The Human Economic Productive Unit
In modern thinking, man is nothing more than an E.P.U. – an economic productive unit. In the days of communist Russia, this was one of the regular criticisms by the West of the Communist System, and of Russia in particular!
And now here we are!
However, Russia then may have provided better for its E.P.Us than we do today. The Russian people generally had shelter and all were eligible for employment.
Roots of Violence!
Each of us in today’s western world must produce and must be labeled. People are not valued as Persons, but as machines of production. Pin numbers and such like should not be considered proper identifiers of unique human beings. They are just digits in a row.
Much conflict arises out this dehumanizing of mankind. Violence is widespread today. Pope Francis, in his document Evangelii Gaudium , among many leaders, identifies poverty and deprivation as the foundation stones of a violent society. Deprivation and poverty are inevitable as long as mankind is seen as an economic production unit. Men and women, treated like machines, break down, and are useless if they are only production units.
The Purpose of our Educational and Medical Systems
Our Educational and Medical systems are designed to keep us productive. Our housing and infrastructure is informed by exactly the same philosophy – that of ensuring that all people are productive. Hence, human beings who were designed to walk and move and run, who need space for both physical and mental health, are packed ruthlessly into cities and towns. Like battery chickens in a broiler house. Like those chickens, we will have shorter lives. And when we have outlived cost effective production capability we will have an engineered demise such as the wonderfully disingenuously named “Liverpool Pathway”. But we will have been productive to the maximum so that will be deemed a suitable exit.
Meantime, our souls can atrophy and our humanity can be changed and conditioned to accept all manner of things. Our democracy has been incinerated in a furnace fuelled by media speculation and a developing ignorance founded on a subservient education process.
The powerlessness of the citizenry gives rise to an ever increasingly angry society and conflict inevitably arises out of anger.
An inaccessible Justice system
We have a justice system which is inaccessible to the majority and policed by rapacious counselors where admittance to its decrees is determined by the size of a wallet or the extent of investments. Justice has no part. Again, a citizenry which is powerless.
Special Production Units
There are those whose only “production” is to check on the economic production of others. They reside in stylish offices and pass their days peering into their computer screens. Some are the our judges in the banks, who make decisions about our future as business people, who determine if we have employment or not. Some spy relentlessly on us and are public servants. Are such persons not the agents of modern day slave masters? Are such persons not also the modern version of the hated Land Agents who bullied Ireland in a previous century? Did the wealthy masters of those same Land Agents not cause the Great Famine by engineering a change in the Irish Economy?
There are those (and we often sneer at them as prophets of doom) who believe that widespread food shortages are going to be soon a part of our modern world. In many places this is already the situation. Once again food shortages and want will have been engineered. But this time it will be by large corporations peopled with the spineless agents of Global Investors who look down on humanity from their high perches and see most of those they lord over as mere Economic Production Units.
The Real Human – Deserving better.
It has been my privilege to know people who were not movers and shakers of industry or masters of some vast economic universe. They did not engineer, did not email, did not write code. They did the ordinary things such as… be mothers and fathers to their children, act as carers of their elderly relatives and neighbors, be respondents to those who were depressed or lonely. And a great deal more.
Alas, it is these human beings who are the ones now suffering and left penniless.
Were they not productive? Economically and also as decent human beings? Do they not deserve better?
The words of the poet, James Shirley, come to mind…
“Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in their dust”