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COVID lockdowns brought us the worst of a consumer culture striving to make us sick and isolated




The common thread that binds the epidemic of mental illness, lockdowns, and the insatiable desires kindled in the consumer is dependence. This system profits most when we are all broken.


(LifeSiteNews) — Why is there an epidemic of mental illness in the West? Record levels of drug abuse and widespread dependency on antidepressants and anxiety medication have become the norm. It seems that every child in school is diagnosed with some condition or other. Addiction is everywhere – to our phones, to the pornography they deliver, and even to food. Eating has become disorderly. Anorexia and obesity are commonplace. Something is seriously wrong when one of the strongest common denominators is sickness.


It seems to be overlooked that most of the population of the West was forcibly detained in their own homes over two years of hysterical fearmongering. The damage done lurks like an iceberg in the water. Mainly submerged, with only the tip suggesting its presence, it is a taboo of sorts to mention its hidden magnitude. Why is this the case?


Widespread mental anguish was not caused by lockdowns, but it was certainly multiplied. The severity and prevalence of individual misery has been intensified by a process so simple to understand when simply named: isolation.


There is a reason that solitary confinement is viewed as torture and that is because it destroys people. To be deprived of the balm of company is to wither. Instead of schoolrooms, workplaces, and walks in the park, we had screens to stare at. It is hard to remain happy and sane when staring at a screen all day.


Screen-based interaction is worse than nothing. It replaces real people with moving pictures, their voices modulated and often stuttering, as the wifi signal fails and you are reminded that you are participating in a cheap and shoddy simulation of life which has become your life.


This fact is depressing in itself. We were compelled to send our kids to ‘zoom school’, which meant to sit them in front of a screen and learn their lessons. They learned to be less human. They learned that people who were there were also not really there. They learned that about themselves, which is why so many of them are so poorly adjusted. This was done in the service of public health.


It is hard to conclude that this was meant to be good for anyone. What kind of person would not see that this would be disastrous? You would have to be an “expert” to be so blind to the obvious.


The destruction of human social bonds which came with lockdown destroyed many of the community groups and sports and social clubs that made life so rewarding. It offered something in its place that was presented as attractive, convenient, and a thoroughly modern solution. The remote life, the backlit solitude of substitute living where we watched Netflix and imagined other people doing things – this was the product we were sold. It was poison.


It is an old trick. Much of what we are sold as food is poison. The same can be said for the messages we receive in the media. At base, consumer culture is an attempt to wean people off the rewards of real-life relationships and to offer them some cheaply available, convenient substitute. Fake reality instead of life, and a series of consolation prizes to buy while you watch it.


The consumer culture of the West is a vast mental illness factory. It seeks to isolate the consumer in their desires. It cannot sell you second prizes if you still possess the first. People with strong social bonds, with happy relationships in their lives, people who have God and their extended family – the nation, people who cherish their children instead of aborting them: these people rely far less on buying things to feel less bad because they do not feel bad in the first place.



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