Unhappiness was to a large extent invented by those in power, whether they were religious or political leaders. It was engineered, refined, and carefully sculpted into different types of unhappiness to fit every type of human being. Our economic and political systems depend on keeping us unhappy and unfulfilled, so that they can continue to control us and sell us stuff and ideas. Without existential unhappiness, there would be neither capitalism nor fascism. Our leaders depend on us feeling unhappy and scared, so that they can manipulate us and distract us from the issues that they know they cannot solve (or do not want to solve). Their ultimate goal? To simply maintain the current power, religious and economic structures. These structures are so efficient that they almost maintain themselves: they have evolved over thousands of years of human civilization with the purpose of perpetuating and monetizing unhappiness. They have stood the test of time because they run on fear, the most timeless of emotions. They run on humans who are first and foremost scared consumers: running around all day shopping to temporarily cure their insecurities, carefully implanted by marketing messages. They have become too busy, too distracted to demand a happier life from their leaders and have no idea that they’ve been manipulated. Each purchase is another vote for the system that maintains their unhappiness. Each consumer product is another distraction. Each transaction is another monetization of their unhappiness.
This system has been a lose-lose situation for humans, even those in power: it gave them the illusion of happiness, while ripping them apart forever from the free things that used to make them happy.
(from the upcoming “Little Book of Doom”)
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