Self-Delusion as a SOCIETAL NORM (From Which “The Conscious” ARE NO EXCEPTION…)
First, check out this audio-mixdown I made from Chris Hedge’s lecture on The Empire of Illusion (i.e: America) late 2009 in NYC:
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Hedges’ book was a recommended scroll on the live video broadcast earlier this week.
What he’s saying here is that, as a society, we get so distracted with illusions (entertainment, celebrity culture etc.) that we NEGLECT social and political realities, and that when the illusion ends (which is inevitable) we respond in infantile ways because we’re mentally and emotionally unprepared…
So on the broadcast, I proposed the same thing on an individual level: that, even for many of us who are socially aware, the social awareness IS the entertainment: it’s the good-looking illusion many of us use to distract ourselves from our real-life situation and deep-rooted issues.
It’s like a costume that gives the appearance of progress, even though at some level we know we need to do some serious work on our own psychology…
The longer we deceive ourselves like this, the harder it gets to deal with reality when it hits us. In our personal lives, regardless of how conscious we are, too many of us are responding to our challenges like children. Too many of us behave like super-knowledgeable toddlers in adult bodies, and we’re not even aware of the fact.
Remember, this has nothing to do with the conscious INFORMATION itself, but the approach many of us are taking to it. In essence, many of us are not only illusionists to ourselves, but also a disgrace to the wonderful heritage we claim to uphold.
Just my opinion…