Are We Stupid or Self-Deluded?

From R.D. Laing’s “The Mystification of Experience”:

It is not enough to destroy one’s own and other people’s experience. One must overlay this devastation by a false consciousness inured, as Marcuse puts it, to its own falsity.

Exploitation must not be seen as such. It must be seen as benevolence. Persecution preferably should not need to be invalidated as the figment of a paranoid imagination; it should be experienced as kindness. Marx described mystification and showed its function in his day. Orwell’s time is already with us. The colonists not only mystify the natives, in the wasy that Fanon so clearly shows, they have to mystify themselves. We in Europe and North America are the colonists, and in order to sustain our amazing images of ourselves as God’s gift to the vast majority of the starving human species, we have to interiorize our violence upon ourselves and our children and to employ the rhetoric of morality to describe this process.

In order to rationalize our industrial-military complex, we have to destroy our capacity to see clearly any more what is in front of, and to imagine what is beyond, our noses. Long before a thermonuclear war can come about, we have had to lay waste to our own sanity. We begin with the children. It is imperative to catch them in time. Without the most thorough and rapid brainwashing their dirty minds would see through our dirty tricks. Children are not yet fools, but we shall turn them into imbeciles like ourselves, with high I.Q.’s, if possible.

[more at wood s lot]

And see posts below re: Dick Pound and Ingrid Newkirk

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One thought on “Are We Stupid or Self-Deluded?

  1. The middle class is very resistant to see his own reality, trying to “lick upwards”, “kick downwards” and “look away”.
    Laing knew how psychiatry was a tool of adaptation to this false reality, and today as the pharma industry has taken over , electroshocks gets “niced”, and passive aggression gets described as “jealousy towards more wealthy, ” the evil runs even deeper.
    Still needed to speak up against the normality of power structures trying to abuse our perception of reality.

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