During those instances when we question the difference between wishes and needs or when we run aground and feel helpless regarding monetary management, we often try to find someone else to blame, taking shelter in the victim role, rather than facing our problems. In these circumstances the biggest perpetrator is capitalism itself. Capitalism that has insidiously seized our soul, enslaved us, and hypnotized us with its alluring world. The big brands, international corporations, and firms that profit from us seem to suddenly be on the dark side. They pull us in. Their sole agenda revolving around developing better techniques of cajoling the masses. They and others are the reason behind all the world’s negativity, wars, and famine. Not us.
We attack them all due to a feeling of helplessness—caused by being a small and meaningless detail compared to others who we conceive as invincible and twice their actual size—within an inconceivable system that we overestimate in our minds. We try to reduce the weight of our chains.
But does blaming the producers, instead of questioning what we consume, really relieve us? Does it change anything? Good or bad, producing is an active protest. Whereas complaining is passive.
We’re smart and quite aware of those who are not as innocent as they claim. Good for us. But does this awareness help us deal with the problems of our own lives? Not condoning how others lay claim to and use their power is and should never be an excuse to deny our own power of living our lives as we wish. In an age where we can almost reach everyone and everything we want and where we can make all our dreams a reality, we are the ones sketching out the thick boundaries and limits. As long as fear and worry are the only reasons for our coming together and our beliefs of being a community, then the only thing we share is a sense of victimization. We have to first stop searching for a culprit before we can share the world, our ideas, and our courage to create. Because the culprits we are searching for might be us.
Make a difference today and try to make space in your heart for this confession. When we accept that the only obstacles in our way toward controlling our own life is ourselves, true freedom, beyond good and bad, awaits us.