Huseng brings up a very good point. Masaru, earlier in this thread
mentioned the Unabomber manifesto
in this thread, here is an interesting part, where he actually contributes something to the critique of modernity:
Ted Kaczynski wrote:
38. ... When people do not have to exert themselves to satisfy their physical needs they often set up artificial goals for themselves. In many cases they then pursue these goals with the same energy and emotional involvement that they otherwise would have put into the search for physical necessities. ...
39. We use the term “surrogate activity” to designate an activity that is directed toward an artificial goal that people set up for themselves merely in order to have some goal to work toward, or let us say, merely for the sake of the “fulfillment” that they get from pursuing the goal. Here is a rule of thumb for the identification of surrogate activities. Given a person who devotes much time and energy to the pursuit of goal X, ask yourself this: If he had to devote most of his time and energy to satisfying his biological needs, and if that effort required him to use his physical and mental faculties in a varied and interesting way, would he feel seriously deprived because he did not attain goal X? If the answer is no, then the person’s pursuit of goal X is a surrogate activity. ...
If I were given all your old school tests and told you to retake them, you would fail almost all them, except the most elementary ones from the time before you had developed most your adult faculties. Why should anyone sympathize with the goals and purposes of a teacher? The kids knew what they were doing and what was in their interest, they just went along with what you were teaching enough to get to the next dose of curriculum. The whole purpose of school is to bombard the youth with never ending packets of new information and knowledge that they are tested and measured by, not to learn anything. The key to it is the tempo: the new packets of educational material
just keep coming and coming and it has no relevance to anything imminently usable or relevant to their lives. Gatto says that the the elites know that if you get people to obey useless orders, knowing that they are useless, that is when you know that you have them. School filters out the people who could change the world for the better, those who don't co-operate with schooling, and sets them up for social marginalization, poverty and a life of truancy and prison. However it puts the obedient suckups in positions of relative power, where it is known that they are safe and will not alter the social structure, it is impossible for them: they are too well schooled. They are safe middle managers for the people who create the rules and those who deem what should or should not be learned in places like school or what is tested or left out from an IQ test.
I don't see evidence that you or most the other participants in this thread are familiar with what modernity means and those who have critiqued it. Infact your response consists mainly of emotional histrionics and failed irony. A case in point to what I and Gatto believe, here are the Amazon reviews of the newest book by JK Rowling
, the writer widely popular for an immature adolescent book series that even most adults read. Most of her angry adult readers finally discovered she cannot really write after she tried to write explicitly for her age group.
... Too bad, though, it really would help if y'all genius sophists came out of your meditation chambers to help us nitwits. It really would.
I have been writing the opposite on my tenure here, infact I have come the conclusion that for most the Western Buddhists here, dharma is just their escapism of choice. As I wrote elsewhere
I have noticed a problem often on this site. In superhero comics, you have Clark Kent who escapes aways to dress up and act as Superman. Alot of people on this site remind me of that, they tend to argue like the supernatural claims of Buddhist canon are true stories -- maybe we can call this the dharma-man phase. But when a topic like orthodox medicine comes up, the Clark Kent aspect comes up and orthodox medicine is inherently real -- which is probably how they act around most their real life acquaintances. ...
I guess to the doctors that allegedly heal backed by their enforced legal monopoly, we can add the teachers who inherently teach people against their own will, or else truancy officers from the police will bring them to school as mandated by law. "We will help or else we will jail you," is the essence of the allegedly beneficial on the surface of propaganda, institutions, which enforce modernity by keeping people proletarianized.
After reading my posts, could you or anyone conclude, that I look like I spend all or most my time ignoring the reality that belies the allegations of our society?
Where I used to live there were Lenape Indians. Before white imperialist moderners wiped them out, I am sure if you pointed out any cultural object that they used, they could tell you more about it, than the average American or Greek could of the items in their house. They could have said they made it, how they made and maybe even remember the wood it or animal that it came from. Or they would say it was inherited from their ancestor or traded from a local tribe. In our society it is the opposite, great effort is made to hide what it takes to produce the technological goods that modernity depends on. Not long ago I watched a whole documentary called Blood in the Mobile
about the rare earth metals mined in the Congo used to produce items like cellphones. The documentary maker tried to get the company he always purchases from, Nokia, to disclose where it sources such material from, and they refused saying it was a legally protected trade secret. He tried to make them commit to avoid sourcing from conflict zones like the Congo, where the money was used to fund warfare, however his efforts failed.
The mostly white privileged people posting on this site, can argue how beneficial modernity is, only due to their extreme luxury of being ensconced in a self contained bubble, enjoying their share of third world surplus labor, while people's lives are being destroyed thousands of miles away from the Imperium's borders. And they don't even care to know, or else how could they sleep so comfortable and argue so smugly?