Obey, go to school, go to work, get married, have children, make a mortgage on your home, watch TV, consume and decorate your house at Christmas.
And above all: do what you are told to do without ever questioning anything.
It's been a long time since society and tradition have a powerful influence on us. They indoctrinate us so that we respect the norms and directives predetermined by the majority, and that we systematically reject any new idea.
Although society does not encourage us to adopt a pre-established lifestyle, for us, any attempt at change is synonymous with frustration and failure.
If we stop for a moment to think about how to change our mentality and take our life in hand, it puts us in the face of our fear of freedom.
We have mechanisms that guarantee the psychological paralysis of society:
The fear : the more we are afraid and the more insecure we feel, the more we need to be protected (the state and the institutions become our allies).
Self-deception We are lying so as not to be alone in the face of the fears and insecurities inherent in any process of change. For that, we just have to close our eyes and try to entertain ourselves in a thousand and one ways in order to constantly escape from ourselves and thus live as hypnotized.
Resignation : exhausted physically and mentally, we ended up being resigned, judging that "there is no other life possible than that which one leads".
Being aware of being victims of the circumstances, facing people who think differently and who could come to question our way of life, we defend ourselves by using arrogance and cynicism.
On the other hand, we indulge in skepticism to justify a quality of life that leaves something to be desired.
Finally, the most cruel defense mechanism is the lazinessor, in other words, "the lack of enthusiasm on the part of someone who does not make something of his life that he feels or knows he could do."
"We are part of a seriously ill society where those who want to heal are rare and those who are healthy are seen as crazy" (Jiddu Krishnamurti)
Easier said than done, certainly. But to start changing, just take the first step.