It amazes me how many people don’t get this.
A couple of days ago, I posted a link on FaceBook to a post on the Living Traditionally blog titled Officials Declare ‘Eating Healthy’ a Mental Disorder. My comment on it was simply: “Anyone who finds this surprising is somewhat out of touch with reality.”
What shocked (and rather upset) me was that only 4 people “Liked” it, and the only comments were from two friends who studied and worked in the psychology and psychiatry fields, criticising the original article, which presented psychiatry in a bad light.
I’m happy to admit the original article is heavily biased. Let’s face it. It’s on a blog called Living Traditionally. It’s hardly going to support any efforts to discourage people from eating healthy food, and if those efforts come from psychiatrists, they’re not going to come out of it very well.
But that was a long way from what my post on FaceBook was about.
Perhaps I should have been clearer. Perhaps I should have pointed out that this article (along with the comments that followed) was a clear symptom of the early stages of collapse. But I kind of hoped that other people would see it without me needing to point it out. The lack of any educated reaction to my real point makes me sad, and just demonstrates how deeply the vast majority of people have their heads stuck in the sand.
We should be clear on this. Our society, industrial society, the world as we know it, is in the early stages of collapse. It is destined to go the way of the Roman Empire, the Mayans, the Aztecs, and every complex society before or since. This is inevitable, and it is happening now.
The article I linked demonstrates 2 symptoms of collapse:
- Increasing efforts by the authorities to force conformity.
- Increasing complexity (demonstrated by the regular new additions to psychiatry’s diagnostic manuals).
But does it really matter that people can’t see what’s happening? Possibly only to me because I’d like to discuss it. Perhaps it’s better that people don’t know. At least then, they can continue living with the pleasant fantasy that the world’s current troubles are just one more glitch in the onward march of progress, and soon we’ll be back to business as usual.
Is it better to live with discontent at our current conditions, but to have the belief that tomorrow will be better? Or would knowing the truth make people more inclined to make the most of today because tomorrow is, in fact, likely to be worse?
I’m not actually sure of the answer to that question. I have my own spiritual beliefs that kind of do away with the idea of good and bad experiences, and although I feel the occasional, and entirely human and rational, stab of fear at what the future may bring, mostly I’m simply curious. Change is happening. The pattern that’s been established for the last few hundred years is coming apart, and we’re all in for a bumpy ride.
I think this is what they call living in interesting times.
(All civilisations end: image is from the Roman ruins of Bosra in Syria.)