Going to school.
Working for a paycheck.
Societal norms like mowing lawns.
Sometimes I feel I’m lost in a mad sea of Manufactured Needs, and I’m one of the few who see it.
We in “industrialized nations” are told since infancy that our modern way of life is absolutely needed for our survival. But we are lying to ourselves if we really believe that. We really use cognitive dissonance, when we refuse to accept this is insane to keep our false sanity, to get by this sea of collective madness.
Most of these artificial, manufactured needs are not Real Needs.
Our real needs are few. Psychologist Abraham Maslow clearly identified them, such as companionship, shelter, food, and purpose, and if we are honest with ourselves, we know them instinctively and see the rest is a manufactured dream, or nightmare.
It saddens me a bit when I see hoards of fellow humans buying into those manufactured needs of illusion. Caught up in the storm of what we were told would make us happy, we destroy our generous earth, our relationships, even our own natural bliss.
I won’t lie it can be very hard to let go of our manufactured needs – to stop being alienated from our true nature and make our way to the shore. It goes with surfing waves of compromises sometimes, like mowing the lawn or using the car once a month, working less hours for a pay and spending more time with what is truly important.
We may focus on what we have control and treat ourselves with compassion along the way. We can consciously change ourselves for the better, and inspire others to do the same.
I have a sight on the repercussions of my less-than-perfect lifestyle, I try to do the best I can in my situation, and to better it always.
I rejoice in the fact that each conscious breast stroke keeps us in tune with ourselves, takes us closer to our real needs, and brings a better way of life on earth.