Beyond the Job Trance
Also, on wage slavery and the #JobTrance that we were once conditioned to accept; mostly by extreme and violent peer pressure; sociologicial, emotional, and even physical, for those who dare question conformity. Make no mistake about it, it’s violence.
Many Hawaiians call this crabs in a bucket behavior, but I can attest to its universality across Turtle Island. In short, others who found no creative way to break out of situations that they vocally lament, implicitly conspire to make sure nobody in their social circle is actually capable of, nor ever perceived as, having surpassed them in their own capitulation to a system that they despise. The cloak-n-dagger ways that this plays out in real life represent much of the worst, in the human predicament. This conditioned peer-reinforcement of enslaving norms is what literally makes people into Agents in the Matrix. It’s a mass sociological homicide; killing people’s optimism, imagination, and will, out of sheer rage and spite over what they feel they themselves lack. It’s ugly.
And it matters. Because today, underlying the many crises of hate in America – race, creed, gender, age – today is perhaps the most toxic root of hate of them all: the pandemic of self-hate. Self-hate an an unimaginable scale. Empty, directionless, self-hatred that is sublimated, denied, and then projected onto notions of The Other, up to and including the grotesque reality of daily mass shootings in America, which, if unabated, threaten to catch up with suicide as a leading cause of death by utter despair.
“Suicide was … the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54” (NIH.
And the Anchorage Daily news affirms that, “Shootings never stopped during the pandemic: 2020 was America’s deadliest year for gun violence in decades” (ADN).
These realities are still rapidly growing epidemics in post-pandemic American.
The question then becomes, what kind of economic and social organizations could have gotten away with this, for so long? What kind of economic and social systems could be left alone to _continue perpetuating such suffering up to this very day? What is this sytemic organizational name? Because whatever its name, its outcomes are now plainly manifest for all to see, and for all to decide whether or not such a system can be permitted to continue doing what it’s always done, effectively unquestioned and uncorrected, thereby giving us nothing but more and more of what we’ve always got.