Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Bankers: “Parasites” in our Social Wood

Bankers are a species of tree, as it were, in the wood that represents society.

It is difficult to see the wood for trees, because very different from what we have been taught it is like, and because so much is hidden underground.
The hidden roots of the “banker trees” are drawing nutrients parasitically from the rest of the wood – which is why they have grown so tall and prosperous. While above ground, we only see how dependent everyone is on them.
If a host is dependent on a parasite, strictly speaking it’s not a parasitic, but a mutualistic relationship (which is what bankers want us all to believe, of course). Only in the case of human society, the parasites have made their hosts far more dependent on them than they need be, in orderto take far more than they are giving or deserve.
Only it’s not just bankers who are taking far more from society than they are giving or deserve – which is why no (effective) action is taken against them. Society is, in fact, a tangle of mutualistic, semi-parasitic and fully parasitic relationships, which everyone is afraid of exposing to the light of day (especially those doing well for themselves), for fear they might lose their own advantage.
Society is a self-exploiting organism (a product of man’s misplaced and perverted Darwinian nature), making it inherently unjust, inhumane and unsustainable.
We are half aware of this, seeing OTHERS as exploiters, but not in ourselves. The political right sees the liberal left as out to exploit their hard work, savings, talents and entrepreneurship (for the benefit of themselves and their less hard-working, less talented, less entrepreneurial and “disadvantaged” clientèle), while the liberal left see the political right and capital out to exploit ordinary workers, while shirking its responsibility for the poor and disadvantaged.
If we want our civilisation to survive – which I assume most of us do – we have no choice but to change this. It’s a BIG challenge, which some think not worth even trying to rise to. But if we don’t try, we are not just giving up on ourselves, but on our children and grandchildren as well.
The first thing we have to do is recognise and develop a sound understanding of the perverted Darwinian nature of society as it currently exists.

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