“The absence of personal power can be equally corruptive”. — Rollo May
So, are you going to do it or not? — He told him.
What?! What am I going to do! ?— He asked.
Live! You idiot! — He told him.
The question is a simple one, are you going to do it or not, you can, in fact, make that decision. It’s a simple yes or no. Fundamentally, that’s what courage (the root virtue) is. The positive answer towards life, no matter what.
Stoicism in a nutshell.
This is badly needed. For today, we need ideas, we need people that say yes to all the chaos and sickness and whatever is happening every day, not people that run away from it, be it good or bad. The general feeling of our society is not of grandness or mightiness, it is instead sheepish. You can smell fear everywhere around, in the air, and fear is constantly used to control the masses, quite effectively.
How can you be mentally healthy in a mentally sickened society?
Just look at the definition of mental sanity, from Benjamin Rush, the founder of the American Psychiatric Association:
“Sanity — aptitude to judge things like other men, and regular habits, etc. Insanity a departure from this.”— Benjamin Rush
Basically, sanity, for one of the leaders of psychology, is to be a bloody sheep and do as others do. This idea would be just fine if we were living in a healthy society, but you and I know that it does not hold true.
What about mental well-being, true well-being? Mental well-being and the current definition of sanity just cannot be put together in the same sentence.
Why? Because our society, as a whole, is sick. Fear without courage is not healthy, and our society runs on fear like a crack cocaine addict, especially now. So if we follow Benjamin’s advice, to be a sane person, you have to be as everyone else? Scared sheep? Without any real power left to rise up to the demands of life and make something better of our world?
“[The normal man] may indeed thrive in the surroundings [of his society], but only up to the point where he and his milieu meet with disaster for transgressing the laws [of reality and human nature]. He will share the general collapse to exactly the same extent as he was adjusted to the previous situation. Adjustment is not adaptation; Adaptation requires far more than merely going along smoothly with the conditions of the moment. It requires observance of laws more universal than the immediate conditions of time and place. The very adjustment of the normal [individual] is his limitation.”
Carl Jung, Psychological Types
Follow the script, follow the orders, do as your told. Well, that is not working anymore. The more “adjusted” people are the ones that suffer the most when everything collapses.
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. . .they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
You cannot be healthy, mentally, if you are following a mentally sick society. A society that refuses to answer the question I posed at the beginning of this post. Not answering yes, not answering no, just following orders like an automat.
Following orders may feel like the safest bet, but we’ve already seen how easily things can crumble and the perceived security becomes unsafe suddenly.
“We are on guard against contagious diseases of the body, but we are . . .careless when it comes to the even more dangerous collective diseases of the mind.”
“. . .when a living organism is cut off from its roots, it loses a connection with the foundation of its existence and must necessarily perish.”
Carl Jung, The Earth Has a Soul, Aion
The answer is simple. Stop living in fear, and begin to live in courage. Stop saying no to life and begin to say yes. Power is necessary, and it has to be your own. We sold it for nothing, for what? For security? What security? Power needs to go back to the individual, to you, and it’s your decision. Find out more about the idea of power here. You Are Dangerously Powerful, What Are You Going To Do About It?
“Wherever I found the living, there I found the will to power.” — Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
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