The elites of this world seem interested in cultivating ever-increasing extremes of thought and action among the population. We seem to live in a world in which extremism is encouraged and promoted, in subtle and not so subtle ways. But it is only a certain brand of extremism that is overtly and covertly being promoted - an unconscious, unthinking extremism that has no regard for context or psychological well-being. Everywhere you look the elites are spending huge amounts of money to promote ideologies, practices and sanctions that encourage hateful, mistrustful, fear-based reactions in the population. In the media, a nihilistic, mercenary mindset is being presented to us as the height of chic and sexiness. In politics the Left and Right continue to endorse militaristic, religiously-inspired conflict whilst claiming they are champions of freedom and democracy.
This obviously feeds into the fetishistic consumerism and rabid corporatism that is so endemic in our culture right now: "Don't think, don't muse, don't ask questions - just be aggressive, cynical and secretly amoral whilst keeping up appearances and spending lots of money. It's a horrific, hollow suicide we're selling you, but damn, it's kind of hot..." This kind of pathological extremism at the level of media serves to blind the population to the extremism occurring at the level of government. And even if some retain their sight in the onslaught, the idea is to make them increasingly apathetic to it. But their essential endgame is the creation of an Id-based consciousness for the general population. A consciousness that might pay lip-service to critical-thought and lucidity, but is actually just a chaos of darkened instincts and impulses.
From Sigmund Freud's New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis:
It is the dark, inaccessible part of our personality, what little we know of it we have learned from our study of the dreamwork and of the construction of neurotic symptoms, and most of that is of a negative character and can be described only as a contrast to the ego. We approach the id with analogies: we call it a chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations... It is filled with energy reaching it from the instincts, but it has no organization, produces no collective will, but only a striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle [...] contrary impulses exist side by side, without cancelling each other out....There is nothing in the id that could be compared with negation...nothing in the id which corresponds to the idea of time.
While I don't agree with every detail in Freud's thesis, and see fundamental flaws in his thinking, I acknowledge that his work contains a lot of interesting, usable concepts when tempered with other views and perspectives.
In a world where pathological greed, domination and an obsession with surfaces is sold as subversive and somehow counter-culturally 'cool', the discerning individuals who remain need to question what is truly subversive in this sleight-of-hand magic trick that the elites are attempting to pull. What is really forbidden, as far as the elites perceive us poor, ignorant rubes? What are they actually trying to withhold from us, and why? As I've stated before on Amid Night Suns, I believe a combination of imagination, intellect and rigor are the true forbidden fruits that the elites are trying to stop us from accessing, through various forms of subterfuge. This is a War of the Imagination, a war for the control of our minds - and primarily our abilities to engage in symbolic, comparative analysis. This seems to be a powerful motive for the media bombardment we are subjected to every day...an endless supply of multicolored swill. A sociopathic control-freak's wet dream; a horde of abuse-ready playthings, each wave younger and more vulnerable than the last.
What can we do to combat this nightmare scenario that is unfolding in real-time? Again, we must turn to each other. We must unite our imagination, intellect and desire to ask difficult, interesting questions. We must build little networks of mutually-supportive Seekers wherever we can. We must let our work and art and behavior speak for itself, and we must never lower ourselves to the level of our oppressors. We must never be easy prey for them.