Imagination is a crucial strength of man.
It’s, unfortunately, also a big part of the problem. I’m not generally about conspiracy theory, but over the past 4 or 5 years, I’ve lost the ability to deny the existence of certain forces. Any sort of undoing of what has been done to us in the last hundred years or so — by way of mass media, propaganda messaging, manufactured consent, thought standardization, and systematic desensitization — seems insurmountable. We have pretty much succumbed to the idea of the elite few controlling the herd mentality of the masses. We are inundated with propaganda telling us who and what to like and dislike, how to think, where to spend our money, who to blame for our problems…we’re like boiling frogs; we don’t even see it coming. Then when we finally do, we’re already stuck there.
So, when people see no way out of the situation they’re in, what do they do? They rebel the only way they have left: They escape. As described by Aldous Huxley in the preface to Brave New World:
“In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies — the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”
We will find anything and everything we can that will take us out of the present moment where we feel impotent to change our circumstances. So, we buy the horseshit they’re selling under the category TRUTH. We imagine a better tomorrow without ever doing the grueling work required to ensure one, because IT’S ALL GONNA BE OKAY! THEY SAID SO!!
I need a nap. This hurts my everything to think about.