The other night, I was watching a documentary about American Jihadists, and I saw a comment which resonated with me. The person basically said that at least the jihadist in question was standing up for a principle, something to live for while the average American youth is preoccupied with McDonalds, drugs, and porn. The person does have a point in that our country does seem to bow to the altar of money. The unfettered corporatism that dominates the western world has become the opiate of the masses. The west has been bought off with Apple Products, Starbucks, and football. With the subtraction of God and other traditional values, there was a vacuum created in the world. Something had to fill the vacuum and the corporate world was quick to fill the void. I am not a bible thumper, but I do have to raise the question as to what are we living for? Are we simply living to accumulate this useless junk which is being pushed on us by endless amounts of advertising by the corporate world, or is there something more? I am trying to find the answers to this question myself, and so far I would say that a good place to start to find the answer is the relationships you have with people in life such as family, friends, and significant others. In these you can start to find a deeper meaning to life. In the west there is a bankruptcy of meaning, and as a civilization we need to find something soon or we will implode.
-Kole Elyon Olam