Internet and mental sickness

In a time when Climate Change is coming to our doorsteps more abruptly than anyone seems to have anticipated. In a time when the cult of the self is exploding among us, especially among the youth. In a time where corporations now wield more power than many governments (and remember the core value of a government is to be a servant of the people. When the government is turned against the people its function has ceased). In a time when the ruling class is more or less made up of people you can’t even mention, because you have no clue who they are any more, having become so distant from the rest of us, from day to day people. In a time where species are losing out in rapid speed. In a time when human languages are erased almost as fast, if not as fast,  as species are becoming extinct. Many sad, sad, sad events coming together in one symphony of fear, sadness & despair. In all of these situations there is even on more layer to add: the problem, as I see it at least, has to do with Internet and mental health, or, should I say, the growth of mental unhealth through Internet cultism.

I’ve noticed over the last two years or so how Internet truly fosters personalities that wholeheartedly evolve around being sick. Mentally sick. As someone who has struggled for years with mental sickness, I find it extremely worrying that what is happening on the Internet is this feeding of personalities evolving around mental sickness. It starts to define who they are. People that might have borderline personality disorder or have depression or have dysphoria (which includes a variety of emotional states of course) post images of themselves looking like they are dying or dead and usually complement them with text, such as, ”having a tough day today” or ”I just want to be me…” or something like that. People then comment things like, ”you are so strong”, ”power hug” and so on. They are creating personalities out of being sick. I think this is very saddening (and worrying). Who they are gets rooted in being not well making it very difficult to ever change or become more at peace with life. Another thing that I believe happens is that feeling ”normal” (and I know we live in a society where we are constantly being told to challenge the ‘norm’ but I use it to describe a state of being yourself that at least is not necessarily centred in severe anxiety attacks or depression 24/7) will feel weird and awkward when who they are is rooted in these conditions and people constantly validating that condition through the Internet.

What then happens if the person does come to terms that this can’t go on? They need to start working with their inner problems. Thought processes need to be replaced. Maybe relations to certain people in life that are simply not good for them need to be cut, and so on. They can feel lost. To not have that mental sickness going on can then itself cause stress or anxiety, due to not feeling comfortable, because who they were was so revolved around not feeling well, and we humans tend do one thing when we get uncomfortable in a situation – we go back to what we know and feel used to.
I would actually argue this phenomenon has a lot in common with drug addiction. When you get out of it and you are sober (or in this case not feeling all these harsh emotions all the time) one gets lost. There is a hole to fill that used to be that old stuff. And many people can’t deal with it and go back to what they knew. Heck there are even political movements more or less created out of mental sickness today. In which the rest of the world have to walk around on eggshells to not upset them or make them feel threatened and so on. This is not fruitful in any shape or form. And yes, I said it but I truly don’t believe it is fruitful at all. I think it is a very worrying development, especially among younger generations, where I think this is more common than among us who are older.

So, as if the planet getting murdered is not enough, there is also a growing community of humans in the civilised world who are further away from the real world than humans have ever been. Lost in a sea of emotions eating them up. Creating personalities created out of mental sickness and feeding this online. To cement who they are is rooted in darkness rather than positivity. And I’m not saying that one has to go around and be happy all the time. Absolutely not. But who you are should not have to be rooted in anxiety, stress, depression as the ”normal state” to be.

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The United STATE of America.

lesbian feminist Magdalen Berns delivers a video on the state of US of A that is very thoughtful. Again many of you might wonder what does this kind of stuff have to do with environmentalism? And again I will say that as long the entire industrial society, across the planet, is steeped in this endless growth economy that is killing the planet, US is the most aggressive that most of us are affected by. Their version is tremendously dangerous and backwards. Globalism that more honestly should be called Americanism is a threat to the land, to cultures, to healthy societies everywhere. Just as she says in the video people should protest the US. We need to get politics back to the nations we actually live in. Break it down into smaller pieces. The bigger these decision making schemes becomes, laid out by those in power, the harder it is to get anyone to care even the slightest for this or that piece of land. And while I am, as you might know who followed this blog for a while, pretty much anticiv I also do care. If there is even a slightest chance of a soft landing during the collapse of industrial civilisation I of course would love to see that happen instead.

Anyway rather than seeing me sit here and write. Here is Magdalen.

and if you don’t see the video here is a link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3b1IU4dIJQ

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If you defend porn then you better understand what it is you are defending

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOZLdw6n2L4

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Some thoughts on USA’s role in the world

Ok, so this will be a controversial post for many I’m sure. But I want to give a few sentences as to why I’m not really in favour of being all up in arms with USA being a western citizen myself. I get a lot of flack for raising my voice against Washington and Pentagon usually with arguments such as ”So you are a Putin lover?” or ”What about all the bad things Russia do” or ”you are just working for the Russian propaganda machine!” or here in Sweden you can simply just be seen as a traitor to the established order. First off, I’m neither of these things. No, I don’t love Putin I never met him and he don’t seem to be my type at all. Usually I’m not feeling any lust or attraction towards any human being who have a drive for power and domination so that leaves us to the next thing; what about all the bad things Russia do? yes what about them? Am I not just using USA criticism as a bad excuse, heck ,maybe I’m even one of those dirty phobic people, you know Americanphobic!  First off I feel western media is doing a great deal of uncovering Russias dirty behaviours in war. I don’t see why I need to add anything to that. They even make things up as they go along in their accusations towards Russia, but with that said, yes they do cover the horrible things Russia is doing and it needs to stop of course however I don’t think having USA playing the self identified leader and missionary of western cultural gospel, who seem to believe that one can bomb their way to peace, is any better though. Hence why I do raise criticism against USA and bear in mind I don’t talk about every single American person now, the average American have zero power over what is being done in their nations name. The last thing to address is if I’m not just working for Russia to spread Russian propaganda and by doing so just simply being a traitor to the Swedish established order and western high ground morals and values. No, I’m not really doing that. I voice my opinions. Sorry. My thoughts on USA and more broadly the western world is actually free of charge.

Here in Sweden, where it starts to look like we are turning into American society as it was in the 30s with the red scare, I often hear that we need to be very afraid of Russia. They are a threat to anything we hold sacred and value. Which is weird. Fact of the matter is we don’t have Russian economy, we trade by American dollar, we don’t really have Russian corporations we have American corporations taking over more and more. We don’t have Russian culture influencing anything, we are being washed over with American culture, more specifically that horrible consumer culture that resides over there. And that weird nationalism too. So they don’t seem to be that much of a threat of our values and customs. Then people usually go ”oh but we mean the threats of war and invasions” well, in that case yes they are acting a bit hostile but I find there is a good reason for it. Let’s see if I can explain. One reason (a pretty big one) why Russia is actually being quite annoyed with this part of the world today is the fact the leaders of Sweden and Finland are cutting deals with NATO. NATO troops shall be allowed to train for war here, this means foreign military personal can be stationed on Swedish soil and I don’t care that its ‘okey-ed’ by those in power. They don’t speak for 9.5 million people on this issue. They speak only on behalf of themselves. What else is happening is that Washington and Pentagon have expanded NATO more and more towards the east and Russian borders for quite a long time. I don’t know about you but I would feel pretty much intimidated myself if a group of people suddenly began standing just outside my lawn with weapons in hand. They might not cross into my lawn just yet but they are turned against my home, standing there watching me. Threatening me with their very up close presence. I would react. It’s not rocket science to figure out why Russia are reacting. It’s not them who are the initial threat around here if you ask me. The threat lays in the intimidating tactics being waged by Washington and Pentagon.

While I believe there are many nice things with USA, their foreign policies is not among them. I think the world should tell US to step the eff down. USA is just as good as Russia in disrupting other nations, I would say even more efficient because USA has been more or less in conflict every single day since WW2. Russia have not. Many nations, among them we find Libya, are today what they call failed states due to questionable military invasions by USA. London released their own study made on the invasion of Libya by US earlier this year (yep it took a few years for them to bring this study to the public but its out in the open now) and has found that they (USA) acted on very faulty information that simply didn’t hold up, just as what happened with the last invasion of Iraq. Today Libya is a failed state with the local population living in rather horrible social conditions with armed militias (among them ISIS to name one) fighting for power. I guess ”freedom and democracy” for Washington means non-american people shall have the right to live in violent chaos. Another thing I really find disturbing is this love for violence and brutality. When they murdered Saddam Hussein this was aired on television. This brutality, this humiliation of another human being was stunning to me. And the joyfulness among many American leaders at that time were disgusting. They truly enjoyed the show. Next up was Gadaffi of Libya who got similar treatment. Murdered on television and humiliated. I can’t support this. Never. Its disgusting. ”ohh but they were bad people” yeah? I don’t want to torture and humiliate anyone even if I think they are bad. What is this notion that because when/if we find someone to be bad, we need to torture and humiliate and act all psycho all of a sudden? Does that not just make us behave exactly like those we accuse of doing all these bad things?

I wish USA could obey the same rule that applies to most other nations on this planet. We simply don’t invade one another. US could easily with their position they have in the world use that for once to try and push conflicts into actual solutions WITHOUT invasions and bombings and causing bloodshed and terror themselves. This whole notion that a solution to expanding wars are more wars, that seems to be big part of US foreign policies, is insane. It will create them (and in extension the entire western world) more enemies and failed states that will be roots of growth of contempt and hatred for the western world, as if we need more of that? nope. Also this disgusting ”we air our wars on primetime television” like its a darn videogame or movie speaks for itself. The love American culture has for (male) violence is stunning. No, I don’t like that. I will never like that and I will never side with it. And as closing comments with the rise of heat between US and Russia these days I want to say; US and Russia should both step down. the end.

** Note: After this post was done, it has now come to my attention that the deal so far with NATO was not primary about allowing them to ‘play’ war here, even though that is theoretically possible + that Sweden have agreed to allow NATO warplanes to fly over Swedish territory for a few months each year (to begin with). The deal the ones in power have made so far with NATO is for Sweden to be some kind of commando centre, helping NATO with that. Yeah, that sounds so much better… not. Comforting. Not leaning towards a questionable military organisation at all.

 

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Chris Hedges: the global revolt against corporate capitalism

What’s this, two posts in two days. This is madness! And what is up with this Chris Hedges bias that we are seeing here? Two videos in a row.

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Yep, I have to post another Christ Hedges piece. This time he is the interviewer rather than the interviewed. He sits down and talks to radical intellectual and author Tariq Ali. I find this a lovely discussion on problems with capitalism, what we in the west calls globalism and the economic ruling class tied to this globalist politics, the rise of the (radical) right around the western world esp Europe and America and more. Maybe someone wonder what this can have to do with my interest in deepgreen thinking and activism. Well, a lot of it is tied to it in my opinion. To have a growth economy on a finite planet is insanity. And I see little to nothing that seriously addresses these issues by those in power. We are starting to face some serious climate change events I believe and what also seems to be an ever increasing social unrest. I would argue that industrial society clearly is in decline and yet nothing that seems to steer anything in a good and positive direction are even discussed among those in power. Its all a bit scary and unsettling I have to say. However, I enjoy listening to conversations like this. I find a lot to take away with what people like these two discusses.

Anyway rather than for me to sit here and type. Here is the video.

And if the video don’t start here is the link to it on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD9Cs1U8oio&t

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Confronting the Signs of a Society in Decline

This is a wonderful interview and conversation with Chris Hedges done by Bonnie Bright, Ph.d of the depth psychology Alliance. Some very interesting thoughts on climate change and where we, collectively, as a society and as a civilisation are going towards.

If the video does not show up here or won’t play then here is a direct link to it on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lWJluRA2XY&w

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Dominance is ‘natural’? Seems like a social condition

An edition of Andrea Dworkins brilliant book titled Intercourse that was re-released in 2007 (the book was first printed back in 1987) contains a preface written by Andrea herself in August 1995, Brooklyn, New York and I want to write this post with the start of a sentence that she has written in there. A question that I think a whole lot of us need to ask ourselves; ”…If one’s sexual experience has always and without exception been based on dominance –not only overt acts but also metaphysical and ontological assumptions–how can one read this book? The end of male dominance would mean–in the understanding of such a man–the end of sex.” I will just add a few things here to make it all clear where I want to go with this. If a persons (or the collective understanding for a group of people ie society as we know it for example) experience and perception is from the very start based on dominance in life in general not only sexual but also economic, religious, political, scientific, social and so on how can one explain to such a person (or group of people) that dominance is not ‘natural’? How does one explain there is meaning in the world that is not based on dominance, not based on exploitation, not based on the cultural notion that ”everything exists in so far I (we) can violate it”.

For so many generations now we civilised humans, born and raised and enslaved, in this culture has been subject to this understanding. This perception of life of who we are as a species has been around for thousands of years in various forms of civilised power. It is easy to see how people can write off us humans (and we males more so than females) as aggressive and warlike and dominant. The very ”pinnacle of human evolution” (no sign of narcissism here) industrial civilisation would collapse very quickly without it. It is based on this. It is a very central piece on how it came to be. With this much invested in our very (modern) industrial lifestyle–especially in the industrial ‘privileged’ part of the world–how can one explain this is not proof to say that this is how we evolved as a species to be? That there is very little proof in the actual real world (what we call nature) to back this up. That it more seems like creatures, including the human species, that has existed for a long time has done so through co-operation not dominance and exploitation. That it is pretty evident that for most of our human existence we too participated in this web of life. As a species we were loyal to the landbase not to abstract sky gods or abstract economic systems. We were not ‘civilised’. There has been thousands of human cultures across the planet that simply did not perceive the world as we are taught to do in this culture. And yes there has also been other warlike cultures as well. Not saying this has been the only one. But this one became the biggest because it could organise male violence more efficient than anybody else and in the process has eradicated so many vibrant nonwarrior like human cultures that simply were left with the options of 1) flee; in which the dominant culture expanded into, and occupied, the territory 2) succumb; in which the dominant culture expanded into, and occupied ,the territory or 3) defend themselves; In which the dominant culture expanded into, and occupied, the territory unless someone had a way to stop the dominant culture’s way of organising male violence. This is not an achievement to be proud of as a member of this culture. Its shameful and disgusting to say the least. We live by turning everyone and everything around us into dead commodities and resources.

We are born into a culture that has invested everything it is into making sure we perceive ourselves as being all this and especially us males. That we males are ‘naturally’ dominant and there is nothing we can do about that. That it goes as deep within us as our very sexual behaviours, as Andrea lays out in the wonderfully important book Intercourse. How convenient for abusers, exploiters, colonisers, fascists, capitalists, imperialists, empires,  Abrahemitic religions and everything in between huh? If this patriarchy, this male dominant society, with everything connected to it is something we evolved into (rather than being socially enforced and hence can be changed) then nothing can ever change does it? Free will is obsolete.  With such an understanding of the world even who we are becomes based on the notion there is always a ”fucker” and a ”fuckee” and it’s important to always strive to be the ”fucker” rather than be ”fucked”. As I type this I come to think of a piece of lyric from a finish traditional doom metal band called Reverend Bizarre that on their last album had an excellent song called Caesar forever. In one segment of the song they sing ”…Those who are about to die, make sure that you will learn. Trumpets sing and children cry when fires of Mars will burn. Christs may come and Christs may go but Caesar is forever. Come, my son, and you shall know: Tonight we hunt together”. They sum up the problem with this entire culture right there. I too disagree, of course, with this cultures understanding of the place we live in, reality if you will. It has gone on for generations sure, but still fabricated. Some (not all) humans came up with this insanity at one point. It was not handed to us by God/Allah or evolution even though a lot is invested to tell us that this is exactly what have happened. To me it is clearly cultural.

Cultures can be picked apart, cultures can (and has in the past) collapsed, changed and been re-written. Without a fight? Well this late in the stage as Civilisation is going through its trashing endgame I don’t think so. There won’t be any ”mass awakening” that a lot of new age people seem to hold close to their heart. To me that belief looks more like a reaction to an overwhelming problem and one wants to shelter oneself from the grim reality that we live in. We do live in insane times, in an insane culture with a lot of insane members. The ones who directly (even if in short term) benefits from having this lifestyle won’t just give this up. If they have a say, and right now they hold the economic, military and social power, they will not change course.

But Life wants to live

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