Have you ever been in a position where you wondered how you were going to be able to pay your bills?
Have you ever been in a position of struggling to find a decent job and wondering why it is so difficult?
Have you ever been in a position of struggling to find decent work even with a college degree?
Have you ever experienced stress, anxiety, fear, frustration, depression, anger, confusion about your money situation? About bills? About debt? About the hoops you’re required to jump through to get access to the basic necessities of life when you don’t have enough money to just go out and access it directly?
Have you ever had to settle for work that doesn’t pay you enough to live and is not something you would otherwise choose to do, but you took the job because it’s the only place that would hire you?
Have you ever had to find a SECOND job just to cover your living expenses, working 50, 60, 70 hours a week without any end in sight?
Have you ever been in a position where your view toward your work is that “It’s better than nothing”?
Have you ever filled out a job application and written ‘minimum wage’ in the ‘desired salary’ section, afraid to write a higher number because you’re so desperate for work you’d accept any wage?
Do you regularly depend on getting drunk and / or high on the weekends as a way to forget about how much you don’t like being at work during the week?
Do you ever wonder how it is that there are individuals who are worth more than the entire gross domestic product of whole countries? Do you ever wonder how such individuals can exist alongside those who struggle to earn enough to live above the poverty line, in spite of working regular overtime hours? Do you ever wonder how such a relationship can exist in a system that claims to be based on values that support freedom, dignity, and human rights?
Can freedom, honor, equality, and dignity exist in a world that believes that quality of life, surety of survival, and good health can only exist as a reward to be placed as motivation to work and fulfill the labor requirements of industry?
Can evolution, progress, enlightenment, and intelligence really exist in a world that believes the fear for one’s survival is the only way a human can be motivated to participate in society?
Does creativity, critical thinking, responsibility, and integrity exist in a world where those with the aptitude, education, and resources to engineer ways to visit other planets, cure diseases, and create robots that can perform surgery, cannot come up with a way to organize labor, distribute resources, and maintain infrastructure and vital industry in a way that does not depend on the perpetual existence of an uneducated majority driven by fear?
Does care, love, and compassion really exist in a world where the competition between smartphone brands gets more attention than the violence and upheaval erupting as more and more people become unable to contain their frustration with the struggle to find a way to support themselves and their families?
If you can relate to this blog and find yourself questioning why the way we live seems to not make any sense, I suggest joining us in the Journey to Life as we walk the process of questioning, investigating, and deconstructing our lives, our minds, and the system that shaped our development, and sharing this with the world through the written word to demonstrate that we as humans are in fact capable of changing. Humanity is on a path of self sabotage. It’s easy to fall into that trap when you are trapped in a life of survival, of living paycheck to paycheck. It’s easy to escape in alcohol, in entertainment, in drugs, in distraction. It’s a challenge to stand up and question the world in a constructive and practical way. And in fact it is a skill that must be developed. But it is far more rewarding and satisfying to become part of the solution than giving up and settling for self diminishment and frustration.
In a world that seems too fucked up to change, to constricting to break free of, too far gone to care about, we need to find the passion for life within ourselves, and share it with the world.
After all, if we don’t stand up in every Breath for the dignity, expression, expansion, and potential of all life, and find a way to Walk ourselves out of this mess, then we’re just the Walking Dead.