"You are not your job.
You are not how much you have in the bank.
You are not the contents of your wallet.
You are not your fucking Khakis.
You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
You are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of
If this is the case, who we really are is the question that we should ask ourselves. Human beings are in a constant seeking. We are all seeking for something that we do not really know what it is. We are having education for years and years, looking for jobs that will make our living, looking for partners to share our life with and make children. This system will be the same for our children too; it has been like this for centuries. It has been like this in medieval time and also in the modern age. Now we are living in post-modern times and life is much more questionable for us. What really satisfy us? What we are living for? Is it that simple as Darwin said? To sustain our species, to maintain the life of our offspring? It should be much more...
As Durkheim claims we are actually looking for meaning. However living in the age of capitalism does not let us to reach the meaning. Today we are living in the world of consumption. Society has been in decline. Individualism is the determining idea. Although Joseph Campbell claims, 'In his life-form the individual is necessarily only a fraction and distortion of the total image of man. He is limited as male or female; at any given period of his life he is again limited as child, youth, mature adult or ancient........Hence the totality-the fullness of man-is not in the separate member, but in the body of the society as a whole; the individual can be only an organ.' So we see that anyone in exile from community is a nothing. However there is another point of view which says this exile is the step of the quest. Campbell says, 'Each carries within himself the all; therefore it may be sought and discovered within.' He asks as I do, 'What is the core of us? What is the basic character of our being?' The essence of oneself and the essence of world are intertwined.' Wherever the hero may wander, whatever he may do, he is ever in the presence of his own essence.' As participation brings the realization of the all in the individual, exile brings the one to the self in all. He says that the individual must guide the society so we all share a supreme duty and it lies in the silence of our personal despair.
'See yourself as you really are. Listen to what none of your leaders and representatives dares tell you: You are a "little, common man." Understand the double meaning of these words: "little" and "common."'
These are the words of Wilhelm Reich in his book Listen Little Man. Written in 1946, the book is Reich's warning to the common man in all societies that he, the little, average man, is lethally responsible for the rapidly spreading social cancer of fascism. Reich had seen how common citizens in...