And they are proud of this – when, in my opinion, they should be ashamed of it.
But I must clarify where I am coming from. It seems to me that people are now mostly unconsciously motivated. This has always been the case – the unconscious part of our minds run nearly everything – our bodies and our social lives.
This is what every child learns without thinking about it. At first we can’t do much more than suck and shit – but we learn fast. Although this learning process takes years of our young lives. With adults acting as teachers – and where the quality of this teaching varies enormously.
Gradually, we develop a conscious mind, capable of thinking about our world. This is what makes us human, and sets us apart from the other animals – whose consciousness (and ability to think) is only rudimentary.
All this assumed that people were responsible for their world – and in control of it – what else could be?
Here is where I want to pick up the thread of my argument. And note that people no longer believe this. They may claim to be in charge of their lives – and even use sailing terminology to express this “I am the captain of my ship!”
But as anyone can clearly see – they watch Television, and take most of their clues from it. They are controlled by it – and consider this perfectly normal. This control is subtle – but all the more powerful because it is.
The basic fact is that something else controls their lives – and not them. What this something else is – varies a great deal. But is basically derived from Religion. And people’s powerful need to be part of something greater than themselves – in traditional Christian terms – God – or in Evangelical terms – Jesus.
But as someone who grew up in a rapidly changing world, the last half of the last century – something else was in control. Something we could detect intuitively, but could not put into worlds. And indeed, were forbidden to put into words. This allowed it to stay in our collective unconscious – and control us completely.
If questioned about this, people would say “I don’t want to think about it!” They knew the cardinal rule for their time – Do not think about this! They can think about trivial things only – not important things.
What was the important thing? Intellectuals, and they are still plenty of them, will give you long answers, and these are often valuable. But there is a simpler answer, which anyone can experience for themselves – and which indeed, they are forced to experience for themselves – the Business World, and the ultimate expression of this – the Global Economy. Which is enabled by the Computer and its Internet.
We do not want to admit it is in control – but it is.