Fifty, sixty years later, we have a lot more data about a lot more subjects but can still have a hard time “getting our heads around” more than what’s on our to-do lists. Yet, as I have said, what we don’t know about the cultural matrix in which we’re embedded is an insidious (and not necessarily painless) form of subjugation.
Of course, in many ways, we are hardly clueless (lacking understanding or knowledge). We “keep up.” We know what bandwagons to jump on and what trends to avoid. We pretty much assume that we know how life works. We give ourselves credit for clear thinking, an open-mind, good judgment and even street smarts. However, this mismanaged ego-driven certainty is part and parcel of our subjugation. Let me tell you what I mean.
In the 60s and 70s, the talk was also about “The Man.” The Man was the powers-that-be as well as the coordinated systems “they” masterminded that were outside of our control. The usual suspects were politicians and corporations but it could also be teachers who wouldn’t let you wing it, parents who wanted you to get a job, bosses that didn’t pay enough, talent-based industries, educational institutions or social circles that wouldn’t let you in, etc.
Yes, as I said in my last post, America is saddled with the seriously and perpetually unfinished business endemic to the conditions and circumstances of nationhood and our utility in service of its social needs is a contribution. But let’s also take a closer look at those areas where we individuals have struggled to fulfill America’s philosophy and promise of freedom, i.e., the opportunity to take responsibility for the life lived autonomously.