MORPHEUS: “The Matrix is in all places; it is throughout us, right here even on this room. You possibly can see it out of your window, or in your tv. You’re feeling it if you go to work, or go to church, or pay your taxes. It’s the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the reality… Sadly nobody will be informed what the Matrix is. You must see it for your self.”
In the long run, it is virtually unattainable NOT to buy-in to the addictive system (AKA the Matrix) sooner or later in our lives, or in a method or one other. Throughout us, it may well hijack how we predict, really feel and behave.
I realized a precept within the 1970’s that has caught with me: context generates content material. On this occasion, the addictive system of contemporary society is the overarching context producing content material to perpetuate and profit itself by way of the fertile discipline of our minds, no matter attainable detrimental outcomes.
Exterior forces exert monumental affect. How we self-identify and categorical ourselves on this planet comes not solely from our household but additionally from adapting to and accepting what we persistently see and listen to. We could lack an genuine connection to ourselves, having accepted our identification from exterior dictates whereas the cultural language and habits of management limits actual reference to others. (1)
Although the addictive system capabilities invisibly, you may see it for your self. Trace: The core pillars that prop it up and maintain it in place are: dualistic black or white pondering, dishonesty, the phantasm of management, dependency and self-centeredness. (2) Powerlessness is its main dependancy.
From substance abuse to course of addictions, i.e. spending an excessive amount of time on expertise, or buying an excessive amount of, these typically originate from a way of powerlessness. Temper issues, together with being persistently over-stressed, are additionally indicators of buy-in to the addictive system.
These of us who dwell with nervousness (and PTSD) operate in disaster mode when there isn’t a disaster. This has change into way more prevalent since occasions of 9/11 and the over-dependency on cell telephones.
These of us disabled by melancholy don’t all the time know why. They may be rigorously understanding their private points main them to really feel depressed. Nevertheless, their antidepressant medication is probably not of a lot assist after they haven’t been in a position or prepared to confess the elusive contextual issue of an addictive system and its impact on them.
These of us who Cannabis production in Africa in an try to really feel higher learn the way short-lived their ‘excessive’ really is. No buy and no variety of ‘pals’ can ever substitute for the internal expertise of wellbeing.
Kudos to these of us genuinely dedicated to addressing an dependancy or temper dysfunction. I go away you with this to contemplate: For those who deal with solely problematic signs in isolation of the general impression the addictive system has on you, you should still overcome an dependancy or heal a temper dysfunction however fail to establish its insidious grasp to your thoughts.
Keep tuned for Half III: The Risk of Soul Renewal
(1) Patricia Evans. Controlling Individuals. Adams Media. 2002
(2) Anne Wilson Schaef. When Society Turns into an Addict. Harper and Row, Publishers Inc. 1987