I didn't abandon the status quo, it abandoned me. Too many sociopaths and soul killers took their inevitable toll on all aspects of my life. Until it was no longer recognizable. The feelings of alienation that grew unchecked for years and decades ultimately led to my logical abandonment of all things superficial aka. "Globalization".
Unlike most, I wasn't willing to self-medicate away these problems, so I meditated them out of existence. And in doing so I simplified my life to the bare minimum.
Unfortunately, most people we know are not willing to cleave themselves from this era's suicidal zeitgeist of mass consumption. Hence, they self-medicate via all of the devices corporations put on offer. Most will never acknowledge that they are not actually living, they're dying.
It's sadly ironic that the Boomer hippie generation of peace, love, and harmony were the ones who took the corporate lifestyle to its logical dead-end "infinite growth" fantasy conclusion. They took the very thing they railed against during the '60s and put it on 10x leveraged steroids - systematically abandoning quality for mass produced quantity in every direction. Commodifying everything in the process - land, labour, life itself. Now, with 1% having more wealth than everyone else combined, they still lack the honesty to admit their ponzi model has failed. Quite the contrary, they're doing "whatever it takes" to keep it going. Intellectually, financially, and morally bankrupt.
Granted, it takes someone who is fairly anti-social to let society pass them by and not to compete on any level. I understand why most people capitulate to the status quo - they're keeping up with the Kardashians. And in doing so, they themselves must project de rigueur fake confidence in the "steady state" of disintegration. Keep smiling like a trained circus clown.
Cobbling together the elusive scraps of yesteryear to create the delusion of the indefinite status quo becomes harder by the day. Soon there won't be enough Prozac in the world to make that possible. Nevertheless, they assiduously cling to a superficiality which demands as its toll, health of mind, body, and soul.
Selling the very things we will need to survive and thrive in the days ahead.