UNFREEDOMS

The modern day promises us a flood of freedoms and landfill of opportunities to grow big. This is the most accepted thesis. Material extravagence via the markets; freedom of speech guaranteed by the state; happiness abounds.

Huxley predicted the ages to come, will live under the illusions of being free.

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1. The present day god – technology. The mass media: TV, social media, newspapers will manufacture consent of the masses. We will agree to whatever these mediums blabber. They will feed is with ideas that serve the interest of those in power ( PROPAGANDA) Political power will use media to create charismatic leaders, sell us nationalist jingoism, fill our minds with narrow religiosity, paternistic love etc. They will make us  vote for the most well marketed people who will manipulate power for their own ends.corporate giants will also use massmedia to brainwash us to buy  anything as distractions. There will be little time for solitude, reflection, being concerned about the growing servitude. Uniform batches of people willingly gives away freedom in a democracy and free market economies.

2. Our indiscriminate obsession with progress by ruining nature is itself a preparation of the grave of mankind. Criminal exploitation of earth’s treasure and then the mountains of pollution , co2 emission, killing of other species and plants is definitely showing the danger mark. The logic of our superiority is a myth perpetuated by people making money out of it. We can only survive for long  by coexistence, not through hierarchy.

3.over- organization: Ivan Ilyich puts this point very creatively. like Prometheus, we are conditioned to have institutions to mitigate uncertainties in the world like schools, hospitals, prisons, government, market, corporations etc.these institutions have not been able to solve successfully  human problems. They have been very manipulative. On the other hand, there is Epimethus who lives freely, convivially with faith  and optimism in his own potential. He doesnt get enslaved by these institutions. free individuals were also idealised by Nietzsche as the overman who creates his own morality ,undergoing great suffering unlike the sheeps who follow the herd mentality.

The scenario is tragically fitting in to the prediction by Huxley. The way forward is that we become vigilant, aware and even rebel. But are we listening and acting?

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