"What is finished is the idea that this great country is dedicated to the freedom and flourishing of every individual in it. It's the individual that's finished. It's the single, solitary human being that's finished. It's every single one of you out there that's finished. Because this is no longer a nation of independent individuals. It's a nation of some two hundred odd million transistorized, deodorized, whiter-than-white, steel-belted bodies, totally unnecessary as human beings and as replaceable as piston rods."
Howard Beale, in Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 film, Network
But that was only a movie. Who cares about that? You go into a theater, sit there in the dark for a couple of hours, walk out, and think about something else.
For several years now, I've been writing about the decline of the individual. The wipeout.
Every time I write an article on this subject, I receive suggestions. I should go back and re-read Marx. I need to understand the difference between "communal, communitarian, community, communist." I should research worker-owned businesses. What about trans-substantial transpersonal sub-brain algorithmic psychology? How about the pygmies? Ego? Superego? Id?
I appreciate these and other remarks, but I'm talking about the individual, about Self, beyond any construct, beyond citizenship, beyond membership, beyond sociology or anthropology or archeology.
The individual is enshrined in various political documents, but his rights don't originate there. Neither does courage nor imagination.
I've laid out the enormous psyop designed to submerge the individual in unconscious goo. This psyop depends on the repetition of words like: unity, love, caring, community, family. And phrases like "we're all in this together."
The individual is characterized as: lone, outsider, selfish, greedy, inhumane, petty. Turn him into an exile, excommunicated from the great body of humanity.
Here, in the usual prose, is a familiar formulation of the grand psyop: "We can no longer afford the luxury of thinking of ourselves as individuals. The stakes are too high. Finally, we must all come together and realize our presence on this planet is a shared experience. The decimation of our resources, through hatred and divisive behavior, the denial of love and community, the cold greed and excessive profit-making, the whole range of social and political injustices---all this can ultimately be laid at the door of the individual who refuses to join the rest of humanity..."
Is this manifesto valid? It's a deception, BECAUSE it's aimed at making the individual extinct.
And once that happens, the collective, managed by Globalist princes, will have a clear path to the control of Earth, at the expense of the rest of us. And the cruelties we now witness will pale in comparison to what is in store for us.
I don't think I agree, actually. The quoted statement near the end, at least, I find to be true, in that we really can't afford to be wasteful, and reckless, and destructive; and selfish near-sightedness lies at the heart of a lot of it, I think. Also, without coming together in some capacity, we are divided, and the 1% wants that, I'm sure. Divide and conquer, classic strategy, and very evident in today's society. So to say that the quoted concept is designed to destroy the individual, I think is inaccurate.
However, I can see where the author is coming from, in a general way. We can see it in our schools, our jobs, our nes, and propaganda. There's a very big "if you're not with us, you're a piece of ____" mentality out there, and it's been there for a long time, I think. Those who step outside the norm are ridiculed by their peers, "discipllined" by authorities, forced to dress how a school or job believes they should, forced to obey and conform to all sorts of things that are very arguable and absurd. Our TVs provide our opinions for us, our schools beat them into us, and our jobs put the final touches on breaking our spirits, in many cases.
ANd it has worked wonders. Ask most women what they look for in a guy, they'll say one of two things: money, or the "bad-boy" thing...and if he's got both, cha-ching! Pitiful.
And us guys are trained to look for tooth-pick thin, subservient brood-mares.
So, the "perfect" people we see on TV, all dressed up, well-to-do, and smiling like the sun, they become the "norm" that the rest of the unwashed masses look at like a destination, or a guiding light, when really it's just a piece of cheese held out of reach to keep us running our hamster wheels.
That's what kills the individual, I think.
But then, there are guys like Tesla, Gallilleo, Einstein, Joan of Arc, and so many others in history who decided to cast the rules and tabboos back in the toilet where they belong. No one makes history by playing nice!
There needs to be,first,a revolution inside each one of us.After that,there needs to be a revolution to change the rest,individually AND collectively.There does need to be unity,to a certain degree,but NOT at the expense of the individual.If you do not nurture the individual,the collective will be weak,a weak link in the chain makes the whole chain vulnerable and useless.
I agree with Justice.100%.
I agree with what Shane said too,about school and work especially wanting to force people into conformity.Depends on the workplace how bad things are there as far as breaking a person's spirit,and forcing them to conform.Schools are terrible,trying to create cookie-cutter individuals to promote govt propaganda,and all.I remember being ridiculed,paddled,punished,any time I tried to express myself,be creative,or be a little bit different.It starts with "color it this color",and , "stay inside the lines".
Working in a school,I like to encourage individuality and creativity.That is why I like that profession.
Perhaps if we were all united in our quest for a world where individuals could have more time and space and freedom in which to define themselves, that'd be a good start.
....absolutely,Shane. I think that most people want that.The few in power prevent that.Hope that more people wake up to the fact that there are more of us than them,and make it happen despite their efforts to stop it.If we fight each other,it makes their job easier.
They want us to fight each other.It keeps us under their control.If we come together,one unit,ONE LOVE,it will be too powerful fro them to do any thing about that.THat is part of why they want to disarm us too.THey are hoping that we never figure that out.
What they want is to distract and control us.
Same old story, new Window dres
sing.they are killing art departments at schools all over the country. AND getting rid of the national endowment for the arts, certainly told us what they truly don't care about. Frredom to be different and respected for it.
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