We are living in a version of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
It (the drug soma) was developed by the World State to provide these inner-directed personal experiences within a socially managed context of State-run “religious” organisations; social clubs. The hypnopaedically inculcated affinity for the State-produced drug, as a self-medicating comfort mechanism in the face of stress or discomfort, thereby eliminates the need for religion or other personal allegiances outside or beyond the World State.
Huxley’s brave new world takes place in 2540; the book was written in 1931. Little did he know it only took 70 or 80 years.
The Brave New World (hereinafter “BNW”) we are living in means the younger generations are not taking the torch of the older generations, for the most part. If you have anything to do with community volunteering, or local politics, or local business, it’s all middle aged and old people doing it. One wonders what happens in 30 years when these people are gone? Who will do anything?
The younger generation is Zoned Out on Soma — legalized/decriminalized weed, prescription pills, and World of Warcraft for the boyz and Facebook for the girlz. They are not taking up the torch! This is quite tragic, but it’s also an opportunity for anyone to take over things that are sitting out in the open for the taking — businesses, political offices, government jobs, and so on.
In the old days, people were very active and did things in the world. You had to start more at the bottom, work more to get closer to the top. Now people are so zoned out that you can just walk in and take the silver, and turn off the circuit breaker until the World of Warcraft addict tells you the combination to the safe with the gold.
Woody Allen said in 1977 that 80% of life is just showing up. Now it’s more like 95% of life is just showing up, and of course acting like a normal person, which is the one other thing that cannot be taken for granted. People are disengaged in large numbers, and behaviorally diverse in large numbers as well.
People showing up and acting normal is in scarce supply. There’s no need for fantasy violence, for crashing through open doors. Go and take it.
This is the most important insight of the day, of 2014 at least. In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. In the land of WOW and Xanax, an engaged person becomes the boss.
There are of course white businessmen who are engaged, and even younger ones. This is an important subset; they are highly motivated by money and that over rides BNW for them. But as for government/community sort of things, most people don’t bother to show up for anything that doesn’t make them a bunch of money.
Seeing that the only people who are engaged with society at all, are grayheads, and only a small percentage of them, was shocking. (Almost) nobody is in charge anymore, folks. It’s really crazy. The only people still running things to an extent are government workers getting big bucks, and a huge percentage of them are Minos. By the way, be diplomatic toward the Mino Masters. They aren’t necessarily your enemy. Why make enemies with people who will sign out the silver and hand it to you all legal like?