There's always that Morpheus quote:
Yuri Bezmenov said similar in the 80s. We also know of Stockholm Syndrome. There are so many examples of the Grand Illusion:
But voices then question the illusion, the unsustainable delusion:
Only silly teenagers could follow these ideas, to leave their homes in search of adventures with drugs and sex.
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The cognitive dissonance is strong:
I have always loved the hippie , but I was immediately disappointed when I approached those who pretended to be its followers, starting from my first experiences in , as a teenager (then mid-90s), when the aforementioned hippies were nothing but losers who went into depression if they didn’t have the daily dose of marijuana and were immediately ready to criticize you if you didn’t think politically like them; reasoning that was nothing but an ignorant of a poor teenager in search of glory.
Not much differently it went when I approached, in adulthood, the heirs of the hippies, those who embraced the and holistic subjects; I soon found myself in the midst of who claimed to have relationships with guide spirits or (or businesswomen) intent on selling miraculous remedies at exorbitant prices, things that not even my grandmother would take seriously.
I've been there - at the all indiscriminate weekend sex and drugathons, think I've mentioned one narcissist man expecting it was all in together, he was rebuffed by a girl, went and put an axe through his hairy foot.
I was there because they were never touted as that, plus I was too young. But even at that age, observing the viciousness of the self-centred young around, the eternal 'I'm the victim here, you're the oppressor', the conclusion was inevitable - this was going nowhere, people were gathering and bringing all their nastiness with them. Including rampant STDs and later abortions.
And the food - lentils, anyone? False dawns, false hopes. Just saw a photo by someone calling herself Certain Hope. You get the idea. 'Wellness' too. All struggling to avoid the thing which does work.