'Alienation' Chapter

Alienation

In general, we live in a state of alienation. We live in a world where we believe presentation is everything. It’s the superficial connections that give you control, lead to “success.” Is confidence enough to function in society? To thrive?

We live behind a line, behind glass. What would it be like if people looked carefully at each other?

“There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.” Eugene Ionesco

“In the 19th century inhumanity meant cruelty; in the 20th century it means schizoid self-alienation.” Erich Fromm

Sense of Alienation

First let’s establish what alienation is to everyone’s understanding. For those who are up for it, share what you understand alienation to be. Perhaps you are experiencing some sense of alienation from that request. Feeling like a visitor no matter… Seek More

Affiliation and Alienation

In general, we live in a state of alienation, even here in the virtual world of Second Life, the whole anonymity thing that makes people so exploitative on-line. Do we? Or does the anonymity allow us to truly be who… Seek More

Keeping it Real

There is an unwritten rule that seems to govern society in this day and age, and really has for a long time now. “Real life” … “The real world” … “In touch with reality.” There is an unofficial edict that… Seek More

Knowing You are Real

Does anyone feel loved by their community? That was a real possibility once upon a time. The village doctor could come to be both known and respected personally for what he did for his community. In this day and age… Seek More

Look Carefully

Anyone feeling alienated yet? You don’t need society’s acceptance. It has been shown that you only need a few select connections to thrive. A few select connections are sufficient to feel comfortable and safe in the world? If you make… Seek More

Trying to Orient

I have to apologize. This has been a tough topic for me. I feel like people are islands, because they choose to be. They devise all sorts of complicated strategies for understanding each other, the social world, all sorts of… Seek More