A Meditation on Civilization: Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Who are we who inhabit “the developed world”?

At “the top”… a tiny minority groomed for “aristocracy”… a privileged caste selectively bred in comfort, ease, and safety… reared to think they “have it”… and are entitled to own and rule the world.

And then there’s “us”… hundreds of millions reared to join the rank and file… unworthy, impotent, disposable… trained to believe we DON’T “have it”… destined to do the heavy lifting and dirty work… rendered content with a life of drudgery in exchange for the occasional guilty pleasure.

So, which of these would I rather be?

The answer, of course, is neither.

How can anyone claim freedom and dignity as a slave beneath… or master above… another?

Next Meditation: Vicious Cycles

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16 thoughts on “A Meditation on Civilization: Rich Dad, Poor Dad

    • Are you asserting the idea that such things as pyramids could not come to pass without wretched slavery, abuse and inequality?
      That is patently and demonstrably false.
      The issue with that, is the multitude of structures built without slave labor, or pain, or vicious masters bearing whips. The results of collaborative science, culture and labor abound in the world.
      This sounds to me like justification for poor behavior, which have mostly seen when folks begin believing that such a system benefits them, while ignoring the harm it creates. I find it very unimaginative, and in fact sad, to imagine that best humans can possible imagine is slavery, for building massive tombs.

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      • Indeed, plenty of existence proofs of the value of voluntary cooperation doing wonderful things… in education, medicine, space exploration… three that come immediately to mind. Thanks for sharing, brother

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  1. Yes a master, whether it be a human or an organization of a culture like religion, corporations etc., lives a wasted petty meaningless life if the well being of the people are not the first and foremost priority. He becomes a slave to mediocrity or worse.

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  2. One can live in freedom, without being either master or slave through self empowerment. I can be “me” without any label. I can think, speak and act as “me” without being dictated to. I may not always be “right” but as a self empowered being I am also auto-correcting. I can “see” my thoughts as they come forth for admission and I have the power to deny such to them if they do not fit my description of who “me” must be to myself and the world around me. Based on what you write, Frank, I think you are familiar with that process also.

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    • I agree wholeheartedly, Sha’Tara… with particular reverence for the uncommon virtues of empowerment, self-correction, and the refusal to be labeled. Alas, many people in the “free” world don’t even know what freedom looks like… much less what to do with it. Thanks and peace.

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