As the world succumbs to a corrupt form of conformity in which society mobilizes towards a criteria for success that is defined by wealth, power and deceit; the depravity of sentiment and hope becomes apparent to those who seek change and meaning in an existence that has been plagued with many more questions than answers.
The US government, once crafted as a system that would serve the interest of the people, has devolved into a system of plutocracy where corporations control both the government and the people. Corrupt aspiration led to the establishment of a country upon a fractured foundation in which civility and morality have long been forgotten. As the American people drink their coffee and ponder the sequence of events to transpire for that day, while blissfully listening to the sprinkler system water a healthy green lawn, millions starve a day due to the lack of basic sustenance that Americans take for granted. Society emphasized professional and the paradigm of a successful career as the objective of life, a path paralleled by isolation and depravity. Capitalism has driven the population to abandon their passion for the promise of riches. This unsustainable fiscal drive of greed and lustful indiscretion has marked the growth of a country into a tyrannical empire of multinational corporations, undermining the pursuit of the supposed American Dream. As politicians seat among their polarized party members, confident in their ideological extremist values, confident in their pledges to special interest groups and confident in their indispensability; the country spirals into anarchy. The symbolism of America’s greatness, a lure for the billions of aspiring CEOs, Lawyers and Doctors in the world, has lost its luster. The gilded age of American has revealed itself anew, illustrating that its internal mechanics are plagued with problems.
“Here in West Philadelphia, the legion of privileged college students are equaled only by the legions of homeless, and I find it increasingly hard to justify spending $55,000 a year for a fancy Ivy League education when a third of that could save someone’s life.” – Evan Hechtman, University of Pennsylvania student
Throughout history, there are countless examples of the corruption of America and its status as a superpower. It would only seem befitting for such a country to be home for the rise of a new wave of corruption in which corporations like Nestle and Nike manipulate foreign countries by reaping them of their resources so as to be dependent on their goods and investment. Corporations that provide arms to waring countries to influence civil war, so as to have more viability to oil fields. This new system, a new level of dictatorial hierarchy of greed, has come to define what America stands for. A country that survived a Cold War through the exploitation of underdeveloped countries truly inspires democratic values of equality and peace. The concept of proxy war seems vindication enough for the corruption to which America has been inspired to incorporate into every fissure of its foundation. At the core of capitalism is the drive for power through wealth and America fuels this drive by its foreign policy in the past and present, exploiting all countries too weak to fend off its grasping hands. Evidently, the capitalist structure of America has allowed for the fruition of corruption because of the country’s pursuit of power through wealth and foreign exploitation, leading by example the strength that come through such heedless negligence of morality.
“At the end of the day, you truly only have yourself, and that’s the hardest thing about life, the knowledge that you will one day look back on your life and not know how you will feel. In the end, you have to live with yourself, so don’t make decision based on other people’s or society’s expectations of what people should do.” – Oliver Acosta, George Washington University student
America’s history and its people have created an obscene and materialistic world which deprives people of their humanity. To exist in today’s society is to be defined by wealth, to risk falling into eternal damnation of poverty or conforming to the lines of exploitative elites, where the pursuit of endless amounts of money becomes the meaning of life. The government has alienated the people, leaving them alienated and politically homeless, allowing for a growing disparity between the leaders of this nation and its supposed Selectorate, those that the government was intended to represent. Without a guiding line, an enlightened despot to provide a meaning for this accumulation of confused and lost individuals has only fueled the growth of capitalism. Resorting to this primal instinct to manipulate and abuse others misfortunes has fueled the recession and the ineptitude for solutions, as those in control still benefit from the carnage that are short sales, fore closures and liquidation. Though times have changed and civility has come with modernization, the brutish profiteering of society has also modernized into the fiscal structure. The pursuit of power, of wealth, is the defining line of capitalist society. It is ingrained into us from birth and everyday society is reminded of the consequences of failure, of not being cruel enough to take at someone else’s expense.
“Life is a series of choices and what lies ahead of you will be the accumulation of these choices. You have the drive to be different, to challenge the system, and be happy. You need to realize that life is yours for the taking and just because life can be cruel, it does not mean that you have to succumb to blissful conformity.” – Michael Eylerts, Florida State University student
Be it denial or ignorance, the indifference of good people is the reason for so many of society’s problems. It’s the indifference of people that allows those truly corrupt and power-hungry to excel at staining society their capitalist stench. Corruption and intolerance in a world that is fueled by greed is what has grown to encompass the suburban family. For many people, life is simpler without delving into its hidden crevices but few have seen this corruption and senseless injustice that is depriving people of their rights.