I am still trying to figure out what is wrong with the world – without much success. It’s too big a subject.
But Pain is certainly common. And is probably one of the results of Industrialization in the 19th Century. A huge subject we have never understood – because one of the things it enforced on its people – was that they must not think about it. It was bigger than they were, and they had to obey it instinctively. And what’s more – be like it.
This was not the first time technology imposed itself on people. The Pyramids were built by a machine, composed of human parts.Everyone had his job, and was rewarded with bread, onions, and beer. And the satisfaction of being part of something much larger than himself.
This last point is important, because people want to feel part of something bigger than themselves. This is part of human nature, but in our time, has caused us a lot of trouble. Because we cannot question what have become part of.
This demands that we be superhuman! And there were plenty of people eager to be superhuman, and impose their will on others, and in some cases – cause the death of millions of people.
The result is a painful existence for most people – if they were still alive. A pain they are not allowed to feel – so this pain is stored in their unconscious – until it gets too full, and blows up! The result was the American Civil War, WWI, the Depression, WWII – and the Holocaust. Violence on a global scale.
This process became prominent in America in the Fifties, in our high schools and offices.- where those in power exercised their power ruthlessly. This was not a good time to be alive, and I can remember it well. Young people wanted to rebel, and some of them did – but not for long. They had to have jobs, and the system held those jobs. And destroyed those who held those jobs, as people.
Is there a solution to this problem? Yes and no. We now live in a Computer-controlled economy – where people with Computer skills are in big demand. But there are no jobs for anyone else – probably 90 percent of the population.