How should other people be different… or should they?

M.W. wrote: ““We live in a society of addiction. Fake desires are created and pushed on us in the guise of spiritual or selfimprovement ideals, and we do not learn to recognize or act on our real desires. Trying to be something you are not is the cause of human suffering. This is addiction. From the ultimate pop star to a homeless person, we are trying to get somewhere as if we are not already the unadorned marvel of life. The solutions to our plight are usually more of the same: one stronger pill after the other, one exaggeration after the next, as despair increases.” ”

JR replies:

“Fake desires” are programmed in schools (and churches… and media). The teacher provides the questions and then also rewards the approved answers. Curiosity may be punished (as distracting from the holy curriculum). We are trained what to be paranoid about (alarmist about) and, by implication, anything that is not publicized as important is presumed less important than the highly-publicized “crisis.”

The basic propaganda issue is the dividing of life in to “how it should be” and “how it should not be.” That training creates a chronic tension to present to others (truly or not) that one is “how one should be” and to repress or hide or distract from “how one should not be.”

Why the hysterical arguing over something like cholesterol or vaccines or global warming? It is because people are so terrified of being revealed to be wrong. The arguing may eventually take the tone of a hyperventilating panic: “I am not open to unfamiliar information because I am a skeptical scientist!”

The paranoia tends toward delirium. Paranoia about what? It may be as simple as this: “how dare anyone accuse me of ever having experienced fear?!?!?”

Shame is the dominant theme of so many people’s lives. The pinnacle of shame is the rejection of competitiveness (AKA “responsibility, self-interest”): the idea of doing something with a preference for my own welfare (or that of my family,business, nation,etc) over an obsession for the alleged welfare of “the greater good.” It is an obsession with social approval. It is crippling- or an indicator of someone who has been emotionally crippled.



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