Human empathy is on life support. Loneliness is the new silent epidemic!
If we are serious about changing society, we must become aware of its various Consensuses: we are being conditioned to fit a model that isn’t especially set to reward genuine orginality. Yet those succeeding are hailed as extraordinary talents or entrepreneurs. But can you name one single industry, traded on the stock exchanges, that does not harm our planet, one way or another, as you read this?
The painful reality is that the Consensus wants conformity to be the norm, to prevent a majority from thinking outside the box. The institutionalization of “desire” makes people believe that they are happy machines of consumption, that working and spending are their prerogative.
The Consensus doesn’t teach to be loved nor love but its opposite: to be wanted and want
Today most relationships express themselves in the form of a trade and here is the evidence: astonishigly close to 50% of Americans deal with loneliness, and this despite the high traffic on social media. Why? because market forcesare behind the staggering loss of the sense of belonging and empathy. Without the sense of belonging and empathy, social inclusion remains elusive, and loneliness inexorably ensues. To want does not equate to love — and never will. Social media have been very astute at making believe the opposite. The health costs associated with loneliness are projected to amount to $900 billion in the US in 2019. Two years ago vice.com ran a piece titled: “Why Loneliness Affects So Many Young People” , and whose conclusion is pretty clear: society is not headed in the right direction. We are on the same path as which of the Titanic!
The Consensus doesn’t teach as how to love our selves but instead sustains the pattern of cultivating sexual fixations and all sorts of fetish. The ego is highly responsive to the hyper-sexualization of genders. Even children are no longer allowed be kids as they already are exposed to “gender fludity” at the age of two or three. The Consensus is stealing their childhood.
The worship of materialism has made society superficial to the point that the general awareness doesn’t see that Humanity is, in fact, a body. The Consensus doesn’t teach to care about humanity but ambition at whatever costs, regardless of the pain and the loneliness of others. Here is a striking example among others: according to ecowatch and many other orgs, Fast Fashion is the 2nd largest polluter but that doesn’t prevent H&M and the like to flood us with their unrecyclable fabrics while paying its laborers 50 cents per hour.
Maybe is it about time to seriouly rethink our competition model to ressuscitate empathy. What do you think?