False Consciousness

What if I tell you that you are nothing but a cash cow?
They are making you chase the money,
For which you become their corporate slave!
Then the system steal all that wealth you gain,
By creating delusional reality,
Spreading lies that are now so engraved in your brain.

Look around, what you see?
Do you really think you’re free?
Wars, poverty, debts and sea levels all rising side by side.
And the wealth gap is gaping wide.
This is happening in front of you,
You know it too well,
But, you’re fallen into a common madness,
Where accumulating money is the only way to happiness.
Where beauty is all about hourglass figure and fair skin.
And you’re busy purchasing products, joining a gym.
because healthy means thin.

Oh, wait, who cares?
We love this game of money power,
A game ruled by a handful few,
But friend, you can’t really bite off more than what you can chew.

You are always busy comparing, despising and competing with one another,
Chasing bigger homes, bigger cars,
Creating conflicts, Crying for wars.
They divide and conquer,
And you?
You buy and sell and work and buy again!
End of this greed is nowhere in sight,
All you get is alienation, depression and mental pain.

They win every time,
Keep the oppressed oppressed
And prevail powerful in play.
Lying to you in a glorious way.

Go back in line,
With forgotten dreams,
Follow their commands,
Spend your labour
To fill their pockets.

You see all these,
Don’t you, honey?
But you prefer that sweet illusion;
Life, liberty and the pursuit of _____?

– Mahesh Mali

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14 thoughts on “False Consciousness

    1. I was addressing modern-day capitalism here, and I’m glad you come up with Vedic thoughts. There was a purpose to economic activity and our ancestors were acutely aware of it when they posited “artha” the material well-being, as one of the goals of life. They believed that the pursuit of money was proper because it created the material conditions for the pursuit of other goals. That good life also had other goals, in particular, “dharma”, the moral well-being, which was higher than that. This meant that there was a right and a wrong way to pursue wealth. Moreover, the pursuit of artha was meant to make the world a better place. In today’s language, we might say that money has a purpose- to lead a society from poverty to prosperity. But seems like we are so busy chasing artha that it has become is our only dharma.


      1. Human life has always been, is and will always be ‘ekangi’ adhering or sticking to any one of the Dharma Artha Kaam or Moksha… but a Mahapurush has a balanced attitude towards all four

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      2. At the same time what is Modern Capitalism? All these experiments have been done in India many years back… I feel Vedas are more modern than today’s modern world… always a step ahead…

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      3. I used the word ‘modern’ to address the time and not in terms of values.
        Btw, modern doesn’t necessarily mean the betterment, right? It is just a departure from the past.

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  1. I agree that the game of money has been overvalued in today’s world. Chasing money, then more money and then more money is a grand illusion. It is good that you are making people aware of it by writing about it. But my question is, then isn’t everything an illusion? What do you offer us to do instead of chasing money endlessly… I am just curious about your opinion on it.. great poem btw 🙂

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