Of paramount importance and relevancy to true and lasting human accomplishment may be the way we deliberate between short-term gain and longterm accomplishment. The overriding consideration should be our amount of thoughtfulness. Thoughtfulness means a genuine examination of the required objectives as time passes. This means adherence to the principal value of truth while addressing perceived short-term needs, without distorting the future goals. Those trusted with overseeing the mission should be ever vigilant in not allowing principle to yield to exigency, particularly when the wiles and demands of the surreptitious or loud and aggressive are insinuating themselves in to the mix for personal gain.
If the self interested are permitted to dominate or eclipse principle through corrosive influence, the consequent decline in overall diligence becomes the acceptable norm. Capitalism today, probably the most pervasive and influential system in industrialized society, has turned into a predominate fixture in perpetuating this decline. International conglomerates wield unchallenged power over people and nations and then satisfy their very own narrow ends, without regard for external ramifications, yet they survive and flourish essentially unfettered and unchallenged.
Corporations today are predominately fixated on stock price and maximizing profit. In a little town where scale is manageable and knowable, a small business realizes is place, role and efficacy throughout the market of the region. It requires a profit to survive, a disorder understood and accepted, but kept in balance by the ethics, wherewithal and method of the city. In a wholesome environment, this is a contributing person in the complete in both usefulness and service increasing the entire welfare and ambiance of the city. Corporations however lavish outrageously excessive rewards on the higher-ups while they subsequently establish destructive precedents that compensate managers for short-term results; treat employees as easily expendable pawns, and sacrifice substance to image enhancement. Services and products possessing intrinsic significance become irrelevant. Hyped value without regard to consequence, but profitable, may be the primary consideration.
Corporations dominate the landscape. Many people toil in increasingly meaningless, stressful and time demanding occupations, with credit and consumption heralded by the media our reward. A relentless barrage of commercial miasma invades our psychic at every venue, branding their version of morality in to the fabric of our day to day lives. Image makers, indiscriminately selling manufactured desire, have elevated the irresponsible personality to social prominence, even hero worship. Without intervention, and none appears likely, the declining circumstance of our lives will continue steadily to deteriorate as greed and intolerance perpetuates itself. Fateful decisions shouldn’t be made in vacuum pressure by people who have vested interests, which inturn is exactly the problem we have now find ourselves in. We’ve abdicated our intuitive duty to create a far more sustainable existence giving power over our lives to the purveyors of fear and greed.
In a perverted antithesis to the quest to get meaning on earth, media advertising offers manufactured identity, through product worship, to focus on audiences, most egregiously to the young and searching. Mass marketers focus on moral insecurity and foster irresponsibility through aggrandizement of inane idols. They endorse and promote immediate gratification and intimidation through peer pressure. They supplant the search for substance and meaning with drivel and triviality. In attempts to seem righteous they unabashedly employ insidious pr tactics to play on emotion or loyalties. The absurd and demeaning circumstance of popular culture shows just how much we hunger for usage of meaning within ourselves, and what lengths short we’ve fallen in trying to find it.
Most folks start life as if meaning where something beyond us, the purview of philosophers or poets. We concentrate on results with little regard for process. Our present attitude and world view of exploitation and quick fixes, regardless of resource husbandry or spiritual interconnectedness, has gained us temporal abundance but depressing materialism and its own attendant waste. Individual freedom is currently overshadowed by individualistic irresponsibility; decency corrupted by self-righteousness and moral superiority. We confuse justice with revenge, accept the decline of authenticity, and support the misconception that fear could be overcome by preemptive violence.
We have evolved to the stage with time where we have to be utilizing every means and opportunity open to us to intensify the seek out meanings within the interconnected whole. But there is absolutely no venue or leader or guiding principle that may be trusted to launch this type of campaign. Due to our pragmatic lifestyle, we no more have authentic heroes, heroes with any transcending relevance, showing us just how either in parable or deed. We’ve been reduced to contrived and orchestrated mass adulation for anti intellectual success icons, race car drivers and ball players. We seek to mark time with trivial diversions without inkling or considered to getting into a hero’s journey to forge a sustainable new paradigm world view, or even to explore the spirit within.
Mankind needs and seeks to get meaning, but settles for beads and trinkets. It could only be through widespread thoughtfulness on a person level, concentrating on items that have intrinsic value, that people can desire to regain some semblance of authenticity inside our lives.