A mini history lesson and no greater subject for a Grim Truth!
The Industrial Revolution: the transition to new manufacturing processes in a period from about 1760 to 1820/1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing, iron production, increasing use of steam power, development of machine tools and the rise of the factory system.
As I write down the definition of this era I see all the positives it must have seemed was found with the emergence of invention and mass manufacturing capabilities. One person was no longer responsible for making things for themselves, products could simply be purchased and fit a certain quality or standard already agreed upon. It was an entirely new way of living that created efficiency, and jobs in industrial places (the rise of the city). We had a very similar revolution in this lifetime, the Technology Boom. The parallels are uncanny, an entirely unknown industry that sweeps people off their feet with the allure of the NEW! But with all things, time is the barometer that sheds light on the value, and quality of invention.
Still living in the midst of both revolutions, the byproducts that have come with them can be observed. The competition of products created branding, making tailor-made, one-of-a-kind products outmoded. To this day if buying clothes from box stores is a gambling that the styles and cuts will fit right. (Of course, they usually do not, which caused the backward sensation of trying to fit the clothes instead of them fitting the individual). Factories make massive amounts of quantity, causing both excess product and appalling air-pollution (London fog anyone?)
Sadly, both of these facts are reaching crisis mode for the planet since the surplus of production has only increased hundreds of years later. Imagine, hundreds of years of waste both floating around in our atmosphere and sitting in junk piles...
The earth takes large hits with our revolutions, and so do humans. Jobs may have been created because of the Industrial Revolution, but what kind? Factory working jobs, working in horrible conditions. Instead of people creating their own wears, factories made carbon copies of the same thing; a group of people doing horrible work so the masses could indulge in over-consumption. The work went from equality (carry one's weight) to a more drastic hierarchy system (poor factory workers, rich buyers).
Look at the work and the systems that are still in effect today. Do you work in a store? Collect modest wages, always complaining it is not enough to live the way you wish? You are the modern day factory worker. Sure, we have the best distraction a person could ask for (technology), but take that little phone away, and the drastic class system is just as real. The harsh working conditions may not leave you covered in soot, but the invisible chemicals and conditions in everyday stores will have a similarly drastically negative impact on one's health. All of this because we thought, "how nice to have machines make stuff for us." A simple need is taken too far; and still, riddles nations with the wealthy preying on the poor.
The only way to stop this power of companies is to take from the knowledge of what was before the Industrial Revolution and the Technology Revolution, become self-sufficient. It may not seem like it because we have become so reliant on corporations to take care of us but we can take care of ourselves. We did it for thousands of years, we can make our own clothes, we can build our own homes, we can grow our own food.
To be clear, I am not saying do not buy things; just less stuff and more essentials. Taking back the power in this world for the individual means becoming more self-sufficient. As the truth of the corruption of most companies continues to be revealed; as we see the fact that most care for money more than human life, it is obvious that we can take much better care of ourselves anyway. Why did we let ourselves be disabled by convenience? Why did we choose to believe our lives would be happier if we had more stuff?
History is our record keeper, and for the last few hundred years corporations have controlled the masses with our slavery to their creation of the need for convenience. Today the unrest is steadily reaching a climax however, and there is a demand for more quality of life. The time for the return for the power to the people has come. Companies rely on us, so buying smartly, and giving yourself the power to make and create things for yourself has never been more of a need.
What you can do:
-Support small, local business instead of box stores that support cheap factory work
-Support yourself by exploring what you can make/grow/build on your own
-Support ethical companies, do the research! If you want to buy something name brand, here are some questions to ask yourself: are their factories run off renewable energy? how much do they pay their workers? what are their working conditions?
The choice is yours...the future is yours...
Machines, chemicals, factories, pollution, abounding waste
farms, organic, clean resources, empowerment, uniqueness, being outside in nature, ridding the world of waste
Take some wisdom from today's history lesson, take it with you into the future so that history does not repeat but rather, propels us into a wiser future.
WORK HARD FOR YOUR FREEDOM.
Pictures for thought
over & out. ANgr