This is so true and sad, but liberating when you realize it. When I wake up I often think:
This world is in reality a global enslavement machine that programs people to THINK that they are free in order for them to cope with their servitude, and conditions people to WANT it as well. The truth is, we are all slaves to the economic system and programmed with illusions that help us bear our enslavement.
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The system treats us as economic resources and defines us by our economic functions (e.g. workers, tax payers, consumers, etc.) rather than as human or spiritual beings. In short, we are simply a commodity to the system and groomed as such. And of course, we are programmed to want to thrive as "economic resources", not to complain about it or be critical of it. No freethought, in other words. You are supposed to "love the system".
Freedom, for the most part, is just a word, not an actual state of existence. The reason people, especially Americans, believe that they have freedom is simply because their minds are programmed to think that they do. You see, your slavemasters need you to be satisfied with your enslavement to keep you controlled. In order to do that, they give you choices in consumerism and in selecting your occupation. You are "free" to choose your form of slavery and vote for your puppet dictators.
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Right when you step into grade school, you lose all your freedoms as you are totally controlled and given rules to abide by. You are taught to regurgitate information and to be obedient, as you are honed and groomed to become a slave in servitude to the system. You are told it's for your own good, and punished for disobedience. Public school is where your conditioning to become a robot begins. This video explains how school is nothing more than a prison designed to train and condition slaves.
First, you are programmed to WANT to become enslaved by being
conditioned to WANT a job/career, which is essentially giving over
control of your daily life to others. In doing so, you give up your
freedom without knowing it cause you are told that you are "free to
work", which implies that it is YOU who wants it, not the system - a
psychological sleight of hand indeed. Furthermore, you are convinced
that "the purpose of your life is to work" and that's what you were born
for, thus ingraining you with the "live to work" mentality. You are
also conditioned to feel empty and incomplete without it. As a result,
work becomes synonymous with freedom to you.