- Philip K. Dick
"Finally agreement! No one can dispute the reality that we all will die. Since most choose to block out this fate or find it discomforting to consider, the roots of denial are sown. Refusal to confront the one great similarity that all humans share, is a trait that has greatly affected our political and social lives. Life is to be lived, no doubt. But how you live it greatly depends upon how you treat the final ending.
Death, freedom, existential isolation, and seeming meaninglessness are central themes that involve our presence in and of this world. Since a spiritual realm is often shunned and frequently denied by the most unstable elements within society, it comes as no surprise that a rush for status and political power becomes a substitute for empyrean beliefs.
Because dying is inevitable, the populace fears social isolation because the idea that life is meaningless is so intolerable. The freedom they exhibit has the instincts of the herd. However communal it becomes, the fact that each person accepts the pack, is personal in its most basic decision. Yes, determinism seems to be normal for most; but the nature of that resignation lies in an acceptance that no other course is possible.
Surely, the cognizant capacity within each person retains the autonomy to continue on with his life. Forgoing the forcible taking of a life, the individual selects living by the mere fact of taking another breath. Notwithstanding, this urge, few will acknowledge that solitude is the natural state of each person. Politics often confuses this reality. In its most basic form, social organization is the end result of individual conflict. When there is no distinct meaning, all that is left is what one can take from the environment. The origin of egocentrism stems from a false sense of the inherent condition of being a unique person.
When a person concludes there is nothing but the moment and that any action is acceptable, they reject that their existence has meaning. Satisfaction is not purpose. The existential experience is merely the admission that we are each alone, struggling to find our way in a world that seldom demonstrates sense. Deducing that this seemingly absurd dilemma is unnatural, confuses the intensity of individuals to contest the character of their nature. Simply, people possess the freedom to make the wrong choices.
Politicians are creatures that fill the void. The vacuum from unsatisfactory answers or a lack of individual discontent, is the fertile field that office seekers harvest. Since we are all alone in our personal journey to a known destination, the notion that systems of social structure can and should intercede and chart the route, illustrates the foolishness that the multitude have resigned themselves to accept. All the rhetoric, promises and pledges are meaningless political theater.
Forced compliance, coercive punishment, arbitrary contrivance and systemic regimentation are all symptoms of the basic disease. A denial of the inevitable- death- and the fear of- personal isolation. Despite this common infliction, the patient can and should heal thyself. Achieving meaningful freedom is the joy of existence. When one is at peace with the inescapable- no man, party, ideology or mob can steal your primacy.
Isn’t it asinine to volunteer and relinquish your natural independence for a phony social contract that steals your dignity? Well, that is exactly what citizens amiably do because they are free to be foolish. Does or can the State become a substitute for your own isolation? How many times do people seek comfort among the fleeced and defend being sheered? The reason they are so vulnerable to the artificial charms of political benefactors, rests upon their dread of being alone. When in reality that is the universal condition of our existence and denying that reality, does not change the circumstance.
The entire culture of dependency is based upon a the false premise that society can improve the social condition. The extent of this deceit is visible by all the vassals that work for government. Whether they retire at full salary or reap early compensation, they happily accept tainted tribute for their loyalty to a system, who’s purpose is to deny the existential reality of life.
Life does not have to be meaningless; however, most work overtime to make it that way. When one is pegged a social misfit, most of the time that translates into being a threat who acts as an individual. The fear for the State is not death- it’s essence is to survive at any cost. How can an artificial structure possess life, when it functions with total disrespect towards those who are alive? The meaninglessness that consumes most people fosters the flawed freedom to accept servitude. By denying their own natural isolation, the common folk kneel to the most ruthless and sinister elements, because they are not willing to hasten or risk their final demise. That’s the commonality that allows elitists to fabricate their fraud.
You are free to create meaning when you accept you are alone and willing to suffer death as natural. Sure rare individuals are feared by the controllers of governments. Such existential freedom is the silver bullet that can slay the blood thirsty monster. Impaling heads is the business the State performs best. Dracula lives within the draconian society that permeates this artifice - popular culture. Liberation is possible, when and after you free yourself from the need to be part of and belong to a synthetic society. The existential reality prevails- there is no escape- learn to accept it, free yourself and create meaningful purpose. What do you have to lose, we all are meant to die...”