This 2006 documentary by Pria Viswalingam entitled Decadence: The Meaningless of Modern Life has proven to be prescient. In the first installment of the series, the decadence, chaos and nihilism we are only witnessing worsen a decade later in a culture that worships at the altar of shopping and eating out are examined.
It was this film, along with others that inspired me to leave the soulless emptiness of corporate America years later and chart a new course in life – free of materialism, consumerism, and the economic bondage that traps so many Americans by force of their own desires.
Since then, I’ve been forging a new path for other men to follow. To lead them out of the darkness I grew to hate so badly. One aspect of this journey has been adopting minimalism. The other (one which is still developing) is living an unapologetic, adventurous life as a world-roaming nomad.
There are some particularly revealing quotes from those interviewed by Pria sprinkled throughout the first installment of the series which focuses on the West’s love affair with money. Pria boldly asks, “Is this as good as it gets?” Which of course, any of us who have realized how the matrix manipulates our lives have to answer with an unqualified “NO!”
Petrea King from Australia’s Quest for Life Centre sums up the situation for Pria:
I think we’re completely lost. I think people know they’re living lives which aren’t deeply satisfying, aren’t deeply fulfilling.
Dr. Clive Hamilton of the Australia Institute links the empty, meaningless Anglo obsession with materialism to the skyrocketing rates of depression and SSRI use in the West:
We’re in a place where the economy is up, but our moral state is in decline. We did a study in which a third of Australians are taking antidepressants or other drugs for their psychological well-being. I mean if economic growth and affluence is so good for us, why are so many people unhappy?
And finally, William Bennett, Reagan’s education secretary puts it all into perspective, echoing the motto of the logo of The New Modern Man:
If we have full employment and great economic growth—if we have cities of gold and alabaster—but our children have not learned to walk in goodness, justice, and mercy, then the American experiment, no matter how gilded, will have failed.
As America destroys its own people by attempting to turn the nation into a Faustian economic machine – stripping people of their humanity – I for one refuse to participate in this ride and pulled the escape hatch. I now only have mercenary dealings with America, getting money and then quickly getting back out before being sucked back into the clutches of the machine.
There is more to life than continuing on the sleep-work-spend cycle until death. And one of my missions has become to show men how much life there is to live by running off the plantation.
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