What Kind of World Are We Financing?

When making a purchase, we’re declaring the worth of the company responsible for the sale – let’s not overlook the magnitude of this. The American public’s choice of Walmart over their local stores illustrates this perfectly. We not only allowed, but indirectly encouraged our small businesses to wither away and die off. These are entities that tend to care about the local community, but the American public voted with their dollars, and the gloom of cheap prices, cheap labor, and cheap quality products came roaring to the forefront. We sought cheaper prices, but what we really wanted was to fulfill a vision of a community that upholds family values, not a dehumanized labor market. Make no mistake, we’re not entirely innocent. We fed this pillaging retail monster with our unconscionable and reckless spending. Companies like this retail giant cannot dominate the market without us, and as long as we stay ignorant of their nefarious dealings and their wicked agendas and stay spiritually broken, we’re easily fooled by their false promises.

We want our consumer choices to culminate in a humanized economy, don’t we? Then knowing who’s on the other side of our transaction urgently needs prioritizing. If we continue to give business to a front company designed to reap profit over illegal activities, then we’re partly culpable, and we’re an oblivious accessory to organized crime. We may not be the criminals, but our responsibility lies in our spending habits. As conscientious consumers, our money would never prop up the most unethical, human rights abusing corporate monolith to date. Let’s be prudent. Even entities under the guise of charity should be approached with caution. A simple tactic to gauge a charity’s trustworthiness is to note how much money the CEO is reeling in. If the CEO’s rake in an exorbitant amount of money, then our donations make a wealthy person even wealthier. Suspicious charities, like the Red Cross, lack transparency and redirect too much money toward unethical bureaucrats and administrative costs. Not enough aid goes to the needy, but at least for-profit organizations don’t hide behind a humanitarian facade. Although, by the nature of being profit driven, they can be just as dubious. Corporations such as Bayer seek out profit even if it means shedding all scruple and empathetic feeling. Bayer knowingly shipped HIV infected blood-clotting medicine overseas. Bayer’s sentiment was clear – having an inventory of useless product was more horrific, more reprehensible than permanently infecting innocent lives.

If Bayer was a warm-blooded, mortal human being, we wouldn’t dare permit this sociopathic, antisocial behavior. How can we allow such criminal organizations to exist? The answer is simple. The answer is woven into our post-industrial, technologically advanced world – we put little effort into our research. Sinister organizations can reduce us, without repercussion, to disposable waste products, because our minds aren’t focused but muddled with bombarding advertisements, compulsive spending habits, narcissistic online activities, the cravings for toxic food, and subversive, dehumanizing entertainment, etc. I understand that researching everything before making a purchase isn’t feasible or pragmatic, but we need our eyes to remain open, our mind to remain empty, and our ears to remain sensitive to the entities responsible for manufacturing our technology and distributing and processing our food and water and whatever else we buy and place in our home. Although, when asserting that our minds should be empty, I am referring to the freedom from baseless assumptions, like the delusion of claiming to know everything there is to know.

Dismissing any revolutionary piece of information, as we’ve already established our paradigm, contradicts the fundamentals of science and experimentation. Adopting this mindset of “confidence over competence” truly muddles our vision of reality. The most intelligent people on this Earth still have to read, think, calculate, and learn. We can’t afford to sway with contemporary and fashionable thought. Let’s stop pretending we’ve always had personally known all widely accepted ideas. We can’t afford to claim ownership of this set of ideas if we’ve never meditated on it ourselves, because there’s unforeseen consequences in passively accepting this conventional thought. We might just fuel the war machine and the gun and drug running racket and contribute to the destruction of the Constitution of the United States. Let’s not wait for corporations with overreaching power to try their hand at transparency. Let’s not wait for commercials announcing malevolent intent or a pernicious scheme for neocolonial expansion. Those commercials will never come. Advertisements won’t alarm us of the corporate coup of government or our government’s human rights abuses when they seize a resource rich and strategically located nation. We have to uncover this information ourselves.

We’re only going to see outlets for our proverbial umbilical cords. We’re bombarded with “quick and easy solutions” for problems we’ve hadn’t had before, because we’ve created them. We see products to quell the fear of aging, the fear of loneliness, and the fear of being no one special. We also see unconstitutional laws enacted to keep us snug at night and pharmacological solutions designed to put us to sleep. These powerful instruments of callous greed, whether in government or corporation, need scrutiny. For instance, we need to know if our banks support organized crime. We need to shift our spending habits based on this scrutiny. If corruption doesn’t capture our interest, I’m certain an over the counter sleep aid might placate our unrest; if we don’t get informed, we’ll probably need it. The illegal wars, the illegal occupations, the corporate grand larceny and money laundering, and the overall organized, high class racketeering perpetrated by the monetary elite beg us to pry open our eyes. Let’s spend wisely.