Living in a simulacrum is a death-sentence, sadly there is a lot of money to be made from trapping people inside them. Netflix for example, has a seducing way of drawing you in, inviting you to stay, and then come back whenever you feel like it.
Don’t get me wrong, there are good things with relaxation and zoning out for a change, recharging ones batteries and so on. But this is not how these simulacrum’s, these illusionary chambers work. They provide you with limitless pleasure and ways to pass your time. So much so, that when finally ones physical reality starts to press in on the illusion, you try to ignore it. Every time you ignore it over a period of days, weeks and eventually years – you’ll get better at avoiding your real problems in favour of wasting time on pleasure.
This is the pleasure trap. We’re evolutionary wired to behaviourally train ourselves through a complex system of actions and hormonal rewards such as endorphins. We are encouraged by companies to focus our attention on immediate forms of pleasure. It could be binging Netflix-series while eating sweets, or playing computer games while drinking soda. And you quickly learn to escape there whenever life gets hard, or when you have a day of, or when you just have some unscheduled time on your hands. The more time you spend in the shadow world, the more often you allow the entertainment industry to grab your focus, the easier it gets to ignore your own, very real problems.
In the end, these activities becomes your go-to-drug when even the smallest challenge comes along. This is awfully convenient for the companies who provides you with their “services”, they earn more if you never wish to leave. You find that binging their shit is easier than real life, hell, it replaces real life! But that’s not really what life is about now, is it? Over the years, you will slowly realize that you have lost unbelievable amounts of time in the process. The feelings of regret for all the lost opportunities will grow and grow, a nagging sensation at the very edge of your consciousness . You will most likely only blame your self. Think that perhaps you are a procrastinator and weak of mind. But the truth is that you are an addict. And it’s not your fault. The process was incremental, so slow that you never saw the changes in your own behaviour. The continual losses that you suffered economically, socially and mentally, they never seemed connected with your chosen form of entertainment. And if you only look at it form a day-to-day perspective, there’s not really much of a connection there. Instead, the answer lies in the pattern over time.
In psychology there’s a way of awakening people anew, helping them to develop the will to go on. Your forced to face your problems, slowly. My father always said, deal with at least one thing that you do not wish to do, every, single, day. In the personal growth movement, our modern-day prophets and gurus tells us to get into the habit of going up at 5 a clock every day, of starting your morning with meditation for 15 minutes, or with going for a run. But what is it actually about? The meaning of those daily exercises is to teach you how to overcome and break through your mental focus on short-term pleasure acquisition, to instead develop habits that may hurt to develop, but will help you in the long run. By focusing on developing yourself in one aspect of your life, you’ll begin to develop a new tool-box, which in turn will affect how you face problems in other areas. You’ll get tougher, more prone not to spend as much time away from the world, caught up in someone else’s web, enjoying their creations. Instead, you start creating yourself. And it takes time, to make that switch. Especially if your caught in multiple traps at once.
I woke up one day, when I had heard some character speaking of facing the past, of saying goodbye to it. Of no longer trying to keep it alive. Of daring to kill ones daemons, of facing your dragons, to stop running away. Instead of being herded by your fears, however small or big they may be, and instead of always picking short term pleasure before long-term benefits, you will begin to experience changes. You have to balance that knife-edge and land on the other side. Not every day, not every time. But most of the time. That’s how you make progress in your life, and the more you balance that edge, the less it will feel like a small and narrow path, instead it grows into a highway leading to hundreds of options. It’s all about practice, and developing a better balance. In the end, you will wonder what it was that used to have such a strong seductive power upon you down there.
They want us there. In the land of short-term pleasure. They want you to get stuck. If you’re overwhelmed with pleasurable choices, you’ll loose yourself in trying to experience them all. A day without at least some of them will feel like forever in a dry desert. The problem is that which you perceive to be a desert, is in fact a thriving oasis. The desert is not a desert, but a sea of time, time that you can use to build a healthy life. They have managed to twist your mind so much that it no longer experiences real value for what it is. Instead, you pick the fallen fruits. There are more of them, and you’ve been told it’s dangerous to climb up to the branches. And you are always there too late to pick the ripe ones anyway.
Trapping citizens in a simulacrum of reality is very important for some in the ruling class. Those that want business as usual, those who wish to constrain unruly citizens. Those whose businesses are rotten to the core. They want power, and they CAN take it, if enough of us are filling our days with collecting their shiny trolls gold.