2016: Human Reality vs Cultural Mythology

The Blue Marble, NASA

NASA photo “Blue Marble”

In my blog articles I often am pointing out the wrongs, the blight, that “big money” brings about in our world.  And it is our world.  One might possibly get the idea that I am something of a radical Marxist sitting hunched in a bleak apartment, in threadbare clothing.  That is not the case.  I am among the remaining endangered middle-class of the U.S.  I enjoy a comfortable home, family, vacations, recreational outings, and I thrive on learning new things about our world and our lives.

I am not a Marxist, if I had to classify myself I would say that I have a lot of the traits of a Democratic Socialist a la Bernie Sanders, but that would not be entirely correct either.  I would describe myself as someone who recognizes that there is a paradigm of values and behaviors which, if human beings subscribe to and act upon those values and behaviors, humanity in general can experience lives richer than many can imagine. Such a paradigm is not particularly complicated nor difficult.  It does require adherence to values and behaviors which recognize the necessity of a genuinely healthy cultural/environmental reality in order to enable and sustain a genuinely healthy human population.

An essential concept for such a paradigm to become a reality is that we are all interrelated and interdependent.  Consequently cooperation is in all of our best interests and the well-being of the totality of humankind and our home planet are goals we should all work toward.

The fact that so many seem unable to realize the very real, vital nature of this essential concept seems, in significant part, to be a result of some key myths about our lives and our world which are kept alive via the media and popular culture.  Some of the cultural myths we in the U.S. are constantly being presented with as though they are reality are the myths of:

  • The long term viability of the rugged individualist.
  • That it is possible for a few to acquire vast, inordinate wealth while the culture at large remains healthy and vibrant.
  • That a competitive mindset is a viable basis for a vital, healthy culture.

One of the most visible, evident symptoms of the cultural pathology the myths serve to create and sustain is the profound imbalance in the distribution of material wealth that is currently our reality.   When awareness of our innate human realities and our ability to flourish within a cultural paradigm that is designed to accommodate these realities becomes prevalent, it will be a truly wonderful time for humankind.  And we need to keep in mind the future is ours to create!

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

 

 

One thought on “2016: Human Reality vs Cultural Mythology

  1. I too wish that the wealth could be spread around more evenly. The problem comes when those with the money are forced to share, at which point it becomes much less than a gift of compassion but an act done from laws, taxes or whatever compels them to make a donation. The wonderful part is that there are some who are very wealthy who do contribute. If only people would stop trying to outdo their neighbor in accumulating wealth and start trying to outdo their neighbor in compassion and wanting and actually helping others. If only they would, the whole world could change. Oh, well, we do what we can where we are and with what we have to do with.

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