To Live Between Our Need For Benign/Consoling Illusions And Our Belief In The Efficiency Of Robotic Action

The first type of blunders we make comes from our psychological wholeness – our human self. But the second type – blunders of our technical thinking are made by our proclivity to worship our psychological fragments based on our technical education or/and on our practical motives (our orientation on survival/success) connected with the functioning of economic/political system with its pseudo-rationality.

The “dualism of body and soul” is much less important for us, it seems, than the dualism of the human self and the egos of our psychological fragments – our partial impulses, looking for satisfaction (including those created by commercial propaganda). A person’s psychological wholeness is our traditional self that balances our desires by combining them into a whole and connects them with one another under the auspice of our personality/identity including our ideology of life in society and our philosophy of life and of the world itself.

In our historical past we never were as dependent on the will of our psychological fragments as today when these fragmentary parts of our psyche became technically-scientifically rooted and reinforced. Even such intense feeling as fear of death in the past was handled by our religious belief in life after death. Our moral feelings and ideas, our aesthetic pleasures of contemplating nature, our mystical feelings connected with ecstatic moments of our unity with the world, and our intellectual curiosity vis-à-vis the world were so important to us that they were in a relative harmony with our survivalist needs. But today, as if, extreme situations define the everyday life of our fragile relative prosperity. With the development of technical sciences and of more complicated strategies of fighting for social success, and with financialization of social and political struggle human psyche finds itself under the pressure of uncertainty and intensified stress which demands compensation in a form of ideological justifications for our violent reactions, of our feverish consumerism and our growing obsession with being entertained.

In a more volatile and dangerous environment fragmentation of human psyche grows even more – then the more versatile consumerism and entertainment join the pluralization of technical professions (connected with multiplication of technical sciences and development of operational/instrumental (in comparison with commonsense intuitive) grasping of things. Technical professionalism and self-promoting competence become so necessary for survival and social success that more and more intellectual energy and resources of human soul needed in order to be successful (in order to participate in society’s need for domination over matter and other nations).

Human fragmentary thinking is more and more going out of the control of psychological wholeness. Human beings’ wholeness is, practically, out of decision-making on the individual and societal level. Human individuals are directly monitored by the very organization of professional knowledge in society because of the short circuits between salary and social success – and the idea of human value. This external manipulation of the people by abstract social mechanism of reward through successful employment makes human wholeness an outdated psychological structure. Human morals – a psychological realm which was in most situations beyond financial survival/success, becomes today bonded with one’s social success as a moral phenomenon. To have a good job and social success becomes a “moral” issue and a criterion of being a “good” human being.

Social conformist or non-conformist behavior became determined not by person’s beliefs, ideas and morality but by his/her financial and career success making person participate in controlling/manipulating direction of society’s dedications. Before, people were ruled by their internalized picture of the world, but today they‘re ruled directly from outside, and their feeling of justice is completely determined by their value as a successful or not-successful participants in the general direction of society as determined by power elites.

Before, our psychological wholeness – the summation of our personal experiences of the world and internalization of others who were influencing us from our childhood – was “pluralistic” yet a unified agency which really determined our behavior. But today, it is the organization of a societal administrative orientation dedicated to achieving maximum of efficiency in dominating the world and people. Each person today identifies with the faceless abstract system of efficiency of technico-scientific manipulation of the world.

If the old human world was human even though not necessarily humane and moral, but at least in anthropological sense, today we identify with the mechanisms of successful manipulation of the environment, populations and the geopolitical reality, and this makes us robotic and moved by the impersonal strategies of behavior we learned from technical sciences and strategic soft-wares.

The impossibility of balancing technical knowledge with human moral beliefs is too much for the conservative brains. Impersonal technico-scientific logic is too overwhelming and makes cons panic by making their conservative weak egos confused, traumatized, desperate and belligerent. The quick technical development destroyed their narcissistic wholeness, and their brittle small egos hysterically trying to keep their self-aggrandizement through the psychological splinters of previous glory based on identification with god and American exceptionalism. Their obsession with high-tech strategies of profit-making and with high-tech weaponry transforms these tools into, as if, new masters of the universe, a new panacea of selective salvation.

We always (historically) were hurt by our own blunders connected with our grand belief systems – with our proclivity to over-idealize (by fanatic believing) our ideals and by innocently/cynically using them as a justification for our megalomaniacal animosity and hate for otherness (and its carriers).

Today, we are hurt even more by our greedy identification with the impersonal logic of technical sciences that we transform into a new guidance for our personal, social and international behavior with much more disastrous results.

Our (human) gods were destructive to the measure of our psychological wholeness. Today, our high-tech gods are destructive much more – to the measure of our desperate little egos – impulsive, capricious and anarchic – which now dominate the West, after the ideas of human maturity, psychological development and spiritual sublimation and balance were lost as factors which are able to influence our and earthly future.