Old timers disease
Or Pre-senile dementia
Alzheimer’s AKA Old Timers disease starts much earlier than psychology posits.
Durkheim also formally posited anomie as a mismatch, not simply as the absence of norms. Thus, a society with too much rigidity and little individual discretion could also produce a kind of anomie, a mismatch between individual circumstances and larger social mores. Thus, fatalistic suicide arises when a person is too rule-governed, when there is no free horizon of expectation, an absence of legitimate aspirations.
I remember a movie I saw in the mid ’50’s. I forget the name but it starred James Stewart. I vividly recall one particular scene. It struck me as profound and very descriptive of society. The story involves a newspaper owner who brought his newly college graduated son into the business. After a series of catastrophes which the old man straightened out there was a heated confrontation between father and son.
Father> “well, you always have these conflicts any time a person with fresh, innovative ideas comes into contact with an old fart who is set in his ways with no imagination and adhering to rigid rules.
Son> “Ah, dad, I never thought of you as an old fart”
Father> “No, actually, I think of you as an old fart”
Yup, he’s got it.
Unused neurons die off. We start with about 300 billion and end up with about 100 billion. We must have aspirations, but they must be legitimate aspirations. In this materialistic society our educational system is geared towards outputting superficial robots to feed industrial demand. This imprinting blocks access to the right mind cutting off our connectedness with the world. Industry uses these people up and crushes them like a Styrofoam cup to be tossed in the trash. Applying the “use ’em or ‘lose ’em rule, the unused neurons in the right mind die off. Goodbye insight, intuition, creativity, connectedness, centering, harmony etc. Hello robots, idiots, zombies, parrots, stupidos, hollow or superficial. Oddly, although psychology defines superficiality, it does not define non superficiality. IE what is normal? There is no room for the self .
Psychology posits that there is something wrong with the person. I posit that it is society which is psychotic, not the patient. He/she just cracked earlier than the “norm”. It is pathological to be well adjusted in this society.
Leave room for the self. The understanding of the glory of the world and the knowledge that we are integral with it.
Never surrender your mind.
Pink Floyd – The Wall, download this, it’s excellent The Wall
When we grew up and went to school
There were certain teachers who would
Hurt the children in any way they could
By pouring their derision
Upon anything we did
And exposing every weakness
However carefully hidden by the kids
But in the town, it was well known
When they got home at night, their fat and
Psychopathic wives would thrash them
Within inches of their lives.
We don’t need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.