The New Dawn of Capitalism…

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The Venus Flytrap is a carnivorous plant, that quickly entraps a helpless fly simply looking for a place to land. Once the fly landed on, or the insect crawled into, the open mouth of the Venus Flytrap, it rapidly shuts itself, preventing the insect from ever getting out. Unless the captured insect is strong enough to break through and get out, the Venus Flytrap will then slowly start digesting the prisoner, melting it and absorbing the nutrients it needs for survival, leaving no chance for the poor little insect inside. After being done its digestion, nothing is left of the meal, it having been sucked dry by the Venus Flytrap.

This is very similar to the way capitalism works nowadays, though the capitalists have elaborated way better means of attraction than the immobile plant. Unlike the Venus Flytrap, they do not patiently sit around, hoping that some creature randomly falls into their trap, but rather tempt individuals with the possibilities of mind-blowing gains, and life-changing opportunities. The treasure hidden within the trap: money…lots and lots of money. The key to access it: hard work and perseverance. They offer people the world, making them believe that if they work for them, and give all they have, they will one day be as successful as the capitalists are themselves. Sounds too good to be true?? Sure does, and that’s because it also is.

The way the trap is set out is that they make the poor workers crave for an idealized lifestyle, in which everything they ever wished for will become reality, if only they are ready to wait a little bit for it, and spend all their energy working for the capitalists. This remains a key feature of capitalism, and hasn’t changed since its first apparition, though people are starting to wake up. They will not be satisfied with factory work anymore, but would rather prefer to make their own schedule, and incorporate a little of their own into the work. They want freedom, not as ready to give it up for a good income as they used to, and rightly so. But the capitalists understood that, and found a way to turn it to their own benefit, which is why a lot of sales jobs work by commission; the more money you make for me (the wealthy capitalist), the more you will get back!! It is even better if the workers are paid solely by commission, for then they do not cost anything, unless you (the wealthy capitalist) make some profit on their back. And the workers get to believe that they are free, that they are their own bosses, and that they get to decide. Freedom isn’t freedom, if the benefits of your hard work go into someone else’s pockets…which is why the capitalists will never tell you what the real secret to becoming filthy rich is: have others do all the work for you.

Until next time,

Luca

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Everything, but Nothing…

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Today’s topic is very simple, while nonetheless being unbelievably intricate. It is all we ever have, all we ever will have, and the only thing which will sift through our hands the moment we think we can grasp onto it. Fleeting as the seconds on a clock, yet ever present as long as we are there to live it. We are often told to live within in, not to lose ourselves within the abstractions of times we cannot change, to focus only on what we have in front of us. All of this represents the one and only moment that truly matters: the Now.

It is everything we ever have because no matter how long we live or remain conscious we will be present in it, without possibility of escape. Yet very often, despite being right now, we dream about the future, or obsess with the past, both of which bring us deeply within the world in our heads, taking us away from the moment we live in. This is not to say that we should never plan ahead, or delve within our fondest memories to relive some joys long past, but simply that they should perhaps not become the sole focus in our lives, for then we forget what truly matters. It is not called the present without a reason, for it is where our presence may remain, in fact, it is the only place it ever could. It is also the exclusive realm of time on which we can have any kind of influence, since what we already lived is long gone, and what is yet to come cannot be reached, until it joins us in the Now.

Though the moment we believe we have finally made it to the future by living it in the present, it is already too late, for it has already become a part of our past. Therein lies the absurdity of the Now, and the reason why it is Nothing, and thus does not really matter after all. Once again, this is not to say that one should not care about it at all, just not drag along regrets, sadness, fear, or shame for all it takes is a little time, and they will be long gone, forever out of the nexus of causality which we may influence. Anything we choose to keep within us after it has past is nothing more than that, something we choose, though admittedly it is not easy to let go. The future is frightening as well, for we may never know what will happen, but why worry about something which is not around yet?? It sounds like a whole lot of trouble for something which we cannot run away from anyways.

All this to say that whether Lucy dispenses her wisdom from the diamond sky, or by falling off a tree and having to walk up straight, she will still only truly possess the most fleeting thing of all, the present moment. And the only thing we can do with that is enjoy the right now, keep a beautiful attitude, and not lose ourselves within the confines of the infinite time, which will forever remain all around us, despite being a universe away.

Until next time,

Luca

Inside out…

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There is something we all have in common, yet it is different for each and everyone of us. We could not escape it forever, which is perhaps for the best. The problem is, it’s all around us, and within. Oh, and it’s also the most widespread topic used to start a conversation: the temperature.

The temperature affects really everything, whether its our moods, our clothing, or even whether life is even possible. But what is it exactly?? Is it only the movement of particles creating heat or cold, depending on if they irradiated from the sun or are just floating in cold space?? Or perhaps a sort of universal energy which we can absorb and share?? Regardless of those possibilities, it is also something that comes from within us.

It is so because we have all found ourselves in situations in which our internal temperature changed of a sudden, with it having anything to do with the temperature we felt around us. We felt very hot all of a sudden, or very cold, and the sole reason for that was something happening in our heads, a sudden change of emotions, or reaction to an external event. This means that this is something our body can produce on its own…and which we can control ourselves, usually through meditation.

It is not an easily skill to learn, some people even devote their entire lives to it, but it is a larger topic which I will not get into here. Coming back to temperature now, it shapes our lives in countless ways, influencing us from the outside as well. Since we can individually control the temperature within us, could we maybe influence it as well?? That would make sense, because during a clash of cold and warm, the colder half becomes warmer, and the warmer half becomes colder. They balance each other out, plain and simple.

That could mean that we actually do have, or at least have the possibility too, influence the temperature we feel every single day, whether its for the better, of bringing to a level which we wont be able to balance our with out internal one. Of course we can rapidly adapt, we have done so ever since the first form of life appeared. This then leads to the inevitable dilemma of either making it our responsibility to regulate it, or to keep adapting to it, letting it run its course. We can do so more efficiently every day, technology developing itself ever faster. But can it protect us forever?? Or will we reach a point where it will fail, and the weather would just be too extreme for us?? It may not happen anytime soon, but that does not mean it never will…

Until next time,

Luca