Something More Important Than Democracy
Americans are experts at deceiving themselves, and they have been giving the rest of the world lessons in this. Our most important activity has become – being whatever we are supposed to be, controlled by unconscious social forces we are forbidden to think about.
Instead of being people we have become something else – so shameful we cannot tolerate thinking about it – and content ourselves with being consumers – including consumers of religious doctrines – including the doctrine of the market economy. To put this in a slightly different way – we have become obsessed with power, and are no longer interested in democracy or equality.
And we are ignoring this vast, fundamental change with all our might. We now pride ourselves on our ability to be exactly like everyone else, instead of being independent individuals. We are pleased with our weakness as individuals, which allows us to have massive power as part of the mass.
We now identify with the mass and with our things – a very interesting complex. But as our world was becoming more complicated, we were becoming simpler – and completely unable to cope with its changes. We wonder what is wrong with the world, instead of wondering what is wrong with us.
To put this yet another way – we have disappeared, and left behind us only a trace of the proud people we once were.