As English has become the language of the world, capitalism has become the world’s religion. Wealth is the only real god. Unlike the jealous Yahweh of the Bible whose very first commandment was “I am the Lord your God; you shall not have any other god besides me,” the god of capitalism says, “I am the only God who can buy up all other gods.”
Apart from a god (or many gods depending on their tolerance level), a religion requires certain norms and values by which people organise their lives. Capitalism has its own system of ethics and morality. Egotism and profiteering are the elementary lessons in the catechism of capitalism.
Every child is taught that it is special. It is brought up like a prince or princess. Pampered by parents at home, the educational system at school, and the businesses and their advertisers in the society, the child grows up seeing itself as the centre of the universe. The child grows up to be a monarch, the monarch of a little kingdom which is his private world, a small little world.
Ensconced on his/her virtual throne, the monarch establishes virtual relationships through a smartphone with other monarchs. It is the most sacred duty of every monarch to make conquests. The only purpose of existence, reads the capitalist catechism, is to make profits. At any cost. You can sell anyone for that purpose. Including parents. Use other monarchs to make the conquests. How you use them is your own affair – laissez-faire. All is fair that brings in the fare.
Relationships are either diplomatic strategies or casual affairs. The former rakes in the moolah while the latter panders to the body. The body is divine, dictates one of the commandments in the capitalist catechism. Pamper it with savoury foods, branded dresses, and all the luxuries possible including the one night stands or ten night affairs.
Once in a while visit some Guru’s convention at the makeshift pavilion built on the bank of a holy river and learn how to supersede the sanctity of the nature with a wealth of verbosity (and possibly some plastic smiles). Make a video clip of one of the many jokes cracked by the Guru and send it instantly to all the friends on half a dozen social networks.
Networks matter a lot, says the catechism. Your opportunities lie therein. Watch out for the next prey. Watch out for your own safety at the same time. We are the prey and we are the predators. While we are at the game, let us take a break and play by texting jokes and exchanging new age gospels. We need the game in order to ward off loneliness.
PS. Written for Indispire Edition 149: #AloneInWorldOfTechnology