By Brandon Marchinski
Caught up in our selfish day to day actions of buying into other people’s opinions through social media likes and comments, we often forget what we are doing, and where the world is headed. We forget that there are other actual, physical, and emotional beings out there who have many things in common with us, even though they may live on the other side of the world, be a different color, speak a different language, and go through different day to day struggles. We have lost our ability to empathize with our fellow humans. We have sacrificed countless hours and given gross amounts of hope to social media pseudo-god and goddesses, which have all become guilty of creating through the act of believing that any one person is better than the rest of us. We have become false internet activists, thinking that we are getting our ideas and information out into the world, but share information and ideas with only similar minded, algorithmically paired Facebook friends of ours. We say that we want to help, we say that we want change, but when we go out to the store to buy our designer clothing that was made at a County prison system, or drive past a homeless person who is simply asking for some food, we look the other way. We want to pat ourselves on the back for something good that we’ve done, when in reality we have done nothing. We argue our opinions by attacking one’s character rather than using logic, stroking our egos after we’ve argued this opinion which was born from a meme. We have given so much power to our Government and Corporate State that we tear our families and friendships apart over the Presidential election, which is a farce in it of itself, where we are lead to believe that any President is going to help us.
It’s incredibly foolish for any of us to think that any leader is going to have any sort of public interest in mind. Public interest is simply a myth. We have over 300 million people living in the United States alone, with varying degrees and understandings of what certain things mean to them, such as freedom and liberty. When someone has power over this massive group of people, they will do what they think is the best option for them, or whichever option was lobbied to them from the corporate state in the form of a legal bribe. The pathological tendencies of the wealthy and powerful is no different than that of any human on this planet. They know that the art of lying can get you what you want. We cannot continue to rely on other people leading us down this dark abyss of the impending doom of the human race. The greed that we all have is inherent in our DNA. We all want to further ourselves and further our families as best as we can. This has ultimately been our greatest downfall. We have billionaires who are concentrating so much wealth and power that they will, at any cost, even killing many humans, keep the power and money flowing in their direction. We are not any less guilty sitting at home letting all of this take place. We have to stand up for what we believe in and change this world.
The fate of the human race rests with us. It is inconceivable to believe that we are all so numb to murder and gruesome bloodshed, along side of glorifying sexist behavior, and the inhumane treatment of all fellow humans, no matter what differences we may have. We live in this world where our leaders lie to us and we do nothing about it, we have become so powerless to this. We need to empower one another and continue to rise up above our own expectations. A world where business success through profit margins at all costs is not sustainable, we can see this first hand with the degradation of our forests and extinction of so many species. We have to reshape our definition of success and what economic growth looks like. We need to use empathy now more than ever, we must love one another, and most of all the planet. I have hope for this empathetic revolution. Let’s change the world.