Well! It’s been awhile and after some prompting from some rad readers, it’s time for me to get back on the blogwagon. Today I want to write about my interpretation of a Lauryn Hill lyric, “Let’s love ourselves and we can’t fail to make a better situation”
Everybody in the world needs to learn how to truly love themselves, because then, and only then, will all bigotry and war end. Negative actions such as acts of bigotry, and war arise out of pure fear. If everyone were secure then they would not need to oppress others to ensure their own status. People that bully others are only doing so because they hate themselves on some level. I know this because I was once like that, I was so jealous of people that “performed better than me in life” that I was a bitch to them.
Collective self-hate culminates in collective debt. Look at USA, it is a tragic country that is in a mess – their national debt is actually equivalent to their national wealth. This is because people are unhappy and insecure and driven to spending money that they haven’t earned, to buy things that they don’t really want, to prove their worth to people that they don’t actually like. In the USA, the average person is exposed to around 3000 marketing messages per day. PER DAY. That’s a whole lot of “hey you’re not good enough” to have to endure all the time, and it is enough to give anyone insecurity and low self-esteem. Studies in the US have shown that girls aged 8 years old are dieting, and in surveys have advised that they would rather lose an arm, a parent, or get cancer, than be fat. So there you go. An entire country filled with people being constantly driven to hate themselves by the media, leading to a gun-obsessed, angry, miserable nation. And this self-hate leads people to try to better themselves by – you guessed it – BUYING MORE THINGS. Bullying in schools is out of control, regardless of this special attention that is being paid to combating it. Why is bullying more prevalent than ever? Because forty years ago, kids weren’t constantly sucking up advertising everywhere they looked, and in turn feeling miserable about themselves and taking it out on other kids. Kids just had fun, for fucks sake. Everyone had the same things because there wasn’t so much junk constantly in production. Forty years ago, you had a bike, some dolls, some sports gear and a dozen sweet huts in the neighbourhood that you made with your friends. And you can bet that not one 8 year old forty years ago would choose to lose an arm or a parent over “getting fat”.
Collective self-hate also leads to war. I’m not going to name about any religions in particular, but you know who you are. The slaughter of millions of innocent people because of your need to play “I have the better imaginary friend and he said I could play on this land” is disgusting and no person that has true love for themselves and others would ever facilitate or condone those acts. This is why I cannot take those religions seriously, my faith is in myself only. I don’t need texts written by misogynist fucks way back when, to dictate to me what I should and should not do in my life. Self-awareness and self-love is a powerful tool. If you are a person whose actions come from a place of love and do not harm others, then there is nothing wrong with the way you live your life, and you are most not definitely going to end up in any kind of “eternal hell”. So just continue to be a good person, we need more of you in this world!
The aforementioned Hill lyric is later followed by another, “And the ones on top won’t make it stop – so convinced that they might fall”. Referring of course, to the corporate giants and people in power – who rely on everyone’s self-hate, so that they can continue to enslave us into debt, into our shopping addictions, and into eating the processed food that they put on the shelves. Because when people love themselves they want to nurture themselves and they have the motivation to live more self-sufficiently. And if everyone did that, the multi-trillion dollar corn syrup industry would go bust and the ones on top would indeed fall, and so it is important for them to continue feeding us marketing to keep us unhappy, to keep us eating the processed junk and to keep us trapped into debt and trapped into shitty jobs to pay our debt. Jobs that make those guys richer.
OK It’s been a long day and some of this is just starting to make me sound like a conspiracy theorist, so I will wind this up here, haha. But my main point is; LOVE YOURSELF!!! THINK about whether constant spending is actually making you happy. LOVE other people and EMBRACE everyone’s differences instead of acting bigoted and feeling superior just because you experience white/rich/male/thin privilege.
I will write a funny post next, I promise!!!
Love, Chelle xoxooxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxox