The Intolerability of Merciless Prosperity

Thema1 Those who live in prosperity are well off... But are we well? Really well? Or only apparently good? Or what are the things not running well - doing worse?

Humanity is not necessarily an attribute to prosperity.

But it should actually be easier when "the economy" is humming and our lives allow us to consume to the point of tiring. 

Lived prosperity often shows its most unpleasant side - which quickly becomes arrogant, stupid, marginalizing and being merciless.

We have already grown up in a world of prosperity, we have been able to do or refrain from everything, to live our lives, seemingly without fixed rules and limits, with so much freedom.

We take what we want, constantly on the hunt for something "better". Searching always for an even better bargain. We want EVERYTHING. 
This is how multicorporations, banks and politicians have been selling it to us for decades: Constant growth!

We greedily plunge into everything that can satisfy our appetite for consumption.

Does this indescribable greed for more have its origin in ourselves, in an inner emptiness that wants to be stuffed? Are these higher, further, faster, richer proliferations on the material level our answer to the expansion of the universe? But why doesn't humanity, caring, empathy also increase? Is this lack of equal growth in these areas the price on the spiritual level?

So where does this excessive greed and the associated destructive frenzy in the inner and especially in the outer world lead us?
We know quite well what is good for us - for our health, the environment and society - yet we do not act accordingly. Why? What forces us so vehemently into self-sabotage?  Why do we saw so consistently at the branch on which we sit?
Thema2 Is it this subliminal intolerability of such a perfectly styled life in our "1st world"?
Is it the enormous discrepancy between our inner feelings, our emotional pains, traumas, fears and these external constraints that massively suppress any expression of it?

How does it lead to such a distorted self-perception that we act against our better knowledge and conscience and ruin our own health or, as a consequence, our entire existence on this planet?

On the one hand, how great must our self-loathing be, how unloved, worthless and useless must we have felt in our childhood, that we no longer have respect for ourselves and above all for others, that we misinterpret our own behaviour or no longer trust ourselves to be able to save the world or at least our own life.

On the other hand, we are already prisoners of our own hubris and believe we have everything under control or at least will get it soon.

Thema3And in doing so we overlook or repress those who pay the price for our greed. We face away - quite consciously. We live out of the full and deprive others of their freedom and their lives.

But to live in freedom without the awareness that we are dependent on others, on nature, makes actually no sense.

And then "the others" come - refugees, become more, stay, take away the hope of the poor for work and provoke the feeling that their social welfare money is taken away. Fear builds borders, hope and community could overcome them.
But the fear of the unknown makes us fall back into the Stone Age, and we hardly recognize ourselves.  This lack of emotion, which began in the first third of the last century with inhuman, genocidal dictatorships introduced by the leading cast, has now reached the bottom of normal everyday life.

The slogan of the economy and politics "Keep it up!" is less and less effective. But the alternatives are not clear, they are still tender plants of hope.

The fact is that the consumer fixation of Homo Oeconomicus, with which neoclassical economic theory tries to depict human behaviour until today, is no longer up to date.  The Homo Oeconomicus is selfish and self-centered beyond measure.
In numerous field studies and laboratory experiments, however, this basic assumption has long been refuted.
Fairness, solidarity and cooperation are also part of human nature.

Thema4But how can we revive or transform our spiritual parts in such a way that we can once again provide more empathy for our fellow human beings and above all for our environment?

Could maybe art and especially dance help us to reintegrate ourselves into our natural processes and to become aware of our emotional potential and develop it?

Dance and yoga, art and music are symbolic forms of communication that our soul can understand, because they are fed with images and energies that touch, move and take hold of it deep at our core.

At the very least dance can act as a key to reopen the locked treasure chest within us to unleash our compassion.
We have to learn again to allow more human depth between us, so we can finally realize that our entire physical outside world, the Matrix, only functions as a mirror of our own soul.

With our collaborative dance we will take on the impoverishment of our sensibilities and will try to transform the enchantment of our souls in such a way that we can consciously devote ourselves to our responsibility towards our environment, our inner development and our fellow human beings once more.

Dance as transformation…

delta RA'i - July 2019
(Thanks to Caprice & Gregor for their helpful support)

all photos: ©2015-BeatrizGuzmann