A free market doesn’t make you free
What we have is a free market and unfree people
Look at the world around you.
The plants that used to grow
The rivers that used to flow
The creatures that would tread on this very floor
We live in a depressing solitude
In the houses from the mountains and trees and ocean and sky
We massacred for money
With the machines and appliances and constructions
We fabricated for money
With education and so-called skills forced down our throats
So we can ultimately work for money
We no longer revolve around the sun
As our astronomer friends would say
We now, longer, revolve around money
The need to get it, use it, get it, use it, for what?
Our modern paradigm
You say all the failures can be cured
I beg to differ;
The difference is money.
Time is money
And replacing the ransacked landscape
Takes too much time in our dazed and fleeting lives
Takes too much money to harness clean energy
So the flowers wither and the clear skies darken
The smog makes it hard to see the beauty around us
And the eternal stars of the endless sky
Fade out one by one by one...
And all we see are giant metal birds that deafen us,
Soaring, screeching their supersonic songs
But where has the peaceful serenity of sweeter birds gone?
The older you get
From learning basic skills
To the complex
To the specific
To the economic
To the money
This has all been a ruse, hasn’t it?
Where has all the guidance gone?
When they asked you
“What do you want to be you grow up?”
They told you to follow your dreams
And that you could be what you wanted to be
But then later they force you into a point
Into an event horizon
And when you realise that you’re stuck in a hole
There’s just no way out and you can’t let go.
And when we find we haven’t got
Everything that we’ve sought
As our society has taught
We start a fight
We start a battle
We start a war
We burn with pure hatred for another human being
Our anger becomes violence, becomes bloodshed
For what we want, for what we need
And we get fooled by the notion that
Doubling our possessions will double our happiness
When really, we are just doubling our greed and halving our happiness
Until we have isolated ourselves from each other
Until we glorify the individual and forget the communal
Until we embark on never-ending quests to get more, and more, and more
Until capitalism has sucked us dry
Until we are surrounded
By our empty, lifeless possessions
When we become hollow beings ourselves
Through the “magic” of materialism
Society has made
Our self-interest become our self-worth
It’s no longer “do you enjoy what you do?”
But rather “how much do you make?”
And instead of “let’s make life worth living”
It’s become “let’s meet the standard of living”
We are doomed by the lonely realities we have forged
Destined to come into this world infect it
With the poisons that we purchase
And the goodness in us gone
And end our destinies with cataclysms caused
Is this really our destiny?
Maybe the baker, the butcher, and the brewer should open their eyes
Maybe it may have taken a moment for all three to realise
There is a way to make it all better
No more killing. No more hiding. No more hating.
This planet belongs to everyone.
You’ve gotta share, you’ve gotta care.
It’s the right thing to do.
Choose to co-operate,
Not to dominate.
"Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full." - Leon Trotsky