Well the lies we tell ourselves in the mirror and the lies we hear from all around us sound so good, so if the lies feel good, then facing the truth must be hard and it hurts…
“The modern individual is committed to being successful, not to being a person. He belongs rightly to the ‘action generation’ whose motto is ‘do more but feel less.”
Perhaps mental health has little to do with the individual and more to do with the culture they were born into. It’s been said before, it is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
We’ve been led, and yes, I do mean led, deliberately so, by persuasive, scheming forces into believing we can buy our way to security, to happiness, and, even on a deeper level, to immortality.
Our deluded industrialized mindset, manufactured for us generation after generation, has us chasing empty pleasures and glittering gadgets at the cost of turning us into over-medicated debt-serfs.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Bernays used his uncle’s theories on the human psyche to develop “public relations” (aka propaganda) to help control and manipulate the mindset of the masses for the corporate elite.
In the words of the narration of a phenomenal must-watch documentary, The Century of the Self, Bernays “showed American corporations for the first time how they could make people want things they didn’t need by linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires.”
Big Business used these Freudian ideas for the crooked task of indoctrinating the masses into eager, devout consumerists. And they were successful.
As Jim Quinn put it in a great article:
“Generations have been socially engineered in government schools and propagandized through the techniques of Edward Bernays by the corporate fascists to believe buying baubles, trinkets, gadgets and luxury automobiles on credit makes them wealthier, when it only makes them debt-serfs.”
Keeping up with the Joneses has been ingrained in their psyches through the conscious and intelligent manipulation of their minds by the unseen forces operating behind the curtain. Whether you call them the Deep State or the invisible government, they represent the true ruling power of the country.”
Erich Fromm related our rampant consumerist society today to a soulless machine — a machine that is our God and we ourselves feel “godlike” by serving the machine. And ultimately it’s this machinery that gave birth to the “alienated character” we see all around us — people alienated from their work, from themselves, from other human beings, and from nature.
The cultural programming runs deep and it’s clear to see that our hearts and minds have been severed from the sacred.
As Freud pointed out in Civilization and Its Discontents:
“It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.”
It’s an empty existence, this object-oriented world we live in, and everyone knows it on a spiritual level. It’s not where it’s at.
As the character in Arthur Miller’s play, “The Death of a Salesman,” confesses at the end of his life: “I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been.”
What you and I consider “reality” is nothing but a thin veneer of illusions and lies and hallucinations that we’ve all been conditioned to agree upon.
In the words of the great propagandist himself, Bernays writes:
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”
We’ve all been lured into the trap which is why we’re so busy all the time running from one lame obligation to the next.
Snap out of it! Don’t be part of the fast food one click consciousness that ruins people’s life’s.