in our present impasse.
There is a natural cycle, even in man-made things. The corporations and organizations today are like an old forest of huge trees, which have been blocking the light on the forest floor, preventing new growth. Many of those trees have reached the end of their natural life-span.
People are waking up to the exploitation and are not only no longer willing to be exploited but are also unwilling to become an exploiter. It will be soon seen by the mass of people that it is criminal to make products that exploit people, harm life on Earth or pollute the environment. At a really deep level such activity and the resulting profit is inhumane and unethical.
Clearly, the old growth of the huge forest needs a little clearing. The new shoots on the forest floor have been starved of light for too long. But, some of the huge trees are dying of natural causes. There are great people, and great organizations already here and others waiting to emerge.
Today’s consumer-based society is spiritually poor — it separates people from each other into selfish little fiefdoms without a sense of belonging, purpose or fulfillment. Without a sense of community or natural values, many children turn to drugs or to crime. What is lacking is a sense of value for each individual. This cannot happen in a society that is based upon profit, but it is natural inside a community based upon common values and interests.
Who knows what kind of incredible new society will result when people finally overcome their fear of the profit-mad robber-barons and corrupt kings and start visualizing a new, sustainable system. This can be a wonderful opportunity for those with vision and a sense of responsibility. Will you be one of those who decides to lead the way?
We need your creativity, your vision and your insight. Together, we will create a future that can benefit all of us, not just a few. Instead of having a heirarchical society that places all the power and benefits into the hands of a single King, we all become Royalty, citizens of a sacred land held in health and trust for future generations. We will be all be finally equal in the eyes of all, valued and revered for our individuality, creativity and contribution.
The Kings are finally dead. Long live the US of America.
Copyright 2009 Aliyah Marr