Capitalism in America seems to have a particular knack for taking something of real human value and usefulness and turning it into something with monetary overtones. Corporate America is behind “mindfulness” training and awareness because it makes their employees more productive, more accepting of their exploitation, and their salespeople better mentally equipped to push their junk. Caitlin Johnstone unpacks:
“Colonialism, capitalism, consumerism and imperialism have left us so disconnected from ourselves, from our roots, from the land we live on and from any sense of depth that the majority of us end up turning in desperation to power-serving belief systems, not realizing what they are. We let old power-serving religions give us our spirituality. We let the news man tell us what’s good and what’s true. We let Hollywood tell us what’s meaningful, what’s worth living for, what’s worth dying for.
And it never satisfies. It never can. Trying to fill that hole we’re trying to fill with what mainstream culture offers us is like trying to quench your thirst with seawater.”