Look at the world around you. What do you see? More specifically, look at the people around you in society. What do you see? Most likely you see people racing to keep up with the norms of mainstream society or those who have given up all together and merely exist amongst the immense activity. Either way they are properly functioning in the rat race of life. How so? Because the system of the rat race is designed to keep you racing in the spiraling maze it has set up or completely defeat you and feed off your misery in various other ways.
You see, life was not made to function as a puppet of materialism, entertainment and a slave to money. These are all distractions which keep you chained to the master design of the rat race. Life was made for you to follow your ambitions, develop and grow as a person and analyze the ways of the world in order to create better systems for your fellow-man. The rat race voids all that out because it confuses you to believe your sole purpose in life is to accumulate more money than the next man. You become less focused on yourself and more focused on someone who has no sort of impact on your life. You become consumed with greed and envy and these vibrations permeate from more than you, spreading throughout the world and seeping into the consciousness of people who accept this mindset.
It is a never-ending race to the bottom but people continue to participate because they have been conditioned to accept it as the right way. The rat race has been conditioned in your mind since your early years of learning. You are taught to never question authority, chase the “American Dream” and be a dedicated worker whose sole purpose is appease their superiors. Better illustrated as a monkey in a cage who performs acts for their viewing audience in order to be awarded for providing their amusement. While participating in the rat race, you are doing nothing more than amusing those who understand exactly how the world functions and your role within this function. They understand you are a pawn in the game that fuels the wealth of the few; who are focused on accumulating real wealth and not competing with someone else who is only concerned with appearing rich.
Are you participating in the rat race of life? Let me rundown the symptoms:
• You are more interested in material attainment than personal development & growth
• You worship the appearance of money rather than recognizing its real role as a tool of freedom
• You are easily pressured to conform to the standards of society & compete for meaningless attention
• You let your job dictate your worth in society because it measures your “upward mobility”
• You believe higher education will guarantee a great financial future
• You seek to be led rather than lead
• You sometimes regret the cycle you are participating within but continue along because you can’t perceive beyond it
The rat race of life… a confusing and desolate existence that is hidden well behind feeding into programmed human desires. And don’t confuse me with someone who hates capitalism or wealth. I have a desire to be wealthy through my enterprise of systems that coexist with my values and ambitions. What I don’t participate in anymore though, is acquiring things just to come off as doing well to others. I am no longer competing for the attention of others. I am only competing with myself. The distracted can have the rat race, I seek freedom that will be accomplished by the results of my own actions of free will.
“How in the hell could a person enjoy being awakened at 6:30 am by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?” Charles Bukowski