A Reply to the Article “Obedience” (ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com)

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Impressive (depressing) figures. Thanks for sharing as this is of uttermost importance.

I’m practicing here for drafting letters to Gates and co.

Why do these rich/powerful not change the world for the better? Because they just habitually might not change their convictions that made them multi-billionaires? Because they don’t see the chain of causes leading to inequality?

Regarding Bill Gates, for example, of course, one can argue that the development of the Personal Computer did a lot of great things for some people (not the majority of the world population though). I believe, however, that likely somebody else in a similar environment would have come up with a similar advancement. We probably wouldn’t have missed out on computers without Bill Gates. And although Gates and Buffet are from an absolute number perspective praised to be the most generous donators to (their own) foundations, they obviously care before anything else to remain the richest people in the world. Is that really so adorable? They don’t change the game; they only fight some symptoms of the sick system they are profiting from. And maybe they fight also their guilty conscience and feel good about being applauded to be generous?

The rich and powerful who still could buy and influence everything with only a fraction of their current fortune could invest into social impact businesses, empower awareness and education, and enable cooperative governance models to foster democracy and equality to eradicate hunger. There are obvious (or not for them?) ways to let benefit more people from the earthly resources that are extracted primarily for the enrichment of very few. Even if the money is not inherited and if one justifies his/her wealth compared to others’ poverty with a superiority in smartness or industriousness, does that justify amassing, holding back money that could help children from dying of hunger? How hypocritical is it to revel in grief about natural disasters or accidents, while forgetting systematically human-made, constant, and long-term poverty that is the cause for more than 20,000 children dying every single day?!

Even when they have lived their life and could survive with a couple of billion dollars, why do they still not change for making an systematic positive impact? Whose slaves are they? Slaves of their fear? Fear of not being obedient to the capitalist system? They ARE the system of capital as they control a significant part of it. Fear of themselves? Fear of looking into the mirror?! I already hear the reasoning that I don’t have the right to speak that way as I also enjoy privileges. This is not entirely accurate, because when all the volunteering and level of modesty (avoidance of unnecessary luxury/waste) put into proportional perspective, it is definitively in better support of a sustainable world. And let’s not forget the impact of promoting systematic change for all (e.g., by fostering democratically, cooperatively (instead of capitalistically) owned companies), instead of one’s own elitist circles only.

These are the strikingly game-changing questions I’d like to ask them and other fearful obedient directly. Let’s help our children to become courageous and strong leaders, happy in modesty but ambitious in their positive social impact for all. 

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7 Responses to A Reply to the Article “Obedience” (ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com)

  1. e says:

    Powerful ideas here. In considering the ways a class of privilege use their access and ability for good I’ve been considering whether or not they truly know what to do. Oprah talked openly in a Forbes interview about having come from deep poverty into great wealth and the various mistakes she made early in on after coming into her succcess. How do we respect where people are in their journey to becoming or understanding, whether they have money or not. Once we become aware how do we use whatever we might have, be it understanding, money, influence or any kind, while still respecting individual growth and free will?

    • mathias sager says:

      Hi! Thanks a lot for your great comment.
      I agree with your focus and question regarding the respect (or not) for people’s level of awareness and integrity. Please allow me to add a little:-).
      We should always stay respectful. For that, it is essential for me to assume that people are good (too). However, education and advertisement make it difficult for many to see beyond the distraction and deception. Like in a vicious circle it is difficult to blame anybody specifically, while, though, we should be passionate about exposing possible misconceptions and adverse economic and social mechanisms as not the best alternatives as soon as we realize. Hunger on a planet that could feed everybody is not acceptable. From that perspective, everyone who knows about it becomes responsible for overcoming ignorance and fear and should courageously be fighting for a fairer future. Such real human virtue should be taught, cherished and rewarded more, rather than just the ability to create profitable businesses that make the rich ever unnecessarily wealthier, and too often even at the cost of others and the environment.

  2. I agree. However, it’s important to put the supposed generosity of these people in a proper light.

    Not only do these people make significantly more money that they “donate” – they make it at the expense of the rest of the planet, continue this destructive system of Capitalism which causes uncounted numbers of people to live in abject poverty, create many more problems than their donated money helps and deviously use their donations as public relations while it does very little to help most people.

    Bill Gates owns a tremendous amount of stock in two of the most evil and corrupt corporations on the planet – Monsanto and Xe (formerly known as Blackwater).

    Monsanto, as virtually everyone knows, has littered the entire planet with toxic chemicals. Some of these chemicals, such as the dioxin compound TCDD (from the horrible chemical weapon Agent Orange they sold during the Vietnam War), has a half life of more than a century. It has decimated over five million acres of natural habitat in Southeast Asia.

    They created polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) which has poisoned our soil and water and traces of which have been found in virtually every living being on the planet. It contributes to many forms of cancer as well as birth defects and other serious illnesses.

    They created rBGH by combining a growth hormone and E. coli bacteria which is injected into cows causing the milk supply to be a major contributor to cancer as well as the beef when it is consumed.

    This is just a sample of what Monsanto has done. Why would Bill Gates want to own a ton of stock in this despicable company?

    And Blackwater committed heinous war crimes while making a fortune during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve been a recipient of tax money as war has become privatized in recent decades.

    So Bill Gates is part of one company that has been poisoning the environment for almost 100 years and another that hires mercenaries to kill those who don’t obey the world’s corporate masters.

    There is so much more to mention about this man. And Warren Buffet made billions in the financial “industry” and owns financial companies which own food companies. That is definitely not a good thing.

    Until people learn that our selfish wants have been disguised as needs and are being manipulated to enrich a tiny portion of the population we will see the continued destruction of the environment, suffering of people and animals and injustice prevail over equality throughout society.

  3. In the socalled 1st world only the rich are becoming richer each and every day, so poverty is increasing in a high-developed country like Germany, new working contracts often only temporary and growing number of precarious jobs with very low wages. What a lousy world!

    • mathias sager says:

      Thank you very much for your comment. I agree. However, we can do something about it. People need to own the businesses so they can co-determine the work conditions. That’s the co-operative idea. We need to become active members to change the current rulers’ game. All the best!
      https://mathias-sager.com/category/growth-enablement/initiatives/products/

      • Cooperatives are already existing for long time in agricultures (mainly comprising family-run farms or wine-producing small enterprises). However the EU policies more supporting the big agricultural companies growing and withdrawing the small business! So this old idea(l) has a real hard standing in nowadays world.

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