The illusion of luxury, or the illusion of a well rounded life. As a salesperson, we expose ourselves to products over extended periods of time, and inadvertently we have a general idea of where our brand of products line up in the greater hierarchy of products. So when a product is inferior, which is common, and I see a customer looking at the product as if it is gold, there’s a separation between the words I say to sell the product and what I really think about it. It got me thinking about the greater con game we play in capitalism, where people cannot be self honest. Well, everywhere in the system you can’t be self honest. And it got me thinking about how throughout adulthood, we are educated about how to live our lives well, but nobody puts 1 + 1 together to see for example, if we change the economic system driving the creation of inferior products, we get for ourselves a superior product. One that lasts and by all standards of usability is sound. But talking about the economic system, there are various levels of interests involved. For example, one might be satisfied with the level of income one is getting from the money system, so changing it would threaten the illusion of security. Illusion because participating in a system that gives everything to the few and robs the many, one can argue that it is an unsafe system. Another example, perhaps one is one of the middlemen that profits off this imperfect way of doing things, so looking at a system change from a purely selfish perspective, I don’t want to lose my job and my status. Money issues pervade the human existence, we should be equally understanding that money is a source of much conflict and friction in our own minds, and in the mind of society. Atrocities motivated by money. We’re constantly sold the idea of how money grows things into beautiful perfect creations, so one tend to forget the atrocities motivated by money.
In the small like being a simple salesperson, one feels how physicality is being turned into money. How each breath is invested in the manipulation of the customer to buy your product, we essentially care about the customer to the limited extent of getting them to buy. We practically apply the psychology involved in a customer’s purchase, to guard the position we hold in our company. So in a very real sense, the environment of a shop is simultaneously a place to relax, and a place to live out the quiet desperation of siphoning more money to the company. So this blog was about the illusion of luxury. How can any product be a living statement of luxury while right next to the product, are salespeople that possibly invest their whole life into the frantic movement of getting money. We literally slave away at deciphering the psychology of the customer and act as mediators between dead products and living people. So this experience of being a salesperson brought new meaning to what luxury is. Maybe I’m dreaming, but maybe luxury is luxurious when all people involved in the processes of creating and marketing the product are living real decent lives where there is a balance between work and life, and basically everyone has a dignified life. By this definition, it’s impossible in the current money system.
I just felt really curious when I physically see people walking into the shop as if everything’s fine, but I have been standing for many hours and labouring for a pittance that doesn’t cover my living expenses. So everything’s fine in the opinion of the customer, while I’m physically living out the cost for their luxury. An army of people live out the cost for a single person to have the luxury of going out on a Friday night and buying stuff. We physically live out the cost, but none of us ever utter a word about it to anyone. Obviously it’s because we’re all secretly thinking up ways to be the one managing this operation, to one day escape from the life of a salesperson to have the time and money to really enjoy ourselves in this life. No one puts 1 + 1 together to see the economic system is what is limiting and defining the lifestyle of a salesperson. The economic system is limiting and defining a lot of things, from jobs to war to economic war to competition. But I know you will still fight with me for the current money system, the entire life view of a person is specifically moulded from birth to feel like this is the only way it can work.
The only reason why I can ponder things is because I walked a process to understand the fear behind my own life view, and in that understanding change myself permanently and now there’s a little bit of common sense in me. The common sense is why fight for a system that is THE definitive source of conflict and friction not only in one’s personal life, but in everyone’s lives. Because everything in one’s life centres around money. It decides what you will be educated with, the vocabulary you will absorb, your very definition of what life is. It also happens to decide that no attention and resources will be given to thinking about what life should be. It’s obvious, you’re repeating the same message over and over and over again that this is what life is, you cannot change life, this is what you are, you cannot change yourself. Blatant suggestion by the money system through the education system to get you to accept and perhaps embrace everything exactly the way they are. And definitely use some violence to validate your view of how everything must be this way. To imbue the conviction or feeling that you have no choice but to access violence when you are challenged. Competition is founded on the very basis of violence, lie until you win. I would say be very careful of which direction you’re lying at, because it’s very easy to lie sometimes to yourself.
What I’ve noticed is why lie and be afraid of being lied to, when I can be honest with myself alone, and make it a principle to always share something of value to others? One direction leads to more violence, the other no violence. Have you heard of the statement, “The violent do not come to a natural end?” It means the violent attracts omens to itself, as you can imagine.
So getting curious and asking the big questions now, how can luxury exist when everyone’s lives do not have equal access to that luxury? By accepting that a luxury is something only a few can have, you’re also accepting the forces that cause many to not have. And what is the definition of poverty? It’s when any person – spanning race, gender, status, everything – causes others to not have. So have you thought about your definition of luxury, to influence you, to live accept and embrace a lifestyle, that causes many to not have? A simple definition of what luxury is happens to have far reaching consequences for everyone, both the haves and have nots. So how important is it to protect your own definitions of words from the greed of capitalism? Because it’s obvious, capitalism like the salesperson, doesn’t care what you have to believe in to buy in. Just like music doesn’t care what message it promotes or the ideology it validates to make people buy the music. In essence, why keep a rabid dog like capitalism when you can morph capitalism to something like an Equal Money System? Do you think you’re cool for seeing the abuse and not buying in? That’s kind of the point, you’re not supposed to know when you’ve bought into capitalism in its many faces. Walking with a group and a message like Desteni, you get to know who and what is trying to sell you shit that you don’t actually need. You get smarter when you walk with Desteni, in that you more readily become able to identify deception and abuse. Which implies that you more readily become able to prevent deception and abuse happening to you.
So I’m all for an enlightened form of self interest. Because who wants to be the victim of a con? If you walk with Desteni, you are learning what is a con in its many faces. Plus it’s one of the few messages that actually delve and invites you to ponder what life should be. Beats having to fight regularly to keep life the way it is.