"There is a saying among the
dead..... life is wasted on the living."
In a world full of pain and self indulgent ignorance I sometimes
wonder do we the consumer species deserve any of this utopia we
take for granted not even realising we are as much pawns as cows
to the slaughter.
Most of the population in the world lives in third world poverty,
their lives of toil are exploited for our needs, their lands
resources raped for our enjoyment. Do you really think that pair
of shoes magically appeared in the shop you found it in. Sweat
was poured into that shoe for 5 cents an hour. Have you ever
strived for something for someone else's needs and earned barely
anything in return, not just in terms of money or material
gratification, but not even mere gratitude. Try basing your
livelihood on that.
Currency is a tool not a necessity and yet it has made such a
profound influence on mankind's soul that a giant was born. This
giant is consumer society and culture. Life in this realm is
defined by the material, hunting here is not for animals
(although food is now a processed packaged product purchasable
along the way) but is for possessions. A great sense of
achievement overwhelms the specimen (shall we call him the
consumer (no sexism intended) after a good day's trip to the
hunting grounds, in the native tongue: Mall. The consumer travels
through the many outlets with one material purpose in mind but is
urged instinctively to browse. Products are browsed, verified and
selected and brought to the territorial tradesman of the outlet
(the employee or cashier) and they are claimed by the trading of
coloured tree skins with ink images and native text for the goods
in question. The sum is met and correct numerical value is
solved, the trade is done, change of numerical value is given if
necessary and the consumer has now laid claim to the items. These
items may be food or otherwise but the principle is invariably
the same they are products and they are now his.
At the end of a good days hunting the consumer leaves the "mall"
the sense of self achievement at his days hunt gone successful
fills his heart with relief and joy. The consumer has performed
the sacred rite of "shopping" as it is called in the native
language. Long ago this doctrine replaced thought as the form of
self awareness. In the words of Barbara Kruger "I shop therefore
I am". The hunting and purchasing of goods is the way these
beings define themselves both in the way they reflect their
"INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITIES" by their choice of purchased fashion
items and bric a brac etc etc, and in the way they define
themselves as living things in general.
Unfortunately the consumer is a pawn; a cadaver. A soulless being
convinced it roams in a well defined reality. In short a zombie.
A barely conscious figure, for consciousness is defined as being
able to perceive reality, acknowledge it, and act on well
constructed thoughts as a consequence of this unmistakable
perception. But technically how is that possible when said being
exists in a construct of unreality. The world that the consumer
places himself in is run by money. Money is gravity, money makes
the world turn; money holds it all in place. But how is that
possible when money isn't real.
Money.... it's paper. Its not a physical construct, but a mental
one. One can point at a rock and say its a duck long enough, say
it to his children, say it to their children, they say it to
their children, soon enough the generations begin saying duck
instead of rock. There's not much difference, its still the same
object, still the same natural sediment deposit, but now we will
place the word (the concept) of duck on it instead. Duck is
meaningless and so is rock, it is what the word stands for the
concept it refers to, the meaning behind it. That's what's
important. That's what has meaning. Is money any different? It is
just paper and ink and colours, or coins, physically
representative of a numerical value of which can be used to trade
For the consumer, money is air: you need it to live. Apparently
there's no other way to survive but to have paper and metallic
coins in one's pocket. Money is a word, civilisations have used
all different words to describe the concept and all different
physical means to represent it throughout history. There is no
fixed suggestion, no ultimate predominant presence as much as we
ourselves as living creatures are eternal in our existence, as
much as we would like to believe. Money is not real. A concept
founded on a nonexistent construct is not real. A building can
not be erected without a stable realistic physically sound
foundation made of physical properties and able to bear the
weight of the building, that's just nonsense, and yet a building
has been erected. An establishment has been put in place and its
foundation is not real and without real form or purpose, possibly
exempt beyond the boundaries of an easily fenced mentality: that
mentality being the human psyche. This foundation is money.
The consumer is an inhabitant of this unreal establishment, and
as an extension of a thing that is nothing, the consumer is
Don't get it wrong, it is a person. It is capable of love,
friendship, kindness, and great things, but also of evil things;
murder, anger, sorrow, pain, rape, revenge, hatred, and
The consumer is moulded into the very existence of ignorance.
Where the world functions in the pain, plight and blood of the
major human population, the consumer thinks of nothing but
material gratification. This does not just include goods, but
also sexual pleasure (which is claimed in the sexualisation of
the physical female form into nothing more but a material
possession that can be claimed), and primal territorial pleasure
(claimed in the form of bought and tended to households and a
strange concept of 'property'). By this ignorance a cycle of
continuation emerges where consumers dine and revel in self
indulgence and the rest of humanity seems to grovel and strive in
order to continue the comfortable consumer way of life.
Odd isn't it how an establishment founded on a nothingness can
cause the entire city surrounded to crumble and toil in abyss,
unaware of its own mortality and its nonexistent occupants
bathing in luxury and pleasure and a false sense of immortality.
Money is gravity. Gravity is universal. The universe is
infinite..... but not immortal. By Physics and science, the
universe will eventually destroy itself the same as stars do. But
stars also created themselves, and so did the universe. Self
creation and self destruction is an inescapable universal
property. Consumer culture created itself, it will destroy
itself. Sound enough..... it is the strange human obsession with
self preservation that seems unnatural.
Leaving the topic a bit.... what was I on about...... oh yeah.
So, Consumer society now runs everything, but oddly enough it is
not a physical construct not even a physical foundation, the
mentality that it exists is implanted in the consumer's psyche.
That initiative is enough for the human spirit to keep it
thriving. Oddly enough this is in itself not a completely
isolated incident. Religion itself is the same. There appears no
physical presence of the said foundation, the latent omnipotent
creator (or "creators" let us not be exclusive to one religion),
and yet the idea that our world is held in place and our lives
have purpose thanks to this foundation appears to be enough
initiative for the human mentality to pursue and continue the
concept. Similarly it appears that God operates in this manner,
with no physical or directly communicative presence god appears
to still inspire and lead an entire population of humanity who
continue to pursue the mentality and ideals of the entity in
question whom exists as a non physical foundation and concept of
the worlds origin and purpose to these people.
It appears that consumer society is built on this exact type of
mainframe and money is the idealised entity, the foundation, the
concept, the creator, the glue and gravity that holds life
together and gives men purpose.
........................ Is money a God?
Is it really that important to us?
To the world?
Is it worth it to sacrifice so much in its name?
The same thing we do for our God..........
Is money........................................... God?
Has God chosen a new way to present oneself into mankind's heart?
To be with us, to influence us?
Money is money, it doesn't have to be called money it can be
called anything really (dollars, yen, deben, mabye something like
wankabucks) and still serve the same purpose, history has proven
God doesn't have to be called God to serve ones purpose as
creator and foundation.
Perhaps......................... money could suffice as a name.
We are consumers
Under the consumer God
If it could possibly be true; then what has God done?
If it be so..... I have no hope for Humanity if it continues to
pursue this form of lifestyle and society.
In the words of Banksy: "Humanity will never be able to progress
as a society until Consumer culture is abolished........until
then we should all just go shopping to console ourselves"