The Cult of Capitalism holds us captive by threatening economic and social ruin if we should step outside its structures. Unlike other cults that are considered outside the norm, it has claimed center stage, and its propaganda appears to be unquestioned reality.
But this house of cards is built on one primary myth; that humans own the earth and have dominion over all its inhabitants.
These are the strategies that reinforce the myth:
First, it is necessary to isolate potential disciples of the cult from family and friends — in this case, the indigenous peoples of the earth and all other species. This disconnection is the key that keeps us locked inside the cult, which serves as our new family.
Second, the cult’s leaders create total dependency: to survive in this cult, we must serve the leaders who dangle the dream that one day we, too, may ascend the ladder of hierarchy to experience wealth and power.
Third, we are afraid to leave the cult because there is a belief that only poverty and isolation await us outside the group. To leave the group is to be stigmatized, criminalized and often institutionalized, or face homelessness and worse.
Isolated, dependent and afraid, we walk the streets of the walled city, buying temporary tastes of pleasure in the form of products that the cult claims makes us sexy, powerful and successful.
In the pursuit of “happiness” we are like dogs chasing a stick.
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