Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Disposable Lives


It's a peculiar phenomenon -- day-to-day living these days. Having been saturated with so many comforts, consumables, and convenience, in such a relatively short span, most of the industrialized populations have adopted a very disposable mentality, particularly here in the USA. We throw things away without hardly a care, as if they'll vanish into the ether, instead of adding to the already alarming amount of pollution plaguing the planet. Call it what you may, but such behavior is thinly-veiled collective suicide. And, without fully realizing it seemingly, we've been living disposable lives as a consequence.

We dispose of people we don't “love” anymore, as if love was just another drama or sitcom to glimpse whilst surfing channels. We discard jobs without any regard as to the effect our leaving may have on others; jobs dispose of employees without any consideration of their family & home situation. We toss phones, cars and computers to buy newer ones that won't last as long, because capitalism and its advocates thrive off of disposable lives, and disposable thinking. When we get sick, we're often content to settle on disposable drugs that bring temporary relief, before the side effects hit, without any earnest concern of securing a lasting cure. Essentially, all anything (or anyone) has to do is “lose shine” to entice us, in many instances, to throw it (or them) away, without a care, for something (or someone) appearing to be newer & brighter.

Collectively, we often display a tendency to value things more than people – even things that aren't even real, like money. [If a huge magnetic pulse wiped every CPU clean instantly, how many of us would not be “broke”?] And when we do value others, its typically for what they have done or may do for us, rather than for who they are or what they are capable of being. Psychologically, treating others & things as easily replaceable, seems to foster a false notion that there is always more – even when that may not be – and leads to a noticeable sense of worth & value in general. It can also spawn beliefs of needing where there is no need. While it goes without saying that this attitude isn't expressed by everybody at all times, it certainly can't be considered uncommon. 

Regardless: Life was, is, and ever remains, the greatest gift. And as always, the choice is ours what we choose to do with it. We all have the right to live any way we choose to, but that doesn't make every choice the right one. And the simple fact is: if we don't take care to not continue taking so much for granted – including ourselves, each other, and the environment we all co-habit – the time may soon come when Life just might dispose of us.

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