I have watched an interview with John Perkins, author of ‘Confessions of an economic hitman’, which I read a couple of years ago. It’s very revealing and I recommend it to anyone who wants to makes sense of what happens in this world. You can watch it here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xLe9u9SffO0
Does that improve me? Yes, I understand people’s confusion better, I understand the role of the media better, and it reinforces my belief that most human beings do not want to cause other human beings any harm. We are conditioned by the system in which we live to suppress our good nature in order to be succesful in this system. What we define as success these days, usually means monetary, material or status success. But this kind of success does not make us happy and is destroying the planet.
The sort of success we chase is often in direct opposition to what makes us feel happy as a person. I belief people are wired for connection and prefer to help others, IF they feel helping others will not make them feel dumb. Altruism is tainted in our society. Doing something for someone else, just like that, is experienced as the equivalent of causing harm to ourselves. And yes, within our system, helping other for free does seem very much like giving away your best cards during a high stake poker game.
When I say we need a paradigm shift, I want the world’s economy to stop being one huge game of poker where people’s lives, their dignity, their self-worth are at stake. How I will contribute to that paradigm shift? I don’t know yet. First of all by trying to be a decent human being.