And it finally hit me has I was reading something about Inuit legends and how they have roamed the white covered ice plains of the high artic.
Time. Even more tragic then money, time was the most awful creation of our modern western society. Time is the prison in which we chose to lock our selves.
An Inuit said that the difference between their original way of life and the newly acquired western like living that the modern world brought into the Artic was this new concept of time. The idea that time spent waiting is time of your life that goes to waste. The concept that when you are not doing something "usefull", you are wasting your life. The Inuit believe that things happen in their own course, time is of no importance. If you must wait for two days until the seal you are trying to hunt shows her self over the hole in the ice, those two days were not wasted, and it was just the way the world is.
This simple concept, this apparently easy way of accepting the world has it is without imposing our own logic, without expecting things to follow our ever-tighter schedules is, in my opinion, the main reason for the downfall of our way of living.
Or do people still think that everything around us is still OK, that we are evolving towards the perfect society (and I don't mean this in a socialistic framework)?
Read the statistics, look around you... People are unhappy, depression plagues western countries like the dark cloud of the bubonic plague of the Middle Ages. Stress related diseases, heart conditions, anorexia burns like fire within our youth, psychiatric disorders are at an all time high, suicide rates reach absurd levels in countries were life quality is believed to be the best in the world. A greyish gloom hovers over our fast paced lives. People can't leave without consuming absurd amounts of caffeine, anseolithics, anti-depressives. Why not make marijuana legal everywhere? It would be just another quick solution to a far more overwhelming problem.
The problem is easy to pin-point, but extremely hard to solve: we were made believe that every second of our lives not spent doing something useful is time when we are wasting our life, the only one we have. This means that even in does few moments of rest we still have, we must try to keep ourselves busy, if we are not working we are studying, hobbying, filling our time in any way possible to avoid the emptiness of wasted time. We drain our selves to a ragged piece of tiered human cells and organs, too drained to go on without chemical or psychiatric comfort.
Throw your clocks away. Tell your employers to screw themselves when they ask you absurd deadlines, cherish the time you have for doing absolutely nothing. Go to nearest and beach and spend a few hours staring at the never-ending beauty of the see, visit the closest forest and let your self be comforted by the sights and sounds that surround you. Take the one you love in your harms and hold them regardless of the time that passes, of the many things you "must be doing" elsewhere. Forget about time, forget that it ever existed. Maybe there is still hope for us, if we can ever forget this dreadful idea that time is our enemy...