The lie we live in

Spencer Cathcart asks questions about what made our world.

Freedom, education, businesses, money and the capitalist system, etc. Everything that makes up our “modern” world is placed side by side like the pieces of a beggar's rug.

"The essentials to our survival are business ownership.

We wait for someone to bring change without ever thinking of changing ourselves.

The consequences of the actions we took yesterday will remain.

The French translation by Alain Adriaens of the text by Spencer Cathcart

Right now, you could be anywhere, doing anything. Instead, you sit alone in front of a screen. So what keeps us from doing what we want? To be where we would like to be?

Every day we wake up in the same room and follow the same path, we live a day similar to yesterday. Yet there was a time when every day was a new adventure. Along the way, something changed. Before our days were timeless, now our days are timed.

Is that what being an adult is? Be free ? But are we really free?

Food, water, land… the things we need to survive are owned by corporations. There is no food for us on the trees, no fresh water in the streams, no land to build a house. If you try to take what the Earth provides you will be locked up. So we obey their rules.

We discover the world in a textbook. For years we sit and regurgitate what we are told. Passing examinations and classified as guinea pigs in a laboratory. Brought up not to be different in this world, educated not to be different. We are smart enough to do our job, but not smart enough to question why we do it. So, we are constantly working and there is no time left for us to live the life we ​​are working for. And then comes the day when we are too old to do our job. So we are left to die. And our children take our place in the game.

For us each of us our path is unique but, all together, we are nothing more than fuel. The fuel that fuels the elite, the elite that hides behind corporate logos. This world belongs to them. And their most precious resource isn't buried in the ground: it's us. We build their cities, we run their machines, we fight in their wars. In fact, money is not what motivates them. It is power. Money is simply the tool they use to control us. These worthless bits of paper, we depend on them to feed us, move us, entertain us.

They gave us money and in return we gave them the world. Where there were trees that purified our air, now there are factories that poison it. Where there was good drinking water, there is toxic waste that stinks. Where animals used to run free, there are factory farms where animals are born and slaughtered in chains, for our satisfaction. More than a billion people go hungry, although we have enough food for everyone. Where is she going? 70% of the grain we produce for food is used to feed and fatten the animals we eat for dinner. Why would we help the hungry? They generate no profit!

We are like a plague sweeping the Earth, destroying the environment that allows us to live. We see everything as something that can be sold, as an object that we can own. But what will happen when we have polluted the last river, poisoned the last breath of air, when we have no more oil for the trucks that bring us our food? When are we going to realize that money cannot be eaten, that it has no value?

We are not destroying the planet: we are destroying all life on it. Every year thousands of species disappear. And time is running out before we are the next species. If you live in America, you have a 41% chance of developing cancer. Heart disease will kill one in three Americans. We are prescribed drugs to deal with these problems, but medical care itself is the third leading cause of death after cancer and heart disease. We are told that everything can be solved by giving lots of money to scientists so that they can discover a pill that can solve all our problems. But drug companies and cancer societies rely on our suffering to make a profit. We think we are looking for cures but, in fact, we fall short of finding the cause of our ailments. Our body is the product of what we consume, but the food we eat is designed solely for profit. We stuff ourselves with toxic chemicals. The bodies of animals are infested with drugs and diseases. But we don't see that. The small group of corporations that own the media don't want us to realize that. We are told nonsense and told that it is the reality.

It's funny to think that man believed the Earth was the center of the universe. But today we see ourselves as the center of the planet. We look at our technology and tell ourselves that we are the smartest. But do computers, cars, and factories show us that we are very intelligent? Or do they show how lazy we have become. We hid under the mask of "civilized". But when this mask is torn from us, what are we?
How easily we forget that for less than a hundred years we have allowed women to vote, that we have allowed black people to live as our equals. We act like we are omniscient beings, but there is a lot we don't see. We walk the streets ignoring all the little things. The eyes that look at us. The stories they tell. All this is only a decoration for Me.

Perhaps we fear that we are not alone, that we are only part of a much greater plan. But we can't make the connection. We agree to kill pigs, cows, chickens, foreigners from distant lands. But not our neighbours, not our dogs, our cats, not the ones we have come to love and understand. We call other creatures stupid but blame them for our actions. But does killing just because we can do it, because we always have done it, give us the right? Or does it show how little we have learned? We continue to act by following our instincts of primitive aggression rather than prioritizing reflection and compassion.

One day, this feeling that we call life will leave us. Our bodies will rot, our valuables will be salvaged. Yesterday's actions will be all that remains. Death constantly surrounds us and yet it seems so far removed from our everyday reality. We live in a world on the verge of collapse. There will be no winners in tomorrow's wars because violence will never be the answer. It will destroy all possible solutions.
If we examine our deepest desires, we see that our dreams are not that different. We share a common goal: happiness. We devastate the world in search of joy, never looking within ourselves. Many of the happiest people are those who have the least. Are we really that happy with our iPhones, our big houses, our cars to show off?

We have become disconnected. We idolize people we have never met. We see extraordinary things on the screens, but everywhere else there is nothing but ordinary. We wait for someone to bring change without even considering changing ourselves.

The presidential elections could just as well be a toss-up. They are two sides of the same coin. We choose the face we want and the illusion of choice, of change is thus created. But the world remains the same. We fail to realize that politicians do not serve us; they serve those who funded them to come to power.

We need leaders, not politicians. But in this world of followers, we forgot to direct ourselves. Stop waiting for change and be the change you want to see happen. We haven't gotten to where we are by sitting on our ass. Humankind has survived not because we are the fastest or the strongest, but because we worked together.
We have mastered the act of killing. Now we will master the joy of living.

The question is not to save the planet. The planet will always be there whether we are still there or not. The Earth has been here for billions of years and each of us will be lucky if we live eighty years. We are a flash in time but our impact will be there forever.

“I've often longed to live in a time when computers didn't exist yet, when we didn't have screens to distract us. But I realize there's a reason I want to be alive now.
It is because today an opportunity is presented to us that we have never had before. »

The Internet gives us the power to share a message and unite millions of people around the world.

“While we still can, we should use our screens to bring us closer, rather than away from each other. »

For better or for worse, our generation will determine the future of life on this planet. We can either continue to serve this system of destruction until no trace of our existence remains. Or we can wake up, realizing that we're not moving upwards but rather falling…we just have these screens in front of our faces and we can't see where we're headed.

The present moment is where every step, every breath and every death has taken us. We are the faces of all who have lived before us. And now it's our turn. You can choose to carve your own path or follow the path that countless others have already taken.
Life is not a movie. The script is not yet written. We are the authors.

It's your story, their story, our story

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