(This is simply a generic illustration to evoke a little thought in those who relate to it, as well as provide a touch of humor for those who need some relief from the challenges that we face. I am in no way responsible for any emotional response the following may generate within you.)
I need to buy some new stuff. The current things that I own are just not good enough. But to do so, I need a successful career where I can be respected for the power I have over others. That means that I need to compete with those around me, for if I don’t, I’ll lose, and then my life will be a failure. I’m feeling stressed about this, and I’m feeling unwell too. This isn’t good for the diseases I have. Of course it’s not my fault it’s those damn bad genes I got. I better go to the doctor who’ll be able to give me some more medicine which will cure me for sure. I’m so glad we’ve got such an amazing health system. I’m sure this time they will fix me.
My life isn’t that bad, I guess. I get to watch heaps of good stuff on TV. I’ve got access to plenty of good food and thankfully they make sure all the bugs are killed and don’t ruin our foods. I also have clean water with lots of fluoride added to help my teeth. I can buy lots of gadgets that keep me entertained too; I can’t even imagine how primitive and boring it must have been to live in the tribal days.
The money system really is well designed and it’s great that we’re able to borrow money from the banks to buy our own home and car. Even though there are a few corrupt people and politicians, there’s very little wrong with the system as a whole and I don’t need to do anything because there’s not much to fix. Plus, my only priority is looking after myself.
The government is doing its best to make my life and all our lives better too, so I’m lucky I live in such a free country. The politicians in my party are working for my interests, however the other ones aren’t. I hope they’ll give me more benefits when they get their legislation in. I know they’re spying on us too but that’s just so they can catch the terrorists. Oh god, they scare me. Those damn extremists are ruining it for all of us; it’s their fault there’s so much suffering in the world. We need to go and kill them all. If we bomb them to hell we’ll finally have peace. Well, that’s only if Russia, China, and North Korea stop being naughty though. We better deliver some much needed freedom to those countries as well!
All the laws are designed to keep us safe too. After all, if it’s illegal, it’s wrong and unethical. For example, if only people would wake up and stop doing drugs then there wouldn’t be so much crime, addiction and mental problems. Of course my depression and anxiety is kind of like mental illness, but it has nothing to do with the lack of self-empowerment and purpose I have in my own life, I have it because of my genetics, just like all of my illnesses. Thank goodness there are medications to fix me. At least I’m smart by following the rules and being a good citizen.
The education system has never been better as well, so my kids will grow up really smart and wise just like me. Hopefully one day they’ll go to university and become a scientist or academic just like the experts that we read about in the papers. Or maybe they can become a journalist and report on the truth that’s happening both at home and abroad. I might even see them on TV one day, which would make me so proud!
I can’t believe those crazy people believe all those conspiracies too. Damn nutcases! There’s absolutely no way that the truth is being hidden from me; I know more or less everything there is to know about what’s going on, so if there were people working in the shadows who want to rule the world, I’d know about it! The most powerful person to exist is the President of the Unites States of America, period. It’s as simple as that. I’m too smart to be tricked and besides…our government would never do any of that stuff to us.
I used to believe in fairytales, but not anymore. Now I understand that science knows basically everything there is to know about…well everything. Wow, look at the time I am late for my flu shot!