On Thursday, September 1, President Biden gave a speech urging patriotic Americans to unite against the MAGA forces bent on destroying the nation. I’m not being hyperbolic; watch the speech here. Set against a red backdrop, flanked by Marines, the drama of the scene would have been kind of funny if it wasn’t so serious.
We’ll ignore the partisan politics here.
But I’d like to offer some food for thought regarding this spectacle. We’ve talked about Professor Mattias Desmet’s theory of mass formation psychosis a few times here at the OP, but I’d like to revisit it in light of Biden’s ominous speech. Situational awareness is vital to prepping, and we need to understand the attempts being put forth by our government and corporate leaders to guide our thoughts and actions. If we’re not aware that we’re being handled, we can’t think rationally about what’s in our own best interest.
If you’ll recall, Prof. Desmet cites four pillars as necessary for a society to move into mass formation. They are:
1. Prolonged isolation
2. Lack of meaning
3. Free floating anxiety
4. Free-floating aggression and frustration without options
Once those four pillars are present, mass formation is present.
How susceptible are Americans?
So, have there been any major improvements in any of these areas in the last six months, rendering us less susceptible to mass formation?
Not really. Outside of China, there are no big lockdowns right now, but the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 permanently changed the way people live and do business. Work, school, and churches have all changed, and not in ways that bring people together….