Left to our own devices, and absent the limiting influences of our culture and our upbringing, we humans primarily seek to continually grow and develop our intellect, our emotional maturity and to clarify our view of the world by seeking meaning and expressing our knowlegde through our individual gifts of creativity.
When our culture is not conducive to our human nature, we tend to lose our natural higher human endowments, and express as more animalistic, externally directed and function at far lower levels than our human abilities are capable of.
Our particular culture requires a high level of ongoing external growth to continue to function and to provide its citizens with enough distractions to keep the wheel of progress turning. If external economic growth even stalls, there are extreme and discordant consequences that are felt by those who have done what is expected of them. This causes discontent among the externally directed collective, and in order to quell the tensions those who lead us desparately looks for ways to quiet our grumblings.
Eventually external growth butts up against the limitations of the resources that the environment can provide it. At an individual level, too many external possessions and the want of more, usurps the individuals awareness of their internal realms in favor of their external world. Ones needs are projected outside of themselves and variations in their external world can be experienced as very draining and eventually lead to overwhelm, causing those with very little sense of internal identity and security to seek alternative ways of meeting their externally directed needs.
Arrested Development occurs when a person cannot think or reason effectively for themselves and becomes dependent on others to provide them with acceptable reasoning and explanations of events and experiences. In our culture, the ability to reason effectively is thwarted by our over reliance upon external motivations that push rather than pull the human spirit through life. As a culture we create individuals who are motivated by the carrot, not drawn by their own sense of internal identity strength and creativity.
When something is noticed outside of oneself that is not wanted or expected within an arrested development individual’s lens of reality, the individual will ask a person whom they rely upon to do their thinking for them to provide them with a clarification. They will ask the question “Why” without ever supposing that they themselves could ever reason the answer for themselves, as the why is a question for their parental-surrogate, or a more wise authority to answer for them.
Alternatively, the why question, is a strategy intended to illustrate to the person whom they query, that they are wrong and that the arrested individual is correct, no matter how anemic and childish their reasoning skills are. They cannot conceive why something exists that they themselves cannot personally comprehend, setting up a looping thought pattern that is very frustrating for them. Though they never truly intend to discover the Why, only to use their frustration as a fuel to make their unknowing more right, within the confines of their restricted yet comfortable reality. This is a manifestation of arrested development and the need to be right. Ones static view of reality is so painful to even consider as wrong, that they’d rather distort reality than to clarify their lens of it.
Ultimately this leads to automatic thought circuit blockages, so that easier thought processes become true and comfortable for them, even when evidence to the contrary is obviously blatant to those who have developed their own mature reasoning abilities.
Sublimation is a psychological defense mechanism by which the individual satisfies a socially prohibited instinctive drive (usually sexual or aggressive) through the substitution of socially acceptable behavior. Our desires and aggressions are deflected from their instinctual expression toward some other form of expression or satisfaction that is more appropriate, positive or socially acceptable. The natural process of sublimation may however be manipulated in a repressive way for means of social control.
“Desublimation,” then, refers to the social manipulation of the individual’s natural and inner-directed process of sublimation, to direct this energy toward goals that may not be truly in the individual’s own interest but more for the benefit and convenience of political or economic forces. Therefore it is effectively repressive of the individual’s free will.
Advertising, the need for continual growth and propaganda in manipulating societal consensus, all work in concert to foster a society of conformed and poor reasoning individuals.
When a strong sense of self and identity predominates, a person operates on the Reality Principle, which is the delay of immediate gratification in recognition of more appropriate actions toward higher internally motivated needs.
But when an individual is affected by the demands of value adoption of the collective, in deference to their own, the Pleasure Principle predominates. Ones natural instinctual desires become considered evil or bad, and instead of integrating ones cerebral architecture and redirecting those drives in a healthy way, individuals repress them and meet those needs in unhealthy and hidden ways. The individual conforms and is driven by what they should do, what is bad, and the denied parts of themselves that they have repressed due to non-acceptance.
In a society ruled by Repressive Desublimation, the identity strength of the individual is weakened and the rules and dictates of the culture are assumed to be correct by the individual, not their own ability to think or reason. The desublimation of true needs leads to disenchantment and demoralization, when the person realizes that possessions and conformity are not really fulfilling.
A person’s life becomes directed by others and the higher need for a process of inner-directed self-actualization is neglected, leading to a lack of fulfillment and unhappiness. One of the long term effects of Repressive Desublimation is to produce various forms of neurosis, because the person in question cannot deal effectively with reality. The primary drives are frustrated and outcomes are felt to be beyond a person’s control.
Prolonged anxiety leads ultimately to depression, as the person becomes more and more frustrated and gives up hoping for ever experiencing positive outcomes.
Because a particular socio-economic system offers many avenues of immediate gratification, and as a consequence of poor reasoning skills, most of the public are trapped within the system. By giving them bread, circuses and pornography, and by keeping them ill informed, most of the public ignore, or are unaware of, many other dimensions of society that are have them trapped and completely unaware. The cycle continues.