What is the daily spectrum of your thought? If you want to trip someone ask them that. If you want to trip yourself really explore the question. Personally I think too much, a trait likely shared by all artists, or dare I say human beings. We think too much and it's what makes us exceptional and let's face it exceptionally malleable. In exploring our malleability one can come across upsetting revelations, like realizing one was immersed in unproductive shallow or angry thoughts for a long time. Exploring introspection, whether of self or society, can be upsetting because we face our shadows and our ego. We come upon the realization that so many things we thought were correct were entirely wrong.
Our own personal problems are our own of course, no matter how they reflect the lives and situations of our peers. Society's shadows are something we all share and exploration of these collective shadows can be just as, if not more upsetting and insulting, and revelatory, as any personal exploration. What is the spectrum of our collective thinking? This question is a great place to begin exploration of out collective character.
In exploring this question from the United States I see the biggest problem in the U.S. is our near total apathy. Apathy to war, apathy to the nuclear experimentation, petrolithic destruction including coal, oil and natural gas, genetic modification of our plants and animals, and all out toxic practices indifferent or murderous to all but economic equations. We are apathetic to our collectively sh*tting the bed. We are apathetic to totally environmental destruction. Individuals now yield authority to the institutions, like those united who once came together, now just differ to literal economic equations or policies based on as much.
As a collective we are apathetic, institutionalized and steered. The difference can abstractly be understood in the difference between being from the United States or being from America. The United States of America says it, right there. We are the United States and we are of America. There is no other United States, given, but there is North America, Central America and South America. Believing and stating one is from America is like saying one is from Asia. It's vague at best and in the case of defining the United States or America it takes on a whole different value system, one recognizing unity the other not so much.
We are apathetic to even the greatness we hold, our ability to unite. We allow economic institutions to steer us in their direction toward economic growth, regional poisoning and destruction aside. How could we be so apathetic to war on humanity and destruction of Earth Mother? How could our spectrum of thinking have been so reduced as to only contemplate materialism and ignore destruction of all life? And why the hell, with all the other disorders on the psychiatrick radar, with all the new disorders in their recent updated manual (including, thank the lord, Marijuana Withdraw Disorder, which too many people suffer from -legalize!) would they not explore our complete apathy to reality, to environmental destruction of our planet?
Perhaps those in the psychiatrick industry are under the guidance of our collective shadows, our collective ego just as much as anyone else. If there were a scheme to train us and steer us to apathy so much that we are further apathetic to considering our apathy, the conditioning would have to start early. It would have to be part of our emotional and psychological makeup so completely as to be ubiquitous and almost unnoticeable. It would have to be part of something that we all celebrate so as to reinforce that no one question it. It would have to be done at a time when we were most impressionable. The greatest societal manipulation in the United States that could result in our total apathy, which suggests if not proves psychiatry is liquid science at best, is the Santa Clause story attached to Christmas.
Santa Clause as we know him in the U.S. is used to inspire economical equations. However a possibly unintended result of the buildup of emotional attachment and subsequent let down and heartbreak that the entire world lies to you, is that we avoid addressing lies in the future, even evil adult lies. When we are most impressionable, we are immersed into the Santa Clause story, the greatest destroyer of innocence and curiosity, so detrimental as to require its own psychological label; Santa Clause Syndrome.
Say no more to being a Saturnalia scapegoat, check out Santa Clause Syndrome, just in time for (saving you from) the holidays: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EYTVX9K