Last week I said that a person without solid self-awareness is a robotic, reflexive, and manipulated one. That post got a strong response, so let’s explore the subject deeper.
Go to the barrios of San Salvador as I have and you will witness thousands of people living lifestyles of meager subsistence. They toil very long hours (in difficult tasks like scrubbing bathrooms, digging ditches, or washing dishes), sleep, then arise to do it all over again. It’s easy to feel empathy for them, thinking that they are helpless pawns in an almost comatose state.
Yet when I drink in the view from my high-rise apartment in San Diego, and see all my neighbors in their expensive homes here in the East Village, I realize that most of them are living in a similar oblivion. Sure, they’re driving BMWs, shopping at Fashion Valley Mall, and have a premium package on Netflix. But they’re still worker drones in the collective – figuratively assimilated by the Borg – living a life without self-awareness.
They don’t know this of course. Because the people in the Matrix never realize they’re in the Matrix...
An overwhelming majority of people are mindlessly being jerked on puppet strings and have no idea. He’s the rancher in Colorado who fears black and brown people and doesn’t know it’s because he watches FOX News channel. She’s the corporate HR director who thinks she’s hungry again at 9 pm, but doesn’t understand it’s because she’s been exposed to 18 fast food commercials during her evening television viewing. He’s the broke wannabe entrepreneur who swipes up on Instagram, to buy yet another get rich quick e-book.
Each of these people believe they are free thinkers and independent beings, because they have found a meme to describe themselves that fosters this delusion of liberation.
Memes like, “I’m a doctor (lawyer, Ph.D., etc.). I was willing to eat more shit for a longer time than most people, so I must be better than them.”
Memes like, “I’m popular. My cat video went viral on YouTube. Looks at how many ‘likes’ I’m getting on Instagram.”
Memes like, “I’m successful. I live on the penthouse floor and the other people live below me. I have a 60” flat screen TV and most people only have a 40” one.”
Here’s the problem with all of these memes…
They’re created by the collective consciousness. And the actual function of collective consciousness, is to keep people unconscious.
Hopefully all this doesn’t just come across as dark to you. The goal of this discussion isn’t to be a downer, but to recognize the opportunity for awakening...
Which we’ll explore on the next post. In the meantime, any thoughts?