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Survivalists' Guide for the New Millennium: Chapter 2

Author: Matthew Webb and Courtney Schmidt

© 2000 BY MATTHEW WEBB AND COURTNEY SCHMIDT

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 WORKING
TO LIVE RATHER THAN

LIVING TO WORK



Before the
dawn of recorded history, a major period of transition occurred. Nomadic
hunter-gatherer clans transformed themselves into larger communities who
farmed the land.  This they
did by planting their own crops from native seeds, starting an
agricultural age that would allow greater resources of community energy. 
Greater resources of energy encouraged philosophy and technology to
develop. The planting of crops relieved some dependency upon the
generosity of the environment, thereby freeing our ancestors to pursue
areas of activity other than sheer survival. 
Communities no longer had to spend most of their time searching for
food, and a more contemplative, thinking period for humanity began to gain
momentum.  In other words,
when people began to grow their own food on a dependable basis, they went
beyond the focus of the next meal towards one of inner growth. 
It is evident that when there is enough time and free energy
devoted to the understanding of cosmos and self, it is then that the
improvement of the inner human condition has a chance to flourish.


Despite all the advances of technology, the real modern irony is
that time and energy are exactly what we lack most. 
This would seem to run contrary to the indications of common sense,
since automation, mechanization and industrialization have taken over the
world.  Potentially at least,
our capacity to accomplish nearly any physical and social task desired,
has increased beyond real limit. It would seem logical that since we have
all of these devices and resources at our command, with enormous
hydroelectric, fossil fuel, solar, wind, nuclear and plant fiber energies
driving them, that humanity should be released from a focus upon day to
day survival more than ever before.  Our
free time and energy should be absolutely abundant, allowing the full
cultivation of mental and spiritual potentials. 
Yet this is not so, and it is important to understand why.


Compared to all previous generations, modern humanity has control
of greater physical, mechanical and technical ability than was ever
dreamed of even 75 years ago.  We
have so much, in fact, that the scope of our riches would dazzle
the 18th century imagination like a fantastic dream. 
Every conceivable need of ours is potentially met a thousand fold.
“Needs” we didn’t know existed are also catered to in painstaking
detail.  Despite all of this
we cannot honestly claim to live better lives than those of our great
grandparents.  We cannot with
any honesty state that the average person today is more intelligent,
wiser, healthier or happier than those of three generations ago. 
We certainly cannot claim to have more spare time or uncommitted
energy to devote to the finer things in life. 
The one thing we can say is that we have access to a larger
stockpile of knowledge.  The
sad fact is that possessing knowledge does not imply its wise or
intelligent use. 


Although humanity has more knowledge and technical capability, we
are also more wasteful than ever before. 
We live inside the mindset of the disposable world, where
everything from packaging, food, devices of all descriptions, housing,
animals, plants and even people are “disposable”, or in other words
expendable.  Although there is
a far greater potential for physical prosperity, we spend much more than
ever before on advertising campaigns, devices, wars, institutions,
research for the sake of using up grant funds, government beaurocrasy and
false fashion images, which do us absolutely no good whatsoever. 
No, it cannot be realistically said that our lives are better lived
than those of even three generations ago. 
It may be argued that science has cured many diseases and extended
the average life span.  But at
the same time this modern age has spawned a large number of new and
incurable diseases which are worse in many ways than those traditionally
known.  Life spans are
increased, but more often than not, extra years are lived like those of a
vegetable, like a shell that has lost the spark of mind and brain because
of the decades-long embalming process supervised by modern
pharmaceuticals.  Have we
actually increased the quality of living, and would our great
grandparents have really wished for an extended life if it meant living
out ones’ remaining years in misery, pollution and paranoia? 
In most cases the honest answer would have to be; “NO!” 
Just as a caged animal would rather be free even though it is given
the best food and fresh water whenever it desires, so too would those of
us who still remember what freedom and naturalness are. 
We are not born to be merged with plastic tubes, wires, destructive
chemicals and surgical implants.  For
the most part what we witness today is not the true prolongation of life,
but the avoidance
of death at any cost
, including clarity of mind, personal volition and
human dignity.


Just imagine all the devices that are freely available to us, which
were largely or totally unknown even 50 years ago. 
We have multi-cycle washer/dryer sets, self-defrosting
refrigerators, 300+ channel cable and satellite entertainment systems, 40
feature microwave ovens, and fast, efficient automobiles of every color,
description and accessory.  We
have jet airplanes and cruise liners, sailboats, amusement parks, websites
and every possible electronic device from the electric toothbrush to the
multiple-head compact disc playing, quadraphonic stereo system. 
We have the world news delivered to our doorstep and piped into
lavishly carpeted living rooms, adorned with the arts and crafts of the
entire world.  Our homes
contain efficient ovens, hot and cold running water and advanced personal
computers.  For the yard there
are riding lawn mowers, pools, electric shrub trimmers and ceramic
decorations of every description.  Yet
despite all this we still have the nagging feeling that this is not
enough, and will never be enough. 
Regardless of all these devices we still have less personal time
and free energy than even a decade ago.


When a comparison is made with the values considered important to
our own great grandparents to those of the modern day, a startling
contrast reveals itself.  They
devoted much of their time to entirely different life focuses, and not the
least of these was the concern for other human beings. 
In contrast, what we are willing to have time for today, indicates
a uniform dedication to only one thing; MONEY. 
For instance, we don’t have time to raise our own children. 
The first thing we do with them when they are old enough to walk or
even crawl, is to hand them over to the baby sitter and then the day care
center.  After this comes the
surrogate parenting of the local kindergarten and grade school. 
We don’t have the time to teach them anything, to really give
them the love they need or the attention they crave, nor even the good
example they seek.  We don’t
have the time or energy to explain the life lessons we have learned
through trial and experience.  We
don’t have the time to understand our children, to work with them as
minds capable of independent thought, or even to develop a lasting bond of
trust.  And why is this you
may ask?  Because we’re too
busy constantly working, buying all manner of things we don’t really
need and worshipping the dollar as Almighty God.


The modern complaint is that there is just not enough time to stay
healthy.  We don’t exercise
enough, (if at all) because there “aren’t enough hours in the day” after work. We don’t bother reading ingredient labels on foods, or
cooking healthy meals for ourselves, because this requires too much time
and effort.  Instead, it is
common to grab a 6-pack of liquid “X”, and a bag of fried, curly
miscellaneous, (sometimes the yellow variety and sometimes the orange). 
To these stomach contents is added a pill for heartburn and
indigestion, as well as a dozen or so prescription medications.  Because we don’t have the time to take care of our health,
we let the doctor do that for us through the surgical removal of organs
and through chemical therapies whose side effects are worse than what they
supposedly cure.  And why is
this you may ask?  Because
we’re too busy constantly working, buying all manner of things we
don’t really need and worshipping the dollar as Almighty God.


We also don’t have the time to care for our own elderly; that is
left up to retirement centers and “homes” whose quality of care is
based upon the amount of money paid, (at least in theory). 
We don’t have the time to get to know our own neighbors except by
sheer coincidence, or to develop a sense of community and local
self-government, because the day “just seems too short.” 
There is no opportunity to actually
enjoy
that new house or acreage, since no one is ever home during
the day, and at night everyone is too tired from work to do anything but
sit and watch television.  We
don’t have the time or energy to really understand the motives behind
world events or our own governments but after all, why bother, since the
“news” covers all this in 45 seconds or less. 
We don’t have the time to live a spiritual life, to meditate or
to realize the nature of Truth or God. 
All of this we let someone else interpret, in simple everyday terms
and short sentences, which correspond to an equally short attention span.
We don’t even have the time to understand our own selves, to deal with
internal thoughts and emotions.  This is supposedly the task of our counselor or
psychotherapist.  It is said
that there is not enough time to relax, to take care of personal business
or to actually hold an in-depth, intelligent conversation with others.


We live in an age where everything, including the running of
one’s own mind, body and life, is left to the so-called “experts”. 
There is an expert available for every conceivable contingency,
from cleaning your house to the interpretation of your own thoughts. 
We have reached a point of cultural crisis where no one actually
forms their own opinions based upon their own experience. Instead they
quote this expert or that company’s representative with believable
conviction, as though they themselves had spent much time and thought
researching that very subject.  And
why is this you may ask?  Because
we’re too busy constantly working, buying all manner of things we
don’t really need and worshipping the dollar as Almighty God.


When we TAKE THE TIME to really stand back and sneak a quiet
moment, examining what we are doing with our lives, the results can come
as quite a shock.  As
individuals we are perhaps more widely known as a 9 digit number than as a
person with a face.  We are
assigned this number at the moment of birth as a matter of standard
procedure, and with it the watching eyes of circuits and keyboards the
world over keep track of our every move. 
Our number survives our
physical death, marking the passing of yet another worn-out digit among
the billions of others who compose the work force, whose primary purpose it is to make the wealthy even
wealthier.  We are taught from
a very early age that all the desirable things in life can only be found
from what is known as “your friendly
local retailer
”, and that every precious treasure known to man, can
only be had from a shelf or a can via a handful of cash. 
When something is free we immediately suspect that there is
something gravely wrong with its condition, or that it must have always
been worthless.  It is for
money we are told, that we must work for 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week,
340 days a year, for a minimum of 20 to 40 years. 
When we do not involve ourselves in the worship of the state
religion, (money) or are, in other words not
working
, it is assumed by others that we must be either sick,
irresponsible or deranged.  Just
as the modern child is often found shaking a broken toy declaring, “Its
not working!” only to throw it away in disgust, society shakes the
unemployed saying, “It’s not working!” only to treat such persons as
undesirable.  The person who
does not spend all their time in wage slavery is seen as a loser, a
reject, a non-entity who has lost control of their lives regardless of any
private accomplishments which do not immediately yield the sacred cash. It would
seem that this culture believes that not only is there no higher purpose
in life other than to toil and sweat year after year, but that there is no
other legitimate purpose for good citizens, period. 
In taking a moment to reflect on this attitude, the whole mess
begins to look like a C-grade science fiction movie with no real plot. 
It is bizarre to say the least.


When our ancient ancestors worked, we can well imagine that they
did so only when it was necessary to plant or harvest a crop, to build a
new community home, to care for the sick, for the elderly and the
children, etc.  In other words
they concerned themselves only with tasks that really needed to get done,
so that the process of life would carry on unhindered. 
Their definition of the purpose of life was and is vastly different
than our own.  To them, life
was not about destroying yourself in the name of money, but in the
enjoyment of life regardless of possessions. 
But in a sane community never did they push themselves to the edge
of insanity or exhaustion to perform unneeded goals. 
They did not build an extra three-story home a year, dig 10 miles
of spare canals, or burn 100 times the necessary firewood to cook dinner,
just to put in their 8 hours for the day or 40 hours for the week. 
Impractical or excessive action was viewed as eccentric, or perhaps
even as the mark of lunacy.  Today we still find indigenous cultures who, for exactly the
same reasons, regard modern society as a lunatic fringe whose only focus
is to devour all that is still good and right in the world. To them our
world just doesn’t make sense. To their eyes it is unnecessarily
complex, lacks natural instincts, knowledge and common sense, and can only
be regarded as hopelessly insane.  We
have much to learn from this lucid viewpoint, and the “primitive”
cultures which embrace it.


Perhaps
the most bizarre aspect of materialism, and the 40 hour/30 year work mode,
is the fact that very few people ever question its logic. 
For how logical is it to spend the majority of your adult life
working as hard as you can, just to fulfill a goal which is not even yours
to begin with?  “The goal of
success” we are told, “is one of wealth, fame and position.” 
Realistically speaking, of what practical use are these other than
as a futile attempt to prove to an uncaring world, just how
“successful” you can be?  For
what purpose do we seek to impress others, other than through the
egotistical desire to demonstrate that we have worth in the eyes of a
corrupt society?  Why must we spend over ½ of our waking lives accumulating
bigger, shinier “things” which we don’t really need, to impress
people we don’t really know, and to live lives that we don’t really
enjoy?  The intelligent person must conclude that as a culture we
have forgotten that the purpose of work is to improve the quality of life,
not to inflate the EGO.  At
present we live to work, rather than
working to live
.  This is
the exact opposite of what logic would advise.


The impartial observer of materialism will note, that the typical
person spends all their time in the acquisition of things they neither
need nor can afford.  The
average adult  lives in debt as a matter of course, forever making payments
to faceless institutions at high rates of interest.  They work not so much to fulfill their own livelihood, but to
carry out the monstrous aspirations of corporate greed. 
For them there is never enough money to buy all those things which
are imagined to be necessary, and yet which were unheard of even 10-30
years ago.  One is prompted to
ask,  “Why do we feel such a
need for things our ancestors never heard of and lived perfectly well
without?” We are so dedicated to the cult of materialism that one of the
few “joys” left to us is the power to buy, to consume and then to die,
buried under the thin veil of kind words left by those still consuming.
The irony of this, is that people actually imagine that they are living
better lives because of all the “things” they own. 
It would be more accurate though, to say that their
“things” own them
.  After
all, who works harder for whom, our things for us, or us for our things? 
Finally, after 20-40 years of self-abuse and constant stress in the
acquiring of shiny objects, it is then that we “retire.” 
What this really means is that in a harsh, confused world, one has
finally earned the right in the eyes of society to simply enjoy life. 
The only problem is that at this point, youthful vigor, peace of
mind and vitality have long since departed, leaving us to “enjoy”
senility, disease and perhaps the view from the top story window of the
nearest rest home.  In the end
we realize, often in bitterness, that the whole ideal of “success” is
a lie.  It is a con game
created by the greedy and the foolish in an attempt to satisfy a deranged
mental attitude toward life, and hugely bloated, over-exaggerated,
unnatural desires.  It is far
better that we realize this at an early age so as to preserve health,
sanity and personal integrity.  But
at any age, realizing the foolish absurdity of materialism is very much
worth while.


So let’s face reality.  The
whole concept of acquiring things we don’t really need to live well, and
spending a life in debt and drudgery to get them is ridiculous. 
The idea of “being a success”, of having the “security of a
career” represents nothing more than a mistaken view of what life is all
about.  The grand beauty and
depth of life goes far beyond anything so shallow as “fulfilling your
financial goals.”  Life is
about the depths of love, spiritual unfoldment, the beauty of perception
and clarity.  It is about the cultivation of inner strength, joy, the
realization of truth, and the gaining of greater wisdom and functional
intelligence.  If you do not
take the time to see this, to be silent and sensitive rather than forever
distracted by a restless schedule, then how can you expect to increase
your personal power?  How can
you know God or commune with the subtleties of nature when all you ever
think about is making the next payment? 
How can you know love, offer a kindness, or taste the freedom of
health, when your life is spent on something as absurd as
“reestablishing your good credit?”


To
live well we must redirect ourselves back to natural and spiritual ways. 
We must learn to shatter with confidence the delusions of the
marketplace, returning to the sacred grove of real wisdom and the natural
trust seen in the very young.  We
must learn to listen to our own temple of nature, the body, and our own
conduit to the Divine, the soul, in order to remember the true value of
life.  One of the fundamental
laws of nature that aids this process is simplicity. 
Another is practicality, which can be commonly defined as “doing
what works.”  Working 30+
years for something as abstract as “financial security” clearly
doesn’t work.  The practical
minded will realize that they need only seek after those simple aspects of
life which actually improve day to day existence. 
In the practical view for instance, the best health policy is right
eating and regular exercise.  The
best psychotherapy is the accurate perception of one’s own mind in
self-reflection, (daily meditation and three weeks or more per year spent
in the woods, will do very well for this purpose). 
The best education is had through right living, a dynamic mind and
the conclusions drawn from personal experience. 
The best attitude toward money management is to realize that the
elimination of wasteful spending is more important than how much is
earned.  A natural life is not
an expensive one, but it is a good, simple and practical one.


In order to make the dream of good and natural living a reality, we
must first recognize that the one major obstacle in achieving it is the
modern lifestyle.  A lifestyle
after all, is little more than a set of beliefs or values carried forward
into daily action. The change from the modern set of values to those which
are eternal and found in nature, need not be a difficult process. 
Once we realize that the goals of modern living are primarily bogus
and its beliefs hysterical, it is then that the opportunity arises to
change our life focus with a minimum of remorse or fear. 
When we quit actually worshipping the dollar as God then this shift
may not even be felt.  The
natural view of work is that it is merely a means to an end, and not an
end with us as the means.  The
individual will remain sane so long as it is remembered that human dignity
is not about being a “consumer”, a worker ant or a replaceable machine
part.  Freedom is possible
only so
long as we are not the busy arms and legs of corporate profit margins.


One of the first major steps in building a sane and natural life,
is to regard work as an occasional inconvenience rather than as the
definition of existence.  For
this reason you are advised to start planning to QUIT YOUR JOB NOW
and start living for your own welfare and spiritual unfoldment. 
The very idea of such a thing will start panic in many persons, but
this is only because they don’t realize how much they really need. 
We clutch to the concept of eternal drudgery because of the notion
that without it, all the comforting little amenities of life would
disappear.  It is very true
that constant work “supports our habit” of over-consumption, and there
is also no doubt that a leaner, cleaner life would be the very best thing
for the average person. In accord with the principles of nature known
as simplicity and practicality
, begin ridding yourself of all
unnecessary material possessions.  Breaking
the habit of emotional attachment to material objects today, will make the
conversion from wage slavery to freedom much easier to tolerate tomorrow. 
Material attachment is a symptom of fear.  It reflects a deep-seated insecurity which is a result of
being out of touch with nature, and with our own bodies and minds. Your
great grandparents didn’t need a new Lexus, a quadraphonic stereo
system, more furniture than one can sit on in a week, 20 complete outfits
including shoes, ties, belts and hats, or 15 fashion magazine
subscriptions and neither do you.  When
we really look at everything we don’t really need, including that new
house or fancy apartment which would put to shame ancient palaces, we also
realize how much extra expense and effort it takes to maintain all of
these ‘things”.  In truth
they are but a distraction from the miseries of an artificial lifestyle. 
They keep us from feeling the discomfort of stressful and unnatural
lives…or do they?  Being
constantly distracted, stimulated, drugged and ultimately bored, does not
represent even a particle of full human potential. 
The underlying theory is that the more expensive things we own the
more easily we can convince ourselves that our lives have meaning. 
The truth is that meaning already exits as an inherent part of
reality.  It exists in nature
and in our own naturally healthy minds, bodies and spirits. 
We either realize this reality for ourselves and adopt it through a
natural lifestyle, or we waste and destroy life through an unnecessary
accumulation of material possessions. 
Find a way to get rid of all these unnecessary things, so that you
can quit your job and eliminate the cancer-causing agents of the daily
Western routine.  After you do
this there will be a feeling of relief involved with, “no longer playing
the game”, which will resemble the breaking of a fever. This fever has
put you through all kinds of delusions and illusions, nightmares and
pains.  Leave that all behind
now, so that the lessons of what life really has to offer can be learned
in full.


The third principle of natural law which requires review is that of
efficiency.  Nature is
everywhere efficient in that waste and excess are balanced out, resulting
in more overall benefit for all of its inhabitants. 
Of all the creatures of nature, we are the only ones which
accumulate what is literally heaps and heaps of bizarre items whose
usefulness is not even questioned.  We
have more clothes than we can wear, more music than can be listened to,
and our children have more plastic toys than they can play with. 
All of these things supposedly make life, “more convenient and
enjoyable” and yet there are so many of them that the closets are full,
and there is no place to put the feet when walking from room to room.  Meanwhile the television blares away, like a mental case on
patient management drugs that aren’t working, giving us more useless
thoughts with which to clutter the mind. 
There are so many dishes in the cupboards that no one can even
guess what they contain, and so much food in the refrigerator that it’s
been rotting there for at least a week. We accumulate material goods so
far in excess of actual need that if it were not so ridiculous it would be
laughable.  At the same time
we are also accumulating an equally huge amount of stress, deadly toxins
in the body, useless mental trivia and fat.


In
the process of external and internal over-accumulation, it seems that no
matter how much we already have we go on seeking more and more. 
Clearly this is not an efficient state of living and it is not the
example set by nature.  Honesty
and logic would suggest that this habit is a reflection of a cultural
mental imbalance, one that is destroying the world and everyone within it. 
It might further be reasoned that only a society or individual in
extreme fear/stress, would feel such a pressing desire for continual
accumulation.  As a society
we are still very unsure about our material place in the world, which is
exactly what our security blanket of distracting trinkets would suggest. 
Why else would we feel such an unquenchable thirst for “things”
beyond real need, unless an equally great sense of loss and lackingness
were felt within?  This inner
sense of loss and lack is the result of having departed from the bounty
and deep-seated well being found in nature. 
When we declared war on the natural by behaving as though it should
serve us, rather than us serving the grand design it represents, we also
declared war upon our own bodies, abundance and well being. 
Humanity imagined that it could create a way of living, in a
fashion superior to that already established by natural law and Divine
presence. 


It is clear that a return to nature is the surest remedy for modern
ills.  To simplicity,
practicality and efficiency we must return not only to live well, but to
survive as a species.  What
this means to the individual, to the reader at this moment, is that they
must make simple, practical and efficient their mode of living. 
This eliminates the unnecessary distractions and stresses of
materialism.  Just as the
physical body must eliminate what is unnecessary to remain healthy, our
need is to get rid of every possession and trait that does not contribute
to our well being.  Look
around your house or apartment today. 
Evaluate each and every item that you see for its genuine and
practical value in natural living.  Base
this evaluation upon the following criteria, while comparing the two
columns below;














DESIRABLE



UNDESIRABLE




  1. Compact

  2. Simple

  3. Inexpensive

  4. Durable

  5. Practical

  6. Enhances
    well being

  7. Operates
    on its own




  1. Bulky

  2. Complex

  3. Expensive

  4. Easily
    broken

  5. Has
    unnecessary functions

  6. Creates
    stress on mind and body

  7. Is
    dependent upon outside energy or maintenance to a high
    degree 




The modern person must ever strive to divest themselves of clutter
and complexity at all levels of their being. 
The easiest place to start this process is on the material level. 
Divesting ourselves of material clutter is symbolic of an inner
cleansing of mind, body and spirit.  Use
this activity as a ritual of personal transformation if necessary, to
motivate even more critical changes in other areas of life. 


A
simplified approach to the body, the mind, to spiritual ideals and to
living in general is essential for the sane person. 
This is why each of us needs the courage or the realization to
reject false ideals in this artificial age. 
The individual is completely surrounded by physical and mental
toxins that do grave damage to human potential. 
The modern task with regard to physical health is as much concerned
with what not to eat, as it is with what we do decide to eat. 
The intelligent mind has more information available to it than ever
before in history, yet there is so much misinformation and completely
useless trivia on bookshelves, the internet, in magazines and on the
television, that just as important as what we remember is what we must intentionally
forget
.  It is important
to remember therefore, that the responsibility of the thinking person in
this age of junk food and junk mail, 
is to constantly edit the content of incoming propaganda, and to be
very selective as to what we put into our bodies. 
A lack of intelligent selectivity will increasingly be the
misfortune of the unwary.


We
must reclaim our personal freedoms, not by demanding them from a society
lost in its own absurd imagery,  but
by cultivating them for ourselves through appropriate lifestyle. 
This means living and being in such a way, that is as independent
of external support as possible.  How
can we ever truly be free so long as we entertain the idea of total
neediness as defined by the advertising world? 
Even worse than physical slavery are self imposed mental
limitations that deny all possibility of independence. 
The wise know that money is only a tool to achieve higher ends. 
It is a form of energy only, not a suitable subject for worship,
and neither are all the imagined needs that money can supposedly fulfill. 
The illogic of modern living resembles a great sieve through which
sand pours ceaselessly.  This
sand is our life energy, and the sieve is the unquenchable thirst for
“more” that is a symptom of the disease of consumerism. 
If we wish to truly increase our standard of living than we will
use a cup instead of a sieve, thereby spending less instead of working
more.  This is the cup of
simplicity, practicality and efficiency, which does not needlessly waste
the Earth and all life upon it.


When we begin to value freedom more than bondage to materialism, it
is then that we can “afford” to live a different way. 
It is at this point, “the job” loses its special status as the
sacred ritual of worship to the Almighty Dollar. 
Money is reduced to the status of servant rather than as master. 
Thus life takes on new meaning when the mind goes beyond the hype
of advertising and media.  We
begin to feel a new and progressive vigor every moment. 
Decision making becomes easier, and a new-found clarity replaces
the slack-jawed dullness of couch potato spectatorship. 
The body automatically feels like exercising more, sexual energy
increases and our appearance improves without the need of cosmetic
surgery.  As a person cleans
themselves of the dark filth of televised nonsense, as well as the harsh
chemicals placed in junk foods and unnecessary prescription medications,
they begin to remember that the natural human potential is strength and
genius.


It is more than a little peculiar to note that no matter how
much money people make, they are always talking about not having enough. 
They are trying to catch sand with a sieve, and ending up with less
and less. Find a way to disentangle yourself from debt and the indulgent
ways which are at their root, and find freedom from the cult of
materialism. Replace the shiny new car with a used version that runs just
as well if not better. Move out of the fancy house or apartment to a place
that suits your needs rather than your ego. Take off the suit or dress
whose cost would feed an entire village somewhere across the world for a
year, and find something comfortable to wear. 
Rather than going out to a restaurant whose $40-$100 tab is a
reflection of decor rather than satisfying portions or ingredients, cook
for yourself.  You can’t eat
decor, and the home cook, at least, knows what is going into their food.
“Waste not want not” may sound like an old fashioned saying, but its
truth is eternal. 


There
are some very negative consequences that the whole world feels when we
indulge in wastefulness.  Rid
yourself of the superfluous, and plan on quitting your job soon. 
Remember that the less you spend, the less you need to earn. The
sooner this foolishness ends, the sooner the drudgery and pain of an
artificial, destructive life will be replaced by joy and purpose. 
Learn to find enjoyable and constructive ways to use all of the
free time that will soon be available. 
Develop your mind, strengthen the body, and cultivate the spiritual
living that is our true purpose as human beings.


Ending our dependence upon wage slavery and thing fetishism, is as
much a spiritual process as it is a financial one. 
The world flies on in its madness because no one takes the time,
clarity or courage to challenge its way of life. 
Now that you remember the “root of all evil”, (money/greed) you
will find a way to build a better self and world. 
The worship of money is not only an affront to logic, it is an
affront to true morality.  It
is the worship of the anti-spiritual, one which wastes the world and
causes us to commit atrocities in the name of “profit.” 
How many time have we heard, “it’s a living” as an excuse for
supporting activities and industries which cause war, disease and
suffering of all kinds?  The
phrase, “it’s a living” is uttered as though to justify any dark
deed for the purpose of getting a paycheck. 
For the sake of money we see the corporate pollution of entire
coastlines, the selling of weapons of mass destruction to foreign lands,
the manufacture of lethal substances, the marketing of prescription drugs
known to have harmful side effects, the clear cutting of forests, and the
enslavement of foreign peoples to make luxury devices and goods.   When we say, “it’s a living” in such contexts, we
are implying that it is justified to commit any crime against humanity in
the name of financial gain.  With
any honesty of reflection you know this to be true. 
So when considering employment in today’s world, think about its
necessity on a personal basis, and its desirability to our planet.  Mass destruction or suffering is not justified by profit, so
just don’t cater to it!  By
not contributing to the destructive machine of society we are no longer
feeding its fire. In adopting natural purposes and designs our conscience
can be put to greater ease, because our contribution to the world will be
a beneficial one.  Start on
this natural path today, and feel a rapid increase in well being. 
Clarity and spiritual satisfaction will be yours when the natural
becomes a way of life.

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