The epitome or irony is we all seek freedom through oppression.
The world scurries from home to car to work to school. All in an attempt to earn a holiday.
The way in which people dwell on the definition of success being so closely intertwined with financial prosperity could not better highlight the global epidemic that is the continually strengthening correlation between wealth and success.
Proof of this relationship is in the fact that “Prosperity” is a synonym of “Success” and “Wealth” is a synonym of “Prosperity.” Or at least many modern dictionaries state this. Feel free to check yourself.
Do you discern this as being potentially troublesome? Do you want future generations to prioritize financial aspirations over all others? Do you want to promote ruthless methods toward obtaining a larger figure in one’s bank account or a thicker fold of leather in one’s pocket.
Have you at all realized or at least considered that the struggle toward attaining wealth for our personal freedom is quite literally the only thing stopping us from being truly free?
Surely by now some would be bewildered. How could somebody even conceive such a ludicrous notion?
I implore you to consider it. Truly consider what life without money or material possessions would be like. If you can’t, don’t be discouraged, neither can the majority of the modern world and it is solely because of this inability to look past the thick haze of wealth and the inherent evil is brings and instead look through it, at what it is we truly want.
As a child, did you want a suit, a house on the beach, a luxury car, a motorcycle or a 50″ flat screen television?
Well, even I can answer that. No! No, you did not want any of these things, because you had not yet succumb to the pressure imposed upon you to conform with the twisted ways of which we frequently refer to as “normality.”
Do you remember what you wanted as a child? You wanted parents that loved and respected you and gave you every second of attention they could possibly afford.
So, clearly some sort of pressure is imposed upon all of us to achieve success by gradually building a copious collection of inanimate objects. As ironic as it is, it is these very collections of inanimate objects, that eventually consume use, thus rendering us as inanimate.
If you feel as though you have failed in life thus far, question yourself as to what it is you are measuring your success by. Because, in all honesty, is the feeling of staring over the balcony of your house on the beach in your finely tailored Italian suit and admiring your luxury car, really worth knowing that you have wasted the best part of your life to get there?
Close your eyes, right now and imagine that you are the successful man or woman that you traversed through adulthood with the intention to be.
Open your eyes.
Now, after recalling what you wanted to be through your adulthood thus far, again close your eyes and imagine what it would be like to have nothing, other than your family, a house of sticks by the river and a smouldering fire with fresh fish slowly simmering above it.
Open your eyes.
How many differences between each of those images did you find? More importantly, which vision did you prefer? Which would you enjoy living every day? Which would you be more happy about living during your final days?
Those questions I will not answer. But I do sincerely hope that this has been somewhat through provoking. Perhaps it is time to literally escape to the country. Just think, no more deadlines, no more dealing with a pompous superior, no more dealing with car trouble, no more dealing with debt, no more phone calls, no more feelings of inadequacy regarding your job performance, no more bills, no more mail, no more car accidents, no more stress and most importantly:
MORE TIME TO SPEND WITH YOUR BELOVED FAMILY!
I understand that this all sounds like fantasy and that’s because it is. It is everybody’s fantasy.
Right now you are saying; “But, I would lose my job.”, “But, what would I do with my car?”, “But, what about the mortgage?”
But, you would benefit greatly by instead saying; “How, could I live without my job?”, “Where is an area far enough away from civilization that my family and I will be safe in.”, “How long until my debt is cleared?” and finally, “When, can we leave?”
Call me crazy, but you all know it is a possibility. But for fear of failure and having to return to the suburbs, you procrastinate, knowing that one day you will be able to retire and travel around the world in a caravan. Hey, if the retired people can do it, why can’t you? The only difference may be the caravan and the ostentatious gifts you may pick up for friends back at home.
You have the power to be truly free, don’t let the suits brainwash you into thinking otherwise. Because the reality is we will all one day be worm food. So, the only question that remains is; would you rather rot in the ground knowing that you had little impact on the planet and enjoyed every second of your time with family? Or would you rather stress every day of your life and one day die of a stress related illness and rot in the ground just hoping that maybe your bank account was big enough to feature on the front of Time magazine?
Thank you all for enduring this very long post and I hope that you were able to derive something useful from it and I look forward to hearing stories from you all about how you have decided to escape to the country and live in a farmhouse, from which you churn butter and trade dairy products for cotton sheets, with which you make your clothes (no this is not sarcastic).
I hope to hear from you all in the comment section below. Have a fantastic day and enjoy your escape!