Empty Days

Sunday, July 11, 2004



Madness is immoral.

148. ..."Mental health" programs, "intervention" techniques, psychotherapy and so forth are ostensibly designed to benefit individuals, but in practice they usually serve as methods for inducing individuals to think and behave as the system requires. (There is no contradiction here; an individual whose attitudes or behavior bring him into conflict with the system is up against a force that is too powerful for him to conquer or escape from, hence he is likely to suffer from stress, frustration, defeat. His path will be much easier if he thinks and behaves as the system requires. In that sense the system is acting for the benefit of the individual when it brainwashes him into conformity.)...
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Psychologists rarely ever think - they're taught certain techniques and a very crude view of human nature. Thereafter they become "medical professionals" - and it still doesn't occur to them to think.

This is a very good description of what psychotherapists do and why. Their purpose is to relieve suffering. Quite obviously, if the causes of suffering are external and can't be undone, it is much more practical to blame the individual for not being able to "adapt" and then try to change his thinking and behavior, having previously stuffed him with anti-depressants. Psychotherapists rarely think for themselves - this better be remembered when you consider getting some such "help".

Another interesting element is that so many people are genuinely convinced that psychologists "know better". This is clearly a naive idea which falls into the category of other such fixed ideas - an effect of what Ted calls "propaganda". Belief in democracy and morals is very "helpful" - therefore it should be maintained. Etc etc etc.

When we talk of "values" we never really know what we're talking about - in our own personal case, that is.

Houellebecq is an equivalent of Unabomber in that he tried to describe how his suffering was caused by the world he was born into, how this suffering was not unique but generalized - to describe that world, and himself in it. That's called thinking.

It's no use blaming yourself first. The requirement of universal happiness may turn tyrannical.





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