Opportunity and dangled carrots (temptations presented to us through the media) are distorting our picture of the world. They are making more and more people of this world, rather than of spirit and merely living in the world.
The Corporations are selfish entities frequently run by equally selfish individuals. It is in the corporate interest to sell us their products and to make more and more profit. By law they are required to do this, even if it means causing great harm on the world and society.
Increasingly, the call is to great division. We have become increasingly polarized -- one group set against another. Our egos have been manipulated and we have self-sorted ourselves into neat little packages for greater manipulation and control.
The aim of any human, especially in this age of critical social mass, is to reduce ego. Don't react to the Corporate stimuli of 9/11, terrorism, illegal aliens, drugs and the like. We should learn to let go of attachments, especially to the source of all attachments -- ego.
Increasingly, we should reduce the importance of earthly things in our lives. We will have help in this, but most people will not see it as help and will suffer greatly.
Those who suffer the most will be those who are the most polarized. When we go to the middle -- meek, quiet, loving, fearless in their faith in God, and responsible for even the madness around them -- we find solace in things not of this world.
When we return to spirit, then we honor the purpose for which these human bodies were originally created. They are vessels for helping us return across the river of darkness to what the Buddhists call the "paramita" (the other shore -- the perfections of things we see in this world). We need to let go of the dichotomous things of this world, because they are false. They are unreal and impermanent.
The realm of spirit is the only place of any permanence. This is our home.