I think, instead of being afraid to change, they don’t even realize there’s an alternative viewpoint. Western culture, meaning the Imperial European culture of the 15th through the 20th centuries decimated essentially all indigenous populations around the world. They effectively destroyed any alternative culture. Many of these societies had quite a different view of life. The native Americans couldn’t even grasp the concept of land ownership for example. These societies were based on much more socialistic principles. They had to be, selfishness was fatal. It’s only in the largess of a free, capitalistic, resource rich society, preying on weaker populations, that there exists the luxury of being selfish to to that degree. We still do it, when was the last time a successful cellphone was made in the USA? We exploit cheap overseas labor to build the products we consume to keep us “competitive” with our next door neighbors. We never even bother to think “do I even need this product?”. Maybe I could just stop in and actually have a face to face conversation with my friends? Or, maybe I could just go for a walk in the woods. Are there any free, public woods nearby? Just the fact that we have to ask that question is mind boggling to me. It should all be free. It should all be unownable. But it’s not, not in the world we live in today. But we do have the power to change things. The question is, do we have the balls to try?

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