Tuesday, December 02, 2008

How Modern Society Makes You Weak

Modern society isn't just external problems, governments, and institutions. It's what it does to your heart and soul.


Almost one in five young American adults has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life, and even more abuse alcohol or drugs, researchers reported Monday in the most extensive study of its kind.

The disorders include problems such as obsessive or compulsive tendencies and anti-social behavior that can sometimes lead to violence. The study also found that fewer than 25 percent of college-aged Americans with mental problems get treatment.

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Counting substance abuse, the study found that nearly half of young people surveyed have some sort of psychiatric condition, including students and non-students.

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The disorders include obsessive, anti-social and paranoid behaviors that are not mere quirks but actually interfere with ordinary functioning.

MSN


Holy mackerel! Are these kids just bad?

Unlikely. Their parents learned bad behavior; their government and the people around them repeat delusional lies to them; and they've got little going on that is positive reward for their internal dimension, which some call the soul.


Spending a lot of time watching TV, playing video games and surfing the Web makes children more prone to a range of health problems including obesity and smoking, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

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Studies also indicated more media exposure also was linked to drug and alcohol use and poorer school performance, while the evidence was less clear about an association with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, they added.

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Experts for decades have worried about the impact on young viewers of the violence and sexual content in some TV programs, movies and video games. Another issue is that kids are spending time sitting on a couch watching TV or playing computer games when they could be running around outside.

Yahoo!


What about the impact on young viewers of seeing delusional information?

Television reduces the world to your external traits. Who you know / what you buy / where you are in the social hierarchy. How to please others by twisting the truth and avoiding controversial topics. How to lie to keep the peace. That's how you succeed in TV-land! Oh, and in modern society.

Why do we make liars of ourselves?

Well:


Some upscale purveyors believe luxurious living, like cigarette smoking, is an unshakeable habit. "It's very difficult to go downward... once you get used to this level of service," says Julian Niccolini, managing partner of New York's Four Seasons restaurant.

Newsweek


There's no social order. It's dog eat dog. Your good traits -- personality, brains, compassion, honesty -- go unrecognized while your ability to pander to others is widely praised, if you exercise it. If you don't... some moron with fewer abilities and less of a soul will get ahead before you. That's how the disease spreads.

Modern society makes us weak by making us look at the external and the symbolic and the social, at the expense of what we know inside -- and the reality to which we connect through that perception.

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