The art of loving
Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving (1956).
April 2021: the covid crisis changed a lot, one of the big changes is the rise of conspiracy-theories: even the former president of the United States of America is a conspiracy theorist.
All of the conspiracy theories have one thing in common: the premise that a small group of extremely rich people are ruling our world.
We come a long way 🤨
Thing is: around 12.000 years ago, our ancestors started living a sedentary life: hunting and gathering didn’t bring enough food-security and it was dangerous too: many predators lived in our neighbourhood.
So the mesolithic human tried to stay on one spot, build a safe location and practice agriculture. It wasn’t an easy start and hunting/gathering didn’t stop overnight, but slowly humans got better at it while others were still hunters/gatherers.
Thousands and thousands of years passed, crop yields were growing and breeding lifestock became more and more successful. Different and mixed forms of economies were build: there was trading and bartering, goods like oil and wool were popular because they stayed usable for a much longer time than meat and milk for example, but still they didn’t last forever and:
at a certain point around 4.500 years ago, a farmer could bring in a large amount of crop, like wheat or corn and receive a token for it: a bronze or stone object that had a certain value for which he could freely come and collect food (for example) for a certain period.
Later-on, around 2.500 years ago, the type of money that we use now was invented and quickly became very popular. We started selling and buying and by selling more than buying (overproducing) we could increase our wealth: we became able to collect more money than we really needed.
As a result of that we created a kind of economy and economy expects us to produce food, goods and labour. Thát’s the system and there’s nothing else: no satanic babyblooddrinkers, no elite, no cabal, no illuminati, nothing like that, only: some people are extremely good in playing the game and lucky to be on the right spot at the right time.
To run this system we need politicians to count our income and expenses and to decide what the strategy must be.
This system can be influenced, that’s the managerial thing and because the game has its rules (like taxes and permits) it’s a bureaucracy.
The mass suggestion is that we need to be a player to get what we want, so we produce in order to consume because that is what life is: if you don’t consume you won’t live long and if you don’t produce you don’t have the money to consume.