Let’s change the focus a little bit.
There is a tendency among people to complain about the ruthless power of the few. We all like to put the world to rights in private conversations, but few pause to think just how much they had contributed to the power acquisition process.
Here is one example. When was the last time you ordered something on Amazon? Mine was exactly.. let me see… around the year 2001. My first order was in 1998. Yep, a few books. They were cheap as chips, arrived neatly packed in one box and on time; the whole experience was trouble-free. Amazon then was no more than an online book store. I remember its basic, but easy to navigate website layout and a massive choice of books, including the most recent publications.
A couple of years later I bought a few more items, mostly some electronic stuff, again all easy experiences. Then I stopped. I never bought anything on Amazon ever again. I have no idea why. But perhaps, it was the same inner sense of ‘something isn’t right here’ when I first saw the concept of Facebook in 2006. No little me on Facebook either, and who cares, correct?
Well, perhaps you should. Enter 2020 when Amazon not only dominates the online commercial real estate, but is a serious player in space race, cloud computing (three times the market share that of all other big players) and soon – politics and legislature. An integration of Alexa was nightmarish to begin with. Now Amazon is hosting cloud computing for countless companies, big and small. In other words – it functionally owns them. It is turning itself into something indispensable, a fully operational global network that has a controlling stake in many vital industries and activities.
There was this movie I saw a long time ago. It was about the future world where everything on earth was controlled by one satellite company that positioned itself in space, away from the actual planet; omnipotent and ominous in its total reach, but unreachable itself.
It’s becoming a reality. Jeff Bezos is planning the first livable pods around the planet, like space colonies. Think of the potential to dominate there. Should you not comply, one turn of the switch – and you are out of oxygen. Care to protest now, little pumpkin? After all, Amazon did something metaphorically similar with book publishers and other undesirables who dared to voice an opinion about Amazon business practices.
These are not ideas of a faceless corporate entity. These are ideas and ideals of one man who speaks softly and carries a big stick. But who gave Jeff Bezos unprecedented in human history wealth and, let’s face it, by now – the power that can rival any government?
YOU. By making a mindless choice to support the platform that is essentially as exploitative as the Chinese sweat shops. You have enabled it, without thinking how those speedy deliveries happen, what it costs for them to arrive at your door, how low prices are kept low.. oh well. Amazon warehouses are described as ‘existential shitholes’.
Kinda close to the subject of this website which is – REALITY.
What does it have to do with Reality and enlightenment? Everything. This IS Reality, not the stale discussions on what awareness is. THIS is awareness of your world. And I’m punching the hole in the awareness levels, driven by personal incredulity at our collective lack of foresight and our eager acceptance of the Trojan gifts, as long as they come cheaply packaged and delivered.
Do with it as you wish.
The documentary below is well worth watching.