The environment is critical in shaping perceptions of the world or reality.
Why aren't there equal standards of living?
Experience is a true teacher of life and values.
I grew up not really knowing first hand what poverty was. My father worked long hours to provide for us. He slept on average 4 hours a night with no days off. I've heard that when they first arrived to the U.S. they went through many hardships and deprivation. It is never the same to imagine than to experience.
Some will judge me for what I am about to express and that is okay. It is not my business to know what others think of me.
I feel frustration with the reality of the way this world operates and my resistance to join it. I have to work to earn money to continue to survive. If I don't I may be labeled as 'lazy,' or a burden to society. No one wants to be a burden or be burdened. But, there is no equity in the world we live in.
There is inequity in economic society's based on hierarchy and money systems which mean that to have a higher standard of living, others must be below us.
Standards of living have built into them values we strive for, but, that are part of an exploitative system.
It is very sad that as humans we are willing to sacrifice lives for concepts we created.
Hierarchy like money are man-made concepts. These concepts and tools sadly do more harm than benefit to everything on planet earth.
We need each other through compassionate relating and cooperation not through coercive and shaming tactics.
Prior to 2016, I had not heard of Jacque Fresco or The Venus Project. There are many movements out there working on causes for humanity.
According to Jacque Fresco of The Venus Project, science and technology can serve humanity by intelligently managing our planet's resources. It is not opinion based, but, rather based on common language such as math. This type of socio-economic structure makes money obsolete thereby eliminating greed and many of the problems that come from pursuing it. It upgrades human behavior to reflect values that are not life-alienating but life-enhancing.
In my heart I believe that there can be abundance for everyone if we can refrain from sustaining exploitation of resources and one another. Systems built to exploit cannot simultaneously be compassionate.
It is our choice to allow technology and science to shine the light of our humanness above anything else.
Just see the film 'Passengers' and see how meaningless life would be without another human being to share our existence and care about.
Can a higher standard of living be possible for all or will it phase out?
Below is a short video on The Venus Project.
"The hope of a secure and liveable world lies with disciplined non-comformists who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood." - Martin Luther King Jr.