Today, the pursuit of comfort, luxury and correctness defines how most systems operate. It’s easy to find long twitter banters on which show deserves what accolade and companies tell you you aren’t whole without their products. Individuals who pursue calm amidst the chaos are considered outliers (whether they are labelled geniuses or mediocre depends on their community. Not my problem, right?). The point is, we aren’t allowed to be joyful (whatever that means to you) outside the existing systems.
Some individuals argue that systems are a prerequisite for order and that without them, anarchy is inevitable. But is it? Can we avoid anarchy whilst enjoying the freedom of just existing to the best of our ability? Can we? That’s an idea that will be explored some other time. When systems emerge, be it capitalism, socialism, heterosexual plots or religion, two features are always prominent: buy in and the “ingroup-Out group” chronicle.
BELIEVE US WHEN WE SAY, “YOU SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE YOU NEED”.
When it comes to buy in, the surest mechanism to weaponize is the “you need this” line. Some advertising experts (as they prefer to be called) will advise you to use your products as a tool to sell desired experiences. Systems always tell you you need to possess their products/ believes in order to have a rewarding life. Most often than not, this kind of system doesn’t always provide the best utility to the individual (look at the fashion industry and the upsurge of fashion related anorexia). In this case, the individual’s truest need becomes irrelevant since all systems just want to live long and be protected by the people they are able to enslave. What this results in is a world filled with very dissatisfied minds (often in a constant battle of “what I truly want” vs “what the system dictates my needs and wants should be”). Capitalism is a visceral example of such. It continues to preach the gospel of consumerism (else how will the idea of luxury be perpetuated) and so therefore, in a true capitalist state where individuals must continually be in a state of need, you’re either a genius for spending time deciding what your passion is and using it to create wealth or you’re mediocre for pursuing a life of minimalism. While both scenarios are respectively over glorified and over vilified by the media, they truly are harmless pursuits in themselves.
WE ARE WE AND THEY ARE… NOTHING?
After buy in has been executed, the next step is to create an ingroup/ outgroup dynamic; classifying those who agree as pure and those who don’t as undeserving of humanity (yeah. You need to be harsh because why not?). This strategy is often important because, without it, there would be no incentive for devotees to preah the gospel and try to win “the unclean” over. What ultimately proceeds from this classification is a series of aggressive labelling. So we have to ask; are you Christian, gay, socialist, non-binary? We don’t do this because we are interested in your lifestyle. We do this because what you identify as influences how we must relate to and with you. This is a huge problem simply because, with such classification, different rules must apply to foreigners. In order to make the benefits of such systemic believes visceral to its followers, foreigners must be demonised and not granted access to provision and protection for if they were, there would be no need for buy in in the first place.
Such is the world today. I guess its always been that way, for the most part of the history I’ve known anyways. It has become common sight to see kids go hungry, to see young individuals slave away their youth, to see old age ripe with regret and anguish. Today, sad is everywhere…
FUNGUA SHOULD BE A PURSUIT.