The Total Vacancy of Thought

It’s hard to know where or when all the insanity began.

More than likely it was nurtured from the time when one was very young.

Maybe too much time in the social media playpen started it all:

Social media and video games are creating a generation of children with the mental and emotional immaturity of three-year-olds, one of Britain’s most eminent brain scientists has warned.

Baroness Susan Greenfield, a senior research fellow at Oxford University and former director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, said she was concerned children were losing their ability to think for themselves, empathize and communicate with each other.

Instead, they were being bombarded with instant gratification through social media and gaming which meant that like three-year-olds they would need “something every moment to distract them so they can’t have their own inner narrative, their own inner thought… via www.telegraph.co.uk

Indeed, when one has been thwarted from a very young age from developing their own inner narrative, what is one to do but take on the narrative of all the others around them.  And the narrative of most of everyone around most of us is delusional tales from the crypt.

If thinking and discernment has been squelched from the time we had an inkling of who mommie and daddy were, suppressed on through grade school, high school and college – it is actually may be the eighth wonder of the world that humanity still exists. One’s personal worldview acquired from thinking, empathy, kindness, compassion – these are not the hallmarks of the present day human wandering about.

Little interest in much of anything that doesn’t provide the wandering soul with some sort of instant gratification provides so many benefits though.

It has enabled corporations like Apple, now a Trillion-dollar corporation, to prevent you from assessing information they haven’t approved. It has enabled the modern day gestapo-like activities of Facebook to now ask Big Banks for their customers’ data, including all their customer’s sensitive financial data. It allows your government to fuel the devastating crisis in Yemen by participating in an alliance with al Qaeda.  It enables an economy that transfers the wealth to the very top, destroying the middle class bit by bit, where now the elderly, those 65+ are filing for bankruptcy 3 times more often as they did a quarter of a century ago. And it has enabled Washington to conduct wars and regime change festivities for the past 17 years, where millions have lost their lives.

Apathy, lack of discernment, and just a general path chosen to no longer think has brought us all of the above and more.

“Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself” – Plato

When one’s mind is filled with constant forms of entertainment, is bombarded with lies and propaganda from the media and government without any push back; when one has been trained to have so little regard for the truth, accepting the most nonsensical of notions that the few that have it are the ones who keep it from us because they have deemed themselves custodians of it – being brainwashed into believing the illusion of life put before us is an easy task by the psychopath’s who we allow to continue with their charade.

Sadly, the state of many a soul locked in this scam of a life can be summed by Ignatius Reilly’s lamentation in John Kennedy Toole’s masterpiece, “A Confederacy of Dunces”…

“you can always tell employees of the government by the total vacancy which occupies the space where most other people have faces.” John Kennedy Toole

It is not just employees of the government any longer who cast the shadow of total vacancy wherever they roam…it is nearly the entire population.

If you think we exaggerate even just slightly, cast your gaze on this:

Peak 2018: People Are Getting Plastic Surgery to Look Like Their Snapchat Filter – via theantimedia.com

or the truly Orwellian, that has happened just today…

“In a Corporatist System of Government, Corporate Censorship is State Censorship” – via Caitlinjohnstone.com

“The day before me is fraught with God knows what horrors.” John Kennedy Toole – “A Confederacy of Dunces”

Sadly, the horrors are just beginning.

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Tonight’s musical offering:

Excerpt from “Pictures at an Exhibition” of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, played by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, at Salzburg Festival 2

Photo credit (front page): http://www.unsplash.com/@nathanielw

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