So forgive me, but as a "banker-by-day," this one has been burning away at me.
As American citizens in a consumer-driven society, we are slaves to a machine that is USING US TO POWER ITSELF. We are batteries for the American Economy. If we stop spending (rather, if we stop borrowing and overspending), America stops functioning. And I'm a part of it - or have been.
Trying to break free.
It's a slow, painful process. First, I have to admit that it's a problem. It doesn't matter that 99% of Americans are hooked on the same drug. It's killing us. Robbing our souls. The "Suicide Machine."
Then we slowly have to start making lifestyle sacrifices to get out from under it. Spend less. Save more... no! GIVE more. See, it robs us of our souls.
The Average American spends 101% of their income every year.
We are slaves.
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.
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Derek Web sings...
But I give myself to what looks like love
And I sell myself for what feels like love
And I pay to get what is not love
And all just because I see things upside down.
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