"We worship at the altar of progress, and to the demigod of choice”
-Dr. Anjan Chatterjee M.D.
The bourgeois notion of “finding” yourself, your true voice, your ultimate being; what crap. Searching for your true voice in an atomist alienated consumer cultural vacuum is lunacy. In deciphering the appeal of hardcore sects like the Amish and the polygamist Jehovah one finds the subjugation of the self to the higher calling of family and community a central theme. This entails the conscious rejection of any input or behavior that does not support the chosen value structure; the honest pursuit of what is right to no end other than achieving right according to those values. The power of No.
Today in Iran one of the main vehicles that the regime uses to enforce its values is a state run soap opera that evidences the values and behavior amenable to the goals of the regime. It is no different here. Our regime feeds on high levels of consumption. Our regime is controlled by corporations hungry for that consumption. Our corporations own our media. It takes a very quiet mind to appreciate the depth of the need to sell the idea of buying and the sophistication and manipulative power of media. It permeates and directs our culture in very proactive and deliberate ways.
Being an extremely independent thinker (just ask my long suffering husband) I probably couldn't live under the yolk of a rigid religion. However, I am newly keen to the idea that the media now manifests as a rigid dogma itself. Our current troubles are an example of what happens when tribute is not delivered. By hook or by crook, all last ditch governmental flailing aside, that keg is tapped out.
Living according to values of family, community and sustainability with an eye to living simply so that others may simply live is the whole scale rejection of the consumer society, the assertion of the power of No.