The Origin of Social Dysfunction: The Pathology of Cultural Delusion
- Someone sent this to me the other day. I haven't finished
reading it yet, but check it out! I think I finally found
someone who knows the truth!
- Kquen, That's some heavy reading. He does seem to have a good grasp
on why we behave in such crazy ways. I'd like to read the condensed
version -- scolarly writing gets tedious for most of us lazy folk
with short attention spans.
Below is the conclusion to chapter one, which pretty much sums up our
"Cultural fantasies motivate people and are used as a means of
control by the institutions of every society. On the average, they
increasingly have a negative effect and are detrimental to the
stability of the society and the survival of the species. They
prevent reality-orientation and rationality. They cloud issues, mask
the real nature of problems and send us off in wrong directions. They
act as barriers to learning, to correction and to progress.
"Most of our fantasies are culturally based and culturally
transmitted. That is, they are firmly entrenched in the culture and
its institutions and have long histories of continued acceptance and
usage. Many fantasies are generated and instilled as an on-going
process. All are bolstered and maintained by vested interests. They
cover the complete range of human activity. They are pathological as
surely as if they were germs, lethal genes or carcinogens.
"Collectively, cultural fantasies constitute the most devastating
malignancy of the human species. They may well result in our
precipitous dissolution as intelligent life. Should this be the case,
our demise will have been most curious and pitifully stupid: Death by
Yup. The cultural fantasy of true love, marriage, and the baby
carriage is a package deal that "may well result in our precipitous
dissolution as intelligent life." I wonder what the author thinks
about procreation. Other chapters may hold the answer, but they
weren't available on the net.
THE ORIGIN OF SOCIAL DYSFUNCTION: The Pathology of Cultural Delusion
By Everett E. Allie
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