Society’s structures, or rather, society’s illusional order have been placed to the test more than ever before. As a result, their flaws and far from perfect constructions, have highlighted just how false and far from orderly these structures are. These structures are not life. They are mere limitations and tools which are used by a few to control the many.
Society’s illusional order
Our society today lives with the belief that the human being is in the center of life and that our structures are perfection and without them, we would not have order. The roots of these structures date back to 10,000 years ago when agriculture, began all over the world. Agriculture and the cultivation of crops gave the people a choice of not just eating meat but growing crops. Researchers have discovered that certain crops, which we still have today, seemed to have come out of nowhere. They managed to trace back different types of crops which were found in different parts of the world, round about the same time. Today it is also said that the basic crop like corn, is not a crop that could have possibly come from the wild. It is a crop that can only survive if there is someone to harvest it. It is believed, by stories told within tribe societies, passed on from mouth to mouth, as well as the ancient astronaut theory, that crops, especially corn, is not a plant that is of this earth and was given to people by an extraterrestrial being.
Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.
Before 10,000 years ago, people lived by very different beliefs, ones that did not place the human being in the center of all, but as one of many beings that existed on the planet. Today, there are small groups of people who still carry on that way of thinking, where they understand that people are not in charge of the earth but rather the world is for all to share and the human being is just one of many species which shares the planet. Their understanding of life has not been damaged with our way of thinking, as they stay within their own small and closed groups, whilst the majority consider themselves to be in the center of all and see the resources of the planet, other species, and even other human beings as tools to be used for their own gain.
Agriculture led to the beginning of business and social class. Trade began in form of the barter system which led to the concept of social class. People began dividing themselves between those who hunt and those who grow crops. Having crops gave the people an option to plan ahead and to store food, rather than the option of hunting for food and eating it in a short amount of time, otherwise, it would go bad. Having solved the problem at hand of making sure that there was food for the long run, people also began looking into growing more than they need to trade it for other things. This development also gave space for other subdivisions within society, where those who did not hunt or grow crops found their own niches, for example providing the farmers and hunters with certain tools. Social class began when people had more than they needed and those who had more than others were seen as richer and had more power than the rest. The picture is very similar to the one of today. You would think society in the 21st century would have developed a little further from that of 10,000 years ago.
The importance that is given to money is truly scary, which is also why it is one of the easiest tools in the box for governments to make things happen to their advantage. I have seen with my own two eyes; just how low people can go, just to get paid more. It almost feels like people think that they can buy their way into the sweet afterlife. What better way to distract people from what matters if not to have them compete amongst each other by focusing their attention on how many cars one has or how fat is their paycheque? Money and the trend for the rich and famous lifestyle have become the widest spread distraction, which has also made it so easy for those in power to control the masses. Today if you want people to obsess about something, you don’t even need to have a plan that is set years in advance. All you need to do is throw in a suggestion, sit back and watch as a society will do the rest. Society will do the work for you and will make sure the word will spread and pick up pace amongst everyone.
Society’s false order and flawed structures
Our social institutions are what many believe to be the structure of society. Those that bring order, punishment, value, and even some understanding of faith. If social institutions did all that, then we would not have division within one nation, which in the bigger picture brings us to division amongst countries.
If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
Today we are told that without them there would be chaos, that we need them to survive. There is some limited truth to that. as in the past life was different, values were different and so were the people. These structures may have existed to give some sort of order and structure in everyday lives. Today, these same structures are present in a world that is very different from the world of the past. Values are different and so are the people. If you put your personal views aside and take a look at the situation not from where you stand, but from above, you will notice that social institutions exist for one reason, as a method of control.
The governments do a great job at making sure that the journey of an average citizen resembles less of a path and more of a constant uphill crawl. If you think about it, the structure we are surrounded by has people surviving rather than living. Even if you are lucky enough to get paid to do the job you love, you get bombarded with never-ending taxes and loans. You spend your time working and then what you earn disappears into the system and during this uphill crawl, we are told that we should follow our dreams and be blessed with what we have. Certainly, some are more blessed than others, but in end, the majority don’t see the uphill struggle, but rather give gratitude when a rock doesn’t go flying at them from the hilltop. People shouldn’t be on that hill, to begin with, and yet we are.
To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.
Many Greek philosophers dedicated some of their work towards analyzing government and leadership structures. These structures are the ones that governments use in today’s societies and deserve to be looked at. Plato (428/427 or 424/423 BC to 348/347 BC) and Aristotle (384 BC to 322 BC), amongst others, did not only amaze the people of their time, but their works still remain valid today. Although philosophers had many different fields of knowledge they focused on, many also found the time to look into the subject of the individual and the meaning of life, covering the topic of leadership structure and society.
Aristotle’s work on the Forms of Government gives a pretty clear view of the types of governments we have today. These forms were divided into three types and each has the opposite polarity.
- The rule of one: Monarchy (the rule by One) vs. Tyranny (the rule for One)
- The rule of a few: Aristocracy (the rule by the Best) vs. Oligarchy (the rule for the Few)
- The rule by many: Democracy (the rule for the interest of the Rulers) vs. Polity (the rule for the Common Interest)
Polity was seen as the rarest type of government structure in ancient Greek times as it is today. It is one where the power belongs to the middle class and the leadership would work towards the common interest of all. The middle class would be best suited to set regulations for the common goal, as they would give a balance between the lower and upper class. This would allow compromises between classes by giving everyone a voice. The perverted and corrupt type of governance would lead Polity to become a Democracy.
Today we can see the range of the 5 types and just like in Aristotle’s time, a rare touch of Polity in countries like Iceland. This system works perfectly for them, a nation of about 334,000 people, however, I think it has less to do with size and more to do with the people knowing that all their citizens would be better off if everyone wasn’t greedily taking pieces of the cake, but rather would work as a united front for the betterment of each individual and the nation as a whole.
Take the example of what followed the revelation of the Panama Papers, when Iceland’s prime minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson was amongst many others who had an offshore bank account. The people made the prime minister step down and some even added that although they are glad to have him step down from his position, they are far from satisfied, as they wish for the dissolution of the government altogether. Iceland certainly seems to be ten steps ahead of the majority of other nations.
Governments are the puppet masters of today’s society. They are the ones who use these structures to control society, and the society allows it. In politics no one even tries to hide the truth, it’s just hard to understand how people are still buying into it. A person is elected and given power over an entire nation, to pretty much do as they please because let us be honest, who is going to stop them. Their time in power is limited so they will obviously make the most of it by making the most of it for themselves. Others will follow alike because the time for the free spread is also limited. And society seems to never learn, so they continue this circle by electing another Bob off the streets and handing the keys of an entire nation, and the circle continues.
I just have one thought in mind about this, why does society act like sheep following a goat into a slaughterhouse? Because that’s what sheep do, they follow a goat, the goat gets put aside and the sheep get slaughtered. Why does society think they can’t make a better job at running a country without crowing one person and handing over the keys? Believe it or not but there are countries that have their people deciding the future and not someone who says he or she speaks for the people.
Following politics comes, as what I refer to as the ruler time or “let’s measure whose is longer”. The Bob off the street gets handed over keys to a nation, but that’s not enough for that ego, so let’s turn towards war. Funnily enough, the one in power is not present on the battlefield. The ones who order wars are comfortable in their chairs and send their own people into a battlefield they themselves created, with a cold voice saying, “make your country proud”. No country is worth your life, be it your own country or another. Your country is meant to protect you, starting with those that run the nation. Most nations don’t even understand that their main problem is those that are given all the power over their nation. Society does not understand that the problems in their nation root from the society choosing to do the same mistake over and over and expecting a different result. They repeat the cycle because deep down, it is ingrained into every individual that this is the way it was done and therefore shall be done in the future, otherwise we would all be lost.
If you’d like to take a quick view and as an observer, on how pathetic division within society looks like, watch a few episodes of Who Is America. Apart from Sacha Baron Cohen the main actor, all the others are real people, some of which are officials. For those thinking this is all staged and a PR stunt, after watching the episodes you will notice that this is closer to career suicide rather than a publicity ploy. I honestly have nothing against America, and keep in mind that what you see in the episodes doesn’t only apply to America. It happens everywhere in every country, within any society that is divided. I am not referring to all the actual details of the episodes, but I am referring to just how obscene it all looks. This show clearly shows how far people are willing to go without even questioning their actions or the commands that are given to them. It also gives a crystal image of what successful brainwashing looks like.
I don’t have a political party I side with. To me, they are equally damaging to society as they act as a disguise to the real picture which those in power want people to be blinded by. It is frightening to see just how far people, both ordinary citizens as well as public figures, will go to feed their egos. Whether they truly believe in what they say and do or whether it’s all done to increase their popularity amongst the public, both are ego-driven. Which once again leaves those who have control, to allow their ego to grow larger and larger with every person that follows their ego-driven empty words.
There has been a mention that the world is headed towards a One World order. It is believed that the entire world and all the governments are run by a small group of people who have had a long-term plan into creating a One World order. On the one hand, the idea could be sold by those in power that it would bring peace and equality to all, however in reality it would be all corners of the planet fenced in one big control structure. Those in power have a unique ability to turn something that could be so positive and life-changing for all, into something negative and ugly. Something that would benefit them in exchange for the suffering of the masses. Making the richer rich, the poor poorer, and all in the name of their ego.
A One World order would certainly be an amazing thing if it wasn’t created for ultimate control. This structure has the potential to bring humanity to a new reality, except those in power will remain with the mentality of the old structure bringing their ego-centered views and will once again do what they do best and take something that can be incredible and turn it into something devastating.
Schools are meant to teach and nurture the youth, not turn them into soldiers who are not allowed to think for themselves. Today schools seem to be more concerned with looking better than the other schools rather than focusing on the actual education. Their concerns are around whether the hairband is dark blue or black and making sure a specific type of copybook is bought, so not even one of the kids stands out from the rest. It’s all about how everything looks. Schools find new ways in not only making kids become little robots but even raising the expenses for parents, as though the brand of the pen the child will use will affect the amount of knowledge they will receive. This automatically teaches kids from a very young age that the colour of your headband along with the brand of the copybook you have will ultimately be the deciding factors to which social box you belong to. Schools should be finding ways to make education enjoyable and encourage self-discovery for children and not make them feel like they are not good enough.
Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life.
In my first school our parents even had to buy us books every year, with the understanding that we all need to have our own copies. Truth be told, we only used those books for one year and it was hard to resell them because newer editions with just a few new added pages were published the following year which meant that we were stuck with books we would never need again. In my high school, all books were supplied by the school. On the first day of the school year, each grade would head to the library with a list of books we needed for our chosen subjects, which we checked out using our library cards. Any information we needed to copy we could scan or make photocopies of and at the end of the scholastic year we would head back to the library and return all the books. Any extreme damages to the books would have the student pay a fee for a new book that we would be ordered as a replacement. This system not only decreased the expenses for the parents but also taught us, as students and the future generation, to know how to take care of items and most importantly taught us that even we, as teenagers, we are doing a tiny little bit to better the environment by reusing resources. Today many schools are looking into digital books, which is yet to be seen what the repercussions may be in terms of children spending so much time in front of screens.
Many teachers are taught that they must gain respect from their students and be the authority figure. Although true, the approach is however flawed. In most cases, teachers act more as sergeants where the students are soldiers that must abide by their orders. In some countries, things go so far as kids and teens being prescribed strong psychiatric drugs if the teachers and school think a child may be too active or hard to handle and will automatically find a syndrome to label the child. The countries have also given schools the right to refuse to teach a child unless they take their medication. Any sort of medication, especially if not needed, can cause a lot of harm to anyone, especially a child that is still developing. Instead of focusing on understanding the child and seeing what leads to their actions, they are put under medication which does not solve the problem but numbs them, in order for it to be easier for teachers to handle them. What easier way to keep the next generation in check if not make them all the same? Then we all wonder how a child is capable of picking up a weapon and causing a mass stabbing or shooting incident at school. There are many ways of gaining respect and trust from students, while also becoming an authority figure. One of such ways is the means of understanding every student individually, knowing what motivates them, and adjusting to them, which will eventually lead to the student trusting and respecting the adult.
From my own experience, I was lucky enough to experience two completely different schooling systems. For 7 years I faced the first type of system, where teachers did not even bother to understand students, but rather just waltzed in and demanded respect having done nothing to gain it. For 2 years, during my high school period, I had the unique opportunity to study in a school where the majority of teachers took the second approach. They were no longer seen as demanding figures of authority who see students as little machines which must agree and abide by their rules. They saw students as humans and most importantly, acknowledged and understood each student’s individuality. In those 2 years, I not only began to love to study but they were the 7 years in which most of my self-discovery took place. My teachers taught me to embrace my passion, helped me work on things which I found difficulty in, and eventually, I developed more in 2 years than I did in the 7 years in my previous school.
I do not blame the teachers for their ways, as some only do as they were taught, others may want to do things differently, but the system doesn’t allow them, whilst others simply lack resources to make things work differently. I do however think the system is flawed, in terms of its perfection to set tight rules for both students and teachers, making sure no one asks questions but simply abides by the rules. To avoid having adults and the future generations to think for themselves. It is hard to have control over a mass when the mass doesn’t follow blindly, but every individual thinks for themselves.
Schools are like factories and I felt that mostly when I spent 7 years in a school with a uniform. The school used to say that a uniform is to make us equal, however, it seemed to symbolize something very different to me. I didn’t see equality in the uniform, because truth be told, there was none behind closed doors, especially when a few got certain privileges because of their parents. In some countries, you can find cases where privileges cross right over to bribes and favors from the parents to the school or teachers, where their child is helped during exams or even given the material before the exam that they simply have to memorize to pass.
I saw the roots of social boxes where everyone had to look the same. as well as act and think in a certain way. Like in the army. Students all dressed the same, thinking the same, without having their own identity or individual views. The entire group resembles small parts of a bigger machine. In this case, the machine being society. The uniform did not reflect equality but was a reminder that you as an individual, did not matter and your only duty was to fall in line just like the rest and not dare question what was being told to you. A reminder that you should simply accept that which is given to you and be grateful. You should not let your mind wander because there is a system at play and without it, we would all be doomed. Brainwashing 1 on 1 from a young age if you ask me.
Back when I was a kid, as well as today, I still cringe every time I hear someone ask a child ‘Who is your role model?’ or ‘Who do you want to be like when you grow up?’ or ‘Who do you look up to?’ Why should a child have to want to be like someone else? I honestly had no answer back then, as I don’t have one now. Simple questions like that automatically programme children to focus on the success of another and to want to be like them, judging only by their successes, which is an impossible goal. No one teaches kids about the backstage process of a person but only highlights their spotlight moment. Kids grow wanting to be like someone when in reality they should want to look forward to discovering their own passions and see what they are capable of.
Today, kids have other issues to deal with, social media and social scores. Childhood should be all about discovery and enjoying those years before real life kicks in, but nowadays kids are worried about their online popularity and how many likes they get, and think that fewer likes mean they are not good enough. The situation with children and teens in regard to social media is a reflection of every adult and the effects of these made-up social circles that people invented to divide people within a society. On kids, it is being seen more evidently as it’s something that has been happening so fast and kids take it harder as they don’t have the understanding that social media is just another structure created to get people hooked on it and have it control their lives.
Once primary and secondary school is done and dusted, the young and crisp generation is struck with the real ways of how the world works. They are now represented with tertiary education which in many countries has become to resemble less of an educational institution to teach and train the youths that are the future of that country, but more of an elite circle for the privileged. This was done simply by raising the prices for education so high that people could simply not afford it. The cost is explained and accepted by society as ‘you want the best quality, then be ready to pay for it’. Many meet the requirements with flying colours and unless they manage to get a full scholarship, they have to go and hope that they will be given a loan to cover their costs. The costs of education make sure to keep people in debt for years to follow. Surely education does not have to be free, but the least these institutions can do is not inflate the cost of the education out of nowhere, and possibly find alternative strategies which will lower the existing costs to make the institute more approachable for the youth.
This educational system has made many turn away from tertiary education altogether and head out and work, for which they also get judgmental remarks thrown at them and automatically get labelled and placed in a separate social box. It is truly sad to see how society is narrowing down the options for their own future generation purely out of greed. The knowledge one gains in educational institutions can be self-taught by means of simply buying books and searching for information online.
Today we no longer need to go somewhere to have access to information. However, the educational system is not only about the information that is written, read, and rephrased. That is only 20% of what the youth learn. The remaining 80% is something books and the internet can’t teach you. It’s about self-discovery, learning to think for yourself whilst adapting acquired knowledge as a basis for your thoughts and most importantly, learning to not simply repeat and rephrase what you learnt just to pass a test, but acquire the skill to be able to use the knowledge gained. The ability to train the students and motivate them to think in a lateral way instead of a vertical way. In the real world, no one is going to care which theories you can rephrase, but what they will care about is the solutions you can come up with, and for that a person needs to train their minds to think outside the box and most importantly, to not be afraid for think for themselves.
After my high school years, I went to university and unfortunately found myself back in the first educational system. In less than 3 months I was completely demotivated to a point where I only attended lectures, where the lecturers took attendance and marks, would be deducted if you didn’t attend the classes. I was back in the environment where all you had to do was read and re-write what people wrote. There was no room for self-taught and using those theories as a basis for your own vision. Even during my exams and my finals, there was zero space for discovery. All answers were based 40% on the actual knowledge, 60% per cent on knowing what that specific lecturer wants to hear.
These exams seem to be testing a student’s memory and even their smarts on reading people and writing the information they know the examiner wants to hear by appealing to their own preferences and by no way do the exams actually test what the student actually knows and understands. In order to test that, the student has to be able to think for themselves and use acquire knowledge as a basis as to why they came up with that thought. This kind of testing would actually get students to think and not simply repeat.
Economy and banking system
For a very long time, we had the banking system which started off as an option for society until it got a tighter grip and became a must in most countries. For the last few years, banks have been given so much power that you no longer can do simple transactions without giving the bank the War and Peace of explanations as to why you decided to transfer your money somewhere. Banks truly made life harder than it should be, however finally a new system has come to the market which will help us regain control over our own funds without having to be treated like criminals for wanting to spend the money we have earned.
A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
Revolut is a mobile-based account that gives you all the capabilities of a normal bank account, with one exception: you do not answer or need approval from a bank to make transactions. And as bonus transactions are done instantly. You can opt for a normal visa or a premium visa card, as well as a virtual visa which some choose to use for any online payment. It is an extra method of security that if something goes wrong and you may wish to cancel the virtual card, your physical card will not be cancelled too. You are free to send and receive payments from other Revolut users by them simply finding you in their Revolut directory, or you can send them all your bank details of your Revolut account (IBAN, SWIFT, BIC, etc.), found on your profile section. You can also add funds into different currencies and as of recently, even have funds in cryptocurrencies. You have access to the live rates of currencies and can exchange between currencies instantly. There are many more functions that Revolut provides its user with and it is certainly a relief from the traditional banking systems we currently have.
It is yet to be seen how efficient this system will be in the future and whether governments will decide to simply take our personal information and track us like lab rats. However, for now, the system certainly gives a breath of fresh air when compared to the exhausting, unreliable, and suffocating option of using the traditional bank.
Another recent trend is a decentralized cryptocurrency. Decentralized means that there is no authority that makes decisions, but instead, there are several parties that make their own decisions independently. This means that if you want to make a transaction with someone, you can do so without having a million and one questions being asked by the middle person who holds the power to make a transaction happen. At the moment, cryptocurrencies are quite unstable and unpredictable, however, the system on which they are built certainly opens a door to a new way of living. This new structure is unlike the traditional structures of one person holding power over the many. It is aimed to give back the power to every individual to do with their resources as they seem fit. Consider it a sort of freedom, giving you control and power over that which you have earned without social institutions trying to have a say as to what you can and cannot do with your own funds.
Many governments are not too happy about the invention and progress of cryptocurrencies. Some are actively trying to ban the industry, whilst others are dipping their toes into the industry. Every cryptocurrency has a very specific structure by which they function, as well as an industry they are mainly aimed towards. There is also one cryptocurrency currently on the market which is preferred by banks and governments as it is not decentralized, and they can still get data on users and transactions.
Many tend to turn against cryptocurrency claiming that any transactions including criminal payments can also be made and cannot be tracked. Truth be told, criminal activities will always find a way to make their business work because the crime world is a resource to any government. Any true leader that wanted to create a better life for all would first try to eliminate the factor of division. As the phrase goes “we are stronger together than apart”, however, unity is non-existent in most communities. Think about crime. Governments literally have all the resources of their entire country at their disposal. Do you believe that if the leaders really wanted to eliminate crime from society, they don’t have the power to do so? They certainly have the resources. But they don’t. Crime keeps society in check. Crime divides people into the good and the bad guys. People cannot imagine a life without crime because no government wants people to be at ease. Crime is the bad guy in the story and the government plays the good guy in the infamous battle of good vs. evil. The presence of crime is a constant reminder to society that things could be worse for them, meanwhile, governments allow crime to spread and even earn from it both in terms of control and money.
Crime recently has been heavily linked to the allowance for citizens to own a firearm in some countries. The debate on whether one should own a gun for self-protection is a no-brainer. Those chosen leaders should have the aim to have a country and society in which no citizen should find themselves in a situation of having to turn to weapons for protection. If the goal of the system was aimed to keep the peace and eliminate tension and division within society, then it has certainly failed its citizens.
Another recent development that will certainly change the lives, as well as the structure we live in, is smart contracts, which is also a decentralized system. Ethereum was the first to come up with this concept which is a protocol that digitally verifies, facilitates, and enforces a certain action to complete an agreement. Imagine you have a will in the form of a smart contract and together with the deed to your estate. Once your will kicks in, according to what is stated in your will, the deed to your estate will get transferred to the person you stated in your will. The routine is the same as it is today, except for one thing, there is no middleman in this process. In such a case, it won’t take months and never-ending fees to notaries, lawyers, and clerks to get everything settled according to the will. Everything will get sorted in a matter of 3 days, and in the future possibly within hours. Now imagine if you can make any contract, be it personal or for business, to go as fast and without having to depend on or pay the middleman to get the work done. The only person who oversees getting a contract completed is you.
All these new technological developments may seem like inventions to many, however, the fuel that stands behind them is something many are familiar with; the will to get away from the structures of centralized power. The methods in which the idea has taken shape is surely one that stems from 21st-century advances, however, it is initially fueled with the need for change to the structure we live in.
The medical sphere has become more of a moneymaker rather than a place to cure the sick. Like all structures, the medical field is a pyramid where those at the top set the rules and everyone follows.
The doctor of the future will give no medication but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
Pharmaceutical companies are a pure money-making business which was placed in concrete by John D Rockefeller whose main industry at the time was oil. In 1900, scientists found that oil can be used to produce all sorts of chemicals and this is called petrochemicals. John D Rockefeller instantly found another source of income that would be tapping into the medical field. At that time, his biggest competition was the practice of the use of natural and herbal medicine. Long story short, he used the classic problem-reaction-solution approach, in which with the help of his friend Andrew Carnegie a scheme was mapped. This involved the Carnegie Foundation which sent Abraham Flexner to travel across the country and eventually write a report regarding the medical colleges and hospitals in the country.
The Flexner Report concluded that there were too many medical schools and institutions as well as too many doctors that were trained and suggested the need to revamp and centralize the medical institutions. The revamping was aimed at not only the merger of some schools and closure of others but also to push aside the practice of homeopathy and natural medicine, which gave a clear path with no obstructions for the introduction of the newly founded Big Pharma, behind which John D Rockefeller stood. This new system certainly needed some transition as well as making sure that everyone was in check, so John D Rockefeller gave over $100 million to hospitals, colleges, institutions, and to the General Education Board (GEB), a philanthropic front group, to make sure that everyone was aiming at the same goal and it was business as usual. This became the beginning of today’s pharmaceutical business where doctors have a pill for everything.
We are still suffering from the change of mentally to distrust natural medication and homeopathy, although it was the means of medication many years before our modern medicine came into being. Nature provides an antidote to every condition and illness we have. We may have mocked and turned away from this sort of treatment, but the cures are there. It is a means of keeping the balance.
Another issue is that we may not have found the natural cure, as we were so focused on the medication provided to us by pharmaceutical companies in recent years. Although, it seems like we are slowly going back towards using what nature has provided to us rather than what huge companies are trying to sell to us to make a buck, as recent studies show that even some pharmaceutical companies are moving away from antibiotics due to the antibiotic resistance patients have and are looking towards methods of treatment that existed prior. This new development does not root from the companies caring for the wellbeing of their patients, but rather from a profit-fueled aspect. You can’t make money from a product that is ineffective on the consumer. Without a doubt, they will find ways to make profits with these methods, such as keeping prices high, but from the two existing evils, maybe this one is not too bad.
Today a lot of people are suffering from antibiotic resistance. Many different causes have led to this and now scientists are finding new measures to deal with these issues. Their new approach, or shall I say an old approach which was left on the shelf to collect dust as pharmaceutical companies pocketed their incomes, is the use of Bacteriophages. Bacteriophages are types of viruses that cause no harm to the human as their food source is bacteria, which means patients suffering from bacterial infections, especially chronic bacterial infections for which the patient would have taken several different types of medication which have no effect on the infection, bacteriophages have the ability to destroy the bacteria found in the patient’s body without causing harm to the patient.
Currently, bacteriophage treatment is quite cheap, however, more and more pharmaceutical companies are looking towards this 100-year-old method of treatment, which means that the cost of this treatment would probably rise sufficiently, as history has taught us that pharmaceutical companies are more concerned with profits rather than long term solutions for health.
Very often patients get prescribed medications for long-term intake and even to take throughout their lives. Recent research in genetics shows that there is a specific enzyme that is encoded in a gene (CYP2D6) that acts on many prescription medications. CYP2D6 is a member of the Cytochrome P450 and is one of the enzymes which are important for the metabolism of xenobiotics (chemicals that are found in the body that are not naturally present or produced by the body). A genetic test will give a clear picture of the state of the enzyme and therefore will allow the doctor to know in great detail how your body will break down the medication and what exact dosage you specifically need. For instance; if a patient responds normally to a normal dose then their CYP2D6 is normal, whilst if a normal dose is given to a patient who shows ineffective results or may be showing signs of an overdose, then their CYP2D6 may be lacking the functioning alleles or may have copies of alleles. This is not something doctors can predict beforehand and can only be seen from genotyping.
This knowledge is very important to have for those who take medication for a long amount of time, especially in the areas such as psychiatry, where long-term medication also needs a certain amount of time to show its full effects. If a patient is given the wrong medication in such cases, their body may reject that medication even when the dose is properly adjusted which will force them to switch to a different medication, not to mention that the patient would not be feeling well at all if they are taking the wrong dosage for weeks and months. There are some institutions and clinics that make sure to run this genotyping before giving any patients any long-term prescriptions, as they are aware that that type of medication is serious on the chemistry of the body and each patient needs a thorough individual evaluation, including a genotyping test to make sure they cater the dosage specifically for the biological makeup of that patient.
Another approach that was taken in the past to make money out of thin air in this industry is referred to as disease mongering. This concept is based on conceiving people who are not ill and those who are slightly ill, that they are ill. The strategy is referred to as the corporate construction of disease and it is run by those who know that they can make a lot of money from simply telling people that they are ill and having them buy unnecessary products. Pharmaceutical companies take part in this by actively promoting and sponsoring products to their prescribers and consumers.
One prime example was in 1879 and the invention of Listerine. It was originally used as a surgical antiseptic and later modified into a concentrated form and sold as a floor cleaner and also as a treatment against gonorrhea. By 1895, it was a product being sold to dentists for oral care and in 1914, became the first mouthwash sold over the counter. In the 1920s, the cure was found, however, the disease was missing, and this is when halitosis was born. Advertisers quickly jumped to promote Listerine as a cure for halitosis, which they said sufferers ended up diminishing their chances in their careers, marriage, and even in their romantic life. The trick was to make sure to inflate the severity of halitosis to the rate of pathology, which if customers would not manage, would lead to problems in their personal happiness and success. Suddenly people all over America became sufferers of halitosis as profits rose from customers buying out Listerine. Halitosis today is a technical term that refers to bad breath.
“Do no harm”, seems to be a phrase that those in the health field only said once in their lives and forgot all about it instantly. It is hard to believe that this phrase crosses the minds of those working in the health sector when they have a patient come in and the question which decides the patient’s health is not what they are suffering from, but if they have insurance. The health institute does not want people to be healthy, you can’t make money out of healthy people. Chemotherapy kills more patients than cancer itself and it alone is too much of a moneymaker that even if the institution already has a cure for cancer, it can’t possibly say no to chemotherapy for patients, because cured patients don’t keep their pockets full. This is a business and does not look at patients as people, but rather as moneymakers.
People are very trusting towards medical practitioners as they automatically think that someone who has a medical degree knows everything there is to know about medicine and if the patient has no knowledge on the subject they are that much more open to trusting someone who does. It is important to keep in mind that doctors, although carrying a degree on a subject you may not have knowledge on, are also humans and they make mistakes. It is not intentional, but it is important to know that it does happen. Another thing to keep in mind is that doctors, like all humans, individually have individual ways of assessing a situation.
Many doctors who specialize in a specific field would not have the in-depth knowledge of another specialty, as well as in rare cases you may come across doctors that prescribe medication for the symptoms but not the underlying cause of the symptoms. No doctor willingly wants to misdiagnose a patient, which works against them as they may face a very real scenario of losing their license. However, you should listen to your body and seek second and third opinions from specialists if you feel that the initial doctor may have not found the root problem. Doctors do the best they can with the knowledge they have, however it is up to you to make sure to cover all the bases and look at all the existing options, after all, it is your body.
A lot of talks have been going around the food that we eat and what it is that we are to face or are already facing as a result of our food. First off is the meat industry which year after year looks more at money rather than the state of the meat. The horrible states in which animals are kept and treated, the injected antibiotics and hormones, are horrible on all levels, including the human selfish level that we are the ones that end up with everything that gets given to the animals and ends up in our system. The meat industry is a huge industry but placing aside the moral aspect of whether we should even be eating meat, surely the state in which meat is produced should concern not only non-meat eaters but especially be an interest to meat-eaters as they are the ones who will be consuming the product. People truly believe that they have some upper hand and power over the other creatures that roam this planet, and yet they seem to neglect the fact that being superior means that you are also responsible for those you consider to be inferior. Just because people have decided to be in charge, does not mean they need to treat other beings, as well as their own, as items.
On one hand, our food is polluted with herbicides and on the other hand by antibiotics. And then we have hormones and pesticides.
Our developed civilization not only failed to show compassion and some sort of respect towards other beings and our own species, but we also fail miserably with crops and plants. Whilst we find antibiotics and hormones in meat, our crops and plants are genetically modified and saturated with pesticides. Certain pesticides such as Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane or DDT have been linked to cancer formation and slowing down an infant’s neurodevelopment. Tests showed that DDT remains in the body for years and can be passed on to the infant while still growing and developing, as well as post-birth through the mother’s milk.
Some farmers go so far to save costs as to water the plantation with sewage water from humans, which is a generous return of all the toxicity that our bodies get rid of, to return to us through the crops and plants we buy from these farmers.
It is no wonder that the rate of people with food intolerances and allergies has grown over the past few years. While producers are looking for cheaper ways of production and using questionable and dangerous means to lower their costs, consumers end up eating food that resembles more of a petri dish with bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants which cause harm to our bodies in the short term and we are yet to see what this will result in the long run.
Due to the rate of increased food intolerances and allergies, I would suggest for anyone who may have any signs of discomfort after a meal, take the prick test and get tested for any intolerances or allegories.
A food allergy will cause your immune system to react in a certain way which will affect numerous organs in the body. Food intolerance is generally less severe and is mainly concentrated on the digestive system. It is quite a serious topic at the moment, and some mild cases are manageable, whilst full-blown-out allergies need to be known about.
The more informed you are about your body, the better equipped you are with not having to go through unnecessary discomfort. Symptoms of intolerances and allergies can be very mild as well as severe and even life-threatening. Some of the symptoms of intolerance are; nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, rapid breathing, headache, migraine, nervousness or irritability, diarrhea, burning sensations on the skin, tightness across the face and chest, breathing problems (asthma-like symptoms), and other allergy-like reactions.
Allergies may manifest in the following manner; itching, burning, and swelling around the mouth, swelling of face or eyes, runny nose, skin rash (eczema), hives (urticaria – skin becomes red and raised), diarrhea, abdominal cramps, breathing difficulties, including wheezing and asthma, vomiting and nausea.
Parts of the body that can be affected by an allergic reaction:
- Eyes – itching and watering.
- Nose – stuffiness, sneezing, running.
- Mouth – itching, swelling.
- Throat – swelling.
- Digestive system – stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea.
- Skin – rashes, such as hives (urticaria) or atopic dermatitis.
- Lungs – wheeze, cough, asthma, more common in children than adults.
- Central nervous system – headache, irritability, fatigue, convulsions.
There is one solution that can end the conflict and control, and that would be an unlimited source of energy. Nikola Tesla had found the solution and today many companies are continuing that path. Yet no government is investing itself into this. They would rather invest in nuclear and biological weapons of mass destruction which we would all suffer from, even though no amount of money or a family will save anyone if the earth will become a wasteland. Unlimited energy would mean they would lose control and grip on their society. People are not thinking about the environment, even though it is the one aspect that can wipe us all out and it won’t care whose bank account is bigger. The rich people know of the dangers that our planet faces with the rate we are going, that is why they are investing in elite bunkers which are out on the market for the rich who can afford them, as a backup plan in case the world goes to hell.
Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.
The leaders are too busy bringing out the rulers and measuring each other up to care about their society or the future of us all. With today’s progress in technology, we are having more and more options that allow us to become independent from the government and large businesses, in an environmentally friendly living space with self-sufficient water collection systems and off the grid energy supply.
Any government that thought for the future of their country in the matter of the environment would have started utilizing these new technologies in their countries and would have made strict rules about construction to follow environmentally friendly conditions. They would push people towards these technologies which may seem more expensive today but will disintegrate their future costs. The excuse of cost is also slowly disappearing, as every day new technologies are invented that bring costs down. In reality, it’s all about the fact that others won’t be making money as they always did, and governments would lose their grip over people if they were to have self-sustainable businesses and homes.
Some examples of some recent technology are the following:
Forget solar panels, when today there is a new technology that mechanically follows, rotates, and changes direction towards the maximum amount of solar energy.
With the birth of 3D printing, our lives have changed, and most people don’t even suspect to what lengths. ICON focuses on the construction of homes using not traditional material as we are used to, but a 3D printer that doesn’t build, but prints your house.
- ICON (USA)
On average, in the USA, the cost of building a home is about $237,000, ICON can build a home for about $59,000. That same home would take 3 to 6 months to complete, but with ICON’s method of construction, it takes about 2 days. ICON isn’t only revolutionizing and breaking the traditional ways of construction but is already working with New Story which is a non-profit. Together they are looking to help those families in poor communities and to be able to give them a home.
- 3D Printed House (Netherlands)
Project Milestone is a project that is aimed at building the first five habitable homes using a 3D printer. These homes will be located in the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
There are many companies that are focusing on Eco Homes. Some are looking into the materials they use whilst others are aiming at off-the-grid living. Some of such companies are the following:
- Wikkel House (Netherlands)
- Koda (Estonia)
- Coodo (Germany)
- Miju (Japan)
- Noem (Spain)
- Finch buildings (Netherlands)
- New Frontier Tiny Homes (USA)
Although a little of a morbid topic, it is still worth looking at. The Capsula Mundi project by Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel. They have created an alternative burial that is both eco-friendly and pleasing to the eye. Biodegradable pods from which trees grow, turning what we currently have as a cemetery into a forest. Everyone has their own beliefs and rules on burial, however, this new method seems to be a good alternative to the traditional burial rituals.
Truth be told, regardless of individual opinions on death, once someone passes their burial is no matter to them. It is those who remain that face the costs, the emotional turmoil as well as having to visit their loved ones amongst others buried side by side to them. I think this project will not only serve the environment but is aimed to have lower costs than the average traditional burial method. It can also benefit people mentally and emotionally as they will no longer be visiting their loved ones in a cemetery, but will walk into a forest surrounded by trees. To some extent, this may give them a different understanding of death as they find themselves immersed in nature rather than surrounded by cold slabs. It may serve as a little reminder that even though someone is no longer there physically, their presence is still there.
Once again, death is something very personal and each person has their own understanding and a way to deal with it, however, it is good to see that some people are finding alternative methods, even for burials, which may help others face the difficult time in a different way.