Life is full of distractions, always has been.
1000s of years ago the distractions were “being chased by tigers,” foraging for food and trying to have some children survive, and slowly creating a workable society.
We have never been so safe as we are now. So why keep building distractions?
Because while we feel like we have evolved on every level, we have NEVER EVOLVED EMOTIONALLY. Not EVER. We have never had to Process Emotion.
Why religion? Why the domination of women? Why the dismissal of the heart for logic? Why the addiction to certainty and the need for control?
Same reason as “Why entertainment? Why endless distractions? Why ridiculous media? Why vicarious anger? Why sparkly commercials?”
Same issue. This social matrix was not built to control us. It was built to PROTECT US. We are so frightened of having to be set upon by our own hearts that we will do anything to remain distracted. This is why those that go into “fighting the matrix” USING ANGER ARE ACTUALLY REINFORCING IT. They still don’t have to face their inner children, inner fears and desires and hopes and dismantled expectations.
The ONLY thing we cannot do as a social species is Process our Emotion. We distract (entertainment), we avoid (repression), we bypass (justified suppression) we escape (alcohol, drugs).
This honestly could be the ONLY thing we truly need to be working on. This one thing may allow the entire rest of the system to collapse …
In order to avoid cognitive dissonance, a person can and will create an entire reality for his lies to be housed in. Why is it so hard to believe that as a species we created a cultural reality to do the same?