Recently I read a statement somewhere, that the poorer a country, the more religious and corrupt it becomes. Possibly so, but on the other end of the scale, the richer a country, the more exploitive and material dependent it becomes. Neither of them seem to be the answer for a healthy balance. Global warming and the present planetary condition is a clear indicator of this.
In fact both of them rely on an outer source to solve their problems. Be in an oversized religious figure or a material worship in the form of insurances, pension funds, etc. How else could we explain high pedestaled figures, like Bezos, Musk, Gates and so on? One of the material focussed extremes is shown in the 20 year Afghan war, that cost countless lives and destroyed millions of others, to seemingly safeguard the “freedom of a democratic lifestyle” some thousand kilometres far away.
Equally it is easy to blame Brazil for the deforestation of the rainforest, where in fact the very destruction is induced by western companies and the greed for more and cheaper resources. People that know Brazil, can testify that the destruction is solely done by European settlers, many of them recent immigrants, driven by material opportunism.
The problems we are facing today, seem to be of an inward, rather than an outward nature. The two extremes of rich and poor can only be solved by an inner process and the recognition that neither of the blind worships, religion and material possessions give satisfaction and peace. We, as humans have to start a process of migrating from our illusionary rationales of nationality, race, religion and have’s and have not’s towards humanity, recognising each and every individual as an equal life form, the world is not going to change. As my Yoga teacher, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi put it; “best is to meditate”.