Can one change?

The real question is whether the world-that-enforces-our-inability-to-change can be
forced to change, and beyond recognition.

The pathology of normalcy

Stress, loneliness, depression, boredom – the madness of everyday life. Ever-greater levels of sadness, implying a recognition, on the visceral level at least, that things could be different. How much joy is there left in the technological society, this field of alienation and anxiety? Mental health epidemiologists suspect that no more than twenty percent of us are free of psychopathological symptoms. Thus we act out a “pathology of normalcy” marked by the chronic psychic impoverishment of a qualitatively unhealthy society.

– John Zerzan

For those interested to read more I much recomment this link:
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/john-zerzan-the-mass-psychology-of-misery

Totally non-equivocal

Capitalism has made a career of celebrating the individual while destroying him.

The curse of postmodernism in art

The image, since Warhol, is self-consciously a mechanically reproducible commodity and this is the bottom-line reason for both the depthlessness and the common note of eeriness and foreboding.

Postmodern art’s oft-noted eclecticism is an arbitrary recycling of fragments from everywhere, especially the past, often taking the form of parody and kitsch. Demoralized, derealized, dehistoricized: art that can no longer take itself seriously. The image no longer refers primarily to some ‘original’, situated elsewhere in the ‘real’ world; it increasingly refers only to other images. In this way it reflects how lost we are, how removed from nature, in the ever more mediated world of technological capitalism.

– John Zerzan

I am not interested in being nowhere. Are you?…

“Often, you could see the hunter-gatherers making their way in single file through the marshes beside the road.

They were always somewhere, and were uninterested in being nowhere, on industrialism’s roadway. They had not yet lost the singularity of the present, which technology exactly takes away.

With our dwindling attention spans, foreshortening shallowness of thought, and thirst for diversions, how much are we actually in the world?

The disembodied self becomes increasingly disengaged from reality, including emotional reality.”

“Anxiety has replaced happiness as the hallmark sensation, now that community is absent.

We no longer trust our instincts. Maintaining a vast distance from the rhythms of nature and primary experiences of the senses in their intimate concreteness, the leading “thinkers” so often consecrate or uphold this unhappy, disembodied state.”

– John Zerzan

 

Whoever is interested, here is the whole article:

http://www.johnzerzan.net/articles/happiness.html