To The End of The Earth (Made Up World)

Holden Caufield was right. Life is filled with ‘phoniness’. The Matrix kind of nailed it…we live one thing while not knowing it’s a reality we have been given to live out (real or not).

I walk around and I have to laugh, concrete and asphalt litter the ground…buildings that tower like mountains…windows to the left and to the right…everything seems to contain steel these days…it’s all a facade. It’s a pseudo reality pushed on us by generation of generation seeking the innovation of the earth to it’s commands. We make the planet what we want and the media sells us this lie (day in – day out).

All one needs to see is a normal house fly trapped in a window sile to know this is bologna. Or maybe a moose wandering into your backyard? How about ants under your kitchen sink? Something is awry…and it’s not the insects or animal kingdom.

We’re doing everything we possibly can to seperate ourselves from nature and we need to wake-up and realize we have taken too many steps in the wrong direction…we’re eliminating the wild-life and natural surroundings of the land so we can have ‘convenience’. The problem is, we’re not going to wake-up, unlike Neo, we have been too conditioned to what we have been born into. There will be no choice of what pill you can take (red or blue) – unless it’s prescription.

I don’t think we realize how much of a lie we have been born into to be perfectly honest. It’s normal to want the new car, big house, perfect yard, paved streets, pre-packaged food, and designer clothes…watch an ad now and then to see this is what they are ‘selling’. Life is always grand on television.

Problem is, what we want it is also going to be our demise. The new car is a constant pollutant (times that by a million others). The big house is wasting too much energy. The perfect yard is killing nature with pesticides/herbicides. Paved streets are killing the soil we could use to grow food/tree’s/grass…and actually have natural surroundings. Pre packaged food is unhumanely slaughtered on a regular basis so we can have some chicken with that rice. Designer clothes promote economic slavery and poor living conditions in other countries, so we can be more like Mike! This is only 1/4 of our problem in all reality…we are basically un-natural beings!

So a toast to the end of the earth as we have never known it.

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14 thoughts on “To The End of The Earth (Made Up World)

  1. True on all accounts.

    I have just read Slavoj Zizek’s book “First As Tragedy Then As Farce” and he has some great things to say about our apocalyptic society and where capitalism is taking us as a whole. For Zizek, apocalypse is not totally religious-based (Zizek is an atheist) rather it is based on our refusal to see the signs of our age; the ones that we sustain and create: environmental destruction, nuclear war in the disguise of religious moral righteousness, the necessity of our market-based faith, etc.

    Commercialism is winning the day and there are no doubts about it but what is the remedy to evade our downfall? For Zizek, it is a return to Marx and the dismantling of capital-power. Capital-growth is the hegemonic thought that invades our fetishistic thoughts within the marketplace and we need to eradicate IT before we are the ones that are eradicated.

    Resist the urge to say that Marxism is a total failure, it certainly has been in the past, but what we need to say is that we will fail again BUT this time we will fail better and we will continue to fail better until we get it right.

  2. “Capital-growth is the hegemonic thought that invades our fetishistic thoughts within the marketplace and we need to eradicate IT before we are the ones that are eradicated” (Johnny)

    True, IMO. I think capital and the push for more of it will continue this spiral into madness…and dwindle the already declining resources we have to share on this planet.

    Fact is, we are becoming an extremely global society and what the West does is effecting the Eastern civilizations…and our backyards. Maybe it is time for a move towards a more humane system of socialism that works for ‘all’ and not for ‘5 to 10%’ to rule the masses. More I look at numbers like that the more I start to wonder about the illuminati as a logistical reality of some sort?

    “what we need to say is that we will fail again BUT this time we will fail better and we will continue to fail better until we get it right” (Johnny)

    I tend to agree here, then again I am huge communalist – socialist leaning person (by nature). I think Capitalism is actually the most imhumane way to live on this planet unfortunately. What we gain in finances and technology – we lose in everything else – including clean air. I am starting to wonder how stupid as humans we are sometimes?

    Capitalism is a failure, IMO based on it’s environmenal track record, it’s dishonesty in the representation of all people, and it’s international abuses. As a system, Capitalism has raped and pillaged more than any army on this planet…sometimes without ever firing a bullet.

  3. Im curious, seeing as the world is always in decay what is wrong with the way were doing it? Doesnt that become a moral issue. If its not then I guess its just part of evolution.

    • The world is not in total decay, a good amount of the world’s resources always replenish themselves naturally, while others do not. The problem is that humanity has turned Nature into a cash-machine and humanity as a species of 6 billion+ are not able to give back as much as we are daily-taking. Biological evolution has nothing to do with the destruction of Nature, remember that we are a part of that same Nature, and natural selection does not inherently drive the species toward suicidal desires; natural selection has the opposite effects.

      Perhaps our mental evolution, i.e. – advanced intelligence, can be held accountable; maybe an argument can be made. But it is also our intelligence that can create ways out of our own demise; we hope. What has to be examined is the social conditions that create and sustain our natural destruction; we need to look at the roots of the problems. If natural resources are being depleted at alarming rates then what is the cause? Perhaps it is the demands of industry.

      For certain this is a “moral” argument but not in the classic religious sense because it is moral in the subsistence and survival sense; looking toward our future. Religion can only account for the perceived role of god in the process but god did not create our social conditions. Even if a person has faith they would still have to acknowledge that humanity has created societies with their own social conditions.

  4. The world is not in total decay, a good amount of the world’s resources always replenish themselves naturally, while others do not.(Johnny)

    Sorry buddy but the world is in TOTAL DECAY. Its all just a matter of time. In fact the entire Universe works on this principal. So explain why from a natural standpoint any of us should be held accountable or care for our decay enhancing attributes?

    For certain this is a “moral” argument but not in the classic religious sense because it is moral in the subsistence and survival sense; looking toward our future.(Johnny)

    In essence there is no long term future on this planet. So from a “moral” standpoint explain to me why it should matter what we do?

    • Your entire argument is fatalistic and it takes no care for the present and the future. Sure, on a long enough time scale we will perish as a species and perhaps as a solar system; but collapse of the entire universe I am not sure of – even then who is to say that another universe will not have its own existence? But this universe may carry on for eons and eons into the quadrillions of years, you do not have any proof that it will not.

      As for the planet Earth, its totality of life will not expire until our sun achieves its supernova and this will not take place for millions and millions of years. Our species has only evolved on this planet for a rough estimate of 200,000 years. So another million years could witness some immense changes in science and in our personal knowledge of the totality of the universe.

      So you see, I am speaking of the here and now and I focus on what I can do to make my life more egalitarian and equitable. But you are speaking of millions of generations into the future and you will never experience those generations, you can only experience the epoch you are in.

      From a moral standpoint all we are given is the moment in which we live and that is right now. So then, we have a responsibility to our species to care about the outcomes of our actions, this is the essence of morality.

      If our species was drastically fatalistic then why not just drop the big bombs right now and end human existence as we know it? Why not, because we are not totally fatalistic as a species and many billions of peoples actually care about our existence as a whole; no matter how meager we are in the entirety of the universe. And humanity is a goal-driven species. Besides, the universe is still totally unmapped and our future is not written in a book, certainly not in the Book of Revelations – I suggest other reading materials to those that believe those words.

      Fatalism is not an answer to any problem rather it is a negation of responsibility to even attempt to answer the problem.

  5. Johnny

    Tell me something, if the inherent tendency of the universe is eventual decay, both immediate and in the future, then why does it matter if we actively partake in it? What is your basis in morality for saying that we are wrong in what we are doing? Why is your basis for morality supposed to be the same for all of us? Believe it or not I agree with your intentions, Im just curious how you come to those beliefs. I believe that force has been instilled in us by some creative force. Im not sure where yours comes from. Considering the amount of pain and suffering this world gives and has the potential to give. Dont you think it is a little sadistic to wish future generations the potential to experience it? Unless of course you think there is something more behind this existence.

    • Well, I do not think there is anything beyond this existence (I am an atheist)and my personal morality base is purely a human creation, as is all morality including all religious thoughts. Moral-bases are merely human thoughts that pertain to a better form of survival/life and this has yet to change over the past several thousands of years. But if you knew the chances of life and the odds in an evolutionary sense then you may actually view our existence as something a little precious – instead of the creationist excuse which tells us ‘we are special’ and god will save us all at the end point (our demise) and Jesus will return, etc.

      Thus, we need morality to survive and we need to take radical steps if we are to last for as long as possible. We cannot predict the future, so stop reading the Book of Revelations, and our outcome as a species is not written in stone – so it makes logical sense to see where we can take this life as a whole species. Of course, capital is taking our societies in another direction, i.e., toward our quicker demise, and I am against the surpluses of capital, but that is an economic-moral argument.

      It is not sadistic to want humanity to evolve mentally and survive as long as possible; what happens in another galaxy and the totality of the universe is out of our control anyway so why should we fatalistically worry about it? If we burn-out as a species then so be it but I do not hope this happens for millions of years, rather than tomorrow from nuclear holocaust.

      Your argument begins with the idea that atheists are not moral thinkers, well tell it to Marx, and that is a false premise on the part of your thought process; creationist based. Creationism does not have the market cornered on the human invention of morality. Humanity as a whole contributes to mortality and even more so in our globalized world.

      • Johnny

        You seem to think I am bible believing Christian. I havnt ever read any of Revelations. I am not a religionist, but I do believe it is logical and reasonable to suppose intelligence behind our beginnings. Thus the reason both atheists and religionists have concepts about morality. 🙂

  6. “Tell me something, if the inherent tendency of the universe is eventual decay, both immediate and in the future, then why does it matter if we actively partake in it?” (John)

    I don’t know if the inherent desire of the earth is decay – anymore than it is our desire our bodies ‘decay’ (age). I think they just occur and part of the inevidibility of being born with an ‘expiration date’.

    Does having an ‘expiration date’ mean we should not care about the way we treat the earth? Question – is the earth alive? If so, does it matter how we treat a living thing?

    “Considering the amount of pain and suffering this world gives and has the potential to give. Dont you think it is a little sadistic to wish future generations the potential to experience it?” (John)

    I think the answer for this is a simple one – what you want you should also want for others. Do you think this life ‘sucks’? If so, you will also make it ‘suck’ for others. For me, the answer is always ‘treat another the way you want to be treated’…and I really like ‘life’…I want to help others in the future enjoy more of the quality of this life than I did (or at least to the same degree). Thus the concern for the treatment of the earth these next generations will inherit.

  7. Jason

    I didnt say anything about “desire”. As far as if life sucks, it sure does(sometimes). In fact life’s tendency is towards both Joy and suckiness(if thats a word). Regardless of what we do, misery, pain, tragedy, and many other ills will always be part of the world. Why is helping others the right “moral” thing to do. Who or what decides this? I love life also, but I dont always make it swell for others. Do you? Does Johnny? Does Luke? I highly doubt it. If evolution is the driving force and there is no actual intelligence behind this big drama, why should we care about “morals”?

    • “As far as if life sucks, it sure does(sometimes)”

      There is no question that life is not fair and you are absolutely correct on this point – I could tell you some incredibly difficult stories about my own existence. But unfairness is inherent in the struggle of our species and this planet; not just my life. In fact we know that we are going to die, we know it for a certain, so then why are we not all living like tomorrow is the last day? Well, it is probably our human fear and hope that drives us toward survival. We do not openly accept death as inevitable, even if it is, but that does not mean we give up on our existence. We never give up on our own existence and neither does any other living thing on this planet – even those at the very precipice of extinction.

      This all says more about evolution than it does about the creationist god. If you truly believed in god then wouldn’t death be a blessing and wouldn’t we love death? But if you believe there is no afterlife, as I do, then this life looks pretty damned interesting and we better do the best we can.

  8. “Regardless of what we do, misery, pain, tragedy, and many other ills will always be part of the world. Why is helping others the right “moral” thing to do. Who or what decides this?” (John)

    I have been wondering this for a while as well, in certain debates with a variety of atheist individuals. My leaning is that having some background in religious texts and teachings can help one with developing a strong and stable morality. It’s not foolproof, but being human is about choices.

    I am not sure why helping ‘others’ is the right moral thing to do…I base it on a religious value I hold (‘treat others how u want to be treated’) but I also base it on experience. The combination of the two for me has convinced me that it makes common sense to care about people – since it helps them and helps you.

    “If evolution is the driving force and there is no actual intelligence behind this big drama, why should we care about “morals”?” (John)

    Agreed. I feel this sense also when I think about evolution as being 100% factual…which it is not. Evolution changes, evolves, as new findings are presented…but many of the constants remain the same.

    However, the start of it all, if it is just a ‘big bang’, doesn’t exactly lend itself to self-determination or preservation or any design of any kind. This would all be one big accident. At least, this is where my logic leads me to.

    Let’s suppose I had some ingredients and I threw them in pile of soil in the backyard. Then in 50 years they grew into a new animal. The act is so random and unconsequential that one could only think that animal came from ‘accident’ or ‘without design’. I would tend to agree, however – as a human – it’s almost beyond imagination for us to consider something without a ‘creator’ or ‘starting point’. Even in this story ‘I’ threw the ingredients that eventually became something.

    The human mind is not wired to arrive at conclusions of ‘accident’.

  9. yikes… ahaha. great discussion! Johnny is in denial about entropy… so much for being a science-based atheist. you’re argument sounds like the flip-side of a fundie dawg. epic fail.

    John T. and i agree on the fact that eventually all things die. simple fact. the world is sand, impermanent. instead of this being depressing, i find it liberating. esp. because i believe in resurrection. but for resurrection to happen, something first must die.

    another factor in this whole deal is the fact that we don’t see the world as it really is, instead we see it how we’ve evolved to see it… namely we’re seeing the world in a way that keeps us alive long enough to breed. that’s it. we sense about 1/1 millionth of reality. so that leaves a great deal of possibility as to what the rest of reality looks like. are we predestined? biologically predetermined? are things merely coincidence or is there a higher power at work? call it what you want, i’m standing on the side of a higher intelligence as Jason stated “The human mind is not wired to arrive at conclusions of ‘accident’”

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