Look at the institutions of our society, family, religion, primary and secondary education, economic, and political. They all rely on an individual learning attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values of a society.
Men who owned property founded our nation, many were lawyers, most were wealthy, some owned slaves. None considered women equal to men nor were women allowed to vote. In their terms, a citizen was a land-owning, white, male; negotiations eliminated the land owning descriptor.
The Founding Fathers had an interest in democracy in reaction to old European practices. They wanted taxation with representation. No more rights of kings, popes, and large landowners. They desired opportunity to work hard and reap the benefits of their labor. They wanted an educated voting population and so encouraged public education.
Intended to make skilled workers, trades people, farmers, and craftsmen who were able and willing to be obedient, dependent, punctual, and passive required a particular set of skills. Education, based on religious values did the trick.
There were always those who were dominant, independent, self-motivated and ambitious. They learned additional skills of leadership that were based on values of hierarchy.
Religion was the perfect vehicle to influence education curricula. Even though religious dogma was not specifically taught, the values were.
Adopting the capitalist system of political and economic organization, the booms and busts came as a natural consequence of the underlying principles of the system. As regularly as one generation coming after the last, the working class learned their lessons well, wealth grew as did poverty. Money took over the electoral system,and working people didn’t realize they were part of the dance.
We need a fundamental overhaul of our institutions. Owners of labor work to produce goods and services and receive wages. Wages can easily be kept low because of the numbers of people who are willing to work for lower wages. With jobs going overseas to cheap labor sources, the worker has declining power. Labor unions are designed to equalize power between workers and owners of capital, however, they have been declining in membership and become impotent.
Owners of capital make their money by using profits to pay shareholders. As wages remain constant over the past 30 years, profits have risen. Workers borrow money to keep up with the rising costs of living, having to pay interest on their loans, thus, putting them at even a more vulnerable position. The spread between rich and poor grows exponentially now and will continue until owners of labor stop learning the passive, dependent, subordinate way of living and think in terms of claiming their profits from their production.
They may have to take on different values than their family, or their religion, education, financial, and political institutions taught them. They may have to give up the weapons of mass distraction and pay attention to fundamental principles. Individuals need to learn attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values that lead to their thriving.
“Man makes religion, religion does not make man.
“Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again.
“But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world.
“Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point of honor, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.
“Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
“The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.”
~ Karl Marx, “A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right”, Written: December 1843-January 1844;
5 Institutions of Society
Marx was mistaken in one element when he said, "Man makes religion; religion does not make man." Once religion becomes a working entity, it does indeed make men, or at minimum, it alters them, sometimes radically, and for the sole purpose of religion's own self-preservation. It uses the same tools which despotic governments employ: carrot-and-stick and The Big Lie, but it adds a third - childhood indoctrination - to secure and advance its position and growth. Done properly, religion then becomes self-maintaining and self-propagating, with Homo sapiens as its primary promotional agent.
In this regard, religion acts like a virus, as observed not that long ago:
Christianity alters your identity to insure the survival of ITSELF.
-- from Prplfox's video series - http://ning.it/R2isGS
The need for a fundamental overhaul of our systems is also the message of Yotam Marom.
Ultimately only a fundamental social, political, economic and personal transformation is going to get us out of this mess.
Great minds think alike!
Terrific. Problem is, who bells the cat?
I've referred to this quote before, and it was as applicable in a blog I wrote as it is here:
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
-- Frederick Douglass
The wealthy who control those systems also have at least partial control of the government, who essentially give them permission to do what they do. I do not say the following lightly, but it must be said: it will either take a thorough education of a populace that really doesn't care about this situation, then a subsequent popular uprising, demanding that our government STOP THE PRACTICES WHICH ARE KILLING OUR PLANET ... that or a revolution ... to put an end to those practices. But then our work isn't done. There's still China to deal with, and they are far worse than we are, and I suspect they care even less than the US does as a whole.
Sisyphus and his rock had an easier time, from where I sit.
Ohhhhhh, my bud, Prplfox! Yeah, that was pretty amazing. I hope you've had a chance to watch his entire "Deconversion" series. I have, and it's worth your time.