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Our Civilization: The Usure

July 31, 2012

I’ve invested a great deal of thought into how to describe and talk about our civilization. One of the hardest aspects of that job is defining the limits of that civilization to my satisfaction. It’s easy enough to do if you accept the exoterric perspective, but for me the universe is a bit larger and more complicated.

Our civilization is not defined by humanity because there are humans that are not part of it, uncontacted amazonian tribes, or perhaps humans from other worlds or states of being.

Our civilization is not defined by nationality because that image has become an even more hollow tool of rhetoric than it was during the twentieth century. Americans and Chinese and Iranians and Brazilians all live by the same up and down turns of globalized world currency and commodity markets, operated and managed by different factions of the same class of persons with aligned interests.

Our civilization is not defined by religions or cultures because those terms have long since lost the power to define a way of life or subsistence, though it is the basis of more localized identity, prejudices and atrocities.

Our civilization is defined by two criteria, one minor and one major. The minor criteria is our technology and method of science which has provided us collective dominion over some grosser and simplistic aspects of physical reality. The major criteria is the system of banking and finance that has subtly enveloped, encysted and metastasized throughout our consciousnesses and our material sphere.

The terms by which a human life is now measured are the terms of a bank loan. Finance and banking are the systems of magical symbology by which order is maintained and right discerned from wrong.

I do not speak of greed, or acquisitiveness. Those qualities in one form or another have lived in every age. I am talking about he domination of the human consciousness by the unquestioned symbols of finance. I am talking about the debasement of quality, value and worth themselves. When all things are measured in terms of money then all things become equivalent, fungible, interchangeable and completely without unique qualities.

Money destroys everything because it renders everything equivalent.

We the people of this civilization are the Usure. Our lives are measured in terms of debt. We live by debt, we die by debt. Debt is our food and our shelter. Debt is our work and our lively hood. I say this because we have come to act, think and breath by usury. Usury of the Earth and usury of humanity. This is what has defined us. The system of monies that we have created and spread.

The Usure live in the Company Town. The Company Town is institutions and infrastructure, but it is also an idea. The Company Town is everywhere that we buy food and sell our lives for currencies that can be traded and exchanged in massive volumes on international, nearly invisible markets. Currencies that are given worth by our participation, our blood and our lifeforce, but that we cannot control. The Company Town is where everything you can do that the system recognizes as real feeds your life back into that system. It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor or an aid worker. What you do feeds back into the system that turns currencies into weapons.

These weapons are not swords or guns or bombs, though they are counted among the ranks. The weapons of which I speak are ubiquitous and pervasive. They invade every crevice, or space where they may live. They displace the spirit. They are mind weapons. They are weapons to attack the soul, to leave it injured and hidden. When a living being accepts that its self can be measured by quantity, by number and currency, then it has separated itself from the power of life. That being has accepted a little death into its heart and it will know death.

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