Where do we start?

A point of view from Sean Henschel.

We live in a sick society where the mad lead the blind. The so-called modern man is obese and does not get enough air when climbing stairs, his skin is unhealthy and he is addicted to all kinds of things. He inhales toxic substances every day, drinks toxic substances and gets in a bad mood after five hours of sugar withdrawal. He regularly has back pain and knee pain, pulled shoulders, hammer toe and an unpleasant pelvic obliquity.

A healthy walk is no longer the rule, but the exception. Good interpersonal relationships are becoming increasingly rare and personality disorders of various kinds are on the rise. It is part of being human to cross boundaries and display irrational behaviour. Even pain and mental confusion can have its appeal. But when this becomes normal, man has a serious problem.

Of course there are exceptions, but these are strongly under-represented. The western world is considered highly developed and highly mechanized. A world that praises the domination and submission of nature as a remedy but is not able to satisfy basic human needs. Man is permanently monitored and in the near future in a cashless society will be urged to biometric facial recognition.

One could go on like this forever…

The status quo is so shocking that one quickly loses courage and only retreats into the private sphere. But social problems do not vanish into thin air through inactivity, and those who sleep in a democracy wake up in a dictatorship. People can no longer afford to moan all the time. But those who decide to change their own lives step by step are confronted with a condition which by nature causes problems for man, isolation and loneliness. The human being as a social being has a hard time with this, but unfortunately it is of little use to be the conformist in a sick society.

We have to think for ourselves and then we have to act for ourselves. Acting without thinking is dangerous and thinking without acting leads to nothing.

Let’s start by taking responsibility and looking at the small things that can be changed. The focus should be on what man can improve step by step and on which he has direct influence.

Consumer behaviour is one of the most important and strongest means of power still in the hands of the population. It is not the elites who leave the majority of their money in the hands of large corporations. They prefer to be owners rather than customers. In many cases, it is the money of the masses that flows off to the top as a profit distribution. Imperialism is visible everywhere.

Imperialism can be found on the dinner plate, in the bathroom, in the fridge, in the wardrobe and in the bedroom. Man displays imperialism and puts it in his mouth every day. He sorts socially critical books into shelves produced by companies that pay hardly any taxes and also sell poor-quality products. He prefers to buy new instead of restoring the old. Ironically the poor are the ones who act most contradictorily. Unfortunately, the chain of causal relationships is rarely disclosed.
Our attention span and ability to concentrate are deteriorating and we deal with trifles. It makes no significant difference whether we watch Germany’s Next Topmodel or the Federal Press Conference to then discuss the political farce. We deal with events that we can’t change and that don’t help us at all. As long as we’re busy fighting the old world instead of replacing it, we won’t make any progress.

Man has the chance to use the current means of communication to quickly and effectively propose alternative solutions. We have the choice. We can make comments that will allow us to enter into a constructive discourse on proposed solutions. We can add personal anecdotes and purposefully eliminate prejudices and refer to important sources of information.

The constructive discourse about our everyday consumer behaviour is already a very valuable step in the right direction.

Let’s talk. Finally, a quote from the theologian and philosopher Reinhold Niebuhr:

„God, give me the serenity to accept things I cannot change, the courage to change things I can change, and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other. „

This is a phrase that can be well thought through, regardless of whether one believes in God or not.


Thanks to the author for the right to publish the article.


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