By Peter Tocci
Today’s world looks quite chaotic, threatened and stressed. But could the players and motives commonly cited by investigative journalists be symptomatic first, causal second?
Issues come ‘fast and furious,’ such as ever-increasing threats to health, freedom, self-determination, and most critically to the ecosystem, thus survival.
Technological society (TS) now faces conversion from an ‘analog’ form of socioeconomic and political thralldom (sold as freedom) to a digital, microwave-mediated, robotized, total-surveillance and direct human-control system, where one’s thoughts, feelings, choices and behaviors can be (wirelessly) programmed.
The hypothesis here is that the chaos, threats and stress, regardless of commonly perceived motive/sources, are ultimately symptomatic of a form of societal mental illness. Or perhaps more accurately, a predisposing psycho-spiritual imbalance.
TS has traditionally been primed and ready to identify individual mental-emotional imbalances, recognized by the affected individual or not. For example, suicidal tendency is usually characterized as a mental illness.
But if, as suggested here, there is a specific, fundamental, conditioned or/and reinforced collective imbalance, might we have been, and be, a bit slow to acknowledge and, especially, address it? If a pathological condition and its attendant thoughts, beliefs and behavior are widespread/dominant, does the syndrome becomes ‘normal’?
It’s suggested that a normalized systemic imbalance is the paradigm, or soul, of cultures that develop and embrace ever-advancing technology:
What good man would prefer a country covered with forests and ranged by a few thousand savages to our extensive Republic, studded with cities, towns, and prosperous farms, embellished with all the improvements which art can devise or industry execute, … and filled with all the blessings of liberty, civilization, and religion? – President Andrew Jackson, “Case for the Removal [of Indians] Act” December 8, 1830
Piece of the Pie
Obviously, Andrew Jackson didn’t consider those who preferred forests to be good “men” by definition. Today, many if not most folks regard the way of life he described as positive, and want their ‘piece of the pie.’
Even though there’s ‘background’ awareness, not often by any means in daily life does the price of the pie get right in our face. That price is the ongoing liquidation of our primary asset – our source of life – willing participation in the physically devastating and toxifying process of turning it into money.