do you agree with the assessment that the modern man is "aimless?" i think a lot of people are overwhelmed by having the technology and means to do anything but the there are economic and societal pressures that say only certain career paths are acceptable.
>>706 The reason for that is because there are too many of us. A single position has many people vying for it, the position which I want, which is my passion already has people competing for it. So I of course have to pick a different one. This means that I am aimless, only going through the motions. At least this is what I think. But then I remember that I've never been passionate about anything and want to inhale CO
industrial revilution and its consequnces sigh monke life
>>747 We should let the monkeys out in the open so they can return the world to the way it is supposed to be
>>725 yes >>706 Some of the symptoms listed are similar to those shown by caged animals. To explain how these symptoms arise from deprivation with respect to the power process: common-sense understanding of human nature tells one that lack of goals whose attainment requires effort leads to boredom and that boredom, long continued, often leads eventually to depression. Failure to attain goals leads to frustration and lowering of selfesteem. Frustration leads to anger, anger to aggression, often in the form of spouse or child abuse. It has been shown that long-continued frustration commonly leads to depression and that depression tends to cause guilt, sleep disorders, eating disorders and bad feelings about oneself. Those who are tending toward depression seek pleasure as an antidote; hence insatiable hedonism and excessive sex, with perversions as a means of getting new kicks. Boredom too tends to cause excessive pleasure-seeking since, lacking other goals, people often use pleasure as a goal. The foregoing is a simplification. Reality is more complex, and of course, deprivation with respect to the power process is not the ONLY cause of the symptoms described. By the way, when we mention depression we do not necessarily mean depression that is severe enough to be treated by a psychiatrist. Often only mild forms of depression are involved. And when we speak of goals we do not necessarily mean long-term, thought-out goals. For many or most people through much of human history, the goals of a hand-to-mouth existence (merely providing oneself and one's family with food from day to day) have been quite sufficient.
>>785 yes, Calhoun's rats. living in the US feels like living within the behavioral sink of where 1984, brave new world, and fahrenheit 451 all meet. everyone i know is engaged in pleasure escapism, through video games, drugs, digital media, and hookup culture. it absolutely consumes them. they have to watch the latest tv shows, they have to spend weekends drinking, they have to be sexually active. but ideas which entail responsibility (namely family life) are shunned and looked down upon. it's a weird time.