When we are born we have a fully mature sense of emotions needed for survival. Fear, Pain, Anger, Love, and Pleasure. Emotional health begins when we see a loving face looking at us and us at them. Usually and optimally, this is parents. But now for the first time in human evolution, the child in no longer raised in the tribal society where genetic connections are not as important as tribal unity. We needed each other for mutual survival. Put a group of Americans on an Island somewhere and come back in a month and I guarantee everyone will be dead. We have lost our basic survival skills.
Through the lightning evolution that has occurred in the past 500 to 600 years, we have gone from tribal to agricultural to industrial and now to information ages. The western family unit is a dying form of coexistence. We no longer see the loving face because mommy and daddy both have to work. Then we learn language and are immediately taught concepts such as fear and punishment and death, all the brewery for all man's psychiatric woes.
I am 51. I have a sister who does not seem to care about me. A mother who despises me and a dead father. My dad had 8 siblings so I should have dozens of first and second cousins. But since I have no family tree, I could run one of the people over and keep going. As a child family was stronger. It was just after WWII. Now I am just alone seeking other kindred souls to find a divinity and spirituality and self appointed family that may work better than the biological family I was dealt. A sense of purpose on this Earth.
I am seeking others on this journey and quest. I do not know what to believe. At best, a person may know a great grandparent while that person lives. But what about 10 generations ago. I did not even know they had writing utensils 1000's of years ago so wear has all the prolific history come from. Who's words am I to believe. The Christians, The Jews, The Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims. How can it be proven who is right and who is wrong. For all I know, the sages of these stories were stark raving mad.
Who has time to read the great works of philosophers in this day and age. There are 6 billion people on this earth. In the US there are about 500 billionaires and 270,000 millionaires depending on which figures you believe. Globally the figure may be 2-3 times greater.
These people do not live a conditional existence as I and the remaining 4.5 pillion people live. Subtract another 500 million middle class leaves about 4 billion people in misery and suffering right. Maybe.
Of course money is great but it brings a great price. Business executives suffer among the highest depression rates ever recorded. Yet, African tribes untouched by western civilization, famine …