Frustration is the flip-side of domination, and it’s a condition many of us adopt when encountering corruption. The terrible truth is that, no matter how hard we try, when caught in a system ruled ineptly from a distance by a select few using illegitimate force, it remains impossible for us to locate the exact source of the domination. Couple this with neither ability nor opportunity to think straight, and even in “informed, enlightened, educated societies,” we remain unable to nudge those who dominate off their perch. But although our thoughts may be short-circuited, we are not blind, and lurking underneath the facade of corruption are constant reminders that instead of having a part in any important discussion, we are presented with political bobble-head dolls or apologists and then coerced into nodding in agreement. Denied potent wealth and power organizations, the harder we work to break into the corrupt society controlled by the elite, the more we end up reinforcing it and supporting the same criminal structures that keep us down. So we feel as if we are constantly swimming hard against the current, yet making no progress – and the source of the strong-flowing floodwaters seems to come from everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

The truth is that the imbalance of the hourglass affects all levels of society, leading all people to feel fearful and unsettled. This insecurity cycles selfishness throughout a corrupted society, which triggers everybody to desire to accumulate more wealth and power. By denying power to those who need it (the poorer and middle classes), the wealthy dilute their own achievement. In an egocentric society, the more people have, the more they fear losing it. How do they try to reconcile this? By further mating wealth and power. However, forcing these together only diminishes the value of each and so escalates and expands the crisis. Property takes on a life of its own as it’s accumulated in unbelievably stupid and damaging ways, while the manufacturing process underlines a slavery model geared towards producing status symbols that can only satisfy a few selfish desires. Insanity has been described as continuing to do the same thing over and over while expecting different results. And so we become frustrated with each other and with ourselves; besides, if the whole world is insane, why bother fighting it?

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