Are people neurotic about Climate Change?
Are we concerned ‘lest we offend’?
Is there anxiety about Law and Order?
Do children become confused about gender?
Is there a fear of job loss to technology?
Have we lost our privacy to social media?
Can we rely on the Health Service?
Will the Russians invade?
These questions create feelings and emotions. Emotions are underestimated, taken away from the ‘factual’ equation, deemed uninformative and thus discarded.
Emotional reactions are being used.
Stiff upper lip. Stereotyped responses. Soldier on and don’t show vulnerability. Safety in numbers. Go with the flow.
Or face victimisation, loss of friends, anger, persecution, ostracism.
Are we becoming sick? Are we sheep?
Are we being deceived?
“The colourful flowers and the blue optimistic skies of the sixties have given way to bramble, bracken, rain and the grey pessimistic days of the last decade.” Is this an emotional statement to be scoffed at? No!
A recent article dealt with the emotional fallout, describing the ‘Layers of Deceit’ perceived. Some may see that as merely as an aesthetic inconsequential sideshow, subordinate to the technical details of the problems of our society. Emotion is a vague collective term for our thoughts, our feelings, our pleasures and displeasures, our acceptance or rejection of concepts, our behavioural responses.
Our delight and our Achilles heel.
We neglect emotion at our peril. A mind war is being fought on an emotional landscape. The losers will be slaves and the winners will be free. There will be no prizes, no euphoria, and no prisoners.
Until we take seriously our emotional reactions, as a nation, events will undermine our health.
We should not blame, we should understand.
Brexit is an example, a cameo of a bigger game, and a warning as we suffer the mental pain of social, political and economic disenfranchisement.
Some may feel free and unaffected, like for example the pieces in Go still being played. Apathy with no thought of consequences, time or death; without thinking through to the final moves. When the winning piece is played we will all be enslaved. Then, the game will be over.
Across Europe the social anxiety is palpable as the flame of democracy is all but snuffed out.
Of course the crises mentioned above are a part of an emotional offensive and there may be easy lessons to be had. Crises allow for the mobilization of passion, popularity and power
Fear, guilt, debt, humiliation, frustration, greed, hate, anger, these emotions cloud our judgement as individuals and as members of society. Plenty of opportunity, for radicalization and manipulation.
We tread on a slippery slope when imposed emotions overrule reason.
“I think there are two ways in which people are controlled. First of all frighten people and secondly, demoralise them.” – Tony Benn
Democracy is more important than many realise. One of those basic aspirations that is neglected, easy to decry, and then, when it is lost …
Democracy is a belief in freedom, equality of opportunity, involvement and ownership.
Many Europhiles will accept that the EU has an important ‘Democratic Deficit’. The EU appears to believe that democracy undermines the natural selection of ruling elites and is “nothing other than the systematic cultivation of human failure.”.
This can be seen time and again in EU behaviour.
The concept of Democracy with its vulnerabilities and challenges is also fundamental, as a component of the emotional health of a nation.
In Law the EU seeks to consolidate their position behind a façade of distinctive legislation and juridical theory.
With Economics a one size fits all straightjacket of financial control impoverishes countries with different economic environments. The EU has authoritarian goals of creating a regulated economic structure to transform social relations within a modern, self-determined culture.
Wealth will come when unity is obtained. In context, a classic carrot and stick mentality. But the EU generally protects inequality and privilege while also featuring an important role for state intervention in the economy. Allying themselves with the economic elites.
This inevitably leads to an ‘Escalation of Commitment’ among Europhiles.
Commerce within the EU is characterised by substantial lobbying, where corporate entities are under the control and authority of the EU’s self-serving cronyism. Cartels through lobbying determine many aspects of commerce, finance, agriculture and manufacturing.
EU Trade puts up barriers, creating economic conquest of third world countries. This protectionism is deemed necessary where imports are strictly controlled, leaving foreign conquest as the only avenue for access to resources unavailable domestically.
But where does this leave the proletariat? For Europhiles
- The primacy of the group. Supporting the group feels more important than maintaining either individual or universal rights.
- Believing that one’s group is a victim. This justifies any behaviour against the group’s enemies.
- The belief that individualism and liberalism enable dangerous decadence and have a negative effect on the group.
- A strong sense of community or brotherhood. This brotherhood’s “unity and purity are forged by common conviction, if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary.”
- Individual self-esteem is tied up in the grandeur of the group. An “enhanced sense of identity and belonging.”
These characteristics can be recognised now but will surely escalate as the last pieces are played.
All the words in italics are from articles defining Fascism.
For me Fascism is a behavioural phenomenon rather than a political ideology. There is good company in this evaluation.
“Almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist’. That is about as near to a definition as this much-abused word has come.” George Orwell (What is Fascism? 1944)
As the definition is so elusive it does seem quite appropriate to use the ‘Duck Test’.
On the painful walk up the garden path as light dims, an ominous feeling is present. Children are afraid of the dark, and adults, for good reason, can be afraid of the light.