Many faces of self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion

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IL­LU­SION of grandeur looms in dif­fer ent ways that re­duces hu­man be­ings to just self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion ma­chines.

It is well man­i­fested in the con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous devel­op­ment par­a­digm that has only ben­e­fited and grat­i­fied one per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion called neo-lib­eral cap­i­tal­ism. How can that eco­nomic sys­tem ex­plain why the to­tal wealth of some eighty fam­i­lies in the United States equals the com­bined as­sets of 3.6 bil­lion peo­ple world­wide? Or why some 300 fam­i­lies in the Philip­pines aptly de­scribed as oli­garchs con­trol 72 per­cent of the coun­try’s econ­omy?

That growth-at-all cost devel­op­ment strat­egy is only suc­cess­ful in sac­ri­fic­ing the peo­ple and mother earth to the al­tar of greed and profit spawn­ing cli­mate change and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism that if not ad­dressed will end civ­i­liza­tion. No way can we rec­tify cli­mate change with the con­tin­u­ing emis­sion of car­bon diox­ide through the non-stop use of fos­sil fuel per­pet­u­ated by some 19 cor­po­ra­tions whose yearly rak­ing is five tril­lion dol­lars or 10 mil­lion dol­lars per minute.

Don’t you know that it is the con­clu­sion of sci­en­tists that in the next 50 years, if global warm­ing will in­crease by two de­grees Cel­sius, the ocean level will rise more than two me­ters high with the melt­ing of the 386-meter-high ice­berg in the Ar­tic and the Antarc­tic?

In­deed, the in­di­vid­u­al­ized pur­suit of wealth has brought forth a very ex­clu­sive eco­nomic par­a­digm, re­in­forc­ing so­cial struc­tures that breed so­cial in­jus­tice, gross in­equities and de­hu­man­iz­ing poverty. For those who have dreamt, strug­gled, sac­ri­ficed and even died, so­cial trans­for­ma­tion has been so elu­sive all these years de­spite 14 years of Mar­tial Law and two peo­ple-pow­ered rev­o­lu­tions. The struc­ture breed­ing poverty is still as for­mi­da­ble as ever. Self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion goes on with­out let-up, striv­ing for wealth, fame, power and recog­ni­tion, and in the process, begets po­lit­i­cal power.

Self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion has be­come very glar­ing now-a-days as ex­em­pli­fied by politi­cians run­ning for of­fice as Elec­tion Day nears. As usual, the name of the game is self-ag­gran­dize­ment. Has any­one touched on how to trans­form a highly skewed so­ci­etal or­der where eco­nomic power begets po­lit­i­cal power? Never. In fact, many of these can­di­dates are be­ing sup­ported by Car­tels so that when these can­di­dates win, their eco­nomic in­ter­est are well pro­tected and their heavy rak­ings con­tinue with­out let-up. I need not elab­o­rate on this as this is what you call legally, res ipsa lo­quitor.

Self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion comes from the egoic mind, al­ways striv­ing for wealth, power and fame and when these are achieved, self-ag­gran­dize­ment con­tin­ues as the hole is bot­tom­less.

The egoic mind if pos­sessed by lead­ers like Hitler and Stalin has caused the deaths of mil­lions of peo­ple brought about by ide­o­log­i­cal con­flict, con­quest and world wars, show-cas­ing col­lec­tive in­san­ity.

How can the egoic mind be si­lenced that em­anates from the mun­dane. The im­per­a­tive call is to de­bunk the mun­dane, the shift from the mun­dane to the sub­lime and spir­i­tual devel­op­ment. But even great re­li­gions have failed to cor­rect such fun­da­men­tal flaw. On the con­trary, so-called spir­i­tual lead­ers have amassed wealth and fame, bran­dish­ing egoic mind pre­tend­ing to be the “anointed son” of God.

Self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion has wrought havoc and em­i­nent cri­sis to hu­man­ity as shown in the lethal com­bi­na­tion of an ex­clu­sive and un­sus­tain­able eco­nomic sys­tem, flawed po­lit­i­cal ex­er­cise that saw the rise of self-ag­gran­dized lead­ers and so-called spir­i­tual lead­ers danc­ing to the tune of the egoic mind. The em­i­nent end­ing of self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion is now in the off­ing to be re­placed by a new age par­a­digm of spir­i­tu­al­ity that fol­lows the bi­b­li­cal lines, “serve the least of your brethren and you serve the Lord.” Re­mem­ber the song, “walang sino man ang nabubuhay para sa sar­ili lamang. Walang sino man ang na­ma­matay, para sa sar­ili lamang’.

The in­di­vid­u­al­ized pur­suit of wealth is now over. It is now re­placed by the col­lec­tive power of the peo­ple called co­op­er­a­tivism where so­cial jus­tice, eq­uity and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment are ad­vanced. From self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion, the call is now of ser­vice in the spirit of in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness as we be­long to one hu­man fam­ily. Yes, it should be pros­per­ity for all and no one shall be left be­hind. Po­lit­i­cal ex­er­cise will shy away from choos­ing self-grat­i­fied can­di­dates but those who will trans­form a highly skewed so­ci­etal or­der. From self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion to so­cial trans­for­ma­tion for peo­ple, planet, pros­per­ity and peace.

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