Materialism and the Looting in Ferguson

One looter who came out of a QuickTrip told The Washington Post that he was proud of what he was doing.

“I’m proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what’s supposed to happen when there’s injustice in your community,” DeAndre Smith told The Post.

Here we have the classic example of today’s humanity, where destroying another persons business based on the mindset that one “deserves” something and that something material somehow in some way satisfies that persons anger and pain.  It’s as if that everything today, everything materialistic from the new gadgets that blink to the technicolor wonder of 3D screens tries satisfy that hole that resides in our very souls.  People binge shop or eat when the daily stresses of life overwhelm them.  What did our ancestors do?  They prayed to the Gods, they stepped out into Natures embrace, and the most radical of all, spent with family when life became a pain.  We have become arrogant, materialism creatures who post our daily lives on Facebook, as if people gave a damn.  It’s that sense that we are living like celebrities with our entire lives being spewed into the faces of our “friends”.  Why?  Why do we feel the need to keep buying stuff we truly don’t need enlarging our personal debt not only in financial ways, but also spiritual ways.  We’ve lost the connection between Nature and ourselves and with that we have also lost our connection with each other.  With the almost magical wonders technology has bestowed upon us we have attuned ourselves with the cold and callous aspect of the binary code of our gadgets.  We look at analog, natural things, with contempt because it isn’t perfect.  We see this with the rise of the practice of injecting botulin toxins into our flesh to smooth away wrinkles for a temporary period of time or enlarge breasts with silicon bags. We are no longer human, but rather husks that shame our ancestors daily with our actions.  We want more and we want it now!  That’s the message of Ferguson these days.  It isn’t about how we should respect each other as human beings or the plight of suburbia becoming crushed under foot by the marauding beast of poverty induced by an inept President who has an agenda that isn’t about making America better for all people.  No, the message being thrown in our faces is, “Materialism makes us feel better when we’re downtrodden.” and “We want it now!”  And in the greed and selfishness of the overly materialistic Ferguson looters is the drowning out of the more important aspect of all this: the death of a human being by the gun of another human being that objectified him rather than regard him as a human being.  You see, when we label ourselves black, white, brown, red, yellow…etc….we become objects, not humans.  Once you’re labeled you’re easily categorized aka stereotyped and with that stereotype comes the objectification of a human being.  Once you see a human being as nothing more than an object and NOT as a fellow human being, a person with a huge ego backed up with powerful weaponry and a sense of authority will treat them callously like an object that can be tossed into the garbage bin.

The looters say enough is enough with police brutality?  Well, I say enough is enough with the race labeling and the materialistic attitudes of our society.  Once we denounce race for what it is, a barrier between us and true unity of humanity, we will see an explosive growth in innovation, peace and prosperity on this gorgeous planet of ours.  Once we start respecting each other, we’ll finally get back to respecting Mother Earth for the life she has given us.  Utopian, perhaps, but not unreachable.  It’ll just take human beings being respectful of each other and letting go of the pride and ego that has held us back.  So, what’s your excuse for not being the change you wish to see?  It begins with you.

I end this with a quote from Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, because it makes sense even though it was said by a fictional character.  The truth behind this statement rings louder than anything I’ve heard.  We have become greedy monsters that are willing to destroying our whole world for stuff that can not possibly go with us when we pass on from this life.  Look at Robin Williams, a man who had an amazing career with tons of money, but yet he suffered depression.  He has proven that money and materialism is not the source of happiness.  A cold and callous object like money does not identify with the human soul.  It simply can not.  They are absolutely incompatible.

The humans… the humans have forgotten the gods, destroyed the earth, and for what? Parking lots? Shopping malls? Greed had burned a hole in their hearts that will never be filled! They will never have enough! – Prince Nuada from Hellboy 2

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