Living virtuously, nobly, living your principles is a spiritual path, like being grateful when a dog doesn't bark. These are relatively easy things for every human being. Many people may be compromised and parasitic, but they could drop all of that and regain their humanity. Of course, capitalism creates a rapacious tone that is linked to crime and corruption. And we are all under this domain, this control. It seems so absurd to have to pay to live on this planet. We are the only creatures in nature that do this. There is no other way to hold everyone accountable for their actions, many people falsely assume. There is always a lot of work to be done in order to live and prosper and someone has to do it or civilizations would simply disappear like the pyramids in Mexico. Nature is unstoppable, and we are nature.
We are all trapped by the powers that be and we must transform ourselves to rise to the occasion. We are trapped because capitalism makes it impossible for us to see ourselves as one. It pits us against each other. We can never unite under capitalism. It's predator and prey, all the way.
Perhaps we need to think of ourselves as the same kind of animal. Most animals find the best way to live. Think of herds of buffalo or muskox, they live as one, in whatever way is best for everyone. The monkeys are more like humans and can live in a group that has toxic behavior. We are all experiencing life as a human. A very different kind of animal. Perhaps the most ridiculous animal of all, with our clothes, makeup, the way we walk and dance, so many things about us are ridiculous, but don't forget that ridiculousness has a very sacred aspect. If you think about it for a second, one could imagine that we all have something divine going through us, that makes us such a different kind of animal. The divinity is our consciousness. Knowing this, is what is unifying. Oh, you are my long lost brother...to feel this way about everyone. To leave the illusion of separation.
We can be controlled simply by the beliefs we hold. Chains and handcuffs are hardly necessary. It's like George Orwell's Animal Farm story.
"I call on my ancestors, I don't know them by name, I don't know where in the world they are from. But I ask them to help align my purpose with our highest collective purpose." someone else said that. Camus writes: "In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there was an invincible summer within me." In this, lies our hope, we will break through our cemented world of slavery like a plant growing through a crack in the sidewalk.