That Damn Pyramid Again!
Where do you rank at being a success in life? Most human beings on earth are stuck down there at the bottom – barely able to supply food, water and shelter for themselves and the family, perhaps rising in temporary spurts to a more secure level, that is until the next war or economic disruption occurs.
Americans place themselves higher up, “just because” they are Americans, but that’s a quickly vanishing aspiration.
Keeping people trapped at the “bottom” – where procuring the basics of life is “iffy, is depicted as something “unnatural; a crime a sin, a failure, inferior” when it is the task that most closely matches our destiny as natural animals; surviving is a great achievement on this abundant planet, on which resources are many, but unevenly distributed. The idea that human beings who working to accomplish bare survival cannot be moral, creative, spontaneous, solve problems, live without prejudice, and accept “The facts” of life, is a seriously perverted point of view. The idea that only an elite group of people who have “completed” a hierarchy of “accomplishments” can achieve these qualities betrays the human-hating social hypocrisy that corrupts our cultures.
The pernicious aspect of arranging life in pyramids (Maslow’s above) is the assumption that “ordinary” people cannot achieve aesthetic awareness, intellectual achievement, or artistic mastery, and certainly not self-esteem (which in the U.S. is purchased, by the way) nor experience transcendent psychological or spiritual states. In the real world, this is not true. You simply cannot equate being an “elite” to being a successful human animal. Western culture makes the claim that people who have little material wealth cannot have fulfilling lives. The structure of the social hierarchy is blatantly biased to prove that assumption. Western cultures not only judge individual human worth by possession of wealth and power, but also make sure that there will be plenty of people at the bottom to ensure the predatory status of the elite.
There is no question that the earth’s oceans, freshwater lakes and rivers are formidable and even impossible human environments, and yet, at some point a hominin looked out to sea and wondered at what was “out there?” and acted on that curiosity.
Crazy? You bet. But where do the majority of our species live? In the worst environments possible; along ocean margins, within tectonic zones, and in manmade urban Hells-on-Earth.
An interesting reference for manmade environmental disasters (for once not arranged in the hierarchical, and nonsensical Top Ten format) is available at “Fast Filters” website – (manufacturers or distributers of filter products)
It should be no surprise to American citizens that we, as individuals, and as a nation, have perpetrated this criminal behavior against “lesser peoples” as ranked on “our” outrageous social pyramid – but, the consequences have damaged western health, safety and survival expectations also.
How do we define success?
Can you “stomach” these photos?
The orphans of Agent Orange: Fifty years on, children suffer from the horrific effects of America’s use of chemical weapons during the Vietnam War
- Photos show orphans suffering from the effects of the chemical, Agent Orange, battling range of physical deformities and mental disorders. Some have missing or deformed limbs, while others have curved spines; are deaf, blind and mute and have been bed-ridden most of lives.
- Images taken by photographer Matt Lief Anderson at orphanage in Vietnam. U.S. forces sprayed Agent Orange over large areas of jungle during 1960s. One million people were reportedly affected, including 150,000 children Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2579939/Children-suffer-horrific-effects-Americas-use-chemical-weapons-Vietnam-War.html#ixzz4RtC1RFkD