By George Merlo Pallath
“Money, Money ,Money, it’s a rich man’s world” so sang “Abba” the world famous pop band of the 80’. Money makes the world go round and round. It seems that we have built up a civilization that has a BIG fixation on money and wealth creation. In the final analysis, it is clear that all the problems faced by planet earth boils down to this one single factor of “wealth creation”. People are swayed by glitzy cars, ostentatious show of wealth, power and money. It has reached such an extent, that all are assessed , valued on the basis of their show of wealth. Money controls everything. Money is the all powerful God. Money permeates every aspect of our life. In this mindless, senseless , blind rush for money, humans have forgotten themselves.
Human civilization has lost its way somewhere down the line. After the advent of agriculture some 60,000 years back, humans started the ownership thing. To possess plots of land, trees, plants and cattle. From this ownership, humans devised laws to retain their ownership or possession of their precious lands. Humans created money, coins, notes, banks, shares, companies and it goes on. The initial barter system matured into the banking system. Companies became legal entities and developed into huge wealth creation systems. They grew rapidly into all realms and now controls all aspects of human civilization. Multi National corporations decide every single aspect of our puny lives. Companies decide what we eat, what medicines we should take, what to wear, how to live, how to spend your holidays. The list is endless. They make money from your daily life, they make money when you exercise, when you relax, when you sleep, when you love, when you quarrel, there is no escape. We are conditioned into living robots.
Wealth creation became the primary concern of all corporations, companies and the human population. People has become so dependent on this system that there is no escape. Now from the time a person is born, he or she becomes part of the system and there is no escape. They will have to go through the education system, then find jobs, make money, spend money till they die. In the process, people have forgotten themselves. All have become slaves to the system. The system keeps on growing like a monster, feeding on itself. Like rats that keeps on going round and round, so that the machine produces energy, the humans have been reduced into mere work material.
It is clear that Humans have lost their way. They worship wealth, power and money. Religion is the biggest cash cow. Just look at the major religious places of worship. The idols have been covered in gold and diamonds, the roofs have been gold plated, Millions are spent on building monstrous edifices called churches, mosques and temples. All in the name of some unseen GOD. But it is not the Gods they are worshipping. They are actually worshipping wealth. God and Mamon cannot coexist. Humans have made them coexist on planet earth. But it is a false God and a very real MAMON that they are worshipping. Money is evil. Money has made the whole people blind and hypnotized. The whole society is corrupted. This world is controlled by “mammon”.
So what is happening? All the animals and birds live off the land, without money. Humans lived for millions of years as pick and choose hunter gatherers. It was only during the last 60,000 years, after the advent of agriculture, Humans have lost their innocence. They have lost their paradise. The work culture was set in motion.
Are we entitled to claim ownership over anything on planet Earth ? It’s a fallacy to think that any part of planet earth belongs to us either singly or together. It is also false to draw imaginary lines across lands and say that this is India and the other side is Pakistan. Planet earth belongs to all the species. The humans have no right to exploit its natural resources, pollute the air, water and destroy eco systems.
Humans does not care for the environment, plants , animals and resources. They see money in everything. They cut down forests to make money, they kill animals to make money, they pollute the environment to make money, they create belief systems to generate money. Every body gets up in the morning, go to work, make some money then go to sleep, this is repeated for their entire lives. Some lucky ones become rich and powerful, they exploit the system and it is in their interest that the system is retained. Now a mere 6% of the global population controls 94% of the global wealth. This 6% dictates the life of the rest. They control the finances of the globe, pull the strings, make or break nations, create wars, poverty and destruction. All fuelled by our endless greed. It is said that 40% of the fish population has been depleted in the world’s ocean’s. More than 65% of the world’s forests have been plundered and converted into waste lands. Animals, plants and trees have become extinct. Whole eco systems destroyed, all in the name of wealth creation. We have polluted our cities, rivers, lands and even oceans. The whole world is on the brink of total chaos due to climate change and global warming. Still the greed for wealth drives the humans to kill, maim, exploit, destroy, wage wars, pollute. All in the name of money. Is wealth, money and power worth it? How much is enough? Who is going to pay for all the pollution ? meet the climate change ? save our planet from this greedy civilization dictated by wealth creation?
People spend their whole life struggling to make money. Nobody takes away anything. Pharaohs have tried, Chinese emperors have tried, many millionaires have tried and failed. Nobody takes anything away. So many empires have withered and died. Civilizations have come and gone. Whatever we throw at nature, nature throws it right back. We are all together hurtling through space at breakneck speed on the spaceship called Earth.
What is the future of our civilization? When all the fresh water has become polluted, when there is no fresh air to breathe, when whole land have become barren, when all the animals have become extinct, when all the fish in the world’s oceans have been depleted, will humans survive by breathing, drinking and eating their ill gotten wealth, bank notes, coins and plastic cards? Have we gone too far? Or is there still hope? It is high time to let common sense prevail. Let us all put our joint efforts together and come together to save the planet from the extinction of our civilization. Let us stop ourselves from this death trap of wealth creation and start giving importance to the real world of the living planet. So that the next generation may live free of pollution and breathe fresh air, eat organic food, drink fresh water. The biggest wealth is fresh water, fresh air and fresh food. All this human created wealth will be nothing if there is no fresh air to breathe, fresh water and fresh food to relish.