This post critically examines persistent societal issues, such as government dysfunction and family breakdown, and explores their underlying causes.
Our journey begins with a fundamental question: Why do some of society’s most pressing problems remain unresolved despite constant attention and efforts? I propose that the answer lies in two overlooked truths:
- The first is the government’s role in creating and benefiting from societal dysfunction.
- The second is the deep impact of childhood experiences on an individual’s mental well-being and future success.
By uncovering these truths, we will understand the root causes of societal issues and empower individuals to navigate and improve their outcomes within a complex societal system.
Table of Contents
- What Ails Society and Individuals?
- Two Truths Keep Us From Resolving Issues
- The government creates and benefits from societal dysfunction
- Childhood experience dictates mental well-being and future success
- Why These Truths Have To Be Buried
- Why Acknowledging These Truths Are Important For Mental Health
What Are Common Societal Issues?
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain
There are many issues we can look at and discuss:
- Inflation – Government inflation is killing the money supply and destroying the average person’s ability to meet basic needs. Our government continues to print money recklessly despite the clear issues. The incentives of the Fed only aim to punish savers and the middle class. There are many solutions to inflation that our leaders and citizens never consider.
- Crime – Although crime, overall, is lower compared to decades before, it is still on the rise. Crime is always a net negative. We should take it seriously, even if we cannot remove it all. There are multiple ways to reduce crime that can encompass rehabilitation while ensuring good people are protected. Such nuanced approaches are rarely taken.
- Family issues – The breakdown of the family is always a net negative. There is little good in fatherless homes and single mothers. However, our government, entertainment, and media have no interest in stopping this trend.
- A poor education system – Education is garbage in America. The government pours more money into public education, and we have little to nothing to show for this investment. The state of affairs is quite depressing. More localized, private education is needed, but parents and the government rarely pursue such solutions.
- Drug overuse – Drug overuse is staggering, with more and more individuals dying of drug overdoses. “Legal” drugs provided by pharmaceutical companies are also used for managing depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. I believe an over-drugged society is a vulnerable one.
These issues destroy the stability of both individuals and society. However, despite government money, media highlights, and national concern, none of these issues lessen in degree. For example, we’ve known about drug abuse and failing public schools for decades, yet neither situation seems to improve.
And to be fair, these issues are complex, and I do not want to oversimplify solutions. However, I argue the two truths below are necessary to resolve these problems successfully. Weight loss is similar. Weight loss is a complex science, but if you don’t include dieting and exercise in the discussion, you are not serious about losing weight. I aim to prove that by ignoring the two truths outlined below, our society is not serious about solving our complex issues.
Today, we will look at two truths that, once revealed, would help resolve these issues. We’ll also investigate the lies used to cover these truths and why such lies are implemented.
Two Truths Keep Us From Resolving Issues
o many different lies are designed to ensure these two truths are never revealed to individuals. And it won’t be easy to forget once you see and understand them.
The two truths are:
- The government creates and benefits from societal dysfunction.
- Childhood experience dictates mental well-being and future success.
The government creates and benefits from societal dysfunction
The government creates and benefits from societal dysfunction. Such creation is not always intentional, but the government rarely changes course or redeems itself when blame is proven.
For example, the federal government engages in forever wars. These wars lead to traumatized, injured soldiers. These soldiers return home, are barely helped by the government they served, and are then dumped back into society. Such men can burden their local communities, which encourages more government involvement in their lives, whether through welfare or policing. In each case, the government benefits because its “services” are required to help fix a problem it created.
The federal, state, and local governments are massive monopolies that touch nearly every aspect of your life, from the food you eat to the wars that are waged. We cannot escape its influence because we either comply with the state’s mandates or be jailed.
Childhood experience dictates mental well-being and future success
Childhood trauma impacts mental well-being, shaping our future success and interactions. The way we were treated or abused in our childhoods will warp our perceptions of the world and what we view as good or evil.
This truth has been well documented within scientific circles, and we admit this truth on a local scale. How often have people commented about a troubled woman and noted her lack of a proper father figure? We understand that lacking a father contributed to her poor outcome because childhood dictates success.
Because of this reality, a healthy society would be immensely focused on giving children calming, stable, and enriching childhoods. But we do the opposite, such as forcing children into terrible public schools, advocating for spanking, shoving sexualization into children’s lives, and so forth.
Why These Truths Have To Be Buried
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Society functions by maintaining specific lies. Many weak individuals, corrupt rulers, and decadent elites would lose their power, money, and sense of self-importance if specific lies were removed from our society. Therefore, many people are incentivized to support, promote, and enshrine these lies.
Here are two examples:
- The ruling classes would lose power if the average person were raised with the reality that the government creates issues. We would challenge the taxation system, reject the endless wars, and hold our politicians accountable. Your average person wouldn’t be swayed by the government blaming other factors for the evil it commits. Trust in the state would diminish, and the ruling classes would lose their influence.
- If we could acknowledge that an adverse childhood dramatically influences the success and well-being of adults, we could have honest conversations. For example, the black community’s failings are not the result of external forces but are caused by childhood abuses. We would focus on criticizing black domestic violence and ineffective child-rearing practices. Such a mindset completely changes the narrative and discussion about black success and underperformance. And once the discussion is had, weak individuals and elites lose the power they’ve gained through victimhood culture.
Why Acknowledging These Truths Are Important For Mental Health
Acknowledging these truths can reduce the anger, confusion, and disappointment you experience. You can adjust your expectations if you know the real reason why specific issues exist.
Therefore, take these truths and integrate a new understanding into daily life. You will understand why the media lies or why people make particular excuses.
From there, I work on solving issues in my life. If I know childhood trauma is crucial to the success of an individual’s life, I can work toward overcoming my trauma so I don’t stay in a rut. Or, if I know the government is constantly creating dysfunction, I can take steps to reduce my dependency on it.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
- Were you already aware of these two truths? How did understanding these truths change your perspective on philosophy, politics, and daily interactions?
- Do you think acknowledging the two truths would change most people for the better? Or do you believe there would be more denials and mayhem?
- What lies do people tell themselves to cover up the truth? Are there any lies you tell yourself to avoid acknowledging certain truths?
- Educate Yourself Further: Start by deepening your understanding of the issues discussed. Read books, watch documentaries, and follow credible news sources that comprehensively analyze government policies, childhood development, and societal issues. Knowledge is power, and being well-informed is the first step towards making a difference.
- “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel van der Kolk
- “Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
- “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions” by Johann Hari
- “The Road to Serfdom” by F.A. Hayek
- “Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto” by Lew Rockwell
- “Free to Choose: A Personal Statement” by Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman
- “Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds” by Rand Paul
- “Practical Anarchy: The Freedom of the Future” by Stefan Molyneux
- Support Relevant Causes: Donate to or volunteer with organizations that work towards resolving the issues discussed, such as educational charities, mental health organizations, and groups advocating for governmental transparency and accountability.
- Personal Reflection and Growth: Reflect on your childhood experiences and consider how they’ve shaped you. If needed, seek professional help to work through any unresolved trauma. Encourage open discussions about mental health and childhood experiences within your family and circle of friends.
- Educational Advocacy: If you’re a parent or involved in the education system, advocate for child-centric and holistic educational approaches that recognize the importance of mental well-being and stable home environments. I strongly suggest doing home school and joining a co-op if you have the resources.
- Promote a Healthy Family Environment: If you’re in a position to influence young lives (as a parent, family member, educator, etc.), strive to provide a stable and nurturing environment. This includes promoting positive family dynamics and being aware of the impact of your actions and words on children.
Please remember it’s important to do the actionables. You’re not on this earth to simply read but to do. To become an individual, you must act more than you consume.
Refer to the linked articles and studies throughout this post for detailed evidence and case studies supporting these views.
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