Question from the Internet:
“Are we building an increasingly mundane society?”
I don’t think we are building anything intentionally or purposefully — at least not yet.
So far, human history has been a blind and instinctive affair, our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, individualistic, and exploitative ego driving us to build and destroy civilizations and societies through the helplessly recurring vicious historical cycles.
And now, we have run out of steam; we have reached the end of this blind and instinctive egotistic and hedonistic development. There is simply nothing else we could find that can excite the self-serving and self-justifying ego. We have had everything — many times over — that a human being can get and consume for oneself. I am not talking about the part of the world that is still fighting for its daily necessities to survive.
I am talking about the overbearing and controlling Western society that is now drowning in its own overconsumption and ruthless competition to have everything others have and to succeed at the expense of others.
This is everything becomes dull and mundane; this is why we consider even the most disgusting or trifle things “iconic” and “historic,” and we are desperately searching for newer and newer “legends” to covet and worship but fall flat — and even flatter — each time.
In the process, we might sleepwalk into the next world war “to make things spicier,” justify our “amazing” weapons and shake up the world order while we become more and more helpless in solving the mounting global problems that threaten our existence.
Without a never-before recognized, truly Human evolutionary purpose, without shifting to a completely different value system and learning how to survive through a Nature-like balanced mutual integration, humanity has no future.
“Mundane” will soon turn into unprecedented and intolerable suffering. That might wake us up to search for the meaning of being “Human beings.”