25 August 2011

Servile affluence

The most powerful hold the ruling elites have over their subject peoples is the internal disqualification that says it is silly to believe that utopias are within reach. 
So long as people buy the story that they can't fundamentally improve their social systems, that the most people can hope for is perhaps to raise or lower the general welfare on the margin, then the status quo will remain in the hands of those rulers who cannot imagine a brighter day, who cannot imagine a society fed by the deeper wellsprings of fulfillment, satisfaction, and contentment. 
People’s own lack of conviction reduces them in conception to diminished selves and dismal societies, with moments of joy amid a sea of pain, isolation, and dejection. People have become servile in their affluence.   

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