(Thank you, my dear TSS, for posting this on Facebook).
More often than not, you find out who your real friends are, not when you’re at the top of your game, or rich and famous, but rather when you’ve been cast aside by Society. That’s when you look around, and see those so-called “friends” turning their faces or walking away in the opposite direction as fast as their little legs will carry them. Rats deserting a sinking ship.
Change of any kind makes people uncomfortable, it’s upsetting and unsettling. And most people would rather not know, or brush it aside, just in case it happens to be a contagious disease and they catch it.
Speaking as a societal pariah, (and I am well aware of who I am), fairweather friends should be ashamed of themselves and of their attitude towards the less fortunate, the needy, the homeless, the destitude. Instead of shunning them or worse, pretending not to see, they should open their eyes and see the other person as being the same as them – a human being. External acoutrements and material wealth should not be the clothes by which a person is judged. Character and personal integrity should.
But, sadly, the vast majority of people would rather not know. They would much prefer shleepwalking (my own invented word) through life, swallowing with gratitude whatever rubbish the Media moguls decide to dish out. They would rather gossip about what Kim Kardashian is wearing or not wearing, and was her bling ring really worth $4.5 million? They know what this year’s fashion trends are, the latest nail polish fads, where the hotspots are for holidays this year, which credit card gives you 0% for 16 months, which bank has the lowest rates, who’s driving the latest car, who’s just bought a mansion with 25 bathrooms.
But they turn a blind eye to the real horrors of the world, such as the Yulin dogmeat festival, the annual slaughter of dolphins and seals, the destruction of rainforests, the greed-driven, manufactured “wars”, climate change, the ozone layer, bees dying, the alarmimg rate of animal extinctions, disappearing polae ice caps, the rapid rape of Mother Earth.
Why do they a blind eye? Because they are so accustomed to this artificial world of consumerism and First World problems, that they choose to only pay attention to the things that affect them directly. As the saying goes, “Not my monkeys, not my circus”. It’s like those movies where the child, upon seeing the bogeyman/intruder/ghost/killer, runs and hides under the bedcovers…we all know that’s not the best place to hide, but the child believes that if he squeezes his eyes shut and holds his breath, then the bogeyman will surely pass him by.
Someone said to me the other day,”The only time I look down on a person is when I’m reaching to pull them up”. And That is what we should all be doing. None of this ridiculous race to see who can win this crazy Monopoly Game of Life. None of this one upmanship, who’s got a bigger house or car, who’s earning more and can afford more holidays etc. That’s all crap, and I’m calling a spade a spade here.
If you can whinge about something, you can do something about making it right again, or better. What’s the point in saying something, getting it off your chest, then retreating into your shell again? It only serves to salve Your soul, but nothing else gets accomplished.
I have nothing of any consequence in this world. No property, no car, no major material assets that a bank can repossess off me. What I do have is a ton and then some, of Knowledge, Skills and Experience, picked up over the space of 4 decades. Which I offer to humanity for free. Only, in the Society that we are all forced to live in, if you don’t have any Money, you are worse than worthless. Even your words are nothing, and only the ones who are Awake hear them.
So, will You walk with me, who is by Society’s standards Broken Beyond Repair? Or how does that holiday in Bali sound to you, or those shoes at 50% off starting this weekend?